The best keyboards for video editing in 2024

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Our top picks↴
1. Best overall: Logitech Craft
2. Da Vinci: Blackmagic Resolve
3. For Premiere Pro: LogicKeyboard
4. Alternative: Loupedeck+
5. Fast Da Vinci: Blackmagic Speed
6. Best tactile: Corsair K95
7. For multiple devices: MX Keys S  
8. Attention-grabbing: Roccat
9. Best for iPad: MX Keys Mini
FAQs
How to choose
How we test

The best keyboards for video editing are a wise investment for anyone working in the field. For a small outlay, they'll help finish your work more quickly, and stave off RSI too. So they'll basically pay for themselves tenfold over time.

So what makes a good keyboard for these purposes? Well, for a start you'll want an ergonomic layout, to save your fingers and hands from pain during long sessions. You may seek special dedicated keys for video editing software or a multi-functional dial, which will speed up your workflow. You may also be looking for wireless functionality and other time-saving features.

To help you out, we've curated a list of the best keyboards for video editing today. Most of these are compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, while some like the Logitech K780 (number 6 on our list) will also work with Chromebooks, iOS and Android devices. Finally to complete your kit, check out our buying guides to the best mouse for video editing and the best headphones for video editing too.

Our top picks

Best keyboards for video editing in 2024

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Best overall

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1. Logitech Craft

The best keyboard for video editing overall

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Connection: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth LE
Dimensions: 430 x 149 x 32mm
Weight: 960g

Reasons to buy

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Multi-function dial
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Ergonomically designed keys 
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Hand detection

Reasons to avoid

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Biased towards right-handers

Why fiddle around with keys to make tiny adjustments, when you can do so more easily with a dial? The signature feature of Logitech's Craft keyboard is its touch-sensitive multi-function dial in the upper left corner. Called the 'Crown', lets you make adjustments to settings in Adobe apps like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Premiere Pro, as well as the Microsoft Office suite. 

With a simple spin or tap of the dial, you can control functions like zooming, brightness, contrast, tool options, and more. When used in conjunction with your mouse, the pairing aims to give an ergonomic and fluid control interface that should soon become second nature. 

The Craft is designed to work seamlessly with PCs and Macs, or even both together. Indeed, Logitech's Flow feature allows the Craft and a compatible mouse to work across up to three devices, fluidly transferring from one screen to another, and is even capable of seamless file transfer between machines. 

The Craft keyboard is wireless with either a 2.4GHz or Bluetooth low energy connection, and the built-in rechargeable battery should last around a week on a charge. The back-lit keyboard keys are responsive and quiet, and each key has a dished surface to improve typing accuracy. All this makes it our clear pick as the best keyboard for video editing overall.

Best for Da Vinci Resolve

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The best keyboard for video editing in DaVinci Resolve

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Connection: Wired (USB Type-C)
Dimensions: 585 x 235mm
Weight: 2.45kg

Reasons to buy

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Packed with dedicated shortcut keys
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Jog/shuttle dial
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Heavyweight build

Reasons to avoid

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Hugely expensive
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Huge in size
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Only for DaVinci Resolve

If you edit in DaVinci Resolve, this custom keyboard is your editing dream come true. Its most important video-centric feature is the integrated Search Dial Control. This Jog/Shuttle dial has an in-built clutch for more accurate timeline positioning, but can also be freely spun for faster scrubbing. 

Metal construction and roller bearings are designed for top-notch smoothness, and the main keyboard body is also metal. The keys themselves are color-coded to help identify functions at a glance, with individual keys pre-set to perform frequently used functions in DaVinci Resolve. And when you've finished editing, the standard QWERTY key layout means this can double as a standard keyboard for word processing.

Read more: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard review

Best for Premiere Pro

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3. LogicKeyboard Astra for Adobe Premiere Pro

The best keyboard for video editing in Premiere Pro

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS (separate keyboard versions)
Connection: Wired (USB)
Dimensions: 446 x 150 x 30mm
Weight: 950g

Reasons to buy

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Tailored to Premiere Pro
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Backlit keys
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USB 2.0 hub built in

Reasons to avoid

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Only designed for one editing program

If you generally use one software package over all others, it makes sense to get a keyboard that's optimised for that tool. Hence LogicKeyboard makes custom keyboards tailored to a variety of popular video editing software packages, including DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, After Effects and many more. 

This Premiere Pro version of its Astra keyboard is typical of the breed, with color-coded keys for easy function identification. Each key has a dedicated Premiere Pro shortcut assigned to it, while five-level key backlighting makes this keyboard usable in any lighting environment. 

LogicKeyboard has even included a USB 2.0 hub on the back of the keyboard to connect other peripherals. Note that this keyboard is available in separate versions for Windows or Mac, so be sure to pick the right model.

