How to Monitor Window Playback Controls in Premiere

The monitor window allows you to watch all of your movies with complete control, while using the tools and buttons beneath for all of the editing functions that you need. if you are looking for details on the playback controls, then you may not be sure how they function, or you may want to know how to use them to get the best out of your computer. Controlling the monitor window functions is a series of buttons which will allow you to change the way your video looks on the screen. Learning how to use these buttons should not take too much time, and can save you a lot of effort when it comes to making the best out of your movies.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Computer
  • Media file

Step 1: Getting to the Monitor Window

You will need to move your file out of the usual editing window and into the monitor window. In order to switch your file, you can click the edit button on the toolbar, or you can use the long route of Window > Workspace > Editing. Once you have the window open, you can drag your file, or a clip from the file, into the Monitor Window. The clip will then appear in this window, and you will be able to play it using the buttons below.

Step 2: The Playback Buttons

In the center of the Monitor Window toolbar, you will notice a large green Play button, with forward and backward buttons. This button can be used to play the clip that you have chosen. To the right of the play button, you should be able to spot a timeline, which will tell you the total length of the clip, and to the left is the amount of time the clip has been playing for. To move forward a frame, click the forward button, and to move backwards a frame, click the backwards button.

Step 3: The Other Buttons

Once you know how to use these buttons, you can turn your attention to the other accessible buttons on the monitor window. Near the current time on the left side, there is a small square. This allows you to set a marker into the current frame, rather like a bookmark, so that you can return to the frame when you choose. You can also use the mouse pointer to handle the shuffle control, which allows you to move the clip backwards or forwards very rapidly, giving you more control over the media playing.

Step 4: Using Keyboard Controls

As well as using the icons on the monitor window, you can also control the playback by using keyboard controls. Adobe premiere uses JKL, which is an industry standard to control the shuffle configuration, but you will also be able to use other keys in connection with this JKL system.

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