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Viewing clips and navigating the Timeline

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In this movie, I want to talk about a few different ways that we can view clips and navigate the Timeline here inside of Adobe SpeedGrade. If you're following along with the exercise files, be sure to open up this Timeline called 01_03_viewingandTimeline.ircp. Now once you open up a Timeline, how do you actually view a clip? Well, there is a couple of different ways that you can do it. If you come over to the tabs here at the top of the interface, you can simply click on the monitor button, and here is your shot right here underneath your playhead down here in the Timeline, but another way that you can do this is by using the keyboard shortcut D.

Viewing clips and navigating the Timeline

In this movie, I want to talk about a few different ways that we can view clips and navigate the Timeline here inside of Adobe SpeedGrade. If you're following along with the exercise files, be sure to open up this Timeline called 01_03_viewingandTimeline.ircp. Now once you open up a Timeline, how do you actually view a clip? Well, there is a couple of different ways that you can do it. If you come over to the tabs here at the top of the interface, you can simply click on the monitor button, and here is your shot right here underneath your playhead down here in the Timeline, but another way that you can do this is by using the keyboard shortcut D.

And what D does is it toggles between the monitor and your last active Desktop view, so the monitor and then last active Desktop view. And that's a good keyboard shortcut to know and it's one that we'll use throughout this title. Now one of things that first gets new SpeedGrade users when they flip over to the monitor is that the image looks gigantic, and it's because you're viewing it at a 100%. In this case this video is 1920x1080. So one way that you can view a clip, if you want to view it in its very large and original size, is by going ahead and pressing the P key on the keyboard.

This is also the same thing, by the way, as clicking this button right here to toggle the Grading panel. The Grading panel is this area down here at the bottom of the SpeedGrade interface. But I prefer the keyboard shortcut. So I'll go ahead and press P and now you will notice that I am viewing the image nice and large, but the controls in the various tabs at the bottom of the SpeedGrade interface, are now being hidden. At any time, you can press P again or use the button right here to toggle the Grading panel back open. But of course most of the time, you are going to want to be able to manipulate the controls in the various tabs down here at the bottom of the SpeedGrade interface.

So it would be nice to have the image up here in the monitor fit the viewable area of the monitor. There are a couple of different ways of doing that. First, you can come over here and click on this button right here, that's called Zoom to fit, and what that will do is it will zoom the image up in the monitor to the viewable area of the monitor. However, I prefer a couple of different keyboard shortcuts. If you're on a Mac, simply use the keyboard shortcut Command and then the Home key. If you are on a PC, you would use Ctrl and the Home key on your keyboard to accomplish the same task. And when I use that keyboard combination, what happens is that the image fits into the viewable area of the monitor.

At any time, if you prefer you can click on this menu right here and manually adjust the size of the image to a different percentage of your choice. But once again, I'll go ahead and use Command+ Home since I am on a Mac to fit the image into the viewable area of the monitor. So down underneath of the monitor, is where my Timeline is inside of Adobe SpeedGrade and this is the Timeline area right here. Now the first thing that's going to kind of get you, if you are a new user to Adobe SpeedGrade, is how to actually navigate the Timeline. I think that you can probably figure out that each one of these blocks right here, is a different clip. But what's a little different than most nonlinear editors, is how you actually move the playhead.

In most non-linear editors, you are used to clicking up here in the timecode ruler, something like that, and you can do that in Adobe SpeedGrade, but you can't click and drag. That doesn't actually navigate the playhead. All it does is it snaps the playhead to that particular frame. Instead, the playhead is underneath of the clips, and this is the playhead right here. If you click on it and drag, you can smoothly navigate all of your clips inside of the Adobe SpeedGrade Timeline. Of course, many of the keyboard shortcuts that you'd probably think of for playback also work inside of Adobe SpeedGrade.

If you go ahead and press the spacebar on the keyboard, that will begin playback and if you go ahead and press it again, that of course stops playback. You can use the left and right arrows to navigate frame-by-frame, if you press the Home key, you will go back to the beginning of your sequence, if you press the End key, you will go to the end of the sequence. You can also use keyboard shortcuts like J, K and L, so for example, if I back up my playhead here, if I press L, I'll begin playback forward. If I press K, I'll pause playback. If I press J, I'll go backwards and if I tap either one of the direction keys, I'll go faster in that particular direction.

This is great because these are probably keyboard shortcuts that you have really become used to inside of other applications, especially edit applications. To easily navigate between different clips on a Timeline, use the keyboard shortcut Command or Ctrl and then the left or right arrows, and this allows you to quickly navigate between different clips. Now when I did that, you might have noticed that in and out points were placed around the clip that my playhead was on. You can toggle the way that in and out points work inside of Adobe SpeedGrade by pressing this button right here. Here, the in and out points are at the beginning and then the end of my sequence. If I press it again, in and out points are once again around the clip that my playhead is on.

Now the cool thing about in and out points is that by default Adobe SpeedGrade likes to loop around selected in points, so if I begin playback on the shot, you will notice when the playhead gets to the end of the clip or where the out point is, it loops back around to the in point. You can of course manually set in and out points by first positioning your playhead where you want one of the points to be and then by using Shift+I to set an in point and then if you come down to where you want the out point, use Shift+O to set the out point. Now there is one cool playback feature that I want to show you.

The way I get to it, is by going down to my Timeline tab here and then to the View tab. And here in the middle of the View tab, I have some different Loop mode options. Again, the default is to loop playback as we just saw. Clicking this button right here, you can switch to ping-pong playback mode. Well, what's ping-pong playback mode? Well, when you reach your out point, automatically Adobe SpeedGrade will start playing in reverse, ping-ponging between the different in and out points that you have placed on your sequence. Let me show you how that works. I'll press play and notice when the playhead gets to the out point, it ping-pongs off of it and then plays in reverse, going back to the in point, and then predictably, when it gets to the in point, it ping -pongs back the other way.

Finally, using this last option, if you want to disable looping all together, this will allow you just to play in one direction and then stop playback when you reach that out point. As weird as it might seem, I actually kind of like the ping-pong method because it allows me to constantly watch a shot back and forth which is nice if I'm really making detailed corrections on a shot. Finally, the last thing that I want to show you in this movie is a couple of controls that are not all that intuitive. First, over here on the left-hand side of the Timeline there are some buttons that probably make sense to you.

The Speaker button will disable any clip audio that you have on a particular track. This little eye button will disable or hide from view, a particular track. You can lock a track, so you don't accidentally move any clips on that track. And then if you wanted to actually remove a track all together, you'd simply click on this button right here and drag out of the Timeline. And notice that little red X? This will allow me to delete this track. Let me go ahead and undo that by pressing Command+Z or Ctrl+Z if you are on a PC. One of the things that you might like to have turned on is a visual representation of what each clip is.

What I mean by that is right now, we are simply viewing the name of the clip, but if you go ahead and click this little filmstrip icon right here, you can actually get a thumbnail underneath each clip, so you can visually see what's going on with the shot which is kind of nice. And then finally, if you want to remove a Timeline all together, simply come over to this X in the upper right-hand corner of the Timeline to delete the Timeline, and then confirm its deletion. So that's a little bit about viewing clips and navigating the Timeline inside of Adobe SpeedGrade. I think you can see it's pretty straightforward.

It's a little different than other applications, but once you get comfortable viewing clips and navigating the Timeline inside of Adobe SpeedGrade, it will become second nature to you, just like it has probably in other applications.

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