Graphics Tablet

Hi. I was thinking about buying a graphics tablet to use with photoshop and Hitfilm. My hand will sometimes get a cramp when using a mouse. I emailed the customer service and they said that Hitfilm 2 ultimate may or may not work with a graphic tablet. I wanted to know if anyone has had one that works.


  • i'd like to know too... using Wacom here, as of tendinosis... :huh:
  • Hey. I went ahead and bought the Wacom Bamboo Capture tablet. It works well for every thing except moving the camera in 3d space.  It does take some practice to get used to it. It is so nice for color grading and saves my hand! I'd say go for it. Well worth the $100, plus you get Photoshop elements and some other programs.
  • HF does work with a Wacom, but as noted above some features don't work (as it's only simulating a mouse - not using a custom control). This can get a bit or a pain.
    My Wacom is used for everything... CGI (Lightwave. Maya etc) through to Photoshop and AE... I even use it for normal Windows operation... the only program I use the mouse with is HitFilm! I just find it a hassle as it's not pad configured, so easier to stay 'mouse native' when working in HF.
    I've been using a pad since 1995 (!) - many flavours of Wacom :) and most studios I've been at run pads also. I have to say that using a mouse (for me) is very weird! LOL.
    Maybe with the new Mac version coming, pad support might be on it's way :)
  • Cine1080, wondering, what are the pitfalls you encountered?
    hm, i wonder also if some of it can be solved with AHK... could be...
  • Erikals - basically, as HitFilmer165147 mentioned, it's really difficult to navigate the 3D space as it's set up for a mouse (middle mouse etc).
    So, I pretty much finish off all my other elements (ie LW or Maya renders, get my cameras/nulls exported and prep for teh comp) - then loose the pen and move over to the mouse whilst using Hitfilm.
    I'd rather stay with the pen, but the navigation and control isn't there really, so the 'old way' it is.
  • I've never used a tablet, so this may be a dumb question, but if HF *did* work with a pen, how would you navigate with it?   Movement makes sense, just move the pen, but how do you do other things, such as  click and drag with a pen?  Are there buttons on it? Is it based on pen pressure on the tablet?
    Just curious :)     Have been considering trying out a tablet for a while, just haven't gotten around to it.
  • edited May 2013
    hi, there are probably some intros on youtube that covers it.
    quick >
    - navigation is done by hovering the pen
    - click-drag is done by pressing down the pen, then letting go
    - yes, there are buttons on it, one for L or R click, one for midle click, a delete/eraser button.
    they can be configured as you wish.
    - there is no scroll button though.
    - the tablet itself has buttons with functions. (i tend not to use them myself)
  •  Thanks erikals, that helps.   I didn't realize 'hovering' was supported.  Looking forward to playing with one in the future.
  • edited September 2018

    I have a XP-Pen Artist 12 Graphics Display tablet ( buy from ) and use it in photoshop and illustrator but never considered it for hitfilm or any video or audio editors. Not sure what you would use it for in hitfilm other than to maybe draw motion paths, maybe.
    Keyboard and mouse are my main controls for hitfilm, I would think the pen would get in the way and the touch function isn't all that great on my bamboo. It works as it is suppose to but don't have any long term use for it myself. Maybe it could come in handy with the moving things around in 3D.
    I also have a Leap Motion hands free controller that allows to control computer by gestures and moving my hands around but I still default to my mouse and keyboard.

     xp-pen artist pen display monitor

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator
    edited April 17

    @touyun I also have an xp-pen 13. In Hitfilm, I just use it as a second display, while using it as an illustration tool in paint programs. 

  • Is the Apple iPad Pro with Apple pencil a good option? Not sure if this is what you need.

  • This post is really good

  • For Photoshop and Hitfilm, you easily work with the small Wacom Intuous Pen & Touch.  I've got a double screen setup  and I have no trouble pointing accurately.  In the Wacom setup, set the tablet mapping to
    "Screen Area:Full"  and "Force Proportions".  And you can make two easy improvements to the pen so it will last longer and be easier to use:

    1. The side button is only a few millimeters higher than the body of the pen -- it's almost impossible to find it by feel alone.  So the fix is to take an old credit card and  to cut a strip of plastic to the same size as the side button, the stick it in place with thin double-stick tape.  It works very well.

    2.  These pens are expensive -- to make yours last longer, get some silicone pen grips/bumpers from other pens/clickable pencils, etc. -- whatever you can find, and put one at each end.  They roll off the table easily -- when they hit the floor, you'll be glad you put the bumpers in place.

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