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Video Safe Zones

Though the Monitor window displays the entire video frame, television monitors are likely to crop off the outer edges of the image. If your program is destined for full-screen display on a video monitor, you may need to check whether certain parts of the image fall within the video safe zones.

In video, the inner 90% of the complete image is considered to be action-safe—that is, everything within that area is likely to appear on most television screens. The inner 80% is considered to be title-safe. Because you can't afford to let any of the title's content be lost, the title-safe area literally defines a necessary safety margin. The safe-zone guides are for your reference only; they aren't added to the source image and don't appear in the program output. Though it's possible to change the position of the safe-zone guides, 80% and 90% of the image are standard.

To view safe zones:

  • From the Monitor window's pull-down menu, choose either of the following options (Figure 4.7):

    Figure 4.7. From the Monitor window pull-down menu, choose options to display safe zones in the source and program views.


    Safe Margins for Source Side—Safe-zone guides appear in the source view.

    Safe Margins for Program Side—Safe-zone guides appear in the program view.

    Safe-zone guides appear in the corresponding view of the Monitor window (Figure 4.8). Deselect your option in the pull-down menu to hide the safe-zone guides again.

    Figure 4.8. The outer guide indicates the action-safe zone; the inner guide indicates the title-safe zone. Safe-zone guides don't appear in the final output.


To set the safe-zone areas:

1.
From the Monitor window's pull-down menu, choose Monitor Window Options (Figure 4.9).

Figure 4.9. Choose Monitor Window Options.


The Monitor Window Options dialog box appears.

2.
Enter values for the Action-Safe Margin and Title-Safe Margin options (Figure 4.10).

Figure 4.10. Enter values for the Action-Safe Margin and Title-Safe Margin options to change the standard settings.


3.
Click OK to close the dialog box.

The safe-zone guides reflect the values you entered.

Tip

As you might guess, safe zones are particularly useful when you're creating titles or moving images through the screen. See Chapter 12 for more information about titles; see Chapter 14 for more information about motion settings.


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