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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what timecode is and how to quickly navigate your playhead to precise positions by typing in exact times in whichever panel you're working in.



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Re: Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Rombout Versluijs
Perhaps a this cause its a older versions, but in cc i cant quick edit the timecode simply by typing. Some keys are now mapped to jump frames. For example the period key is now 1 from forward. When i press return it goes to 00:00:00:00

How can i quick edit this in CC without using the mouse?
Re: Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Chad Gottfried
Hi Andrew,
It's looks like this an older thread, but it may help to clarify something. I want to change the start time on my timeline to start 10 seconds before 00:00:00:00 (23:59:50:00), but I discovered that I can only do that in Drop-frame mode. In non-drop frame, it seems to lay down an arbitrary timecode (00:01:16:09).

I am able to set some earlier start times (eg. 23:57:50:00) no problem. Could you explain why and if I change the timeline to DF with NDF clips on it, will that cause a problem (especially syncing audio from separate source (Zoom)?

Thanks,
Chad
@Chad Gottfried
by Andrew Devis
Hi Chad

I'm sorry but I don't know the answer to your question, it may be worth either starting a new thread on it or going to Adobe Technical Support and asking for their input?

I work exclusivly with PAL 25 fps and not with NTSC so I haven't had to deal with this problem.

Sorry not to be of any help, I hope you get an answer soon.
All the best
Andrew

PS - as for sync, there is a plug-in from Red Giant Software called 'Plural Eyes' that deals with sync of audio to video which would no doubt ensure proper syncing off all item for you ...

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Re: Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Steve Deen
Dear Andrew

I notice in your image above you say that AVCHD is available in Prem Pro CS6 but I and many others are finding issues with CS6 not playing sound on the MCS files.

You seem to have a lot more sequence option than I do. I downloaded my CS6 from the Adobe Web Site and there are a lot less sequences and none with AVCHD in them?

What is going on there? any ideas.
Re: Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Steve Deen
Dear Andrew

I notice in your image above you say that AVCHD is available in Prem Pro CS6 but I and many others are finding issues with CS6 not playing sound on the MCS files.

You seem to have a lot more sequence option than I do. I downloaded my CS6 from the Adobe Web Site and there are a lot less sequences and none with AVCHD in them?

What is going on there? any ideas.
@Steve Deen
by Andrew Devis
Hi Steve

You're not the first to say this, others seem to have had similar problems. I would suggest getting in touch with Adobe to ask about it and also making sure you have downloaded and installed the additional content that comes with CS6.

You could also search or put a post in the forum to see how others have dealt with this issue.

Sorry not to be more help and I hope you get it sorted soon.

Andrew

PS - When you do get it sorted please pop back and put a post here to help anyone else. Thank

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@Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above): 13 Timecode & Playhead
by dazler green
Hi Andrew!
I use AVCHD MTS files, sc5.5 has AVCHD Sequence Preset for it at 50p 1080x1920 pal but CS6 doesnt, also all my files have no sound, do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong or it's back to cs5.5 for me.
Any help would be amazing!
Thanks
Dazler
Re: @Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above): 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Ann Bens
Bring your question over to the forum or the Adobe forum.
http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/premierepro_current

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@dazler green
by Andrew Devis
Hi Dazler



As you can see from the image the perset is available in CS6. Off the top of my head it sounds like it may be an install problem. Also, have you installed the extra Premiere Pro CS6 content?

If the problem continues, try uninstalling it (after devactivating it first) and reinstalling it. Then, if you still have a problem you will need to get on to Adobe Tech Support.

What you mustn't do is give up on CS6 as the updates really are worth working through any problems you may have!

Hope you get it sorted soon.
All the best
Andrew

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@Andrew Devi
by dazler green
Thanks Andrew! How do I install the extra content?
Thanks for your reply!
Re: Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above): 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Paul Thurston
Hi Andrew,

Let’s say I want to setup an NTSC frame rate standard definition timeline. Drop Frame timecode is what I want, and the timeline needs to start at the 58 minute point (00;58;00;00) and the actual show starts at the hour point (01;00;00;00). How would I go about setting this up in PP CS6?

