Loupedeck Plus can now edit video, audio with Final Cut Pro

loupedeck plus impressions  review 3
HIllary Grigonis/Digital Trends

The photo editing console Loupedeck Plus is continuing to move beyond still photos. On Thursday, March 13, Loupedeck announced Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition compatibility with the Loupedeck Plus. The update is the second video editor to be integrated with the accessory that was originally designed for editing images inside Adobe Lightroom.

While the Loupedeck Plus is about the size of a typical keyboard, the USB-powered accessory uses buttons, dials, and wheels to create a hands-on experience for editing photos and videos. Instead of navigating to different controls on the screen, the Loupedeck uses physical controls all in one place. 

After expanding the software to support Adobe Premiere Pro last year, the Loupedeck Plus controls can now also be programmed to Apple’s Final Cut Pro. While originally designed for Lightroom, many of the labeled controls carry over into video. The eight color wheels can be used for color correction and color grading in a video, for example. Other controls can be customized to better suit the video workflow, like using the Loupedeck to navigate the video’s timeline.

Inside Adobe Audition, the dials, wheels, and buttons can be adapted to audio editing. Loupedeck says that users can take advantage of all Audition’s editing tools, including options like trim and nudge. The controls can also adjust volume across all channels, along with adding effects and fades.

Like with using Loupedeck Plus in Lightroom, the console’s controls can be custom configured using the software. Along with determining the function of the custom controls, users can also adjust the function of other pre-labeled controls to better complement their workflow. Once set, the control scheme can also be exported to use on other computers.

The Loupedeck Plus is the second-generation console launched by the company. While the original console worked with Adobe Lightroom, Loupedeck has been steadily adding new compatible programs, now working with Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, Skylum Aurora HDR, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Audition, and Final Cut Pro.

“Our customers have been eager for Apple-integration with the Loupedeck Plus since it was launched,” Mikko Kesti, founder and CEO of Loupedeck, said in a press release. “Final Cut Pro X was the logical choice given its wide adoption in the editing community and we felt it was an important next step for us as we look to continue our mission of delivering a well-rounded experience for users and helping to improve their workflows. Not only will they get the benefits of Loupedeck Plus’ intuitive design and approachable tools, they’ll get increased functionality across the range of video editing products they might be using.”

The Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition compatibility is available with a software update for current users. The Loupedeck Plus retails for $249.


Get the Surface Pro 6, with keyboard included, for $1,000 at Microsoft

Thinking of buying a Surface Pro 6? Microsoft is currently running a deal on its latest Windows 2-in-1, letting you bring one home for $1,000 with the keyboard included in the price.

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

Though there are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, finding a solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here are the best PDF editors for your editing needs, no matter your budget or operating system.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 mimics tilt-shift blur for less cash

Want to create a tilt-shift image on a budget? The new Lensbaby Composer II with Edge 35 mimics the look of a tilt-shift lens for under $500. The new Edge 35 optic is part of the Composer Pro II optics system.

Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…

Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.

Make the most of your toner with our five favorite color laser printers

Color laser printers have improved dramatically over the years, and today's models offer both blazing print speeds and great image quality. Here are our favorite color laser printers, from massive all-in-ones to smaller budget options.

Sony’s latest sensor is stacked, backlit, and equipped with a global shutter

Say this five times fast: Backlit, stacked, global shutter sensor. Sony managed to cram all three technologies into one sensor. The result is a high-speed sensor with a higher resolution without sacrificing low-light quality.

You can now use the innovative Red Hydrogen One on Google Fi

The Red Hydrogen One was first announced in 2017 and has been delayed a few times since then. Now, the Red Hydrogen One is finally available, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.