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Maths support in timeline timecode

Explorer ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Would be great if the sequence timecode accepted maths like the rest of AFX. I.E. if you are at a frame or timecode, and want to jump forward or back x amount of frames or seconds for example. It would be a great QOL improvement

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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You can do it right now but only for positive values. As soon as you type +X where X is the number of frames or SMPTE code, the CTI moves forward exactly that number of frames.

 

I think it would be a great idea to have the option aslo for negative values.

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Explorer ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Oh wow, i didn't know that.  This is a little janky though!  I was going to the end of the value, i.e. 100 frames, then doing + 100 say.  That does nothing.

You have to wipe out the current value and then do the addition.

This is handy though, so thanks for that.  I'll update my original request.

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Explorer ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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It looks like I cannot edit posts, so to clarify.
-Allowing maths in the sequence time/frames ,i.e. division, multiplication or subraction
- Allowing the user to append the maths operation to the end of the current frame or timecode alongside being able to replace it with the math operation.  This isn't immediately obvious and you might also forget what the original value was when you come to enter the maths

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Thanks for making this request, @JayLash! I'll add that subtraction is also already supported, though you do need to use a "+" before it to let After Effects know you want the change to be relative to the current time. This matches how subtraction is done for most other values. E.g. "+-10" moves you back ten frames.

 

I'll also note that adding a "." to the end allows you to work with seconds e.g. "+2." would move the CTI 2 second ahead and "+-3." would move it back 3 seconds. Adding two ".." would work with minutes, etc. This is unique to the timecode entry fields.

 

Apologies for the lack of post-editing, that is a forum policy related to how long you've been posting on the forums.

 

Cheers,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team 

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