October 27, 2017 at 11:45AM

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Which computer mouse for editing?

I have been using an ordinary computer mouse for editing for the past seven-or-so years. Getting back after a couple of weeks off, my index finger is now killing me. Can anyone suggest a more ergonomic mouse? I go between a mac pro and a macbook pro.
cheers, Max

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I've been using a Logitech M570 trackball for a couple of years now and I never get tired when using that type of mouse (or is it mice? Maybe just trackballs?) for editing.
Yeah, I know it can be difficult to adjust to the fact that instead of using your hand/arm to move the cursor around you now have to use your thumb instead - I've encountered many funny reactions from fellow filmmakers who couldn't get their head around it and angrily discarded the trackball as being faulty or useless :P
I find it to be a lot more natural and relaxed to use a trackball than an ordinary mouse, especially since your fingers aren't moving around as much as with a mouse, so perhaps you should try looking down that road and see if it's something for you?

October 30, 2017 at 8:37AM

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Kasper Schürer
Independent videographer
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I've used nothing but trackballs. There is a stack of worn out trackballs sitting in the corner. I started using trackballs in about 1995 and have passed this on to people whom I built edit suites for. I can edit 16 hours a day with little fatigue and have done so. My idea of using a mouse to edit is the equivalent of a demented maestro flapping his arms around leading a Spike Jones (no offense to the band leader) arrangement.

October 30, 2017 at 4:55PM

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Ramey Elliot
Director of Photography/Videographer
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I'm surprised everyone is recommending trackballs. I too use a trackball. Have been since I started using computers since my father was a computer programmer and he always used a trackball. I have always used the logitech trackman marble mouse. I've literally been using it since the late 90s. I have had to buy a new one every couple years because I spill something on it or break a mouse button but other than that, it is a staple for me.

October 31, 2017 at 3:48PM

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Matthias Claflin
Videographer
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MX master

November 1, 2017 at 6:56PM, Edited November 1, 6:56PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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MX Master II

Jeroen Rommelaars

November 2, 2017 at 4:46PM

Razer Naga Chroma gaming mouse, though the software for Mac is very buggy. Love the keystroke programmable 12 buttons for my thumb on the side alone, plus more on the top and wheel. I use the wheel to zoom in and out the timelines in Premiere.

November 2, 2017 at 10:54PM, Edited November 2, 10:56PM

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