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Video Window

Right-Clicking in the Video Window gives you a list of functions specific to the adding and managing videos in your project.


  • Open Video: Opens a Finder window to load a video from a local or external drive into the project.
  • Open Remote Video: Opens a search bar where you can paste a URL for a video on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and load it into the project.
  • Open Recent: A small chronological list of recent videos loaded into recent projects.
  • Close Video: Removes the video from the project and closes the Video Window.
  • Copy Video URL: Copies the URL of the remote video that was loaded into your project.
  • Copy Video Audio to Timeline: Creates a new track with a copy of the loaded video’s audio on the timeline, then mutes the original video audio.
  • Show in Finder: Opens a Finder window showing the exact location of the loaded video in the project.
  • Fullscreen: Makes the video window stretch to fit the dimensions of the screen it is located on.

Transport Bar

The Transport Bar contains transport controls, MTC, Timecode, and Project Settings.


Go to beginning: (←) Moves cursor to the beginning of the video. 

Previous Marker: (⌥←) Moves your cursor to the previous marker.

Rewind: ( J ) Rewind playback. Only works when working on video projects.

Reverse playback speed moves in this order.

  1. -x 1/3
  2. -x 1/2
  3. -x 1
  4. -x 2
  5. -x 4
  6. -x 8
  7. -x 16

Step back: (←) Moves video backwards one frame at the time.

Playback: (Spacebar) Plays and stops the video. Alternatively, you can start playback at 1/3 speed by pressing ( L ). Pressing ( L ) a second time moves playback speed to 1/2 time. To start Reverse playback at Half-Speed, press ( J ) once.

Record: (⌘←) Starts recording audio on any track that is Record Enabled.

Step forward: (→) Moves video forward one frame at the time.

Fast Forward: ( L ) Fast Forward playback. Only works when working on a video project. 

Fast Forward speed moves in this order:

  1. x 1/3
  2. x 1/2
  3. x 1
  4. x 2
  5. x 4
  6. x 8
  7. x 16
  8. Pause Playback

Next Marker: (⎇→) Moves your cursor to the next marker.

Go to End: (⌘→) Moves cursor to the beginning or end of the video. •Return also takes your cursor to the beginning. 

Loop: (⌘L) Loops playback based on the position of your In/Out points on the timeline.

  1. The start of a looped section can be placed with ( i )
  2. The end of a looped section can be placed with ( o )
  3. Loop locators can be placed based on a selected region(s) by pressing (⌥⌘L)

MTC External Sync: (⌘J) Enables ADD to connect to any DAW and some NLEs via MIDI Time Code. For more information see, Sync MIDI Time Code.

Timecode: Shows the Timecode of the project at the location of the Playhead and the shows the Bar, Beat, and Count.

Project Settings: Dropdown window that allows you to adjust Project Settings related to video sync such as Project Start, End, Frame Rate, and Sample Rate. This will also tell you what Frame the video was exported in before importing into ADD.


Master Fader:Displays the overall project level. Can be adjusted by dragging the fader. 

Background Rendering Status: A dropdown window that shows you if sounds are being rendered in the background. You can adjust the Background Render Status by clicking the small gear in the bottom right or going to the Effects tab of the Preferences Window.


Master Track FX: A maximum of 6 plug-ins can be added to the Master Track. These can be added and adjusted by clicking the “FX” button.


Auto Gain: This feature allows you to quickly set loudness standards for the various types of sounds commonly used in Audio Design Desk. Once set you can simply click the Apply button and ADD will instantly adjust the gain (volume) of every region in your project that you’ve selected.