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Using an Elgato Stream Deck for Video Editing and Colour Grading | Jonny Elwyn

Using a StreamDeck for video Editing

Using a StreamDeck for video Editing

  • How one can arrange an Elgato Stream Deck for Video Editing and Colour Grading
  • Obtain my customized Stream Deck layouts
  • Creating customized scripts and macros for the Elgato Stream Deck

The Elgato Stream Deck is a singular 15 button controller, initially designed for ‘Streamers and Twitchers’ (therefore the identify) to modify cameras, add graphics or launch apps all on the press of a button. What makes the Stream Deck distinctive is that every of the buttons is it’s personal LCD display (72 x 72 pixels) which signifies that it may well show no matter you need it to, everytime you need to.

To my thoughts the Elgato Stream Deck has most of the attributes that would make it an (virtually) good movie modifying system.

This brings us on to 5 issues that I feel make for a ‘perfect’ modifying controller.

I’ve reviewed fairly a couple of controllers, interfaces and units in my time operating this weblog. Private favourites embrace the Logitech G-13, the Tangent Factor Kb, the Razer Naga Chroma and the Palette Gear Skilled.

These are all wonderful in sure circumstances and with particular workflows, which, by the best way, are as various because the editors who create them.

There isn’t any one good workflow, nobody good controller.

video editing control device

Palette Gear Skilled

But when I have been to construct a brand new controller designed for movie modifying from scratch it will have to take the next issues into consideration, and it must be beat the default means of utilizing a keyboard and mouse/pill.

  1. The button/interface tells you what it does
  2. The button/interface updates with a change of context
  3. The controller can do greater than a keyboard shortcut can (assume scripts/macros)
  4. The interface is ergonomic/tactile sufficient to reinforce the expertise (assume dials/sliders or others)
  5. The controller is straightforward to arrange and customise

More often than not, most individuals are working with a keyboard and pointing gadget.

Over time they’ve (hopefully!) memorised quite a few keyboard shortcuts that velocity up their work in several software program purposes and totally different elements of the identical software program. This mix of an enormous vary of keys (and modifiers) and the individual’s reminiscence is hard to beat for velocity and effectivity.

Additionally as soon as my palms are on the keyboard, I don’t actually need to transfer them to a different system until doing so saves me time in complete. With all of the shortcuts I’ve memorised I’m very quick at modifying, so shifting to press a special button, flip a dial or modify a slider must be a internet constructive!

However the good thing about utilizing a controller that does fulfil these standards is that you simply don’t have to memorise an entire bunch of shortcuts, because the buttons will inform you what they’ll do, and they may replace as you’re employed in several software program. You can too arrange macros that may carry out repetitive duties in a fraction of the time that doing so manually would require.

And with one thing that’s not only a button press, you’ve added a brand new dimension to the interactive expertise.

Editing and Grading controllers

Tangent Factor Kb

The Tangent Aspect Kb matches many of those standards.

The set of 15 dials ship a tactile interface that may regulate a number of settings directly and the LCD display on the prime updates to inform you what every dial does in that context. It’s additionally straightforward to arrange and customise and can do greater than a keyboard/mouse can.

So when working with the multitude of sliders within the Lumetri Management panel it’s actually quick and environment friendly means of working and earns that small however valuable desk area as a result of it makes color grading quicker and extra pleasurable.

You’ll be able to take a look at my full evaluation of the Tangent Component Kb on this publish.

using a stream deck for video editing

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Once we think about the Stream Deck via the lens of those standards it scores very extremely.

The LCD show keys imply that every button tells you what it does and can replace with each a change of context and button state (their are toggle switches that inform you if one thing is on or off). It’s additionally very straightforward and intuitive to arrange and customise.

Now there are two present ‘downsides’ to the Stream Deck in reference to my perfect-controller-criteria; one that may be fastened and one which doesn’t matter an excessive amount of.

The primary is the shortage of native macro help.

To be a transparent a macro (in it’s easiest type) is a string of keyboard shortcuts that fireplace one after one other. So for instance my Pancake Timeline Macro is 4 keyboard shortcuts mixed into one button press.

