the play window

How to use the Play Window

This video gives a demonstration of the Play Window – how to load and playback media and use the navigation buttons to locate and edit a particular part of the video clip.

Transcription of the video

The Forscene play window, indicated in blue, is used to view your clips, for logging, or to select the shots you want to use in your edit.

To put media into this window you open your file window and double click the clip that you want. Alternatively you can just drag your media from the file window and drop it into the play window.

There are three buttons on the top right hand side of the play window’s title bar. The first is to control audio volume for playback in this window. The second button is to resize your window – left click to increase and right click to decrease the size of your play window. The third button clears the media in your play window.

If you open multiple play windows, these tabs help you keep track of your media, and, if you stack the windows on top of each other, easily swap between them. You’ll notice that the clear button will change to a cross to close all but your last play window.

This is the navigation bar and it’s made up of the video track on top and the audio track underneath. Click the video and audio icons to control playback in the play window.

This white line in the centre of the navigation bar represents your position within the clip. When you load media into the play window, the clip will be displayed here.

This button allows you to zoom in and out of this view and as you zoom in you’ll see that the individual frames of your video track are actually shown in your navigation bar. Similarly, the audio track displays gradients between black and white to represent low to high audio levels in the clip.

In between your video and audio tracks, you’ll notice a strip that changes from red, in shades, to light green. This represents the progress of your media loading from the cloud onto your machine. A light green strip means your media is available to play at full frame rate or normal speed.

This blue horizontal scroll bar underneath the audio track is the absolute ruler. It shows what percentage of media you can see in your navigation bar and gives you a sense of orientation. It can also be used to navigate through the clip – just click to jump or drag to scroll.

These buttons are for navigating around your media within the play window. You can step through frame-by-frame, go to the next clip, or jump to the end of your source.

To play your media, just click in the play window. When your media is playing, the navigation buttons in the play window change. Left click here to play at twice or four times the normal speed, or here to play backwards at twice or four times the normal speed.

This time code refers to your current position in the play window. If you want to select a piece of your clip, you use these to mark the in and out points represented by these time codes. This middle time code shows the duration of your selection. Left click the arrows again to clear the in and out points.

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Amy Creeden

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