Best keyboard alternative

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The best keyboard alternative: an action-triggering console for your video editing needs

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Connection: USB-A
Dimensions: 453 x 210 x 49mm
Weight: 670g

Reasons to buy

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Tactile controls
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Customisable
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Potential time-saver

Reasons to avoid

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Not video editing-centric

Here's an alternative approach that might fit your video editing needs better than a conventional QWERTY keyboard. After all, keyboard shortcuts are useful, but they can be fiddly, especially when you need to press two, three, or even four keys at once. Instead, this console helps you use photo and video editing software more simply and intuitively, using physical buttons, knobs, and dials. 

Although it's primarily designed to work out of the box with Adobe Lightroom, it also comes loaded with pre-assigned actions for video editing software such as Premiere Pro. The accompanying Loupedeck+ app will tell you what these are, as well as allow you to customize these for other software. 

Overall, this takes up a bit more space than a normal keyboard, but because it simplifies your controls, it means you can spend more time looking at the screen and less time glancing down. 

Read more: Loupedeck+ review

Best quick keyboard for Da Vinci Resolve

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The best quick editor for DaVinci Resolve

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Connection: Wired (USB Type-C)
Dimensions: 585 x 235mm
Weight: 2.45kg

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a Davinci Resolve Studio 18 license
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Bluetooth and USB-C connections
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Speeds up editing with dedicated controls

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for casual video editors
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Comes with a learning curve
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No carry case included

For professionals and enthusiasts who edit many videos, and even those who would prefer a more intuitive editing device than a standard keyboard and mouse, the Speed Editor is a no-brainer. Being a Davinci Resolve Studio user and having used the Speed Editor, I have to admit that I’m completely smitten by what it has to offer in terms of speeding up editing and ultimately, making my workflow more fluid for the time that I had the device. 

For more casual enthusiast video editors who don’t edit many videos – those for whom the free version of Davinci Resolve with its 4K output limit and paired back functionality is more than adequate – the Speed Editor isn’t necessary and you wouldn’t gain a huge amount from purchasing one. 

What’s more, the fact that it’s only marginally more expensive than Davinci Resolve Studio 8 software and includes a free license makes the Speed Editor incredibly cost-effective if you plan to buy the software anyway. Unfortunately, if you do already have a license, you’ll simply have to bite the bullet and spend out if you would like to add the Speed Editor to your existing Davinci Resolve Studio workflow but you won’t be disappointed with what it has to offer.

Read more: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor review

Best tactile keyboard

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6. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

The best keyboard for tactile typing

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS (separate keyboard versions)
Connection: Wired (USB)
Dimensions: 446 x 150 x 30mm
Weight: 950g

Reasons to buy

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Mechanical key switches
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Backlit keys
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Programmable macro keys

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Is the feel of a keyboard important to you? Then it's worth investigating the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum. It's more aimed at gamers than creatives, but it's still a great choice for video editing. 

For starters, you can assign macro functions to six dedicated keys, which is useful for pre-programming your most frequently used editing functions. The 8MB of onboard memory stores these on the keyboard itself. 

What really makes this keyboard special, though, are its RGB backlit keys which use Cherry MX mechanical switches; the gold standard in keyboard switches. Mechanical switches are designed to give keyboard keys an especially tactile, precise feel that makes typing much more satisfying than using a more basic membrane keyboard. 

The K95 RGB Platinum can be specced with either Cherry MX Blue keys (particularly 'clicky' and great for typing) or MX Speed switches, if you're a gamer. A detachable soft-touch palm rest further ups this board's ergonomic credentials.

Best keyboard for multiple devices

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The best keyboard for video editing on multiple devices

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, iOS, Android
Connection: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth Smart
Dimensions: 380 x 158 x 22mm
Weight: 875g

Reasons to buy

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Automatic LED lights work well
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Logi Options+ is intuitive to use
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Can switch seamlessly between three devices
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Logi Bolt may require USB-C adapter 
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Logi Options+ only available on Windows and macOS
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No cross compatibility with Unifying Receiver
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Palm rest sold separately

If you’re tired of the usual keyboard and seeking a step up, the MX Keys S might just be the premium upgrade you're after. The MX Keys S is designed to be sitting pretty on your clean, minimalist desktop, offering a typing experience that's comfy, if not entirely ergonomic. You can also dive into the world of keyboard personalization with Logi Options+ – it's a breeze to tweak your MX Keys S to your heart's content –  plus those automated LED lights are a neat little bonus.

It’s a bummer that there aren’t more keys to customize, and it would’ve been nice to have a Logi Options+ app for iPad and Android. But, once you link up to three devices via Logi Bolt or Bluetooth, swapping between them is smooth sailing. 

One small catch – if you’re an existing Master Series user, the fact that Logi Bolt peripherals don't get along with the previous gen’s Unifying Receiver might be a letdown. Also, it's a shame the palm rest doesn't come standard.

