Editors who started cutting in tape-based suites fondly remember their specialized Sony, Grass Valley, or CMX keyboards. These sturdy, task-oriented peripherals made editing faster and experienced cutters played them like a piano. Blackmagic Design is introducing those advantages to a new generation of editors with the Resolve editor keyboard.
1. This custom keyboard controller includes dedicated buttons designed for Resolve’s cut page. The highlight is a built-in rotary jog/shuttle/scroll dial with sophisticated ballistics that make it feel very close to Sony’s videotape controllers.
2. Competing third-party NLE keyboards with jog/shuttle knobs are cheaper and may appear the same, but don’t come close to the Resolve editor keyboard’s robust build quality and the feel of how it interacts with media in the timeline.
3. The keyboard goes hand-in-hand with the functions of the cut page, an additional editing mode designed for fast, broadcast-centric cutting. Think news packages or multi-cam studio productions. These are projects where speed is of prime importance. A dedicated controller with special keys for tasks used in this page will improve any editor’s performance.
4. Other pages, like edit, color, Fusion (visual effects), and Fairlight (audio mixing), are focused on finesse and not speed, so this keyboard is less important there. Nevertheless, it works as any other QWERTY keyboard. The special edit controls are only compatible with Resolve software. While you can use it with other NLEs, there won’t be any special advantages.
5. The Resolve editor keyboard is certainly a useful tool for any cutter that uses Resolve as their main axe. But it is especially important for editors working on time-sensitive projects. This will add speed, as well as a more efficient workflow to their cutting rooms, just as with linear bays back in the day.