RAMP Up Your PHOTO and Video EDITING | Loupedeck+ vs Palette Gear

RAMP Up Your PHOTO and Video EDITING | Loupedeck+ vs Palette Gear

We compare the Loupedeck Plus and the Palette Gear control surfaces and decide if they can take your photo editing and video to the next level. We test out both devices to edit photos and video in Adobe Lightroom Classic and Premiere Pro.

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  1. Henry Tyme on October 25, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Adam have you tried theLoupedeck for editing video on Premier Pro and if so, how does it compare to the keyboard and mouse?

  2. Julius D.A on October 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    hoping to my hands on any one of that gear would help me alot in editing videos for my youtube channel

  3. Madagascar Multimedia on October 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks, great video! But why didnt you talk about Loupedeck+ with Premiere Pro CC?

  4. JammedUpFingers on October 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Loupedeck = £200
    Palette Gear (Expert) = £230

    13:24 – "The Pallet gear is almost offensively more expensive"

  5. Binniam Eskender on October 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Does Loupedeck Plus work with Adobe Bridge and it’s internal Camera RAW?

  6. MrSorbias Tutorials on October 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    So, the question for me is: Can you get rid of the keyboard and go full screen mode with the program and use only this device as your only control on what’s happening on the screen?

  7. Logan Detty on October 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Great review! I just bought one today. SO excited to try out the loupedeck

  8. Tim Scanlan on October 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Adam. Very comprehensive. Loupedeck definitely looks best suited to us folks who don’t do video but you’ve given us a balanced view of both applications. Really pleased for you regarding the Light and Land gig – thoroughly deserved ! Better start saving my pennies for next February….. Really enjoyed the video Adam. Many thanks for sharing.

  9. Thodoris Siorikis on October 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    perfect!!!!! Good evening
    I would like to know if it works for the following programs: Photoshop cc 2019, Aurora HDR 2019, Affinity Photo, ON 1 Photo RAW 2019.
    Thank you very much and I await your answer. Friendly Thodoris Siorikis

  10. Zebin Liu on October 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    0:40 Can you give me link to the background music ?

  11. naraphel on October 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    This review was ok I guess.. viewers got a pretty good look at the loupedeck but it wasnt a real fair comparison
    The loupedeck might be superior over the palette gear but only in lightroom and it looks pretty much like a lightroom/photoshop only product

    The palette gear gives you way more opportunities to customize it and use it with a whole lot more programs than the loupedeck.

    Considering that I’d say they are both best value for its money. And makes the palette gear higher price way more reasonable.

  12. Jurgen Cornelissen on October 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    In belgium they get 8 to 9 weeks… but its finally over!

  13. Freddy2Noel on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Adam, Great review of the Loupedeck+. Just got my Loupedeck+ today and it is scary learning all possible options. It would be nice if someone could make a standard chart that one could fill-up according to all the settings made for one’s workflow? There are so many possibilities to suit each individual… It would be handy having it on the desk to help the process of learning the functions selected. Cheers.

  14. Cindy O'Hara on October 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    So helpful!! I am in the process of figuring out what upgrades I want to do to my photo editing workflow. I am grateful for your comparison.

  15. Julius D.A on October 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    you get my support

  16. Faysal Karim Bhuiyan on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    poor cheap plastic built quality for $250. no thank u loupedeck!!!

  17. Christopher O'Grady on October 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Would like to know what you think of the Logitech craft keyboard

  18. Julian Baird Photography on October 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Nice review Adam. Based on that video I think the Loupedeck looked best and I can see how it could improve LR workflow… not top of the shopping list, but on there. Congrats on the Light and Land work. 🙂

  19. SHIRSENDU HALDER on October 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Make a video on calibration of monitor printer

  20. GO GOGO on October 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I bought a loupedeck plus and was very disappointed with the build quality. It feels like a £20 keyboard, for £200 I really expected a lot better. It could be useful but I found the lag was a massive issue way worse than using a mouse and keyboard. I sent it back for a refund. I really wanted it to work too!

  21. Terrence Klaverweide on October 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Great review. Thanks for that!

  22. Bernard Jones on October 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    There’s an idiot in the background beating a tin can. He’s ruining your presentation. Turn up your deaf-aid, for normies it’s ***king obvious

  23. Jason Wingert on October 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I was hoping you would show how the Loupdeck+ was in Premier Pro……what do you think? Is it worth the investment or is my programmable mouse just as nifty? 🙂 Thanks

  24. Sitha Puth on October 25, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I would never support or buy any crap from this company again. They handicapped the original Loupedeck, and won’t allow to work in premiere. The software sometimes get glitchy, sometimes it’s faster with a mouse, and keyboard short cuts. I was the original indiegogo backer. They shipped the unit out late after they raise enough money to sell in retailers. And also sold it cheaper than the original backer of this products. They forgot about us after they made their money. Horrible company.

  25. Jackie Vickrey on October 25, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I love my new deck plus. It makes editing to lighten so much faster and I can do more fine adjustments.

  26. Etienne Courtens on October 25, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Adam, what software do you use for your video editing?

