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Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets

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The Zoomer tool is mostly used like a magnifying glass, just as its tool icon indicates. You use it to view the fine detail of a track or in the opposite way to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. If you take the Zoomer tool on to a track and click once, you will zoom in one zoom level. If you press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a Windows machine you will see inside of the Zoomer tool the Plus sign will go to a Minus. And if you click once you will zoom out one zoom level.

Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets

The Zoomer tool is mostly used like a magnifying glass, just as its tool icon indicates. You use it to view the fine detail of a track or in the opposite way to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. If you take the Zoomer tool on to a track and click once, you will zoom in one zoom level. If you press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a Windows machine you will see inside of the Zoomer tool the Plus sign will go to a Minus. And if you click once you will zoom out one zoom level.

If you click-and-drag, whatever area you select will fill the Edit window. A cool feature right below the Zoomer tool is called the Zoom Toggle. This enables you to define and toggle between the current zoom state and a saved zoom state that includes Track Height, Track View, Midi, Audio zoom In and Out, Horizontal zoom and Grid Settings. And you can set different Track Heights for each type of track. That is, for Midi or audio etc.

So, if I click this once, you will see that this Mini Grand track expands out. It's actually fitting the entire track into this window. If I click it again, it returns to where we were before. And you can set this Zoom Toggle setting, if you go to Setup > Preferences in the Editing page we have the Zoom Toggle section down here. So, I have the Track Height set to fit to window, but you can choose any of these. You can change the Track View when you Zoom Toggle, I'm going to keep it at no change. You can also make some other settings with these checkboxes but I like the way it is right there.

Zoom Toggle has a keyboard shortcut. If you press Ctrl+E on a Mac or Start+E on a Windows machine you can toggle between the Zoom Toggle view and the Regular view. Even easier, if you go to the keyboard Focus button right up here the little AZ button and make that active, so it's yellow. All you need to do is press the E key and that will access the Commands keyboard Focus command for Zoom Toggle. Taking this one step further, if we select an area on a track and we hit the Zoom Toggle it blows up that area that we just selected.

There are two versions of the Zoom tool. We have the Normal Zoom and the Single Zoom. The Normal Zoom just stays active and you can do multiple zoom actions all in a row. However if you are using another tool doing some stuff and then you are on Single Zoom, it will actually return you to that previous tool if you use Single zoom. So, that's pretty slick. If you just want to do a quick zoom in or zoom out while you are working with another tool, you can choose that tool and do the Single zoom and return to that previous tool. To switch between these two different tools, you can right-click on the tool or you can cycle through them by pressing F5. To the left of the Zoom tool, here we have the Zoom controls.

You can zoom out by clicking this button, we can zoom in by clicking this button or if we click and hold and then drag, we can do a continuous zoom. Pretty cool! You can zoom in on Audio tracks as well making a waveform shorter or higher. You can also do the same with Midi tracks. And you will see that if the Midi track is in Notes view. Note that these zoom controls are accessed right up here.

Make sure there is a checkmark there. If you want to hide them, then you can use these buttons right here and to access the continuous zoom, you can just go into the track and press Ctrl on a Mac or Start on a Windows machine and then click-and-drag and you'll get the cool continuous zoom. Now, my two most favorite zoom features are these. If you double click the Zoomer button, you bring the entire session into view. My second favorite one is to use the Commands keyboard Focus button to my advantage and the press the R and the T buttons to zoom in and zoom out, very simple short cuts.

So as you can see here, there are tons of zooming options. From using the Zoomer tool to using the zoom resets to using zoom keyboard shortcuts. Use them all in combination to get around Pro Tools really quickly.

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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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