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Lightroom Controlling Softwares - Other solutions

 

Pfixer

This is a paid version Lightroom plugin from Pusher Labs but you may not only buy the plugin itself, but can also purchase two types of controllers with it. Buying them as a package you will get a ready-to-use product. The controllers will be programmed and mapped by factory and they will also be labelled accordingly for visual help. The downside of this is when you want to customize it, the labelling will loose its meaning. But there is also an advantage too, with the Pfixer you can map your keyboard as well, moreover you can add Lightroom features for your Magic Trackpad’s gestures. Wow!

You can buy Pfixer from Pusher Labs for 100 dollars here.

Palette Gear

This is a bit different story because Palette Gear is a software and hardware in one. They have developed their own controller from crowd funding, which is modular, so you can buy the sliders, knobs and buttons separately and mix/arrange them as you like (obviously they sell pre-assembled kits too). Unfortunately creating a setup with Palette that matches an advanced MIDI controller costs a fortune and may take quite a significant place on your desk. Altough you should know that Palette Gear is the only solution you can use with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign and Premier Pro besides Lightroom, and you can add features even to your joystick or gamepad through their software. IMHO, the Palette Gear is great but (for LR) compared to an advanced MIDI controller with MIDI2LR plugin it is just a clever but very expensive toy. (Sorry guys, sell it cheaper and my opinion will change, for the price of your stuff, people can buy a serious controller with LED-lit encoders and motorized faders in a compact housing.)

Palette Gear project can be found here.

Lightroom controlling with tablet

Before we go on to the hardware side, we have to mention that there is a possibility to use a tablet as a MIDI controller with Lightroom. There are several apps for iOS and Android (eg. Midi Touch, TouchOSC or the specifically Lightroom-designed LRPAD), moreover, there are also free apps which can make our tablet act like a virtual MIDI controller and connect it with Lightroom (via plugin) by wire or wifi. This is actually a half-solution, because of the touchscreen (moreover using with wifi you may experience some lag too), so it is only slightly better than using the Lightroom with a touchpad or trackpad. Obviously the tablets’ user interface (ie. the app’s virtual sliders) are much bigger than the Lightroom’s sliders on the monitor so you can give a try if you already have a tablet at home. It is better than nothing, its free, but it is virtual so it cannot beat the physical sliders and knobs.

 

Now we are done with softwares needed for Lightroom. Let’s take a look at the hardware-side of the story: what type of MIDI controllers are worth buying for the job?

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Introduction

Using a MIDI controller for photo processing is quite a new movement in the world. These hardwares are originally built for music editing softwares but thanks to some clever plugins they can be used for photo editing in Adobe’s Lightroom software too. READ MORE...

Softwares

We need a small plugin to connect a MIDI controller with Lightroom. The job of these plugins is to identify the signal of the MIDI controller via USB and match them to certain Lightroom prompts and functions which are in the plugin’s stock. READ MORE...

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