Why edit with a Wacom?
As an editor I sit in front of my computer at least 8 hours a day. Eight hours of developing ‘The Claw‘ that was swiftly becoming my mouse-hand. Soon I started to get tingles in my fingers and found them moving up my forearm – not a good sign. So after watching this video (and then blogging this post on Ergonomics) I stumped up some cash and bought the Wacom Intuos 4 Medium and I’ve never looked back.
5 Reasons to buy a wacom tablet
One it solved my RSI problems straight away (that and a decent chair and desk)
Two it just makes using the computer more fun.
Three it makes me edit faster and more fluidly. I feel like the time it takes to achieve what I am thinking is shorter because with a tablet you just click where you’re looking and you don’t have to scroll the mouse across the screen. So everything is more intuitive.
Four Although you do need a bit more desk space for something like a medium sized tablet, its really not any wider than your keyboard and the bonus of those extra function buttons is well worth the desk space investment. Its great to map FCP7 functions to them to save more time.
Five I had thought the price was quite high (£300 now on amazon) I’ve not regretted it and its well worth the price given how long it will last me and above all to not have those RSI induced tingles!
Getting up and running…
It arrived in some sleek packaging and pretty easy to set up. It also came with a choice of free (fully functioning) software which was an added bonus as well as some great tutorials from Video2Brain which definitely helped to educate me on the finer points of tablet life.
Originally I had shied away from getting a tablet because I had previously and clumsily tried to use them at post houses in town, but once I figured out that its just a pixel for pixel representation of the screen its pretty straightforward. Want to click in the top right hand corner? Click in the top right hand corner of the tablet. Simples.
But wait – why all this talk about the Intuos 4 when the 5 is the latest one? Well I have the four (5 wasn’t out back then) and its plenty good enough for me. The 5 does have some pretty sweet touch capabilities but I’ll wait till I’m rich enough to buy the Cintiq 24HD at a princely £1,935.53* or $2,799. (*Currently with over £1k off the RRP? how can Puremac do that?) But saying all this you can probably pick up price-dropped 4, now that the 5 is out. If you’re after something smaller/cheaper like a Bamboo be sure to read through this excellent guide first.