I’ve had a Contour ShuttleXpress for years that I use with Sony Vegas when editing. It’s cheaper than the ShuttlePro and not nearly as complicated. I only use it for the most common functions so all the extra buttons on the ShuttlePro was overkill. The Xpress has been pretty much perfect. The only thing I would change is the weight. I’d like it to be a little heavier, but the purposes of this post that is neither here nor there.
Anyway, one of my projects at work is to create some user tutorials for the software we make for an upcoming release. The time between when the final version releases for beta and when it releases for all users is quite small – less than two weeks. Not a lot of time to get the tutorials ready. It’s also not the only big project I’m working on so anything I can do to maximize my efficiency is needed. Enter my Contour ShuttleXpress.
My workstation at work is running Windows 7 Pro and driver-wise, the Shuttle is right at home. I’m using Camtasia Studio 7 for screen capture and producing the final videos. The problem is in the button mapping. When you install Shuttle’s control panel software there are lots of software options but Camtasia isn’t one of them. So I decided to make my own. Techsmith (makers of Camtasia) have some pretty decent good documentation for the Camtasia hotkeys. See it here.
With the Camtasia documentation in hand, I started going through the functions I use most frequently and started mapping them to the various buttons and the jog wheel. Now editing is much faster. If you use Camtasia* and have a ShuttleXpress or plan on adding one to your toolset you can download my Camtasia prefs file for your Shuttle.
Download it here: Camtasia Studio 7 – ShuttleXpress Prefs
*Note – This was created for Camtasia Studio 7 in Windows. It has not been tested with Camtasia for Mac. You can buy me Camtasia Mac and I’d be glad to test it and/or make one for that version.