Regards,
Paul

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Chile
@Paul Thurston
by Andrew Devis
Hi Paul

Thanks for getting in touch. You would choose the correct NTSC sequence setting from the sequence dialogue box and make sure it is the drop frame version from the description.

As for setting the start point, here is a copy of what it says in the help doc but in short, you set it through the Timeline Panel Menu.

Set sequence start time

By default, each sequence’s time ruler starts at zero and measures time according to the timecode format you specified in the Display Format field of the New Sequence dialog box General tab. However, you can change the starting time of the sequence’s time ruler. For example, you may want to set the start time to match a master tape, which typically begins at 00;58;00;00, to accommodate a two-minute leader before the standard program start time of 01;00;00;00.

In a Timeline panel menu, choose Sequence Zero Point (called Start Time in Premiere Pro CS5.5 and later), enter a starting timecode, and click OK. (The starting time must be a positive number.)

Hope this helps
Andrew

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@Andrew Devi
by Paul Thurston
Thanks Andrew,

I appreciate that. Where exactly would I find the Timeline Panel Menu?

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Chile
@Paul Thurston
by Andrew Devis
Hi Paul

If you look at your timeline and then at the top right of the panel itself you will see a small icon with a little down arrow and four lines. This is the panel menu and every panel in PP (and AE) has one. Click on this and the option is at the very bottom.

BTW I tried it myself and the actual timecode it showed when I typed in 00;58;00;00 was 00;58;00;02 I can only assume that the 2 frames has something to do with the drop-frame option.

Hope this helps
Andrew

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@Andrew Devi
by Paul Thurston
Thanks Andrew,

Does the timeline have a way to select very particular sections of the timeline so as to figure out what is the total running time of the selected items only?

Here’s an example of what I’m trying to do. Let’s say I have a standard definition NTSC 44 minute drop frame time code show that has three commercial breaks. Each commercial break is just a 10 second place holder of black matt and no sound. So the show is in fact 43;30 minutes in length plus three 10 second sections of black matt. Total show running time is 43;30, while total running time on the timeline is 44;00 minutes.

Is there a way for me to just select program parts on the time line without selecting the 10 second commercial break place holders, inside the timeline, in order to know the total show running time?

I understand I could subtract from the total running time, on the timeline, the lengths of the commercial break place holders. But that may require, at times, a time code calculator and that’s not always available.

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Producer
Chile
@Paul Thurston
by Andrew Devis
Hi Paul
my computer is off for the weekend now so i can't double check, but you can set in and out points in the timeline and i am fairly certain that by doing this you will be able to see the time of the selected section.

I'll double check on Monday but in the meantime select the timeline panel get the play head to the start of the section and hit i and then go to the end of the section and hit o and you should get your info.

Hope this helps and enjoy the rest of your weekend
Andrew

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@Andrew Devi
by Paul Thurston
Thanks Andrew
I really appreciate your help.

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Paul Thurston
Producer
Chile
@Paul Thurston
by Andrew Devis
Hi Paul

What I said above is correct, you get the actual value of the selected area in the timeline at the bottom right of the program monitor.

All the best
Andrew

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Re: Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above): 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Andrew Devis
Hi Larry

Yes, i agree it's a great feature, especially not having to click in the timecode box first and just type in a number. I do cover it somewhere else in the series both in terms of timeline editing and as a note in another tutorial - not sure which off the top of my head ... but it is covered.

Thanks for pointing it out, i should probably have included it here as well.

Andrew

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Re: Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above): 13 Timecode & Playhead
by Larry Chapman
You left out one of my most used features in this area! It's the ability to enter +/- timecodes to jump relative to where the current CTI is.

-- Larry Chapman


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