  27. Bernhard Sedlmaier on October 25, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    If you have pressed the crop knob you could turn D1 to change the size and the arrow keys to move the frame. Also you could program e.g. P1 with 16:9 Ratio to set the frame etc. i find the Loupedeck+ great

  28. Steve Hartley on October 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I am not going to be rushing to get either Adam, both look like expensive backward steps from a mouse wheel. Glad you reviewed them both but not for me. I’d rather spend £200 on a L&L trip! Many congratulations on your new role. Great bunch of people.

  29. Paul Crawley on October 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I bought the Loupedeck+ then watched your vid (wrong way round I think). Great video and the bit about the gear and quality of the gear at the end is so true. I can take nice photo’s with my phone but great photo’s with my D800E for landscape and D500 for wildlife. I am not a great photographer but the better gear has helped.

  30. Henry William on October 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve just ordered a Loupedeck+ on your recommendation, I found the best price was from B&H. Thank you for your videos!

  31. Sam Ib on October 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Palette Gear if the top of the line Loupedeck is nothing but junk not worth one Dollar . It sells for $250.00 China $10.00 cost real plastic junk . VS the Palette Gear Pro for $499.00 for 15 cubes as a set . I highly recommend it but stay away from the Loupelock located in South Eastern Europe they conducting business here under a P O BOX in Savanah Georgia what a scammers when you return it it will cost you double because it’s a P O Box and not an actual business address cost from Las Vegas NV is $39.00 ground UPS

  32. JONvincible on October 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Great video! I dig your presentation and review style. Thanks for uploading this. The Loupedeck+ looks like an incredible piece of hardware; I may have to invest in one.

  33. Reginald Worthington on October 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Liked and sub’d. Well done.

  34. Andres Arosemena on October 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    What about using the Loupedeck Plus with Premiere Pro?

  35. Wardyworks on October 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Great video thanks! For Photo editing, the Loupedeck seems like a no-brainer. But would you still recommend the Loupedeck if needing it for strictly only Video Editing / Colour Correction in Premiere?

  36. CJ Loh on October 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Owned Palette Gear. The dial is not real-time, not immediate – Slow. Quite disappointed.

  37. Temporary Truth on October 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    "the dials are nice they turn"

  38. Jim Makos on October 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Adam, the opening comment about the kids and summer along with the ending text wall about how gear does matter won you a subscriber and an Instagram follower. Happy to connect with like-minded people. Palette Gear seems to be pushing their product lately rather aggressively on YouTube (as most modern companies do nowadays) and I found it extremely expensive as well. That’s how I bumped into the Loupedeck, which I’ve heard in the past but had totally forgotten. Your video was very helpful and confirmed my doubts on the Palette Gear. Thanks for putting the time and effort for this video!

  39. nick bailey on October 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Any thoughts on the Loupedeck after a few months using it? I get RSI and trying to reduce the extent to which I used a mouse. I’d appreciate your thoughts…

  40. NimbusKhan NK on October 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I am bit frustrated that the shots framing while you’re using the LD was not a wide one so we could see exactly what part you’re doing with the LD and what part of the workflow you’ve assigned to the mouse.

  41. First Man Photography on October 25, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Which would you rather…..Loupedeck+ or Palette Gear?

  42. Simon White on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Loupedeck+ user here – very pleased with it and I find that it makes my use of Lightroom feel a bit more organic and natural, instead of clicking around and scrolling to try and find a particular setting.

  43. Tim Brown on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    With LoupeDeck being solely dedicated to Lightroom, is it possible they’ll bring out a comparable product for Premiere Pro?

  44. Ryan Walters on October 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I really appreciate your comparison! Wish I could have seen some video action with the Loupedeck but I’m pretty sold on it. Keep up the great work!

  45. prad k's photography on October 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Adam it’s so nice to hear you’re teaming up with great people. You must be feeling very rewarding. Congratulations. And the video was, as usual, very attractive.

  46. Tim Tam on October 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Good, fair review. The Palette Gear struck me as a ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ kind of product. Any control has to have a way of resetting it, so the sliders alone would cross it off my list. Funny, I’ve been using Lightroom since Adobe bought Rawshooter (I think that’s what it was called) and I’ve never thought of using a control surface before. Seeing one in use, it makes so much sense. I’ve just ordered a Contour Design Shuttlexpress V2 for use with Davinci Resolve but I know a lot of people use them with Lightroom too, so I’m even more curious to see how that works out.

  47. mark ockwell on October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I there, do you recommend the Loupedeck+ now that you have had time to play with it, I am seriously thinking about getting it after seeing it in the January copy of practical photography….8)

  48. I B on October 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Great. Best review of both systems I’ve seen. Love the arcade buttons though. Memories of my Kempston Joystick back in the 80s!

  49. Toby Jugg on October 25, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Hi, I don’t know if anyone will read this as I’ve seen it VERY late – do you think this loupe deck will work on Lightroom Classic CC ? I would love a deck like this, BUT its a little "old" and lightroom has moved on. Any help gratefully received.

  50. marvar gare on October 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    So in other words Adobe makes crap software, calls it professional and then third parties try to fix it with sluggish illogical controllers? (illogical because of the Adobe screw up) Why not just having Tab or custom key selection mode and then one single controller? Press S for shadows and then adjust the shadows, press C for contrast and adjust the contrast. Will I have to map each controller or have set up of some controllers? That doesnt make me more productive. I find myself much faster with clicking my mouse on shadows and then putting a number straight from my keyboard, then pressing Tab key for the next one, how easy is that?

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