Play video in the Source Monitor and Program Monitor

The Source Monitor and Program Monitor contain several controls that resemble the playback controls on a video deck. Use the Source Monitor controls to play or cue a clip. Use the Program Monitor controls to play or view the active sequence.

Most playback controls have keyboard equivalents. When you want to use keyboard shortcuts to control playback, make sure that the monitor you want is active. Click the video image in the monitor you want to activate.

The playback controls are customizable with the use of the Button Editor. If the button you wish to use is not available, click the “+” sign in the lower right of the monitor. After the Button Editor launches, you can drag the button of your choice into the button bar. For more information see Customizing the monitor panel button bar.

Note:

When using keyboard shortcuts to move in a time ruler, make sure the panel you want is active. (Japanese-language keyboards only) To use these keyboard shortcuts on a Japanese-language keyboard, make sure your keyboard is in direct input mode, rather than Japanese input mode.

  • Do any of the following:
    • To play, click the Play button , or press L or the spacebar. (To stop, click the Stop button or press K or the spacebar. The button and the spacebar toggle between Play and Stop.)

    • To play in reverse, press J.

    • To play from the In point to the Out point, click the Play In To Out button .

    • To play an entire clip or sequence repeatedly, click the Loop button , and then click the Play button . Click the Loop button again to deselect it and prevent looping.

    • To play from the In point to the Out point repeatedly, click the Loop button , and then click the Play In To Out button . Click the Loop button again to deselect it and prevent looping.

    • To play forward at increasing speeds, press L repeatedly. For most media types, clip speed increases from one to two to three to four times.

    • To play backward at increasing speeds, press J repeatedly. For most media types, backward clip speed increases from one to two to three to four times.

    • To advance one frame, hold down the K key and tap the L key.

    • To retreat one frame, hold down the K key and tap the J key.

    • To play forward in slow motion, press Shift+L.

    • To play backwards in slow motion, press Shift+J.

    • To play around the current time, from two seconds before the playhead to two seconds after the playhead, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Play In To Out button. Pressing Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) changes the button to the Play Around button . The Play Around button is available to drag into the button bar.

      See this article by Clay Asbury on the Premiumbeats.com website for using the Play Around button and Loop button to assist dynamic trimming in the Timeline.

Continuous Playback

Playback continues unless the user specifically issues a Stop command. This feature supports real-time adjustment of common editing actions. For example, you could adjust video effects while you are playing back in a loop. Here are some of the actions that do not stop playback:

  • Keyframing of effects

  • Interface items

  • Timeline items

  • Metadata entry

  • Audio parameters

  • Titling

  • Zooming in and out of the timeline

  • Switching away from the application

In this video by Todd Kopriva and video2brain, see how to quickly apply effects to adjustment layers and how to modify effect properties while a sequence continues to play.

Play a sequence or clip with preroll and postroll pauses

You can preview a clip or sequence with preroll and postroll pauses.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click on a Sequence tab to make a sequence active, and preview it in the Program monitor.

    • Double-click a clip in the Source panel or in a Timeline to preview it in the Source monitor.

  2. Press Shift+spacebar.

Jog or shuttle playback

  • Do one of the following:
    • Drag the shuttle slider left to play backward, or right to play forward. Playback speed increases as you drag the slider farther from its center position. Releasing the slider returns it to the center position and stops playback.

    • Drag the jog disk left or right, past the edge of the controller if necessary. If you drag to the edge of the screen without reaching the end of the clip or sequence, you can continue from the same time position by dragging from the jog disk again.

    Shuttle and jog controls
    Shuttle and jog controls

Move to a different frame in the Source Monitor and Program Monitor

  • Do any of the following:
    • To advance one frame, click the Step Forward button , or hold down the K key and tap the L key, or press the Right Arrow key.

    • To advance five frames, Shift-click the Step Forward button , or press Shift+ the Right Arrow key.

    • To jump back one frame, click the Step Back button , or hold down the K key and tap the J key, or press the Left Arrow key.

    • To jump back five frames, Shift-click the Step Back button , or press Shift+ the Left Arrow key.

    • To jump to the next marker, click the Go To Next Marker button in the Source Monitor.

    • To jump to the previous marker, click the Go To Previous Marker button in the Source Monitor.

    • To jump to a clip’s In point, select the Source Monitor, then click the Go To In Point button .

    • To jump to a clip’s Out point, select the Source Monitor, then click the Go To Out Point button .

    • Hover the mouse pointer over the Source Monitor, or Program Monitor. Turn the mouse wheel to move frame by frame forward or backward.

    • Click the current time display of the monitor you want to cue, and type the new time. You don’t need to type colons or semicolons. Numbers under 100 are interpreted as frames.

    • To jump to the previous edit point in a sequence’s targeted audio or video track, click the Go To Previous Edit Point button in the Program Monitor, or press the Up Arrow key with a Timeline panel or Program Monitor active. Add the Shift key modifier to jump to the previous edit point for all tracks.

    • To jump to the next edit point in a sequence’s targeted audio or video tracks, click the Go To Next Edit Point button in the Program Monitor, or press Down Arrow key with a Timeline panel or Program Monitor active. Add the Shift key modifier to jump to the previous edit point for all tracks.

    • To jump to the beginning of the sequence, select the Program Monitor or Timeline and press Home, or click the Go To In Point button in the Program Monitor.

    • To jump to the end of the sequence, select the Program Monitor or Timeline and press End, or click the Go To Out Point button in the Program Monitor.

Using the J, K, and L keys to shuttle video

You can quickly and accurately move through frames in a sequence using the J, K, and L keys. You can also use the keys to shuttle through icons. The J key always moves the playhead in reverse and the L key always moves it forward. The K key is a modifier and stop playback key. Press J to move backward at normal speed, press J and K to move backward slowly, or press K and tap the J key to move back a frame at a time. The K and L keys work in the same way to move forward. For more information about using the J, K, and L keys for playback, see this video by Richard Harrington on the Creative Cow web site.

If you require more finely tuned control with the J, K, and L keys, particularly to hear audio better, do the following:

  • After shuttling forward with the K and L keys, press Shift+L to play forward slightly faster. Press Shift+L again to play faster.

  • After shuttling in reverse with the J and K keys, press Shift+J to play in reverse slightly faster. Press Shift+J again to play faster in reverse.

  • You can press Shift+L and Shift+J up to five times to fine-tune the speed of playback.

Note:

If you are playing back too quickly, press the opposite keyboard shortcut to slow playback. For example, if you were playing back too quickly forward, press Shift+J to slow playback down by one increment.

Match a frame with its source

While editing in a Timeline panel, you can find the source frame for any frame in a sequence clip and display it in the Source Monitor. Also, you can find the source frame for any frame in a nested sequence, display it in the Source Monitor, and jump to its location in the source sequence.

  1. Click the header of the track where the sequence clip is located, to target the track.

    If more than one track is targeted, Premiere Pro will match the frame in the highest targeted track.

  2. In a Timeline panel, position the playhead over the desired frame in a clip.

    Note:

    If the source clip for the frame in the sequence clip is already open in the Source Monitor or listed in the Source menu, the Source Monitor will display the last frame you viewed in the clip. To match the frame, close the clip in the Source Monitor before typing the Match Frame or Reveal Nested Sequence keyboard shortcut.

  3. Do one of the following:
    • Press the F key.

    • Choose Sequence > Match Frame.

    • For a clip in a nested sequence, type the keyboard shortcut for Reveal Nested Sequence, Ctrl-Shift-T (Windows), or Shift-T (Mac OS) by default.

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