Kdenlive uses two monitor widgets to display and play back your videos, images, titles, animations or audio files:
The monitor widgets can be switched on or off by checkingand , repectively. Once activated, they can be selected by clicking the corresponding tab which appears at the bottom of the monitor window.
Kdenlive supports an external monitor display using Blackmagicdesign DeckLink cards.
Controls and Elements¶
Monitor Display Toolbar¶
The monitor display toolbar appears when you hover over the defined hotspot. By default this is the top right-hand side of the monitor area. Click on to move the monitor display toolbar to the left-hand side or back. You can switch it off altogether by right-click in the monitor area, and selecting.
The toolbar has the following options:
Switch full screen
Change overlay. Click through the different available patterns.
Zoom in It’s always for the entire clip. Cut it if needed and apply motion tracking only to the resulting pieces where needed.
Move Toolbar. Click through to move the toolbar from the right (default) to the left and back.
The color of the guide overlay can be changed in.
Resizing the Monitor¶
You can resize the monitors by dragging the widget’s edges. Make sure the mouse pointer changes to the sizing shape.
Monitor Zoom Bar¶
The timeline rulers of the monitors have zoom bars. To activate, hover over the timeline ruler and use Ctrl+Mouse wheel. A zoom bar will appear with a scrollbar that has handles on the left and the right. At the same time, the timeline ruler scaling marks will change according to the zoom factor. This is helpful when trying to make frame-accurate cuts or setting zones.
Changing the Preview Resolution speeds up the editing experience by scaling the video resolution of the monitors. It can be used instead of proxies or with proxies. Speed improvement depends on your source files.
Playback speed depends on several factors: source material, use of proxies, type and number of effects, and the CPU capabilities. There is limited to no GPU support for video playback. Preview Rendering is highly recommended if playback speed is lacking.
You enable the multitrack view via Multitrack View or by pressing F12.or via right-click in the Project Monitor area and selecting
The multitrack view interface allows you to select a track in the timeline by clicking on the project monitor. See the section about multicam editing for using it during Editing.
Clip and Project Monitor in Separate Windows¶
If you want to have the Clip and/or the Project Monitor in their own individual windows click on the respective tab and drag the monitor widget out into its own window. This undocks the widgets from their space. From there you can move them even to other monitors you may have connected.
To put the monitors back into the tabbed view click on the monitor’s title bar (enable it via Customizing the Interface chapter for more details.) and drag the window on top of another widget. See the
There is low risk that the monitor widget has no title bar (intermittent defect). In this case you will need to reset the Kdenlive settings by deleting
~/.config/kdenliverc (Linux) or