On the minute if you wish to do that utilizing a Stream Deck you might want to use a 3rd get together app like AutoHotKey (free for Home windows) or Keyboard Maestro (paid for Mac) or Karabiner (free for Mac) to construct easy, and extremely complicated, macros.

So far as I do know this might pretty simply be fastened with a software program replace to permit macros for use. Additional on down the submit I’ll share some hyperlinks to some tutorials on creating pretty complicated scripts to reinforce what the Stream Deck can do in the present day.

Taking a look at Elgato’s launch notes for their Stream Deck software program they’ve up to date it 20 occasions in a few yr and a half, so right here’s hoping!


OK, half approach by way of scripting this evaluation I found the Multi-Motion button (as of software program replace three.1) inside the Stream Deck actions record (I had principally had it toggled closed). This lets you join a number of totally different features into a sequence and subsequently create a macro, natively!

For instance, this enabled me to arrange an ‘Open Chrome Downloads’ shortcut (Open: Chrome, HotKey: SHIFT+CMD+J) and a Reverse Velocity shortcut for Premiere Professional (HotKey: CMD+J, Textual content: -100).

Though we’ll see afterward that extra complicated scripting is feasible with the get together apps I discussed, perhaps the Stream Deck is the right modifying controller in any case!

My Edit Profile for Premiere Professional

The second ‘negative’ is the truth that it’s only a set of 15 buttons.

Whereas one thing just like the Palette Gear may be configured to make use of sliders, dials and buttons to develop bespoke interfaces, the Stream Deck is simply buttons. However this isn’t an enormous deal, as that is what it’s designed to be and whereas the Palette Gear has that tactile profit, you continue to need to memorise what every factor does.

Additionally resulting from it’s compact type issue (118 x 84  x 21 mm) the Stream Deck actually doesn’t take up numerous area and can be utilized successfully, even in probably the most cramped of edit suite set ups. At beneath 200g it’s mild weight and moveable too.

Having learn different’s critiques the opposite negatives can be the built-in USB connection, which suggests you’ll be able to’t exchange the cable, (although you need to use a brief USB extension cable) additionally for some the selection of ‘only’ 15 buttons feels too few – particularly for colorists who need a devoted button for virtually each management – which is why these full-size DaVinci Resolve management panels are so large. Because of this another reviewers recommend getting a 60-80 button X-Keys customized keypad as an alternative.

To my mind-set the X-Keys will not be a superb choice as it’s a must to minimize out paper labels for every key to know what they’re assigned to and subsequently they will’t replace with a change of context, and so it’s simply one other keypad.

Personally, I just like the compact nature of the Stream Deck, the power to create responsive customized profiles per app and to create ‘folders’ of instructions inside these profiles, signifies that there are successfully an infinite variety of buttons, so long as you don’t thoughts navigating by means of layer units. Or you possibly can truly run a number of Stream Decks collectively to be able to have a higher variety of buttons.

One last item, extra a function request than a ‘con’, is that it will be nice if one way or the other the Stream Deck might recognise, and routinely change profiles, relying on which part of an app you have been in. For instance, auto switching between an Edit web page profile and Colour web page profile in DaVinci Resolve everytime you switched pages.

So to summarise, with a fast software program replace to allow macros, and the addition of a replaceable USB cable, the Elgato Stream Deck might be the right modifying controller.

The Elgato Stream Deck prices $129.99 on however is obtainable on most Amazon International Shops.

Methods to arrange a Stream Deck for the primary time

Establishing a Stream Deck is extremely straightforward. You merely obtain the Mac or Home windows software program, and plug within the Stream Deck by way of USB on to your pc or laptop computer and you’re away.

The guide says that you simply shouldn’t join it by way of a USB hub, nevertheless it labored simply fantastic for me via my USB-C hub for my MacBook Professional.

Whenever you first open the field you’ll probably be stunned by simply how small it’s, however it feels properly constructed and the buttons have a pleasant slick really feel to them. My solely qualm with the design is how massive the bezel is, it feels just like the top-plate might have been trimmed a bit.

