While mice aren’t exactly filmmaking gear, it is something every editor uses when post-producing films, and as mice go, this is a great one.
The Logitech MX Master comes in at around £70 on Amazon, and is packed full of features that make post-production a whole lot faster.
It is a wireless mouse that charges over Micro USB and has a battery life of around 10 days.
It works on PC or Mac, and can connect over Bluetooth or the included universal receiver.
One of the features that appealed to me the most is the thumb wheel, which lets you quickly and easily scroll horizontally through your timeline.
The thumb wheel is speed sensitive, and the slower you move it, the faster it will scrub through your timeline. This makes it quick and easy to move around your edit.
When looking through long documents or webpages, the scroll wheel has a brilliant feature to help you scroll at speed.
When scrolling normally, the wheel has a click mechanism that scrolls down the page bit by bit, but if you want to quickly move to the bottom or top of a page, you can scroll quickly to unlock that mechanism and free scroll.
The mouse also has four programmable buttons that you can key bind to whatever you want. I have key bind setup for cutting a clipping two, adding new nodes in Davinci resolves color panel, as well as key binds for other editing tools I need quick access to.
This mouse has exceptional build quality and sits comfortably in your hand, no matter your grip style.
It has a good weight to it, feels durable, and is very responsive.
The mouse requires the Logitech Options software, which allows you to customise all of the settings on the mouse.
This really simple, easy to use software gives you full control over every setting, enabling you to adjust the sensitivity, add keybindings, enable gestures and fine tune the mouse to your needs.
It will also allow you to sync these settings to the cloud, enabling you to use the mouse across your devices.
It also has a feature called Logitech Flow, which allows you to move the mouse between devices on the same network.
While this feature works great from Windows to Windows, or Mac to Mac, I have encountered problems with it from Windows to Mac and vice versa.
Hopefully this is something they fix with a future software update.
If you have the Logitech Craft Keyboard – which I’ll be reviewing in the future – it will also move your keyboard between devices, so if you work on both a desktop and a laptop, this could be a great tool for you.
Overall, I think this is one of the best mice I have ever used. When buying it, I never thought that something as simple as a mouse, could make a huge difference to my post-production workflow.
Not only is this a great mouse for filmmakers, it is a great mouse for any creative, giving you many options for improving your workflow.