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Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets

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Video: 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 details of a track, or in the opposite way, to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. Here is the Zoom tool. You can press F5, or just click on this to activate it. With the Zoom tool in the Edit window, if you click once, you'll zoom in one level. If you press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a Windows machine, you'll see the inside of the zoomer switch from a plus to a minus.

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 details of a track, or in the opposite way, to look at the big picture of a track in a session by zooming out. Here is the Zoom tool. You can press F5, or just click on this to activate it. With the Zoom tool in the Edit window, if you click once, you'll zoom in one level. If you press the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a Windows machine, you'll see the inside of the zoomer switch from a plus to a minus.

And if you click once, then you'll zoom out one zoom level. You can click and drag with the Zoomer, and the zoomed area fills the entire edit window. A cool feature right below the Zoomer 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 and audio zoom in and out, horizontal zoom, and the grid setting. And you can set different track heights for each type of track--that is for instruments, audio, et cetera.

So I want to click this once, and you'll see that the Mini Grand track expands to the full size of the track area in the Edit window. The reason the Mini Grand did this is because it was highlighted. Now if I click the Zoom toggle again, it will go back to the zoom level that it was at before. You can set the Zoom toggle setting, if you go to Setup > Preferences, and in the Editing page, you'll see the whole area down here, Zoom Toggle. We can set the vertical MIDI zoom, horizontal zoom, track height, and you'll see that here is set to fit to window, the track view, and a few other settings.

Zoom toggle has a keyboard shortcut. If you press Ctrl+E on a Mac or Start+E on a Windows computer, you can toggle between the Zoom Toggle view and the Regular view. Even easier, if you go to the keyboard focus button, which is right here, and make that active so that it's yellow, as you can see it here, then all you need to do is press the E key, and that will access the keyboard focus command for Zoom toggle. So I'm just pressing the E key now. 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.

So I am going to highlight this area, hit the Zoom toggle, and there you go. And that can be very handy for editing. Now there are two versions of the Zoom tool: single zoom and normal zoom. Normal zoom just stays active, allowing you to do multiple zooms in a row. So I can go down here, zoom in, zoom in, zoom in, zoom out, zoom out, and the Zoomer tool stays active. However, if we choose Single Zoom, Pro Tools will actually return you to the previous tool that you were using after you do your single zoom.

So if say we're using the grabber and we're going to move some stuff around with the grabber, we go to the Single Zoom, we do a single zoom, and it moves us right back to the Grabber tool. There are some other useful zoom features in Pro Tools, and they're located right over here, in the Zoom controls. If you don't see these in your session, you can access them from the Edit window toolbar > Zoom Controls, right here. So what we have are the zoom buttons and five horizontal zoom presets.

The zoom presets, I am going to click through. You can see that they're at various levels of zooming. With the zoom preset 5, it zoomed all the way in, and zoom present 1 is zoomed all the way out. To save a zoom preset, zoom to the level that you want and then click and hold one of the Zoom Preset buttons. When you click and hold, you'll see Recall Zoom preset or Save Zoom preset; choose whichever you want to do. Above the presets, we have the Zoom In and Out buttons, so you can zoom in/zoom out.

We can also make the waveforms taller or shorter using the Audio Zoom In and Out. We can also make the MIDI notes shorter and taller, if we choose Notes view, and then click the MIDI Zoom In and Out. One of my favorite features in the zoom controls is clicking and dragging on these horizontal zoom ins and outs, and you can kind of create an accordion effect here.

And this works for either the horizontal Zoom In or the Zoom Out button. If we hide the zoom controls, we can actually do that continuous zooming. If we press Ctrl on a Mac or Start in Windows, and then we can click and drag on a region. And you'll notice that some of the zoom controls are actually doubled up here, where we can use Audio and MIDI Zoom In and Out.

My two favorite zoom features are double-clicking on the Zoomer tool, which brings the entire session into view, and then the second one is to make sure that the commands keyboard focus is on and pressing the R and T keys to zoom in and out. So as you can see here, there are tons of zooming options, from using the Zoomer tool to using the zoomer presets to using zoomer keyboard shortcuts. Use them all in combination to get around Pro Tools really quickly.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O Settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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