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Tangent Element Tk Panel

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Tangent Element Tk Panel
Key Features
  • For DaVinci Resolve / SCRATCH / and More
  • Replaces Keyboard and Mouse
  • Programmable / Reprogrammable Controls
  • Laser Pickup Trackerballs and Rings
The Tangent Devices Element Tk Panel is the "Trackerball" panel of a set of four Element panels that replace a keyboard and mouse in operating select functions of supporting software, such as of supporting color-grading software. The panels can be used to achieve precise results quicker and with more technical gratification than possible with a keyboard and mouse. The list of supporting software is a growing one and includes such applications as DaVinci Resolve, SCRATCH, On-Set Dailies, Mistika, and YoYo.
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Tangent element-Tk Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Tk Panel
  • 3Design
  • 4Supporting Software

The Tangent Devices Element Tk Panel is the "Trackerball" panel of a set of four Element panels that replace a keyboard and mouse in operating select functions of supporting software, such as of supporting color-grading software. The panels can be used to achieve precise results quicker and with more technical gratification than possible with a keyboard and mouse. The list of supporting software is a growing one and includes such applications as DaVinci Resolve, SCRATCH, On-Set Dailies, Mistika, and YoYo.

The controls of the panels can be programmed and reprogrammed to operate different functions. The manufacturers of supporting software designate the functions that each panel and its controls can operate, and the manufacturers make available the details of their designations in either the respective software manuals or by phone or email upon contact, depending on the manufacturer.

Upon a control's being programmed, its functionality gets labeled on the display screen of its panel. When reprogrammed, its functionality gets re-labeled. The display screens have white OLED bulbs and show crisp, high-contrast, high-resolution easy-to-read characters.

The Tk panel has three programmable trackerballs and three programmable rings atop the balls. It has separate reset buttons for each ball and ring, and two buttons to program functions like ALT and Shift into. The trackerballs and rings work by optical laser pickup for high-precision and extended life. The trackerballs can be removed for cleaning, and they can be reinstalled quite easily.

The different panels can be used individually or all together in a set. More than one of each type can be incorporated into a set, and a widely-functional control system can thus be put together. The panels are made from precision laser-cut solid aluminum. They neatly attach to each other's sides by magnet, and they take up a desk footprint of only 7.9 inches deep. They are USB-powered and connect to a computer each by a single USB cable via plug-and-play functionality, without need for drivers to be installed. The panels can also optionally be used with Tangent's HUB service, which allows the layouts of the panels' controls to be customized. (Supporting software would have to also support HUB API.)

Tk Panel
  • Features 3 programmable trackerballs and 3 programmable rings
  • Equipped with individual reset buttons for each ball and for each ring
  • 2 buttons are available to program Shift, ALT and similar functions into
  • The balls and rings work by laser pickup ensuring precision and long life
  • The rings also have smooth bearing. The buttons work by tactile response
  • Compatible with Tangent's HUB service for customized layout of the controls
Design
  • The panel takes up a very small desk footprint of only 7.9 inches deep
  • Made of laser-cut aluminum and attaches onto other panels magnetically
  • An OLED display shows what each individual control is programmed to do
  • Connects to a computer by a single USB cable via plug-and-play functionality
Supporting Software
  • The list is growing and includes DaVinci Resolve, SCRATCH, On-Set Dailies, Mistika, and YoYo

Tangent element-Tk Specs

Controls
3x Trackball
2x Pre-Labeled Key
6x Programmable Key
Display
Monochrome OLED
OS Compatibility
Windows
macOS
Inputs / Outputs
USB I/O
1x Mini-USB 2.0 Female Input
Power
Power Source
USB
Physical
Dimensions
13 x 7.9 x 3.1" / 33 x 20 x 8 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight
5.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
15.6 x 10.8 x 5.5"

Tangent element-Tk Reviews

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question

What USB hub does B&H sell that is sufficient to power all the Tangent Element panels at once?
Asked by: Ames
The Tangent products need 500mA to work. Here is a hub that generates 900mA. StarTech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub (Black) B&H # STST4300USB3.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Are there any updates as of 2022 that allow this ...

Are there any updates as of 2022 that allow this to work with Lumitri Color in Premier Pro CC?
Asked by: Brent
All Tangent products control the Lumetri Color panel in Adobe Premiere Pro. There are a few newer functions which Adobe have not added to their API but none which would be particularly applicable to the Element-Tk panel.
Answered by: Tangent Customer Support
Date published: 2022-12-19

I know there are three balls mapped to lift, ...

I know there are three balls mapped to lift, gamma, gain but what about when you want to work in offset or "master" in capture one? Is there a quick switch?
Asked by: Taylor
Yes, the Tangent panel is supported by Capture One Pro and you can control just about every tool.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-04-25

question

Has anyone been able to map the sliders in Photoshop with the Tk?
Asked by: Philipp
Currently, Tangent does not list Photoshop. You can visit their site to see the steps to see if Photoshop might work. <a href= http://tangentwave.co.uk target= _blank >tangentwave.co.uk</a>
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can this unit be used by itself, or does it need the other attachments to run?
Asked by: Jimena R.
It can be used by itself. Works great.
Answered by: Aaron W.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can this be used with Adobe CC Premiere Pro's Lumetri tools?
Asked by: Barrett
It can be used with Speedgrade and anything within premiere I believe.
Answered by: Shelley S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Is the Tangent Element Tk Panel compatible with Avid Media Composer 8.X?
Asked by: Ames
Unfortunately Avid have not added native support for Tangent panels within any of their products. It is still possible to map keyboard shortcuts to the panel controls however this is obviously far more limited than native support.
Answered by: Tangent Tangent Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

will this work with fcpx??
Asked by: Anonymous
You'll need the Color Finale Pro plugin to use the it with FCPX. Once you have that it works quite well.
Answered by: Anthony B.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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