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Show frames and timecode in the timeline, similar to After Effects

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Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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In After Effects when you choose frames or timecode as the time display format in the timeline it displays the playhead position in your primary units (e.g. frames), and shows the alternative measurement (e.g. timecode) beneath in smaller type. I'd like to suggest that a similar thing could be implemented in Premiere.

 

The use case is that it's useful to see at a glance where you are in a timeline in both units, for example client notes tend to use timecode, whereas for animation I'm often working in frames.

 

I'd suggest that the alternative display was shown to the right of the primary playhead position. I'm aware that AE only has 2 time unit display types, whereas there are 4 I think in Premiere. Perhaps for frames and feet and frames the alt display would be timecode, and for timecode the alt would be frames. Or maybe the user could just alt-click through both to select which is show for either.

 

This is a QoL suggestion, but would make a fair difference to my working day. Cheers!

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Advocate , Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

Go to Window > Timecode, this will open a small timecode panel which you can place where you can glance at it easily.

In the panel, you can add as many lines as you want (sequence, video, audio, duration, in/out, etc...) and you can choose the format you want. So you can add two sequence lines, one that displays the timecode in 25fps for example, and the other in frames.

Below is an example.

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Advocate ,
Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Go to Window > Timecode, this will open a small timecode panel which you can place where you can glance at it easily.

In the panel, you can add as many lines as you want (sequence, video, audio, duration, in/out, etc...) and you can choose the format you want. So you can add two sequence lines, one that displays the timecode in 25fps for example, and the other in frames.

Below is an example.

SamiSuccar_0-1686828177787.png

 

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Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Perfect, that does the job exactly! Many thanks!

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Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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One quick question, is there a way to make this panel dockable? I'd happily have it as a permanent part of my layout.

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Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Sure, I have it docked next to my timeline. Just drag it by its "head" and snap it. And make sure to save the workspace so you don't have to repeat the process every time.

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Jun 15, 2023 Jun 15, 2023

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Awesome, thank you. I missed that click area, was looking for the normal 3-bar menu area to drag.

 

Thanks for the tips, much appreciated!

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