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Lesson 3. The Workspace > Working with the Monitor window

Working with the Monitor window

The Monitor window is where you will view all your video. The window is capable of displaying two views, the Clip view and the Timeline view. The Clip view plays a single clip at a time, the Timeline view plays all the clips in your Timeline.

Click on the top of the Monitor window to make it active. The Timeline button should be active by default, if it is not, click on it to make it active. Press the Play/Pause button () to begin playing the m ovie in your timeline. As the timeline is playing, notice that the blue timecode in the left side of the Monitor window is advancing. Press the spacebar to pause the playback. You could have also pressed the Play/Pause button.

About Timecode

Timecode represents the location of the frames in a video. Cameras record timecode onto tape. The timecode is based on the number of frames per second (fps) that the camera records, and the number of frames per second that the video displays upon playback. Digital video has a standard frame rate that is either 29.97 fps for NTSC video (the U.S. broadcast video standard) or 25 fps (the European broadcast video standard known as PAL). Timecode describes location in the format of hours;minutes;seconds;frames. For example, 01;20;15;10 specifies that the displayed frame is located 1 hour, 20 minutes, 15 seconds, and 10 frames into the scene.

—From Premiere Elements Help

You can locate a specific frame in your video program by changing your position in time. Place your cursor over the blue timecode in the Monitor window, and your Selection tool will change to a hand with two arrows (). Click and drag to the right, advancing your video. As long as you keep the mouse button held down, you can move backwards and forwards through the timeline. This is sometimes referred to as “scrubbing” through your video. As you change the timecode by dragging, notice that you have identical numbers in your timeline window below, and they are synchronized. This is because the Timeline view and the Timeline window are really just two different views of the project.

A. Go To Previous Edit Point. B. Go To Next Edit Point. C. Step Back. D. Play/Pause. E. Shuttle. F. Step Forward. G. Set Timeline Marker. H. Export Frame.

Another method of navigating through the timeline involves the Shuttle control located below the Play button in the Monitor window. Click and drag the Shuttle control to the right to move forward through your video. The further to the right you move the Shuttle, the faster you move through the timeline. This method is useful for scanning a project for edit points.

You can also move through the timeline by entering the time in the timecode control. Click once on the blue timecode on the left of the Monitor window, and it will change to an editable field. Type the number 700 and press Enter to move to the 7 second point of your project.

Click the Step Forward button () to advance your video one frame at a time to the following time 00;00;07;03. Video is simply a series of frames shown at a rate of thirty per second. Using the step forward or step back buttons allows you to locate very precise moments in time.

You can export a single frame of video as a still image using the Export Frame button () in the Monitor window. Premiere Elements will save the frame as a Windows Bitmap by default.

Click the Go to Next Edit Point button () in the Monitor window to jump to the first frame of the next clip. Notice in your Timeline that a blue playback head with a red line jumps to the 00;00;14;14 mark. This is called the current-time indicator and it is important to note that the point in the timeline at which the current-time indicator is located is the exact frame displayed in the Monitor window.

Click the Go to Next Edit Point button seven more times to reach the 59;13 point in your timeline. Each time you press the button, your current-time indicator jumps to the next scene.



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