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Wireless Keyboard Review editing keyboard – as pictured. We’re not editing full time at KitPlus but when we do we are using Premiere Pro for extended hours at a time so post BVE with over 50 interviews and shows to edit it was a thought a good baptism of fire to explore the plethora of shortcuts! The thing I have noticed about using any edit package, and it’s probably true of most software (and washing machines) is that I only use about 30% of the functionality either because that’s all I need to do that job or that is all we have had time to learn to do the job. Once the edit is done I move on until the next job when the cycle is repeated. The wireless Keyboard from Editors Keys is shipped for both PC or Mac. If you’re like me and rip open boxes and plug and play without reading anything then this is where you may come unstuck – as I did! For a PC then go ahead and plug the USB dongle in to your machine, insert two AA batteries in the keyboard and off you go. If you’re on a Mac then you need to visit the Editors Keys website, download the Mac driver and install, if you don’t then you will become one of those annoying customers needing support when you haven’t read the instructions – sorry. The plus side of all this is that you could share the keyboard with colleagues on either operating system, just so we’re clear now though, I won’t be sharing. As a self taught Premiere Pro user I have spend a lot of time exploring menus using my tracker pad (my preference to a mouse) to find the option I need, there are a few regular short cuts I use of course but more often than not I take the long route which takes time and can be frustrating. There are three things that sprung to me on first using the keyboard, firstly how many options there are, how professional it looks (I didn’t want to look like an amateur in front of a client) and thirdly why I hadn’t used one before! At first it was actually slower to edit as I was locating the right keys, the colour coding helps but my left hand was initially being drawn to my tracker pad by habit. Kicking this habit was taking time and I ended up hiding it in a drawer! Like all things it is faster to do it the old way in the short term, as soon as you look to change then you slow down and find yourself looking down all the time instead of at the screen. Fast forward about twenty 3 minute interviews later and I now have quick access to the effects panel, media browser and discovering that I can jump 5 frames at a time with shift > arrow, all without going via 3 menus to get to them! We’ll be using the keyboard to edit the NAB videos in Vegas as well as the dual drive G-Technology G-RAID which will be storing our content, we’ll be carrying this over there in the latest Dave Case (yes Dave) so look out next month for a review on those. We’ll also be using the new Panasonic AG-DVX200 camera plus the Video Devices PIX-E along with some great new lighting and other technology on the show floor. Read about it all next month and subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest from NAB. I’m sure for those pro’s out there the keyboard is a valuable tool (Editors Keys reports over 30,000 users) but for anyone just touching the surface of Premiere Pro or other package (there are lots of versions available from Editors Keys) I would recommend trying it out. If for nothing else but to see first hand all the options at your finger tips and once you break away from your mouse or tracker pad you will edit faster, leaving the client sat next to you mystified how you can do what you do so fast! KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 112 APRIL 2016 | 47