Video editor controllers like the Shuttle Pro 2 and the Palette are designed to speed up your work by putting all your short cuts, macros, and controls at your fingertips. I recently upgraded by laptop editing system, which is a vast improvement in every department except the touchpad and mouse. The Left-Right buttons are stiff and overly specific. Working on a budget, I decided to get the Redragon Perdition gaming mouse a go.
What I like:
- All the controls are in my right hand.
- 16 programmable buttons. That’s pretty much all you need. I can “Control + Click + Drag” all in one motion.
- Five profiles, which means I can have one profile for my editor, a second with shortcuts programmed for After Effects, and another for daily computer use. I don’t know what I’ll use the other two profiles for.
- Good cheap entry into video controllers
- Color-coded profiles help you keep track
What’s less than perfect:
- Most of the buttons are under my thumb, which makes my forefinger tense up for control-- which sometimes results in an unplanned left-click.
- I wish it had a second scroll wheel for scrubbing through the timeline
What’s up for grabs:
- I can edit more quickly and fluidly on the Redragon mouse than I can on my stiff-moused laptop, but the jury is still out on how it compares to a well-designed laptop.
The Redragon Perdition mouse is a great entry point into the controller world, and I’ll definitely be using mine. I’d prefer having most of the buttons on a finger keypad rather than under the thumb, so I may explore some other options after I’ve mastered this. It’s great for learning your shortcuts and macros.