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Chapter 4. Editing Source Clips > Playback Controls

Playback Controls

Whether you're using a clip window, the source view, or the program view controller, the basic playback controls look and work the same. Most playback controls also have one or more keyboard shortcuts, which are well worth learning (Figure 4.37).

Figure 4.37. Playback controls work the same way in the source view, the program view, and the clip window.


Before you use keyboard playback controls, however, make sure that you first select the proper view of the Monitor window. When you select a view, its image frame appears highlighted, and the time display becomes bright green.

Also bear in mind that the program view of the monitor corresponds to the timeline. As you change the current frame in the program view, watch how it affects the edit line in the timeline (and vice versa). The same keyboard playback commands that work for the program view also work when the Timeline window is selected.

To use the playback controls:

  • Below the image in the source view, program view, or separate source monitor, choose the appropriate playback control:

    Play—plays the clip or program until it reaches the last frame.

    Stop—stops playback.

    Frame advance—moves the current view one frame forward in time (or forward by the timebase division you selected for the time display).

    Frame reverse—moves the current view one frame back (or backward by the timebase division you selected for the time display).

    Loop selection—repeatedly plays the portion of the clip or program between the selected in and out points until you click Stop.

    Play selection—plays the portion of the clip or program between the selected in and out point one time.

    Jog tread—advances or reverses the clip by small amounts as you drag and release the control. The jog tread is comparable to a jog wheel on a video deck.

    Shuttle slider—quickly scans through the clip as you drag the small line. The extreme left side of the slider corresponds to the first frame of the clip; the extreme right side corresponds to the last frame.

    For more information about in and out points, see "Setting In and Out Points" later in this chapter.

To use keyboard shortcuts to control playback:

1.
Make sure that the appropriate view is active.

2.
Do one of the following:

  • To play in reverse, press .

  • To stop playback, press .

  • To play forward, press , (tilde).

  • To increase playback speed, press or again.

  • To toggle play and stop, press the spacebar.

  • To cue to the first frame, press the .

  • To cue to the last frame, press the .

  • To advance one frame, press

  • To reverse one frame, press .

  • To play from the current frame to the out point, -click (Mac) or -click (Windows) the play button.

  • To play from the in point to the out point with a preroll and postroll (additional frames before and after the selected frames), -click (Mac) or -click (Windows) the play button.

Tip

The - - keyboard combination is worth getting used to. In the next chapter, you'll see how you can use - - along with other keyboard shortcuts for speedy keyboard-based editing. In fact, this keyboard combination has become standard in several popular editing programs. You can think of them as the "home keys" of nonlinear editing.


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