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# quick way to measure time in timeline?

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 quick way to measure time in timeline? on Jun 17, 2015 at 5:59:14 pm

Hey all, I have a composition where I have a main timeline of 20 seconds which I am breaking out into smaller compositions, and utilizing transitions between the nested comps.

My question is simply how I can quickly measure time from an IN to an OUT point on the MAIN timeline so that I can make exact comps for the smaller ones.

Any ideas?

 Re: quick way to measure time in timeline?on Jun 17, 2015 at 7:25:11 pm

You're not gonna like this one -- arithmetic.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

 Re: quick way to measure time in timeline?on Jun 17, 2015 at 9:42:10 pm

Wah wah....

tough to get super accurate frame counts with 23.976 fps, but I did it!!!

 Re: quick way to measure time in timeline?on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:05:31 am

Well, 23.976 is close enough to 24 to make the difference almost indistinguishable over the span of 20 seconds.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

 Re: quick way to measure time in timeline?on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:51:23 pm

You could use B and N to set up the work area in your main comp that you need for the duration of your subcomps. Then right click in the work area and select "Trim Comp to Work Area". Press Cntl+K to find the duration, hit cancel and Cntl+Z to restore your Main Comp back to it's original duration. More button pushing, but less math.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
ThinkCK

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.

 Re: quick way to measure time in timeline?on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:02:01 am

I know this is a slightly old thread, but FYI, when you click on the work area bar, in the info panel there is a display that tells you the current duration and the start and end timecode of the work area.