Im just starting into After effects, while trying a few tutorials i have noticed my timeline goes 00001,00002,00003 etc, whereas the tutorials i am following timelines go 1s,2s,3s etc. How do i change mine. I know its probably a simple process but iv tried everything.
I have attached 2 pics to show what i mean incase I'm not clear.
Thanks in advance!!
You have to make the change in the Project Settings. Go File>Project Settings.
Hi Dave, Iv tried project settings and playing around with the time display style, but the only change that seems to happen is the timeline changes to frames instead of 00001.
What settings in project settings do you suggest?
Please upload your images to the forum directly. Imgur is blocked where I work.
I suspect, just from the description, that your comp is very, very short - shorter than you think. So, could we also see a shot of your composition settings?
Hold down the Ctrl/Cmnd key and click on the time indicator in the timeline to switch the time display from Frames to Timecode.
You can also set your preferences to display both time and timecode in the timeline.
HI Rick, thanks for responding. I have tried that, it will switch to frames then it will switch back to 0001. it still won't allow me to have the time 1s,2s,3s etc.
How you tryed Restore standard view to defualt?
CTRL-ALT-SHIFT when after effects started up solved the problem.
Thanks for your help, much appreciated!!
You had your composition set to frames.
Your composition is 1000 frames long.
If you want the has marks on the time line to show up as 1s, 2s, 3,s then you need to zoom in on the timeline. Please take a minute and study the timeline UI in the help files. There are a lot of useful things that you will learn.
I still can't figure this out. I zoom in on the timeline only to see the same scale markers 01f, etc.
Not sure I want to reboot and hold down command option shift (is that the Mac equivalent?)
I haven't tried restore standard view because I'm not sure the F isn't standard view.
Can we see a screenshot of your interface?
It is working!
Thanks Szalam, i have attached the pic of my timeline, my project settings and composition settings. Hopefully this helps!
Hi! I just had the same problem and none of the answers helped me, so I started to explore AE, and what helped me solve everything was going to "File", "Project settings (Ctrl+Alt+Shft+K)" then on "Time display style" and clicking "TimeCode" Hope this helps!
Thank you SofiVirula!!!!! This was my problem...now solved!!! thanks so much. I had "frames" selected, although it used to be seconds and I don't know how it got changed as I had never been in project settings before! Thanks again!
You can change the time display by CMD+clicking on Mac or Ctrl+Clicking on PC on the timecode display. It'll change between the various options without you going into the project settings. Very handy feature and I use it a lot, but if someone hits it accidentally, it can get confusing fast!
Not if the file is already displaying frames, the only two options are two different notations for the amount of frames.
Hello i still problem, i change in second mold in timeline, but still see frames after max zoom. I try everything but stil don`t work.
Krum5C77, your entire comp is only one second long. That is why you only see frames. Open the composition settings and change the composition length to 5 or 10 seconds, and you will see frames and seconds if the Timeline is set to display Timecode.
I am having the same issues, I have followed all the advice in the previous posts to change it to seconds but it is not working for me. I have un installed and re installed after effects, reset my preferences and still, it shows up in frames, any ideas? there is also something else that is strange I create a 10 second composition but when I scroll to the end it stops at 09:30 and won't go to the full 10:00 second mark. if I force it by typing it in in the timeline the composition disappears.
Well, that's weird.
I'll guess your footage is 29.97 or 30 fps. It should have ended at 09:29! Because video starts at frame ZERO. Just as 0-9 are ten digits, 00:00 - 09:29 is ten seconds. So scrutinize your stuff and figure out what you did wrong.
I was using 30 Fps for the project I am trying to do (it's a basic tutorial). I am not sure what I could have changed to cause the issue I reset all preferences to default and reinstalled after effects but I still have the same issues. Thank you for the info though, I now understand why it ends at 9:30 and not 10:00 I am just getting started in after effects.
If your composition is 24 fps and your comp length is 9:30 then the last frame starts at 9:23. The length of the comp is 9:30 but the last frame starts at 9:23. Newbies always think their comp is one frame short when they go to the last frame, but it isn't. The CTI always starts at the beginning of the last frame. If your comp was 1 fps and 10 seconds long then the last frame would start at 9 seconds and end at 10. Park the CTI at the start of the last frame and the time would read 9 seconds. Move the CTI to the next frame and the comp would be over and the time would be 10 seconds. There's nothing wrong with AE, there's just something wrong with the way you are looking at the timeline.
Thanks for helping me figure out the timing, that one is on me being a newbie and all, but it still doesn't fix the frame issue in the timeline, I will keep trying to figure out what else it could be, I could make a short video and upload it so you can see my problem.
Do you mean you cannot change the time indicator from time to frames and back again? If that is the case you need to go to the help files and read up. There is no current bug there so if you can't change the time indicator then your AE is not up to date.