Re: AE input devices by Chris Evans on Dec 28, 2015 at 4:51:10 pm
I figure most people use mice for After Effects and probably most programs. If you're looking for something different, check out a wacom tablet or something similar. I've never used one, but I've heard they give you a lot more control and you can basically use them in any situation you'd use a mouse with the same functionality. You'd have to judge the cost effective-ness for yourself and see if you can afford it.
You could also look at a mouse that has multiple dpi settings like a decent gaming mouse. They often have a button you can hold to slow the mouse down to allow for finer control.
Ultimately, I don't think something other than a mouse and keyboard are going to significantly speed up your workflow enough to really justify (though some would argue about wacom tablets I think). If you need that fine control, just zoom in. And a keyboard gives you all the buttons you need for shortcuts.
I use a Wacom USB tablet, but I only use it for design work in which tight accuracy is necessary - the RotoBrush in After Effects, or painting, for example. I haven't really given it a fair chance as a full time tool, to replace the mouse, because I find that certain functions, such as the scroll wheel, as well as the right and left mouse buttons, are easier to use than the buttons on the tablet pen.
It may be that I've been using the mouse for so long, that my muscle memory just works as if the mouse is part of my hand. As I say, I haven't tried using the pen for everything. But for Illustrator, Photoshop, and certain After Effects functions, I've got to have the Wacom tablet.
If you want to give the tablet a try, but don't want to put out the fairly expensive price for a Wacom, you might want to give one of Monoprice's tablets a try:
Re: AE input devices by Tero Ahlfors on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:13:51 pm
[Joseph W. Bourke]"(you get what you pay for)"
Every cheapo tablet I've tried has been HORRIBLE. There is also the cheaper Wacom series which are now the Intuos Art/Draw/Photo and Comic. I have the older Pen & Touch Wacom which is still working well at home and I got an Intuos 3 and 4 tablets at work.