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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:15 PM   #1
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FCP Keyboard and Mouse

Can anyone recommend the best FCP keyboard and mouse setup? I wanna work faster with FCP and I've heard the color coded keys and jog mouse help out a lot.

http://www.dvwarehouse.com/images_4p...CP-APG5-US.jpg

Even a non-Apple keyboard would be fine:
http://www.bella-usa.com/images/Keyb...202-FCP-LG.jpg

I've heard of the stickers but I don't want to go that route, I don't have the patients to put those on.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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Can anyone recommend the best FCP keyboard and mouse setup? I wanna work faster with FCP and I've heard the color coded keys and jog mouse help out a lot.

http://www.dvwarehouse.com/images_4p...CP-APG5-US.jpg

Even a non-Apple keyboard would be fine:
http://www.bella-usa.com/images/Keyb...202-FCP-LG.jpg

I've heard of the stickers but I don't want to go that route, I don't have the patients to put those on.

Thanks!
O.D.
Take a look at the "Logic" keyboards whose keys are imprinted for FCP. These are essentially Apple keyboards that have had their key caps exchanged. Alternatively, the same company sells the color coded and labeled keys separately that can be self installed.
But, if you really desire a speedier method for operating FCP, take a look at the Euphonix MC Control. It will eliminate the majority of keystrokes required to run FCP.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #3
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Rather than buy an entirely new keyboard with shortcuts for just one application get a cover for your default board instead:

KB Covers Home Page

They make covers for every major application on the planet and for multiple style Mac keyboards both standalone and laptop. The added benefit is that you're also protecting the keyboard from debris, spills and finger dirt.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:08 PM   #4
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The soft plastic covers are the best way to go. They are easy and can be changed for different applications. I have one of these from zCovers who seem to have morphed into KBCovers. The improvement I see is that the FCP covers are now black plastic which is a lot better than the clear plastic that gets terribly dirty over time and doesn't clean so easily.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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... and not forgetting that these covers also help keep the dirt, crumbs and coffee spills out of your keyboard!
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Old August 18th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #6
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I myself use a KBCover and love it!!
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Old August 18th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #7
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I will give the KB Cover a try. Thanks everyone!
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