Nevertheless, overall, this keyboard’s a winner – a solid upgrade for most editors out there.

Read our full Logitech MX Keys S review

Best attention-grabbing keyboard

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8. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

The best keyboard for getting people's attention

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows
Connection: Wired (USB)
Dimensions: 462 x 235 x 32mm
Weight: 1.15kg

Reasons to buy

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Eye-catching design
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Premium mechanical key switches
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Media dial and hotkeys

Reasons to avoid

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Windows only
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Expensive
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Very large

Want to impress your friends, colleagues, clients and managers? Aesthetics aren't usually a big concern when choosing a new keyboard, but the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo may just persuade you otherwise, especially as it has great functionality too. 

Its RGB key lighting is displayed to full effect thanks to the minimal key caps that allows the the transparent key switch housings to be visible. Those switches are Roccat's own Titan switches, which have been designed to be precise and tactile, with a 3.6mm travel distance and reduced key wobble. 

An anodized aluminum fascia plate has been made to improve the rigidity of the board and it adds a quality look, plus there's a large detachable palm rest for improved ergonomics. And extra dedicated media keys and a volume dial add some convenience for video playback.

Best keyboard for editing video on iPad

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9. Logitech MX Keys Mini

The best keyboard for editing video on an iPad

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android
Connection: Bluetooth
Dimensions: 296 x 13 x 2mm
Weight: 680g

Reasons to buy

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Light and compact
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Works seamlessly with iPad
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Strong battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Niche use for video editors

Want to edit video on an iPad? We wouldn't recommend it in general. But sometimes when you're travelling it's nice to have the option of making some tweaks to your footage on the go. Especially if you have a new iPad Pro which, when teamed with DaVinci Resolve, makes an impressively capable video editing machine

As for a keyboard, we'd recommend the Logitech MX Keys Mini, which is light, easy to set up, and beautifully portable. And it's versatile too: it can Bluetooth with up to three different devices, including Windows, Android and Chromebook devices as well as Apple ones, with dedicated keys for switching between them. On average, you get 10 days' use on a full charge, and up yo five months' if you turn off the backlight.

FAQs

Do I need a special keyboard for video editing?

No, regular computer keyboards work fine for video editing. Buying a dedicated editing keyboards, however, will likely speed up your workflow by offering shortcuts, macros, and layouts designed for faster, more efficient editing.

What features should I look for in a video editing keyboard?

Key features to consider include customizable keys or a multi-function dial, backlighting for low-light environments, ergonomic design and compatibility with video editing software shortcuts. Also, some keyboards are specifically designed for a particular video editing package.

What is the benefit of customizable keys on a video editing keyboard?

Customizable keys allow you to assign specific functions or shortcuts commonly used in your video editing software, increasing efficiency and reducing reliance on mouse movements. This also has the benefit of reducing the risk of strain and RSI.

How to choose the best keyboard for video editing

What should a video editor be looking for in a keyboard? Well, for a start, think about the keys. Many keyboards use short-travel keys for compactness and quietness, but if you value a longer key stroke and a more defined 'clicky' feel, spending a bit extra on what's called a mechanical keyboard is well worth it. 

This type of keyboard uses individual mechanical switches beneath each key to create a tactile, defined response as you type. The most well known manufacturer of these mechanical switches is Cherry, with its MX line of switches available in multiple variants, each with a slightly different 'clickiness' to satisfy all requirements, from typing to gaming.

If you're likely to be editing for long periods, also think about how your keyboard's ergonomics can help. A board with a large, preferably padded, wrist rest could really help reduce or eliminate the chances of RSI or other pains.

One of the most helpful ways a keyboard can speed up your include dedicated media playback shortcut keys. It's also possible to find boards like the Logitech Craft, which include a multi-function dial designed to offer a faster and more ergonomic means of controlling editing functions. 

Then there are boards specifically designed for one editing package, such as Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve. These boards have the keyboard shortcut functions for the editing software in question permanently labelled on each key, and groups of keys are often color-coded according to the type of function they perform. It's a great way to help speed up your video editing.

Extras like RGB key backlighting can also be useful if you regularly edit in the dark and can't always see key labels at a glance. And a wireless keyboard may also be a smart choice if you don't like to be tethered to your desk.

How we test the best keyboards for video editing

We test keyboards across major editing platforms like DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro, ensuring seamless integration with shortcuts and macros. We evaluate key placement and travel distance for repetitive tasks like trimming and scrubbing, prioritizing layouts that minimize hand strain and fatigue. We assess mechanical and membrane switches for accuracy, responsiveness, and a satisfying typing feel that suits different editing styles. And we consider additional features like dedicated editing keys, jog wheels, and media controls, assessing their impact on workflow efficiency and overall value.

Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

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