The Transport window in Pro Tools acts like the controls on a tape machine. You can show it in the Edit window toolbar up here, or you can go to Window > Transport, and you'll open a floating window that floats above any open window. Here we are looking at the smallest version of the Transport window, and you can see only the most essential controls. On the left, we've got the Online button. Click this only if you are trying to sync with another playback device, like an external tape machine or a video editing deck.
Then we have the regular controls: Returns to Zero, Rewind, Fast Forward, Go to End--and then the most obvious ones: the Stop, Play and Record Enable. If you right-click the Play button, you'll see Half-Speed, Prime for Playback, Loop Playback, and Dynamic Transport. We'll cover those later in a different video. And also if you right-click the Record Enable button, you'll see four different types of recording we can do, and we'll cover that in another video as well.
Go to this button here and we can expand the Transport to see the Counters, MIDI Controls, and Synchronization. I am going to show all, which extends this out pretty far, and then I am going to expand the Transport to show even more. Below the Transport controls, we've got Pre-roll and Post-roll. Type in a number here, hit Return, and you'll have Pre-roll activated. To the right, we have the play length selections.
Then we have the Online and Generate MIDI Time Code buttons. To the right of that, we have the Main and Sub Counters, and finally, the MIDI Controls. We can set up a count off and activate it by clicking this button. We can see the Meter and the Tempo in the session, and then we have four MIDI Controls down here. We have a Wait for Note, the Metronome, MIDI Merge and the Conductor Track. We'll discuss more of these in detail in later movies. Now let's go and check out the Big Counter window.
Like the Transport window, the Big Counter is a floating window and is handy for watching the time from a distance. So if you are far away from your screen, you can actually blow this up really big, and tell where you are in the session. If we change the timescale, you'll note that the timescale will change here on the Big Counter and on the Transport, and up here in the Edit window toolbar. So if I change this to minutes and seconds, all three of them change.
Although the Big Counter and Transport windows have their uses, I usually just watch the counter up here at the top of the window, and also keep the Transport controls up here in the Edit window toolbar for easy access.
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