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Old February 26th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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Vegas Noob, Preview in Event/Crop Window

Hi guys, long time Premiere user giving Vegas a fair shake. When using the Event Crop/Pan to animate stills, how can I preview the animation in the Event Pan/Crop window (not the Preview window) so I can see my animation along with keyframess in real time? I can drag the playback head but can't seem to get it to play. Thanks.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #2
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Well, let me rephrase that, how do I get the playback head in the Event Pan/Crop Window to just play so I can reference my keyframes with the preview.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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You don't. You can play back the timeline and see it animated - I'd set up a loop area around it first so it can auto repeat until you stop it. If you turn on "sync Cursor", when you stop the playback the cursor on the Pan/Crop timeline will match the cursor on the main timeline.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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Bummer, thanks for the response though.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:36 AM   #5
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Kevin, I don't know exactly what Premiere behavior you're used to, but there are some good workflows for this in Vegas - maybe they'll be good for you, maybe not.

First, once you've turned on sync cursor, you can drag the playback head in the event pan/crop (or track motion) window and the timeline cursor will follow and you'll see preview. You can also use the keyframe navigation controls to directly advance from keyframe to next/previous keyframe, and again, with sync cursor on, the timeline and preview will track.

For finer control, I frequently press alt-0 to bring focus to the timeline, then use j-k-l scrubbing to look at keyframe behavior in slomo (hold down k and press l once, twice for faster, etc.).

These behaviours are consistent through all filters & etc. that use keyframes. I suspect this is a little different than what you're used to, but it seems very capable to me.

And of course, as Edward suggested, looping a section of the timeline is a very powerful technique as well. This can also be used with j-k-l to slowmo through a tough section, it'll just keep running while you move keyframes, change keyframe type, etc. Usually, you'd turn sync cursor back off for this, so that you could edit a keyframe during playback and see it on the next looped pass.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #6
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Thanks Seth!
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