The center key additionally has somewhat bump on it so you possibly can navigate your approach across the interface by contact if you could. The one niggle with that is that the notch refracts the picture beneath slightly bit, relying in your viewing angle.

All that’s stated, it’s principally extremely straightforward to arrange and is available in a pleasant, compact type issue.

The three minute fast begin information video (above) will take you thru the essential operations.

customising stream deck

My ‘home’ display on the Stream Deck options some app launching shortcuts, a few URL linked buttons and a useful multi-media Play/Pause button.

Customising a button is so simple as dragging an motion from the righthand aspect to a button placement and then configuring it’s settings within the decrease portion of the display.

You should use Photoshop to create you personal customized key icons (with 72 x 72 pixel photographs) or use their on-line Key Creator software right here. As of model now you can drag and drop icons from the Key Creator software instantly into the icon nicely of the Stream Deck customisation device, to replace your button picture. (See the video above.)

wallpaper images in stream deck

The Wallpaper part of the Key Creator permits you to create a grid of 15 keys from one picture, like this one from a key prop in considered one of my favorite movies of 2017. I’ll share a few these to obtain within the subsequent part of this publish. 880 x 512 px appears to be a great measurement.

You’ll be able to then add a prime layer icon (inside Photoshop) to those background keys to create a geeky/slick wanting customized key arrange.

This brief video will show the best way to add alpha layers to your pictures in photoshop, and on this case create your personal customized animated RGB gifs.

The Profiles and customized keys are saved within the Elgato software program in your pc, and not on the system itself, which signifies that you’ll have to switch the profiles if you would like to have the ability to use the identical Stream Deck on totally different computer systems.

exporting stream deck profile

To export a profile it’s worthwhile to go to Settings > Profiles > Proper Click on on the Profile and select > Export

If you wish to share your Stream Deck Profile with others there’s a rising subreddit right here.

You’ll be able to obtain some customized profiles I’ve created for Premiere Professional and DaVinci Resolve within the subsequent part of this submit!

On this brief video you get a take a look at the Stream Deck Mini, which has solely 6 keys, but in addition extra helpfully for our functions a fast information on easy methods to arrange a number of profiles as ‘pages’ of keys.

Primarily all you have to do is about up one key because the ‘Next Profile’ button to cycle via your layer units, I’ve set mine to all the time be within the prime left nook.

I wouldn’t advocate getting the Mini over the larger 15 key Stream Deck as you’ll be doing a variety of pagination to retailer a adequate variety of shortcuts to be helpful. However who is aware of, perhaps Elgato will make a much bigger model with one thing like 30 keys at some point?

Elgato updates the software program with new options regularly. Model (the newest on the time of writing in three.three), noticed a re-vamp to the UI and some actually helpful enhancements to customising the keys, and enjoyable stuff like Gif help.

This brief video will provide you with a way of what’s attainable.

Simply to say you possibly can copy and paste your customized keys contained in the Elgato app if you wish to save time replicating keys.

Additionally in the event you’ve set a ‘default profile’ you may need to flip it off for those who’re switching backwards and forwards between the Elgato app and your artistic software program, whereas establishing your customized profiles, so that you simply don’t need to hold bouncing again to that default profile on a regular basis inside the Elgato app. It saves a couple of clicks!

Customized Stream Deck Profiles for Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve

Hal 9000 stream deck profile

As a part of this evaluate, and in establishing the Stream Deck for my very own day-to-day modifying duties, I’ve created a number of totally different profiles you could obtain and use by yourself Stream Deck too, in case you like.

My purpose with my the profiles was (as a lot as potential) to do issues that I can’t do with a straight keyboard shortcut – or issues I’ve not been doing with a keyboard shortcut. The aim is to make use of maximise time-saving features which might be in any other case cumbersome to carry out.

That and making some enjoyable wanting movie associated screens! Personally, I discover it quite comforting to have Hal 9000 wanting again at me.

