Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another reason you should be using Quickeys

by Harry B. Miller III, A.C.E.

I've used Quickeys on every editing system since Avid MC 7, and FCP 5. It allows you to record a series of keystrokes, mouse clicks, etc., that can be triggered by a single keystroke. One standard macro I use has the following steps

1 - key 'i' for Mark In
2 - F6, which I've set in Avid to move the cursor to the next edit
3 - Left Arrow, moving back one frame
4 - key 'o' for Mark Out.

This marks a clip for deletion, overwrite, or replacement. I've assigned this marco to F12. I may hit F12 50 times a day, meaning I've saved my self 50 x 3 keystrokes, or 150 keystrokes a day on that one macro.

Quickeys is currently up to version 4, which is the cleanest design and easiest to use of any previous version. 

Now I've learned from assistant Carmelo Casalenuovo that Quickeys works with the external key pads made by X-keys. These are connected though USB, and add different arrangements of additional keys. Now, Quickeys can assign macros to X-key external devices.

The problem this solves is there are only so many keys within Avid or FCP that can be programmed.  An X-keys device expands that considerably - up to an including a foot pedal.

I've currently programmed my X-keys device to do the following on single keystrokes: go back two seconds and hit Play; toggle V1, A1 and A2; Quad split the MC's display. I will be finding more and more functions to add to my X-keys with Quickeys.   
Now, what to program the foot pedal for...?


Anonymous Christian said...

Maybe I can't see the obvious, but what's the difference between your first macro and hitting T?

12:56 AM  
Blogger ACE Admin said...

"T" marks an entire clip. I'm marking from where the cursor is parked to the next cut, which is one way to do a tail trim.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use Keyboard Maestro,

Same type of app as QuicKeys, but less expensive.

That said, QK 4 looks like it's got some nice new features since I've last looked at it.


6:42 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Avid has a Top and Tail trim already, you just need to map them to your keyboard (used to be Y and U, I believe). If you watch when you do it, you'll see the macro run (or you used to on Meridien systems).

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""T" marks an entire clip. I'm marking from where the cursor is parked to the next cut, which is one way to do a tail trim."

-What you've macroed can actually be achieved in just two key strokes normally, not four,... try typing "T" followed by "I"

4:58 PM  
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3:53 AM  
Blogger ross said...

speaking of footpedals, I just built this box as a one-button "controller" for "creatives" sitting in on edit sessions. You could easily use it as a foot pedal.

7:40 PM  

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