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The Monitor Window

Select Window > Monitor in Premiere’s main menu. See those two blank, black boxes in front of you? This is the Monitor window. It sees all. It plays all. And with it, you and the Monitor window make video editing happen.

What exactly is the Monitor window? It is actually two monitors—the Source (left) monitor and the Program (right) monitor. It is in this window that you preview clips and completed works. The Source and Program screens work as independent television monitors, creating on your computer screen a setup that’s similar to that of a linear editing bay. The Source monitor shows you the current clip you are wanting to incorporate into the project’s timeline. Simple edits, such as changing of IN and OUT points of a clip or sections of a clip and placement of clip markers—small numbered markers used in syncing of video with audio or with other events in video—can be done from the Source monitor. On the right, you have the Program (or Preview) window. After you have rendered a preview of your project, or if you clicked-and-dragged the CTI tool in the Timeline window (see Figure 3.10) from left to right, you can view what you have done up to the last edit or end point. You can note how transitions flow and even place transitions between tracks, all from the Program monitor.


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