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Old September 9th, 2003, 04:40 PM   #1
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Contour Shuttle Pro Controller Review by Edward Troxel

Edward takes this jog-shuttle dial for a spin in Vegas; read all about it right here. Enjoy,
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Old September 9th, 2003, 05:13 PM   #2
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I'm very interested in this... I hope to try this one or a similar
device as well in the future. Looks very interesting and handy
for editing!
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Old September 9th, 2003, 05:14 PM   #3
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I have one for sale in the classifieds if anyone is interested.
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Old September 9th, 2003, 06:15 PM   #4
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I bought mine a couple of weeks ago. Coupled with excalibur, tsunami, and a wheelmouse. . . I'm done editing before I finish my captures.
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Old September 11th, 2003, 11:03 PM   #5
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A co-incidence this week resulted in my acquiring a Shuttle Pro.
After reading Ed's review, I was in exactly the same boat - I'd heard many raves about it but had never got round to trying it.

Last night after the second meeting of Perth VUG (West Oz) I noticed one in a box - we held the meeting at a member's equipment supply/edit studio premises, so I asked him what it was like. Take it home and try it, he said, and I've bought it already.

I'd love to hear how others configure their buttons for Vegas - I see you're still deciding Edward - let us know. One I've just done is button 5 - second row extreme left - Post Edit Ripple, replaces Ctrl - Shift - F. Wonderful.

The jog and shuttle respose is sensational.
From frame-by-frame to 20X speed so easily.

Any other favourite custom buttons?

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Old September 12th, 2003, 08:07 AM   #6
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I can honestly say I still haven't fully decided. Across the top, I have:

Prev Edit Point - Tsunami - Excalibur - Next Edit Point

Since I do a lot of 3 camera edits with Excalibur, I'm leaning toward making the first 3 buttons on the second row "Camera 1", "Camera 2", and "Camera 3". I may make the last two "Previous Marker" and "Next Marker".
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Old September 12th, 2003, 08:54 AM   #7
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I'm assuming you'd have the mouse and controller plugged in all the time, and just move the controller aside when not editing video...is that right? I've found the extra USB port on the Cinema display to be finicky about what it'll allow to be plugged into it (freezes the mouse sometimes). Anyone experience problems like that?
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Old September 12th, 2003, 09:53 AM   #8
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Try using the keyboard USB port. I use a trackball mouse and shuttle pro at the same time with no problem.
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Old September 12th, 2003, 03:40 PM   #9
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Ok Ed, how do you do it? How do I get a button assigned to look for a specific track? Cam 1, 2, etc. . .
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What mine will do is (for camera "A" for example) do a:

MA<enter>

This will set the edit point for Excalibur to switch to camera A. After all the edit points are set, Excalibur will create the master track.

M - set a marker on the timeline
A - the camera name
<enter> - accept that name (close the edit box)

BTW, I just found a shuttlepro_button_labels.pdf file (if anyone is interested). I downloaded it from somewhere and have it on a CD.
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Old September 12th, 2003, 08:04 PM   #11
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I'd like the .pdf please Edward. (ariad[at]iinet.net.au)

I wondered if there was a template - it seemed a shame to make such a smooth machine look tatty with handwritten button labels.

I have printed 5, but it was very much trial and error - I scanned the sheet, including blank buttons, then used this pic as a guide to position text in MS Publisher, but the paper size was non-standard, which made it hard for my printer to line up consistently. To get 5 successes has cost me 11 failures so far ...

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Old September 22nd, 2003, 04:57 PM   #12
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Been using the CSP since March this year - Outstanding device! - I still need to get to grips with making my own CSP Profiles. Once I can do this, I can then make several V4 CSP Settings Profiles.

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It appears that buttons can't be assigned multiple keystrokes. Anyone have any ideas on how to do this?
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Old September 23rd, 2003, 12:48 PM   #14
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That's the problem I was having trying to figure out how you stopped, marked and labled a or b.

I ended up using a button for Mark In, another for A, Another for B. So, on my lower 5, I have Mark in, A, B, move to beginning, move to end. Worked well for me on the last edit, but, still experimenting.
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I guess I could do that. First button "M", next three "A", "E", & "J" but I don't know that that would be any faster than just using the keyboard.
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