What Loupedeck can do for your photo and video editing [Setups]


Today's user relies on Loupedeck Live for photo and video editing tasks.
Photo: Loupedeck

The other day we featured an M1 Ultra Mac Studio setup. We wanted to loop back to call out a couple of cool components in it — namely, a Loupedeck streaming media console and a Keychron Q1 Pro Mechanical Keyboard. It turns out Loupedeck Live is great for video editing (photos, too!).

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Loupedeck Live video and photo editing

Redditor orglickman (“Org”) showcased the setup in a post entitled, “My Mac Studio setup.” In it, he noted he runs his M1 Ultra Mac Studio through a CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 dock to drive dual 27-inch Dell monitors on a double mount, one in landscape orientation and one in portrait (vertical).

So on Wednesday, we called out a very special component of Org’s M1 Ultra Mac Studio that most people don’t give much thought to. Now we’ll focus on a lesser-known peripheral in the workstation. He noted he uses his Loupedeck Live “for Lightroom editing,” referring to two of the device’s main jobs, photo and video editing with Adobe Lightroom.

Check out Org’s setup with Loupedeck Live:

Loupedeck Live video editing setup
This user likes Loupedeck Live for streaming tasks like photo and video editing in Lightroom. The device sits to the left of the keyboard.
Photo: orglickman@reddit.com

The device — Loupedeck Live is one of a handful of Loupedeck models — shares functionality with the popular Elgato Stream Deck. And like Stream Deck, it does more than strictly streaming-related tasks. It’s useful in controlling any number of apps and creating shortcuts. But we see Loupedeck less often in setups.

It comes from a Finnish company, which describes its main features this way:

Native integrations: OBS Studio, Streamlabs (Windows), Twitch, Ecamm, vMix, Spotify, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop with Camera Raw, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Capture One Pro 21 (macOS), Illustrator, Audition and Final Cut Pro – each include ready-made profiles to make getting started easy!

Works with any software: Create Custom Profiles for any software using shortcuts and macros. Assign your own actions and adjustments to all the buttons and dials!

Power customization software: Create unlimited pages of controls for Touch Buttons and Dials, assign actions according to your needs and organize them into workspaces. Expand the functionality with Custom Actions — create complex macros, combine commands, add delays and upload your own icons.

Premium build and enhanced tactile control: Loupedeck Live features a compact aluminium build body, with haptic analog dials, customizable buttons, LED backlighting, and more. Loupedeck’s aluminium dials give you haptic feedback on incremental changes.

Control your operating system: Simultaneously control your OS while live-streaming or editing — control Spotify media, adjust volume, screen brightness, launch any app, open folders or web pages fast and so much more!

Keychron Q1 Pro mechanical keyboard

Keychron Q1 mechanical keyboard
Not only can you swap out the switches and keycaps, you can program every key.
Photo: Keychron

The mechanical keyboard is another case of a somewhat-rare device similar to others we see frequently. It’s the Keychron Q1 Pro Wireless Custom Mechanical Keyboard. The mechanical keyboard market is full of K-series Keychron mechs, but the more-customizable Q series is somewhat pricier and a bit more of a rare beast.

Keychron’s growing Q series is definitely worth a look if you want to up your mechanical keyboard game.

And if you like the wallpaper showing on the setup’s displays, you can find it in macOS Sonoma.

Shop these items now for your own Loupedeck video and photo editing setup:


Keychron Q1 keyboard:

Computer and dock:



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