I’ve bundled my set ups into one obtain which incorporates:

  • Adobe Premiere Professional
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Hal 9000 + editable key pictures
  • Blade Runner 2049 – DNA/Moviola machine + editable key photographs

Click on right here to obtain my Elgato Stream Deck Customized Profiles

The highest left key’s all the time ‘Next Profile’ in my customized key set ups and I’ve left a bit Easter Egg in every of the movie profiles too.

To make use of these profiles by yourself machine chances are you’ll nicely have to replace a few of the keyboard shortcuts per app, that the important thing’s hearth to no matter you’ve set them to in your personal app. For instance in my Premiere profile I’ve set ‘Close Gap’ to CTRL+CMD+G.

A useful multi-action button to have in your ‘Home’ display is to open your downloads queue. I’ve set mine up in Chrome with two instructions. Open:Chrome, HotKey: SHIFT+CMD+J.

Premiere Pro Stream Deck Profile

I’m nonetheless within the strategy of evolving my Adobe Premiere Professional Stream Deck profile, which is why I haven’t gotten round to creating good wanting pictures for it, the best way I’ve for DaVinci Resolve.

I want there was a option to apply a selected impact with a keyboard shortcut, that approach I might hit ‘Warp Stabilizer’ on my Stream Deck and the macro would fetch the impact and apply it to the chosen clip. Alas, I’ve needed to resort to opening my ‘Favourites’ preset folder, in a single press and click on and dragging on the impact I would like.

The Textual content Title button can also be a bit experimental on the minute. The aim of it’s to hurry up my logging course of.

Once I’m making selects from an interview I often add textual content titles above every portion of a clip with some key phrases concerning the content material beneath, and add these key phrases within the identify of the Textual content title and within the textual content title itself, as on-screen textual content.

Often I might press CTRL+T to create a brand new Title, sort out the key phrases, hit CMD + A, CMD+C, Enter (to repeat the textual content and create the title) and then click on into the title (with the textual content software chosen) and hit CMD+V to stick the textual content.

With out scripting some mouse clicks – which might be tough because the window all the time appears to seem elsewhere – I can’t create a macro to realize all of this in a single go, however I can get about half method there.

I’ve set it as much as to create a brand new title give me 5 seconds to sort and then choose, copy and create the title. Then I’ve to do the clicks and paste.

What’s tough is should you’re nonetheless typing when the 5 seconds are up, you may override the CMD+A variety and lose your textual content. So, it’s a piece in progress and it might not final!

The Bypass Lumetri Panel button, if you hold it held down, will briefly by-pass all Lumetri results in your chosen clip for a fast earlier than/after reference. However that you must have the Lumetri Colour Panel chosen for it to work.

My pancake macro, automates shifting choices from one timeline to the subsequent on the press of a button. You possibly can learn all about that on this submit I wrote for, in addition to get the gist of the way it works from the video above.

DaVinci Resolve Stream Deck Mapping

One nice concept I’ve borrowed from the Mixing Mild colorists (see under) is to take a screenshot of the a part of the consumer interface that’s getting used to create the button icon, for some robust visible cues.

clarify it.

Using an Elgato Stream Deck with FCPX

For extra concepts on utilizing the Elgato Stream Deck in your submit workflow take a look at this remark from IChopThingsUp4Money on the /r/editors reddit, which has some nice concepts for FCPX and DaVinci Resolve.


I’ve a number of folders for particular issues. For instance, I’ve a velocity folder that has devoted buttons for Automated Velocity, Customized Velocity, Freeze Body, Regular Velocity, Body Mixing, Optical Move, and reset.

In DaVinci Resolve

There are folders for navigating and choosing curves (plus grasp reset), folder for keying, folder for home windows (together with inverting every window and a grasp reset), a folder for including and navigating keyframes, a key to toggle scopes, C/A mode, handles, loop toggle, seize nonetheless, earlier nonetheless, subsequent nonetheless, and a folder for splits screens/wipes.

It’s value noting that for those who’re utilizing FCPX and a Stream Deck, CommandPost actions are supported on the system. 

I do not change default shortcuts in #FCPX. I add.

