If you find yourself spending a lot of time behind adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, or After Effects, you are likely planning to buy — or already have — some kind of controller that allows you quick access to some of your most common or favorite features. Asus has an answer with its ProArt Display PA147CDV.
Users of Davinci Resolve have the Speed Editor and Editor’s Keyboard, which have been popular tools for some time now. However, Adobe users have to find their own toys to play with. Thankfully, there are plenty to pick from. You can dive into the Loupedeck+, which is a popular option, or the Tourbox Neo for something a tad more simple. The problem is, they can only be customized so far.
There are some module options out there, but even those can only do so much (although they are kind of cool). However, with the new Asus ProArt Display PA147CDV, you can customize it to not only do whatever you need it to, but also look like whatever you need it to as well.
It supports the Adobe apps and allows you to move everything around, adding buttons, scroll/jog wheels, faders, and more. You can design your controller to look however you want. It’s a 14″ IPS 1920×550 resolution touchscreen display (32:9) with ten points of touch and 100% of the Rec. 709 and sRGB color gamuts. It can rest between your keyboard and monitor (or anywhere else you’d like it) and it is a dead knockoff of the screen found on the ZenBook Pro Duo laptops.
Therefore, it is for those who do not wield those laptops. Allowing you to use it with any laptop or even desktop system. Assign faders or jog wheels for things like transparency, color adjustments, or trim. Add buttons for some of your favorite tools or shortcuts. You may only be limited by your own imagination and who knows what other programs it may support (if not now, maybe in the future as Asus improves on it). It even supports the ability to control it with a pen via MPP 2.0 support (Microsoft’s Pen Protocol).
It features two USB-C ports that can be used to power it and send data to it in a single connection. Else, one can be used for just power and it also has an HDMI 1.4 port that can be used for data separately if your system doesn’t support video over USB-C. There is also a built-in (physical) jog wheel that can easily be accessed from the side.
The company hasn’t revealed the exact launch date and price just yet. However, we did run into it during NAB 2022 in Las Vegas where we got to see some of the stuff it could do. It really does sound exciting and we will make sure to follow up with any details if we find out more or come across one to play with here.