- Source Monitor and Program Monitor overview
- Open or clear a clip in the Source Monitor
- Navigate clips in the Source menu in the Source Monitor
- Using the Source Monitor and Program Monitor time controls
- View safe zones in the monitors
- Choose fields in the Source and Program Monitors
- Choose a display mode
Source Monitor and Program Monitor overview
The Source Monitor plays back individual clips. In the Source Monitor, you prepare clips that you want to add to a sequence. You set In points and Out points, and specify the clip’s source tracks (audio or video). You can also insert clip markers and add clips to a sequence in a Timeline panel.
The Program Monitor plays back the sequence of clips that you are assembling. It’s your view of the active sequence in a Timeline panel. You can set sequence markers and specify sequence In points and Out points. Sequence In points and Out points define where frames are added or removed from the sequence.
Each monitor contains both a time ruler and controls to play back and cue the current frame of a source clip or sequence. Set In and Out points, go to In and Out points, and set markers. Insert and Overwrite buttons are available in the Source Monitor, and Lift and Extract buttons are available in the Program Monitor, by default. Each monitor also contains an Export Frame button for creating a still from a single frame of video.
A. Time code B. Zoom scroll bar C. Scaling options D. Playhead E. Drag video F. Drag audio G. Resolution H. Settings button I. Button editor
A. Timecode B. Playhead C. Scaling options D. Zoom scroll bar E. Resolution F. Settings button G. Button editor
Video tutorial: Using the redesigned source and program monitors
Explore the cleaner, more efficient interface design of the Source and Program Monitors in this video tutorial. Learn about the customizable transport controls and the easy-access playback resolution.
For details about changes to the Source monitor, Program monitor, Timecode, and Timeline panels, see this video by Todd Kopriva and video2brain.
By default, the most useful buttons are displayed along the bottom of the Source and Program Monitors. However, you can add more. Click "+" at the lower right of a monitor to open the button editor. Add buttons to the button bar by dragging them from the button editor. Up to 2 rows of buttons can be added. Spaces to separate groups of buttons can also be dragged to the button bar. To remove a button, drag it away from the button bar. To turn off all buttons, go to the panel menu and deselect "Show Transport Controls."
Roll over any button with the mouse to see its keyboard shortcut.
Some formats are difficult to display in full-motion playback, due to their high compression or high data rate. A lower resolution permits faster motion playback, but at the expense of display image quality. This tradeoff is most visible when viewing AVCHD and other H.264 -codec based media. Below full resolution, these formats have error correction turned off, and artifacts are common during playback. These artifacts, however, do not show up in exported media.
Providing separate playback and pause resolutions gives you more control over your monitoring experience. With high-resolution footage, you can set playback resolution to a lower value (for example, 1/4) for smooth playback, and set the pause resolution to Full. These settings allow you to check the quality of focus or edge details when playback is paused. Scrubbing puts the monitor in playback resolution, not pause resolution.
Not all resolutions are available for all sequence types. For Standard Definition sequences, such as DV, only Full and 1/2 are available. For many HD sequences up to 1080 frame size, Full, 1/2, and 1/4 are available. For sequences with frame sizes larger than 1080, such as RED, more fractional resolutions are available.
If your previews are rendered at a resolution below the sequence resolution, the playback resolution is actually a fraction of the preview resolution. For example, you can set your preview files to render at 1/2 the sequence frame size (1/2 resolution) and your playback resolution to 1/2 resolution. The rendered previews play back at 1/4 of original resolution (assuming that the resolution of the original media matched the sequence resolution).
You can assign keyboard shortcuts to playback resolutions.
The Source Monitor and Program Monitor scale video to fit into the available area. You can increase the magnification setting for each view to see the video in more detail. You can also descrease the magnification setting to see more of the pasteboard area around the image (to adjust motion effects more easily, for example).
Both the Source and the Program Monitor have the option to display an icon (resembling a "Stop Light") that indicates whether frames are being dropped during playback. The light should start green and change to yellow when dropped frames occur and reset on each playback. A tooltip will indicate the dropped frame count.
To enable the dropped Frame indicator for the Source or Program Monitor, enable Show Dropped Frame Indicator in the panel menu, or the Settings menu.
Open or clear a clip in the Source Monitor
To view and edit source clips listed in the Project panel or individual clip instances in a sequence, open the clips in the Source Monitor. The Source menu, accessed from the Source Monitor tab, lists open clips.
- Double-click the clip in the Project or Timeline panel, or drag a clip from the Project panel to the Source Monitor. The clip appears in the Source Monitor and its name is added to the Source menu.
