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Sean McNally
Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:32:57 pm

I've been using vegas for years, but I have a very basic question that I just haven't been able to figure out the answer to. It's never really been a problem, but I'm curious enough to find out. Sometimes, wherever I click, the black line locks to the playhead, and sometimes it moves separately. What exactly makes the difference? Thanks in advance.


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Edward Troxel
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Sep 12, 2015 at 5:49:36 pm

What's "the black line"?

Edward Troxel


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Russ Froze
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Oct 21, 2015 at 5:22:28 am

Would you do a screengrab and show us the black line please. We can not help for we do not know which line you are referring to. If you only have footage that you do not wish to share use a still image from the net somewhere.
Russ Froze


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Sean McNally
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Dec 5, 2015 at 11:55:10 pm

My apologies for not replying sooner, have been very busy lately. Here is what I am referring to:

Sometimes they lock together as the project plays back, and other times the black line remains in the same spot during playback, and is movable by clicking around the timeline. I appreciate your patience, please let me know if you know why this is!


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Jorma Nippala
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Dec 6, 2015 at 4:24:24 pm

Vegas Pro 13 Help:
Transport and Editing toolbar
Play
Starts playback from the cursor position.
(Tip) Select the Make spacebar and F12 Play/Pause instead of Play/Stop check box in the General Preferences tab if you want the F12 and spacebar keyboard shortcuts to toggle between Play and Pause mode. In this mode, the cursor will maintain its position.

Pause
Pauses playback and leaves the cursor at its current position.
Stop
Stops playback or recording and returns the cursor to its starting position.


Some discussion on edit cursor behaviour here


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Sean McNally
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Dec 6, 2015 at 5:27:39 pm

[Jorma Nippala] "Pause
Pauses playback and leaves the cursor at its current position.
Stop
Stops playback or recording and returns the cursor to its starting position."


This is not quite what I meant. I am aware of the difference between pause and stop. What I mean is that sometimes when I hit play, the playhead follows where the edit cursor is moved to, and isn't treated as a separate entity. Other times, as the playhead moves through the timeline, the edit cursor is completely separate, and can be moved around during playback. I am aware of its behavior when stopping playback, I am curious about its behavior during playback.

Here's what I mean

Sometimes it locks:


Sometimes it doesn't:


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Jorma Nippala
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Dec 6, 2015 at 7:25:00 pm

It seems you have tracks in the second example, not in the first one.
Is it consistent, when you click on the timeline event?


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Sean McNally
Re: Why does the playhead only sometimes lock to the black line?
on Dec 6, 2015 at 8:24:45 pm

Yes. I can't seem to replicate it now to put it into a gif, but it is consistent when it happens, and I have to restart vegas to fix it.


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