Special keyboards or touch controllers for video editing are familiar. But a foot pedal? The Elgato Stream Deck pedal is actually something new. As the name suggests, it is especially designed for live streaming software such as OBS, but the three freely assignable pedals can also be used with other software, such as video chats, gaming or video editing. A short demo video shows how an In and Out point is set on the timeline and rendering is started in Premiere Pro by foot pressure.
Elgato Stream Deck Pedal
Basically, the same options are available for assigning the foot buttons as with the "normal" Stream Deck Controller. More complex sequences can also be defined via macros. Depending on the currently used software, the assignment profile changes automatically. The Stream Deck Pedal is connected via USB-C.
While we can imagine a pedal control quite well for live situations, be it streaming or presentations, etc., for example when special events are triggered (sounds, fade-ins, etc.) or when switching between views, the practical use in video editing is not immediately obvious. After all, there is not so much happening at the same time that one would not be able to keep up with the shortcuts. But perhaps this assessment is purely a matter of habit and a clever pedal assignment could bring the last bit of efficiency? Or at least spare the joints.
The Elgato Stream Deck pedal costs 89.99 Euros and should be available in February.