We use a Wacom Intous 4 Large but only due to our workstation set-up of Dual 30s/27s on Mac Pros.
If you have a single screen set-up you can go less than the Large.
Long time Wacom users here and they cant take a beating.
If you go Wacom, go with the Intuos or Pro line, not the Bamboo. Bamboo is ok for travel, but the high end ones have better response. I've been using them for about 10 years. It ended a lot of pain I was having in my arm. Of course, any repetitive task will still bring other issues, but it's nowhere near as bad as with a mouse.
Now, Wacom and FCP7=Awesome. Increased my speed 10-fold. Wacom and FCPX=sometimes annoying. Reason - the location of the pointer on the screen dictates actions. So if skimming is on and you want to play a clip in the timeline, but move your hand a little - which moves the pointer to the event lib, then you are playing the wrong clip.
What's happening is that the location of your hand on the Wacom dictates where on the screen the pointer is. I will often move the pointer to where it needs to be. Then I'll rest my hand on the tablet, which causes the pointer to move up (usually to the EL). Anyway, it just means I turn skimming off a lot more with the Wacom than when using a trackpad.
I find it hard to use my Intuos with FCPX. I use it with Photoshop, Illustrator, Smoke, Resolve without any issues...but Motion and X just seem clunky to me. There's something about the weight of the clip containers that just feels off. Not to mention how small all the slider controls are.
I put in an enhancement request asking Apple to make the two more tablet friendly :)
[Jeremy Garchow]"It works nothing like any other program, but we all know how that goes."
There are days when it just aggravates me no end. Today, I had a primary and 2 layers stacked above. Trying to compare the exact same frame on all 3 was so fiddly that I found myself missing tracks, and focus points. Seriously, having to disable the skimmer, turn off the clip, then turn it back on, and turn on the skimmer again and repeat, really pissed me off.
A simple page-up/page-down should be all that is required.
[Jeremy Garchow]"I also find that with the Wacom, leaving clip skimming on, but regular skimming off and setting a marker with snapping turned on, sometimes helps to compare layers at the same frame.
How's that for some silly juju?"
Yeah it's ridiculous how the program makes some basic editorial functions so horribly convoluted.
I don't understand why I can't hold down Option when skimming to automatically activate clip skimming when needed, and then release it to put it back in Normal Skimming mode. Little things like that can make such a difference. Or for example, to change the Opacity of a clip, I have to Apple4, scroll down and then drag the slider. I can also hit CtrlV, but then I have to hit the little expand icon all the way to the right before I can access the line and drag it down or up. Both those options take about the same time. They really need to think about getting rid of some of these poor design decisions. Ideally CtrlV should bring up basic fields that can be maniupulated instantly.
All these things require work, regardless of whether you're working with a client in the room or not. I hope this new version takes some serious strides toward making creative editorial as fast as ingest and sorting.