Record Midi automation

i’m on Cubase Pro 9.5. I usually like to see my Midi automation lanes in the Project Window. So, if I record CC changes using a knob on my Midi keyboard, I’ll use the Extract Midi Automation function to have it show up as an automation lane in the Project Window.

Is there a way to avoid that step and record directly to an automation lane in the Project Window, i.e. maybe create the automation lane for the CC # first in the Project Window and then record to it or something?

Select Midi/CC Automation Setup from the top menu. At Record Destination on conflict (global), select Automation Track. Hit Write Automation, playback and twiddle knobs - it all appears as midi automation, not CC data.

Ah thanks for the tip, will give it a try.