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Cueing Motion Footage

Motion footage appears in the Footage, Composition, and Layer panels with a time ruler, current time indicator (CTI), and current time display. You can use these controls to view a specific frame or to play back the footage without sound.

To view a frame of motion footage in the Footage panel, you can use one of two methods:

  • Drag method: Click the point along the time ruler that corresponds to the frame you want to view, or drag the CTI to the point on the time ruler that corresponds to the frame you want to view (see Figure 5). The Footage panel displays the image at the current frame, along with the frame number.
    Figure 5

    Figure 5 Drag the current time indicator to cue the footage to a particular frame.

  • Numeric method: In the Footage, Composition, or Layer panel, click the current time display (see Figure 6). In the Go to Time dialog box, enter a time (see Figure 7) and click OK. The current time display and the image in the Footage panel show the frame you specified.
    Figure 6

    Figure 6 Click the current time display.

    Figure 7

    Figure 7 Enter a frame number in the Go to Time dialog box.

    To play motion footage, make sure that the Footage, Composition, or Layer panel is active. Press the spacebar to start or stop playback. Using the spacebar is the easiest way to start and stop playback, but the Preview panel provides more control (see Figure 8). For example, the Preview panel includes a button for rendering a RAM preview, which renders the video in the selected viewer before playing it. This way, it's more likely to play at its full frame rate.

    Figure 8

    Figure 8 The Preview panel provides a complete set of playback options.

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