- Drag multiple clips or an entire bin from the Project panel into the Source Monitor, or select multiple clips in the Project panel and double-click them. Clips are added to the Source menu in the order in which they were selected, and the last clip selected appears in the Source Monitor.
Choosing a clip to view from the Source menu
- Choose the name of the clip you want to see from the Source menu (click the triangle to the right of the current clip’s name on the Source tab to make the menu appear).
Navigate clips in the Source menu in the Source Monitor
You can set keyboard shortcuts for navigating multiple clips loaded into the Source Monitor. Keyboard shortcuts can speed toggling of clips, skipping to the first or last clip, or closing one or all the clips in the Source Monitor popup menu.
Using the Source Monitor and Program Monitor time controls
The Source Monitor has several controls for moving through time (or frames) in a clip. The Program Monitor contains similar controls for moving through a sequence.
Display the duration of a clip in the Source Monitor and sequence in the Program Monitor. Tick marks measure time using the video display format specified in the Project Settings dialog box. You can toggle the time rulers to display timecode in other formats. Each ruler also displays icons for its corresponding monitor’s markers and In and Out points. You can adjust the playhead, markers, and the In and Out points by dragging their icons in a time ruler.
Time ruler numbers are off by default. You can turn the time ruler numbers on by selecting Time Ruler Numbers in the panel menu of the Source or Program Monitors.
The playhead was formerly called the "current‑time indicator" (CTI).
Current time displays
Show the timecode for the current frame. The current time displays are at the lower left of each monitor’s video. The Source Monitor shows the current time for the open clip. The Program Monitor shows the sequence’s current time. To move to a different time. Alternatively, click in the display and enter a new time, or place the pointer over the time display and drag left or right. To toggle display between full timecode and a frame count, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) the current time in either monitor or a Timeline panel.
Show the duration of the open clip or sequence. The duration is the time difference between the In point and the Out point for the clip or sequence. When no In point is set, the starting time of the clip or of the sequence is substituted. When no Out point is set, the Source Monitor uses the ending time of the clip to calculate duration. The Program Monitor uses the ending time of the last clip in the sequence to calculate duration.
Zoom scroll bars
Zoom scroll bars correspond with the visible area of the time ruler in each monitor. You can drag the handles to change the width of the bar and change the scale of the time ruler below. Expanding the bar to its maximum width reveals the entire duration of the time ruler. Contracting the bar zooms in for a more detailed view of the ruler. Expanding and contracting the bar is centered on the playhead. By positioning the the mouse over the bar, you can use the mouse wheel to contract and expand the bar. You can also scroll the mouse wheel in the areas outside of the bars for the same expanding and contracting behavior. By dragging the center of the bar, you can scroll the visible part of a time ruler without changing its scale. When you drag bar, you are not moving the playhead, however, you can move the bar and then click in the time ruler to move the playhead to the same area as the bar. A zoom scroll bar is also available in the Timeline.
Changing the Program Monitor’s time ruler or zoom scroll bar does not affect the time ruler or viewing area in a Timeline panel.
You can show or hide controls from the panel menus of the Source and Program Monitors. For example, you may wish to hide transport controls if you know the J-K-L keyboard shortcuts for playback to gain more space to view your media.
Select or deslect the option in the panel menu to show or hide the following:
- Transport controls
- Time ruler numbers
- Dropped frames indicator
Access to many of the same commands for showing and hiding controls can also be found in the Settings button on each monitor.
View safe zones in the monitors
Click the Settings button below the Source Monitor or Program Monitor and choose Safe Margins. You can also choose Safe Margins from the panel meu of the Source Monitor or Program Monitor.
The standard action- and title-safe margins are 10% and 20%, respectively. However, you can change the dimensions of the safe zones in the Project Settings dialog box. (See Project Settings dialog box.)
Choose fields in the Source and Program Monitors
You can set the Source Monitor and Program Monitor to display the first field, second field, or both fields for interlaced footage. The settings in the Source Monitor are disabled when a progressive clip is opened in it. The settings in the Program Monitor are disabled when the active sequence uses a progressive sequence preset.
Choose a display mode
In the Source Monitor or Program Monitor, click the Settings button, or click the panel menu and choose a display mode setting:
Displays a vectorscope that measures the video’s chrominance, which includes hue and saturation.
Displays a waveform monitor that measures the Y, Cb, and Cr components of the video separately, in IRE.
Displays a waveform monitor that measures the R, G, and B components of the video separately, in IRE.Program Monitor set to Vect/YC Wave/YCbCr Parade
A. Waveform monitor B. YCbCr Parade C. Vectorscope
To use the waveform monitor and vectorscope displays most effectively, view them with the Reference Monitor ganged to the Program Monitor. See Reference Monitor.