Red Giant BulletProof
The Playback panel is where you can view and play a large version of the selected clip. When a thumbnail is selected, the Viewer displays the larger playable clip, and offers Playback controls for reviewing it.
Playback is the main area of Review and an important part of Refine.
Playback panel shown in Review, with the Thumbnails panel at left.
The Viewer displays the clip as large as possible. It respects the aspect ratio of the video, and resizes the preview when the BulletProof interface is resized. The file name, frame aspect ratio and frame rate are displayed above the video clip.
There are two preview options. The default setting is Best Fit, which resizes the preview to display the entire clip. If you’re on a laptop with a resolution lower than 1920×1080, then you might want to choose Best Fit. The Actual Size option shows the clip at a 1:1 pixel ratio.
The Playback controls
The Playback controls let you play and scrub the footage. You can also set markers and change the In/Out points for the clip.
- The Timeline is the rectangular bar that lets you scrub a clip.
- The Playhead is the grabber control that you scrub the timeline with.
- Media Duration shows the full length of the clip, displayed in timecode.
- Video Duration shows the length of the clip between the In Point and Out Point, displayed in timecode.
- Timecode Display shows what frame you are sitting at in the clip.
- Media Start and Media End are the beginning and end of the clip, at the left and right edges of the Timeline.
Playback buttons & keys
BulletProof moves you quickly through your clips, with features like controlling playback with the standard JKL keys.
- Play/Pause Video button plays and pauses a clip, and pressing the spacebar does both too.
- Press the K key to pause, and the L key to play forward.
- Press the J key to play backward through the clip.
- Skip Backward and Skip Forward buttons move the playhead backward and forward in short increments. Each increment is 10% of the clip duration.
- Press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow key to move the playhead forward or backward by one frame.
- Start of Clip and End of Clip buttons move the playhead to the beginning or end of a clip. If an In or Out point are set, the playhead goes there instead.
- Loop Video tells the clip playback to repeat.
- Mute Audio turns off the audio of the clip, so you see but don't hear the playback.
- In point and Out point are the user-defined positions to start and stop playing a clip. These points can also define the portion of a clip that will get exported.
- To set an In point, drag its control to the cut point. OR place the Playhead at that point and hit the I key.
- To set an Out point, drag its control to the cut point. OR place the Playhead at that point and hit the O key.
- In Export Options, you have two options for the In and Out points.
- Choose the Respect In and Out Points option to trim the exported clip to the length of the In/Out. points.
- Or, keep that option turned off, but choose the Embed Metadata option, so the entire clip length is exported, and In/Out points are brought over as metadata.
Add Marker button
The Add Marker button lets you mark important points in a clip. A marker appears as a small triangle icon below the playhead. Markers help you do more precise editing by indicating places you want to come back to and work on later.
- To create a marker, move the playhead to a point on the clip, then press the M key OR click the Add Marker button.
- You can also set markers in the Marker set of the Metadata panel.
- To move a marker, click and drag it anywhere on the timeline.
- To delete a marker, click the marker and hit your Delete key.
Set Poster Frame button
The Set Poster Frame button lets you define the exact frame that is used as the thumbnail preview in the Organize, Review, Refine and Export views. This is helpful when the auto-generated thumbnail does not give a clearly identifiable image, or when you want to show an In point.
- By default, the first frame of a clip will display as the poster frame.
- If you set an In point, the thumbnail will display the In point as the poster frame. You don't need to click Set Poster Frame for this to happen.
- Set your playhead to a frame, and click the Set Poster Frame button to choose that frame as the clip thumbnail. Setting the Poster Frame overrides setting an In Point.
- To clear the poster frame, Option-click the Set Poster Frame button. If an In point is set, the thumbnail will show the In point. If no In point is set, the thumbnail will display the first frame of the clip.