JLCooper MCS5 USB Media Control Station (Mac)

JLCooper MCS5 USB Media Control Station (Mac)

JLCooper MCS5 USB Media Control Station (Mac)

B&H # JLMCS5USBMAC MFR # MCS5-USB -(MAC)
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The MCS5 USB Media Control Station from JL Cooper offers customizable keysets for advanced control of applications including Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Pro Tools, Nuendo, and others in conjunction with the MCS5 USB Software for Mac OX X (downloadable from the JL Cooper website). In addition, you can make your own keyset for any program.

The media control station features professional transport buttons, a precision optically encoded jog wheel, and assignable function keys with live LCD labels. The key function and label change on-the-fly for different editing operations. You can create and customize banks of hot keys for specific needs, including built-in/pre-named commands for popular applications. Frequently used commands can be logically grouped by arranging editing functions into different banks. For example, one bank each for ingest, tracking, and editing. It also features a raised display for easy viewing.

Programmable messages, including standard key command combinations, MIDI messages, mouse clicks and others can be assigned to any key and named. Thus, you can make a custom arrangement of controls that best suits your purpose, and you will always know the functions assigned to the keys. The MCS5 USB Media Control Station features a raised display for easy viewing.

Professional quality compact controller
LCD display for live function key labels
Transport buttons
Optically encoded jog wheel
8 Bank-switchable function keys
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JLCooper MCS5 USB Media Control Station (Mac)
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    Function Keys 8, bank-switchable
    Control Jog Wheel: Optically encoded
    Dimensions 5.8 x 8.0 x 3.0" (14.7 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm)
    Weight 2.0 lb (0.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 8.7 x 4.0"
    MCS5 USB Media Control Station (Mac) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great device for serious editing If you are an editor who has worked or currently works in in professional suites, this device is fantastic. There is nothing like the feel and accuracy of a weighted jog wheel when trying to mark the specific frame you want, and dedicated transport buttons instead of mousing all over the screen. This interface gives you the most used controls that make mouse-based editing so annoying. The device is built very well and is well suited to the demands of the professional. At first, I was very skeptical since installation was, for my system (iMac/OSX10.3), rather problematic. After many install/reinstalls, I gave up and contacted support. Very fast response with useful information, and we got the drivers loaded (write permissions on the MIDI drivers folder were the culprit). Since it's basically a MIDI device that mimics mouse commands, it can get a bit finicky when starting up. If I haven't used the interface for a while, I need to unplug it and then plug it back in, open the configuration software, select the keyset I want to use (Final Cut Pro X), then open FCP. After that, it's awesome. I'll put up with a little quirky behavior to get a good tactile interface and this one is built like a tank. The only other somewhat annoying con I can think of is that the software does not remember the last keyset used, making you open the configuration software and select each time you use the device. I only use the FCP keyset now (no Audition keyset ...yet) and it would be great if every time I fired up FCP, that keyset was automatically loaded (or remembered). I am in the middle of production on a project and have not started the post work yet, so I can't give an in the trenches review right now, but I will update with my experiences later. I haven't tried this yet, but this device could easily make complex editing on my MacBook a reality.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
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