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The best keyboards for video editing in 2022

The best keyboards for video editing
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The best keyboards for video editing can really help speed up your workflow. That means finishing your work earlier, and having more leisure time to spend on yourself. And in a profession where long hours are not uncommon, that's not to be sniffed at.

It's not just about speed, either. If you work in video editing, you run the risk of developing serious problems like RSI over time, so buying a more ergonomic keyboard is a great investment in your personal future. 

Other features you might seek out include special dedicated keys for software like Premiere Pro, a multi-functional dial and wireless functionality. If you're not sure what to look for, first read our section on How to choose the best keyboards for video editing.

Note that most keyboards on this list will be compatible with at least Windows and Mac computers, while some like the Logitech K780 (number 5 on our list) will also work with Chromebooks, iOS and Android devices. Finally, to complete your setup, also read our guides to the best mouse for video editing and the best headphones for video editing.

Best keyboards for video editing in 2022

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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

We'll start with the absolute best keyboard for video editing available today. The signature feature of Logitech's Craft keyboard is its touch-sensitive multi-function dial in the upper left corner. Called the 'Crown', this allows you to make adjustments to settings in Adobe Creative Suite 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 PC or Mac, or even both together. 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 the system 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.

See also: • Best Mac mouse  • Best Mac keyboard

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2. 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

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. The Astra Premiere Pro keyboard is available in separate versions to suit Windows or Mac, so be sure to pick the right model.

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3. Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard

The best keyboard for video editing in DaVinci Resolve

Specifications

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Connection: wired (USB Type-C)
Dimensions: 585 x 235mm
Weight: 2450g

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 obvious 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.

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4. 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

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is 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.

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5. Logitech K780

The best keyboard for working across 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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Useful smart device stand
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Seamless device switching
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Well priced

Reasons to avoid

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Not video editing-centric

Want to do video editing across desktop and mobile devices? Then here's our recommendation. The K780 is designed to work well as a typical computer keyboard, connecting to a PC, Mac or Chromebook, but that's just the start. Thanks to a discreet slot running across the top, a phone or tablet (up to a 12-inch iPad Pro) can sit in the keyboard itself, held upright at just the right angle to create a laptop-style set-up. 

Connecting devices is achieved via Bluetooth, and up to three devices can be simultaneously contnected. The keyboard can then be used as a much more ergonomic input device for your phone or tablet than trying to type using its touch screen. One-touch switching between each connected device further enhances the easy of use, while the rounded keys add some design flair. What's more, the K780 is completely wireless, with a stated 10m range and a two-year battery life from just a pair of AAA cells.

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6. 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: 1150g

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. 

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. Extra dedicated media keys and a volume dial add some convenience for video playback.

How to choose the best keyboards 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.

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