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Playing Clips in the Program Monitor

We spent a lot of time in Chapter 4 detailing the configuration options for the Source Monitor, and virtually all work identically in the Program Monitor.

Whereas the Source Monitor displays clips opened from the Project panel or Timeline, the Program Monitor displays the output from the Timeline a_icon.jpg. That’s why the timecode in the Program Monitor is always the same as the one in the Timeline. What’s shown in the Program Monitor is the frame located at the playhead, and the aforementioned timecodes mark the location of the playhead.


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a_icon.jpg Playback and related controls in the Program Monitor.

You can move the playhead via the playback controls in the Program Monitor, via keyboard shortcuts in the Timeline, or simply by dragging the playhead in either panel. However you do it, the Program Monitor and Timeline forever stay in sync.

Configuring the Program Monitor

Many of the Program Monitor’s key configuration controls are located in the panel menu b_icon.jpg, including the following:


b_icon.jpg The Program Monitor’s panel menu contains many configuration options.

  • Mode selection: Change the viewing mode from Composite Video to a range of video scopes mostly used during color and brightness correction.
  • Control interlaced display: Display the first field, the second field, or both during interlaced display.
  • Playback Resolution: Control video resolution during playback and while the video is paused.
  • Show Transport Controls: Editors who exclusively use keyboard shortcuts can hide the transport controls entirely.
  • Show Dropped Frame Indicator: A small ball in the Program Monitor that turns orange when you drop frames during playback.
  • Time Ruler Numbers: Enabled by default in the Timeline, but disabled by default in the Program Monitor.
  • Safe Margins: Useful when producing for broadcast.

The following controls are located in the Program Monitor:

  • Select Zoom Level c_icon.jpg: Controls the resolution of the video shown in the Program Monitor.

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    c_icon.jpg Here’s where you control the zoom level of video in the Program Monitor.

  • Select Playback Resolution d_icon.jpg: Controls the quality of the video during real-time playback (duplicates the Playback Resolution option available in the panel menu).

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    d_icon.jpg This controls playback resolution, or the quality of the real-time preview.

  • Button Editor: Opens the Button Editor, which lets you pick and choose the buttons in the Program Monitor e_icon.jpg.

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    e_icon.jpg The Button Editor lets you configure the buttons shown in the Program Monitor.

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