Display audio track and video together in the source monitor
Displaying audio tracks and video together in the source monitor would save a lot of time when scrubbing through source footage to find the moments when the talent starts speaking. Currently I toggle the source monitor to display the audio tracks, set my IN and return back to video view.
Attached is a Photoshop mock-up of my ideal.
Definitely a great time saver!
Thanks for creating a mockup and for the productive conversation in the comments, we’re going to take a closer look at implementation details next.
Luca Barbagallo commented
Sarebbe molto comodo. Esiste già in DaVinci Resolve.
Implementatelo anche in Premiere Pro, sarebbe un grande vantaggio durante il montaggio di interviste!
Trevor Asquerthian commented
Lots of us are well used to, and like, the Avid implementation where you can switch the timeline to view the source - including source clips - with waveforms.
So no difference in screen real estate for laptops, no blocking of source clip video and ability to see source video & waveforms AT THE SAME TIME
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
I 100% agree with this suggestion, but NOT the way it is displayed in Max's mockup picture. The Source Monitor should ONLY show the video tracks that have audio. If an audio track is empty, it should not be shown, to avoid wasting screen real estate. Adobe, please remember that more and more people are using laptops to edit, for whom screen real estate is extremely limited. Making the best use of this limited screen real estate is therefore of extreme importance!
Here are some key features that are needed:
1. ability to easily turn visibility of audio waveform bar on/off using both an onscreen button and a keyboard shortcut.
2. only show audio tracks that have audio on them
3. ability to resize height of audio waveform bar, to accommodate users of all screen sizes, and to accommodate users who need to focus more on the audio than the picture of a clip. (the size should be remembered between editing sessions and when turning the bar on/off).
4. Allow users to only display the audio track they want. For example, if a track has both L & R channels, but both are nearly identical, it would serve the editor best to be able to only display one of these to make best use of limited screen space.
Thanks for looking into this on our behalf Patrick! Best of luck implementing this much needed feature!
Philip Kapadia commented
Please allow us to toggle this feature. I would NOT want this on my laptop as it would be a huge waste of screen space
Anthony Vescio commented
pleas please please implement this
Paul Toth commented
If I had to add anything it would be to allow user to choose which audio track(s) they want to see/use
MATT HOECKER commented
While we're talking improvements for the source window, a very small thing that I would like to see that's along the same lines:
When you are viewing the waveform, currently you can only drag the audio or the video to the timeline individually, but not both. When video is being viewed in the source monitor, you can just click the image and drag it to the timeline and will get both audio and video, however in the audio view, clicking and dragging scrubs through the waveform. It would be as simple as adding a 3rd button to the icons below the source that has both video and audio with a link symbol that would allow to drag both from there.
Derek Schrader commented
I would love this with a mute button for the Source monitor for scrubbing B-roll.
I've done the toggling thing plenty, but for longer interviews I'll put the whole clip (or series of clips) in a sequence, open the audio time line and use the waveforms there to do the same thing, but cut out the parts I don't want, so I'm left with edited selects. If I'm careful to place markers on the tracks (rather than the in the sequence time line) I'll even have marked master clips ... case I need them.
Jesus Delgado commented
This is seriously so simple yet such a good feature. Why haven't they done this from the beginning?
Ant Pruitt commented
Love this idea
I have pushed for a request to have auto scroll when playing audio wave forms back in the source monitor. Currently it doesn't scroll along when you play them when zoomed in, would need to so this also when playing audio/video together in monitor. The source monitor needs some serious love.
Would also be nice to see the audio keyframes if any are present
Philip Neves commented
If you click the wrench icon and choose Open in Timeline you'll get something pretty close to what you want — but only for one source clip at a time.
Priestly Andoh commented
I don't know, why they don't add this already?
Such a shame
George Ramsay commented
yup already part of non-subscription model NLE (davinci)
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Yes! Davinci Resolve has this. Premiere Pro should too! As long as users have the option to easily turn it on/off.
Jeremy Abbott commented
Wow this would be a great option that I never considered before.
Danial Monson-Bergum commented
I like this idea. Including the option to display the .pek as a Source Monitor overlay would be helpful, too.