Dragging Monitor Pictures in Avid

In Avid, it is possible to adjust the monitor pictures to better suit your needs. You can do this in either the source or the record monitor and facilitate any number of adjustments or edits.

Step 1: Zooming In

If you have material in your timeline, then move your cursor to a point where you have a visual image. Your frame will appear in the record monitor as usual. However, perhaps there is something in the image that you only wish you could see more clearly. Luckily, you can zoom in. Click anywhere on the record monitor to activate it. Now hold down CTRL and hit "L". You will have zoomed in to twice the magnification on your image. Repeat the command and you can continue zooming in by intervals of 2 until you see as much detail as you would like.

Step 2: Zooming Out

Now that you have seen what you zoomed in to see, you would like to go back to being able to see the whole image. So again hold down CTRL, but this time hit "K". Now you can zoom out again by intervals of two. Once you get back to your full frame, try hitting CTRL + "K" once again. Your display will continue to zoom out, making the image smaller than the record window. Finding a reason to need such a function could be troublesome, but in case you find one, the option is available to you.

Step 3: Dragging

Return to your zoomed in state. You may be getting frustrated because Avid is zooming in to the middle of the frame, whereas you would like to check something on the edge of the frame. To accommodate this need, you can drag the image over when you are zoomed in. To do this, hold down both CTRL and ALT. You will notice that a little hand appears over the frame. Left click and drag the image away from the direction of the object you are looking for. Once you find the object, you can zoom in and out of it while keeping it centered as long as you do not fall off the edge of the full frame.

Step 4: Using this Tool

Though we were exploring this option through the record window, you can also do all of these things in the source window. So perhaps if there is a mirror in the shot, you can use this technique to zoom into it and make sure there are no crew members in the reflection before picking your take. You can also use this if you are going to be doing a lot of color correction or other effects later. Zooming in to specific parts of the frame can help control details and matching.

Manipulating the view on your monitors can be very advantageous. But, even if you do not have a use for such an operation, it is a fun technique to know about.

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