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  • How to make playback jump forward to where I’ve clicked the cursor

    Posted by Neil Pollick on March 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Something in Vegas always frustrates me and I thought there might be a solution.
    First of all, I don’t know what the name is for that vertical line on the timeline that moves along as it plays back and marks the the frame currently playing. I’ll call it the “playback marker”

    So … when its playing back I click somewhere further on in the film than the playback marker. The playback marker continues to move but now there is a second unmoving vertical line where I clicked.
    1. Is there anyway to get the playback to jump forward to where I click as soon as I click there? (i.e. a way to advance the playback?) Perhaps there a key to use in combination with the mouse? Perhaps there is a plugin (like that great one that clears the loop markers)
    and
    2. Or a way to make it restart at the point where I clicked during playback (by default it restarts where it stopped unless I click ahead to reset it AFTER it has stopped playing).

    It’s a problem in particular when I am zoomed in and then the visible frames skip back to where the playback marker is when I stop the playback and I have to get back to my editing point.

    It must be a frustration for everyone so I imagine there IS a solution.

    Can anyone help?
    Much appreciated.

    Stephen Mann replied 9 years, 6 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Mike Kujbida

    March 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    #1. Click in a blank space under the timeline (i.e. not on a track that has something on it).
    #2. Options – Preferences -General. Select Make spacebar and F12 Play/Pause instead of Play/Stop

  • Neil Pollick

    March 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the speedy reply Mike Kujbida
    Your advice gave me the answers I needed only for me the solutions differed a little from what you said so I have listed below what I found to work, for the sake of others who may want to know the answers

    TO MAKE IT SKIP FORWARD WHILE PLAYING WITHOUT STOPPING
    I have to click on a blank space above the timeline to make it skip forward or back, but skip it does!

    TO MAKE IT RESTART FROM THE PLACE YOU CLICKED WHILE IT WAS PLAYING, AND NOT FROM THE PLACE WHERE IT STOPPED
    I unchecked the box Options – Preferences -General. Select Make spacebar and F12 Play/Pause instead of Play/Stop

    This is Sony Vegas 10.

    Thanks to Mike editing will be a lot quicker.

  • Stephen Mann

    March 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    “what the name is for that vertical line on the timeline that moves along as it plays back “

    It’s called the Play Head. (Some call it a Play Line).

    Why? To make the transition from linear tape-based editing a bit easier for us old farts who were editing before PCs.

    As Mike said, if you click ON an event, the marker moves. If you click outside of any events (above or below, it doesn’t matter) you move the play head.

    Steve Mann
    MannMade Digital Video
    http://www.mmdv.com

  • Ben Win

    March 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    1) I just click the spacebar twice to restart the playback marker on the 2nd unmoving line.
    2) If you want to stop it at a certain point, press Enter which is pause.

  • Neil Pollick

    March 12, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Thanks everybody, I’ve tamed my play heads
    I hope others will find it useful.

  • Phil Seymour

    March 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    “what the name is for that vertical line on the timeline that moves along as it plays back ”

    Also called CTI – Current Time Indicator (from Premiere Pro days) 🙂

    Windows 7 Pro64, i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, SSD boot drive, GTX 570 Graphics, Vegas Pro 12

  • Stephen Mann

    March 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    “I hope others will find it useful.”

    That’s the real purpose of the forums.

    Steve Mann
    MannMade Digital Video
    http://www.mmdv.com

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