FilmoraPro Video Editor

Create Video stories with professional video editing tools.

Viewer Panel

The Viewer Panel enables users to preview the videos that they are working on. It has a player where users can watch the video for insight on the changes that needs to be done as they edit the video clips. Once change has been done in the timeline users will be able to view the results of the change here.

The tools that you are shown on this panel highly depends on the settings that you have put in place.

Playback Controls

The Playback Controls can be accessed below the preview window. There are a number of playback settings that uses can choose from depending on what the user finds to be ideal.

1 Loop Playback

This feature enables the video to restart whenever it finishes playing once the playhead reaches the end of the timeline or the set out point.

loop playback in filmora pro

Combined with the Set in Point and Set Out Point features you can use Loop Playback option to select a specific section of the video that should be looped.

2 Set in and out Point

With setting in and out points for clips users can define the section of the video clip that they intend to play with ease. This feature can also be used to export only one specific section of a project.

set in and out point

3 Controlling of the Playhead

By using the playhead users can manually jump into any frame in the video. Apart from moving the playhead around within your timeline users can also adjust the playhead's position right from the Viewer panel.

controlling of the playhead

  • The First Frame

the first frame

  • Next Key and Previous Key

next key previous key

To scroll through the video frame-by-frame with precision is quite useful and important during the video editing process. The Previous frame symbol in Filmora Pro helps with moving the playhead one frame back and the Next frame icon moves the playhead one frame forwards.

  • Play Button

play button

Once you have clicked on the Play button, the video starts playing immediately from the position of the playhead.

There are many respects (i.e. file format) that can affect the video clip's playback speed. At the same time real-time playback isn't always possible at the beginning, however, playback quality and resolution options can still be used to help with solving these issues as you allow for a real-time preview.

Now by using J, K, and L keyboard shortcuts, you can easily control the playback.

  • J-Button: Clicking on the J key will play the video backwards. Tapping the J button twice, you will get to double the playback speed of the video clip.
  • K-Button: By clicking on the K button, you can pause the playback.
  • L-Button: When you press the L key, the video begins to play forwards. Tapping l key repeatedly leads to doubling of the video's playback speed ( 2x, 4x, etc.).

Time Displays

time display

At the Viewer Panel on both sides you can access to the Time Displays. On the left side of the Viewer you can find time display. It displays the place where the playhead is within the video / the timecode (or frame number) or the frame that is being viewed. The time display located towards the right side of the Viewer also displays the total duration of the timeline.

Via right-click on any of the time displays users enable to choose whether the displays should show a frame count or a timecode (as hours:minutes:seconds:frames).

Viewer Playhead & Duration Bar

The Duration bar will display the total time duration on the project timeline. The area will be highlighted in light gray color. If you want to change the range of the work area you can use in an out points.

On the duration bar you can drag the white vertical bar to left or right to change the position of the play head on the timeline.

The Viewer Tools

Right below the Current Time display users will find the following editing tools:

  • Select Icons

select icons

Using select tool users can manipulate the layers and effects that are displayed in the Viewer panel. Users can activate the Select feature so as to change the position of the layers.

  • Hand Tool Icons

hand tool icon

When your video clip larger than Viewer, you can use the hand tool to adjust the portion that you want to be visible. As for example, if you are working with some HD footage and you have zoomed in specific part of the image, you can then use the hand tool to move around for an enhanced view of the larger image you have zoomed into a portion of.

What important is to note that users cannot make use of the effects or layers if this option is enabled.

Instead of using the hand tool is by hovering the cursor over the viewer. You can then right-click with your mouse then and press down. This will enable you to change the viewer panel size as you drag the cursor.

  • Text Icon

text tool

In the Viewer Panel you can use this tool to generate text layers.

Selecting Text tool to create new text in the Viewer display in 2 different ways:

  • Click on the image frame to create a text inser point. Then type to add text.
  • By clicking and dragging the text box in the image frame to bound the added texts by the area of the box

To get more information, you can view Text Panel page.

Viewer Display

To optimize the Viewer panel for specific projects you can choose the information that you can display.


scale to fit

In the lower right corner of the Viewer Panel you can find the Scale Menu. With it you can change the zoom level of the image.

This option is vital for use in circumstances where the video to be viewed seems to be larger than what is actually shown in the Viewer. The Scale to Fit option under the Scales menu helps by automatically scaling the image so that the entire frame can be seen. As you select the 100% option from the Scales menu it also displays how the video footage will eventually look once it's exported. The scroll wheel on the mouse can be used to alter zoom level.

Playback Options

FilmoraPro enables users to choose playback setting that has the potential of maximizing the users efficiency.

The change of the quality and resolution settings do not affect the exported video. Reducing the playback resolution quality enables users to hasten the editing process in a smoother and faster way.

Display Resolution for Playback

The display resolution for video playback within the Viewer panel can impact FilmoraPro’s performance, especially when you're working with large files like 4K videos. It's also capable of altering the images' accuracy as they get displayed.

  • Full Option: Display full image resolution during playback. Performance can either be sluggish depending on the size of the image size, the number of layers, the number of the effects, and the system hardware.
  • 1/2 Option: Helps with reducing the horizontal and the vertical pixel resolution by up to half for faster performance.
  • 1/4 Option: Helps with reducing the horizontal and the vertical resolution by either quarter which then results into the fastest performance.

Playback/Pause Quality

playback quality

Two options are available here for adjusting the playback and pause quality:

  • Full-Option: Full resolution rendering quality.
  • Draft-Option: Motion blur that has been activated within any layer’s Clip Properties can be disabled during playback if smoother results are required.

Pause Resolution Setting

Pause resolution setting will affect the image displayed when the playhead is stationary.

  • Antialiased-Option: Applying the antialiasing mode in the project settings results into attaining maximum quality alongside a longer processing time.
  • Full-Option: Paused image has full resolution but without antialiasing

Additional Options

1. Color Bit Depth: Gets to impact how colors get displayed in the Viewer. It may not have an impact on how the colors might look in the video.

color bit depth

  • 8-Bit Integer: Helps with speeding up the rendering process by limiting color to 8 bits over 0-255 range.
  • 16-Bit Float: Causes rendering to take a far much longer time, however the preview will have a very dynamic range alongside detailed highlights and shadows.

Show Motion Path: Animated layers shows a line that represents movement over a period of time. Users can either turn it on or off.

Show Effect Controls: While applying effects to your video clips, just know that they will be represented in the Viewer as a circle, so you can go ahead and drag the circle so as to adjust the effects. This feature can be turned on and off as desired.

Background Color: You can also alter the Viewer background color as desired. It can be helpful during the compositing process as it can make it easier to spot the unwanted gaps or spaces within the video clip. The color of the viewer does not in any way affect the exported video.

Checkerboard Background: Usually can transparent parts of the frame be difficult to spot, however filling them with a checkerboard pattern enables them to stand out. Checkerboard backgrounds are visible when used within the Viewer panel and not as the exported videos.

Full-Screen Preview: You can select a screen within the Set Screen submenu then watch your video preview as it shows in full screen mode.

Set Screen: Enables users to select the display on which the video should be played when in full-screen mode.

Export Frame: Allows users to capture some high-quality still frame as a PNG image from the video clip.

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