Scrubbing and Spotting with the Multipoint Video HUD

The Multipoint Video HUD provides context when you are positioning audio clips and making selections in a video-based project. The window intelligently tracks the movements of your pointer as you work in the Timeline and the File Editor, and it shows multiple frames of video, each labeled with its timecode.

Figure. Multipoint Video HUD.

Opening and Closing the Multipoint Video HUD

Use the following methods for opening and closing the Multipoint Video HUD.

To open the Multipoint Video HUD
  • Choose Window > HUDs > Multipoint Video (or press V).

To close the Multipoint Video HUD
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > HUDs > Multipoint Video (or press V).

  • Click the close button in the HUD.

Working with the Multipoint Video HUD

The following sections describe some examples of situations in which the Multipoint Video HUD can provide useful context for your sound editing tasks on a video project.

Making a Selection in the Timeline or in the File Editor

When you make a selection of multiple clips or a Timeslice selection, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the selection and the video frame at the end of the selection.

Figure. Multipoint Video HUD.

Dragging a Clip into the Multitrack Timeline

When you drag a new clip into the Timeline, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the clip and the video frame at the end of the clip.

Figure. Multipoint Video HUD.

Tip: You can also press the V key while dragging a clip to show the Multipoint Video HUD just until you release the clip. Once you release the clip, the Multipoint Video HUD closes automatically.

Dragging a Clip Around the Multitrack Timeline

When you drag an existing clip around in the Timeline, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the clip on the left, the video frame at the end of the clip on the right, and the video frame at the current pointer position in the middle. In the case of dragging multiple clips, the first frame of video would be from the leading edge of the earliest clip in time and the last frame of video would be for the trailing edge of the last clip in time.

For example, if you wanted to synchronize a gunshot sound with the frame in the video when the flash from the gun is visible, you would first click the gunshot sound effect at the point where the large transient can be seen in the waveform. Next, you would drag the clip in the Timeline, pressing V while dragging, until you see the flash in the center frame.

Figure. Multipoint Video HUD.

Resizing a Clip in the Multitrack Timeline

When you resize a clip in the Timeline, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the clip and the video frame at the end of the clip. As you resize one edge of the clip, that frame updates.

Nudging a Clip in the Multitrack Timeline

When you use the nudge keys to nudge a clip, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the clip and the video frame at the end of the clip.

Horizontally Moving an Envelope Point in the Timeline and File Editor Project View

When you move an envelope point horizontally, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the current envelope point position. If you select multiple envelope points, two or three frames are shown: one for the first envelope point, one for the last envelope point, and one for the envelope point you are dragging, if it is not the first or last point.

Time Stretching in the File Editor

When you use the Time Audio Stretching tool, the Multipoint Video HUD displays a single frame of video that follows the pointer location.

Dragging the Cycle Region

When you modify either end of the Cycle Region, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the start of the Cycle Region and the video frame at the end of the cycle region. You can quickly remove the Cycle Region at any time by pressing Option-X.

Dragging Markers

When you drag a single marker, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frame at the marker position. When you drag two markers, the Multipoint Video HUD displays the video frames at both marker positions. When you drag three or more markers, the Multipoint Video HUD displays three video frames: the first marker, the marker being dragged, and the last marker.