Playhead Controls in the Viewer

The playhead lets you navigate through and locate different parts of a clip quickly and easily.

Figure. Playhead controls in the Viewer window.

Playhead and Scrubber Bar in the Viewer

The playhead shows the location of the currently displayed frame within the current clip. The scrubber bar runs along the entire width of the Viewer, below the video image. To scrub through a clip, drag the playhead across the scrubber bar. You can click anywhere in the scrubber bar to instantly move the playhead to that location.

The playhead’s movement in the scrubber bar is affected by whether “snapping” is turned on. When snapping is on, the playhead “snaps,” or moves directly, to any markers, In points, or Out points in the scrubber bar when it gets close to them. (To turn snapping on or off, choose View > Snapping, or press the N key.)

To move the playhead to the next In or Out point, or Media End
  • Press the Down Arrow key.

To move the playhead to the previous In or Out point, or Media Start
  • Press the Up Arrow key.

To move the playhead to the beginning of your clip
  • Press Home on your keyboard.

To move the playhead to the end of your clip
  • Press End on your keyboard.

Jog Control in the Viewer

To move forward or backward in your clip very precisely, use the jog control. The jog control allows you to move the playhead as if you were actually moving it with your hand, with a one-to-one correspondence between the motion of your mouse and the playhead’s motion. This control is useful for carefully locating a specific frame (for instance, if you’re trimming an edit). For more information, see Jogging Through a Clip or Sequence.

To move the playhead backward, one frame at a time
  • Press the Left Arrow key.

To move the playhead forward, one frame at a time
  • Press the Right Arrow key.

To move the playhead one second at a time
  • Hold down the Shift key and press the Left Arrow or Right Arrow key.

Shuttle Control in the Viewer

This control lets you quickly play through clips at different speeds, in fast and slow motion. It also shifts the pitch of audio as it plays at varying speeds. In slow motion, this can make it easier to locate specific words and sounds for editing.

Drag the slider to the right to fast-forward and to the left to rewind. Playback speed varies depending on the distance of the slider from the center of the control. When the slider is green, playback speed is normal (or 100 percent speed). The further away from the center you move, the faster the playback speed. The keyboard equivalents of the shuttle control are the J, K, and L keys. For more information, see Shuttling Through a Clip or Sequence.