New in Premiere Pro CC October 2013 release (version 7.1)
Monitor Overlays display important metadata information superimposed on the Source Monitor and Program Monitor. You can view information like source timecode information, marker comments, and edit point indicators on the monitor in context with the clip or sequence.
Monitor Overlays are easily customizable letting you select and control which metadata is displayed and where. You can also create overlay presets to quickly switch to different layouts or metadata content.
Display metadata as overlays
You can display the following metadata as overlays:
- Source Timecode
- Marker comments
- Sequence Clip Name
- Project Clip Name
- File Name
- Edit Point Indicators
- Media Limit Indicators
- Multi-Camera Sources
You can turn overlays on or off by selecting Overlays from the pop-up menu in the Program Monitor or Source Monitor. You can also click the Settings button in the Program Monitor or Source Monitor.
When you turn overlays on, source clip timecodes and marker comments are displayed by default. When you scrub the clip or pause playback, the overlays show the relative metadata for whatever frame the playhead is on. Markers and Indicators are displayed depending on where the playhead is placed.
Overlays are displayed only when the monitor is in Composite Video display mode.
Specify overlay settings
Use the Overlay Settings dialog to control which overlays are displayed on the Program and Source Monitors.
Select Overlay Settings > Settings from the Program Monitor pop-up menu to open the Overlay Settings dialog. The list of available presets is also displayed as a submenu when you select Overlay Settings > Settings from the Program Monitor pop-up menu.
The Overlay Settings dialog displays the metadata fields in the same way as they align on the monitor. So you can intuitively know the placement of the overlays on the monitor.
Alignment of the selected metadata fields matches the overlays placement on the monitor
The overlays are displayed in the following four quadrants on the monitors: Left, Right, Top Middle and Bottom Middle. The quadrants scale with the sizing of the monitor. While the quadrants can change in absolute size, their placement and relative size is constant.
In the default layout preset, the overlays are displayed to visually match the correct clip in a stack of clips in the sequence. For example, Source Timecodes overlays for clips in the sequence are displayed in a persistent vertical stack, matching the clips displayed in the video and audio tracks in the Timeline.
A. Media Limit indicator B. End Of Media indicator C. Metadata aligned Right, Bottom Middle, and Top Middle D. Source Timecode aligned Left E. Edit Point indicator
Using and customizing overlays
This video shows you how to use overlays to easily view relevant data about your Timeline on the Source and Program monitors.
Displays the Timecode value for the original source clip irrespective of where the playhead is located in the sequence.
Video tracks are denoted as V1, V2, V3, and audio tracks are denoted as A1, A2, A3. This information matches what is shown in the Info panel. By default, this information is displayed in the left side of the Source and Program monitors.
Media Limit Indicators
Indicate the first or last frame of media in the sequence, and are turned on by default.
When the playhead is on the first or last frame of a clip in a sequence, a striped column appears along the left edge of the first frame or the right edge of the last frame.
Media Limit indicators are useful when viewing multiple clips in a sequence in the Program Monitor.
End Of Media Indicators
When the playhead goes past the last frame of media on the Timeline and there is no clip after that, a black frame appears along the right edge of the last frame of a clip or sequence.
Edit Point Indicators
Indicate the edit points for sequences, and are turned on by default.
When the playhead is on the In or Out point of a clip, a yellow-colored angular bracket appears at the bottom edge of the clip frame. If there is a gap between two clips in a sequence, Edit Point indicators appear on the left or right edge of the clip to indicate either In or Out points.
When you add a marker to your clip or sequence, you can display the clip marker and sequence marker comments as overlays. The overlay displays the comments concatenated to the marker name.
The clip marker overlay shows the different tracks in the clip. The Sequence Marker overlay does not show all the individual tracks in the sequence but shows it as a single marker overlay.
Action and Title Safe Area
Safe area control settings, which were earlier available from the Monitors' pop-up menu, are now available in the Overlay Settings dialog.
To enable or disable Safe Margins, select Safe Margins from the pop-up menu in the Monitor. Specify the Safe Margin settings in the Overlay Settings dialog.
Enable overlays for Transmit
Select Enable Overlays For Transmit to send overlays for display to an external monitor.
Enable overlays during playback
Select Enable Overlays During Playback to display the overlays on the monitor while playing the footage.
The Text Size setting determines how large the type appears in the overlay. If you select a large text size, and there is not enough space on the monitor to display the text, the text can get truncated.
The Opacity setting determines the degree to which the overlay conceals or reveals the monitor display. A layer with 1% opacity is nearly transparent while a layer with 100% opacity is opaque.
Display overlays in Multi-Camera View
When creating a multi-camera source sequence, you can select the Camera Names option in the Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence dialog box. Depending on the Camera Names option that you select, the camera angles are displayed as track names, clip names, or camera numbers in the Source Monitor. For more information, see Multi-Camera workflow improvements.
In the Multi-Camera View mode, you can display up to two metadata properties selected in the Overlay Settings dialog. For example, in the Overlay Settings dialog, you can select Camera Name and Source Timecode to display as follows:
Camera Name and Source Timecode displayed as overlays in Multi-Camera view
Import, export, and create overlay presets
You can save your customized overlay settings as overlay presets. Overlay presets let you quickly switch to different layouts or metadata content.
Create and save an overlay preset
In the Overlay Settings dialog, specify the settings that you want, and click the Save Preset icon . Enter a name to save and apply the preset.
Export, import, and delete presets
- To export a preset, select the preset from the Preset drop-down list and click the export icon . Enter a name for the preset, select the location to save the exported preset, and click Save. The preset is exported with a *.olp filename extension.
- To import a preset, click the Import preset icon , and navigate to the Premiere Pro preset file (*.olp filename extension) that you want to import.
- To delete a preset, select the preset from the Preset drop-down list, and click the Delete preset icon .