These are for Retiming…

2x Velocity ??R
4x Velocity ??R
Reverse Clip ???R
Optical Stream ??O

— Thomas Grove Carter ?? (@thomasgcarter) November 27, 2016

One concept that I ran out of time for, was to duplicate on the Stream Deck, the extra shortcuts that FCPX editor Thomas Grove Carter provides to the default FCPX keyboard arrange.

You possibly can examine these out right here and make your personal Profile for those who like.

Colorists Using an Elgato Stream Deck with DaVinci Resolve

Up to date gear in place: DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel, Elgato Stream Deck, Logickeyboard DaVinci Resolve keyboard.

— OneRiver Media (@OneRiverMedia) November 22, 2017

Colorist Joey D’Anna has shared probably the most insights I can discover from knowledgeable colorist utilizing a Stream Deck as a part of their suite arrange. He has written up fairly a little bit of his course of on, a colorist group and coaching subscription website, which is accessible as of a paid subscription (or week lengthy free trial).

Attending to know the Elgato Stream Deck Half 2, Membership solely on

On this article Joey demonstrates easy methods to use AutoHot Key to arrange and run scripts for performing far more complicated automation duties, akin to ‘show current clip with handles’ which is triggered by two automated mouse-clicks. He additionally supplies three downloadable scripts for you to regulate to your personal machine.

custom keyboard in davinci resolve

Since Blackmagic Design up to date DaVinci Resolve to model 15.2, an enormous variety of (beforehand inaccessible) actions can now have shortcuts added to them. So for instance, View > Present Clips with Handles can now be accessed by a shortcut command, making it simpler so as to add to a Stream Deck profile, with out AutoHotKey scripts.

Colorist and Mixing Mild co-founder, Robbie Carman, additionally shares his ideas on establishing a Stream Deck in ‘Part One’ which you’ll be able to learn for free right here:

Attending to know the Elgato Stream Deck Half 1, free on

Within the following Tweets, Joey shares a few of his customized Stream Deck arrange for DaVinci Resolve, and methods by which it may well increase one thing just like the Blackmagic Design Micro panel, which has some very nice monitor balls and rings, however comparatively few buttons.

Okay this is my remaining (for now) streamdeck resolve config. This factor is *candy*

— Joey D’Anna (@joeydanna) August 21, 2017

Prototype streamdeck setup for resolve I am engaged on

— Joey D’Anna (@joeydanna) August 21, 2017

Guys I programmed it to recollect if SDI home windows are on or off, and choose the menu appropriately. I am going wild right here. @j_salvo @joshpetok

— Joey D’Anna (@joeydanna) August 22, 2017

My new favourite @elgatogaming streamdeck web page. Loving a number of playheads in Resolve 15. Such a time saver.

— Joey D’Anna (@joeydanna) July 18, 2018

DaVnci Resolve StreamDeck

Operating Scripts and Macros on a Stream Deck

Lastly if you wish to get in-depth and geeked out together with your Stream Deck scrips and macros, then this video from Taran Van Hemert of Linus Tech Ideas is what you need.

Taran does share all of his AutoHotKey scripts on his GitHub web page. Whereas we’re speaking about Taran remember to take a look at this breakdown of his four hour (sure) modifying tutorial right here.

On this video Taran demonstrates how he makes use of a DIY 87-macro keyboard to edit a lot of the movies on the Linus Tech Ideas YouTube channel.

Stu Maschwitz of (and Purple Big!) has shared a few of his personal macros for After Results that he used while making his current brief movie Tank.

custom after effects macros for stream deck

He truly used an iPad app referred to as Quadro (that’s now lifeless), to create a customized management floor for After Results, together with utilizing macros.

An iPad app is a really viable choice instead of one thing just like the Stream Deck, relating to designing your personal customized interface for your artistic software program. Though it’s fascinating that Stu hasn’t sought to duplicate Quadro on his iPad however has as an alternative (pleasurable) transferred to the Stream Deck.

This a lot older (in all probability in want of an replace!) publish showcases a number of the iPad apps which have blazed simply such a path.

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