Contour Design has introduced a funky new multimedia controller, the ShuttlePRO Multimedia Controller, at this week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. It’s targeted to both professional video editors and first time users.
James Golden, VP of Contour Design, said that while professional video editors often use expensive variations of jog and shuttle controllers (US $300 and up) to support the process of creating movies with raw footage, there hasn’t been any affordable such goodie for the small studio or home application.
The ShuttlePRO MultiMedia Controller is a USB device with Mac-only productivity software is for Macs only. Its driver provides for application specific programmability of its 13 buttons and the “jog and shuttle” knob. The knob and buttons are all ergonomically placed on the ShuttlePRO, giving the use has one-hand access to lots of functions and operational shortcuts.
“The shuttle knob is the outer ring that facilitates fast forward and rewind for quick, non-linear, access of digital frames,” he said. “The jog is the internal portion of the knob that provides precise frame by frame control. Not only will users who perform video and other multimedia editing benefit from the advanced functionality of the ShuttlePRO, users of software applications that support multiple key combinations (such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Macromedia Director, will realize enhanced productivity with the ShuttlePRO’s programmable keys.”
Due to ship in volume in mid-2001, the Contour ShuttlePRO MultiMedia control center will retail at a manufacturers suggested retail price of US $99.95.