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Craig Moorhead
How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:44:35 pm

I'm editing some pretty long pieces with lots of cuts - an hour or more - and I'm wondering if there's a fast way to scan the timeline for gaps between cuts?


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Shane Ross
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:47:23 pm

Other than watching it down, or visually scanning zoomed in reasonably close?

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Craig Moorhead
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:53:12 pm

So... dumb question, then?

It would be a pretty handy thing to be able to check for spots where you have flash frames of black without having to spend an hour doing it. I could've sworn there was a software that did something like that - an early version of Premiere, maybe?


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John Christie
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:56:16 pm

How about just using the down arrow to jump to every transition. You could quickly scan the entire timeline that way.

But as Shane pointed out, nothing better than watching the whole thing again. In my world, I probably see every show we edit 8 to 10 times before it goes out the door.


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Craig Moorhead
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:05:47 pm

Thank you, John. That could be one way to go about it.

Yeah, there's definitely no replacement for watching a show down for all the usual reasons. But it's still not foolproof. Just looking for another line of defense.


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Shane Ross
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:33:41 pm

There is a close all gaps command, but I find that tends to mess things up. Might close a gap that I intend to be there

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Craig Moorhead
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:55:28 pm

Actually, that could be really useful, too. Though you're right - I'd need to be careful exactly what I used it on.

A friend just pointed out a shortcut that turns out to be what I was looking for, though I may not have asked for it clearly enough.

Shift+G will take you to the next gap in your timeline. Option+G will take you the previous gap.

I tested that a few times, then I put my cursor at the head of my timeline and hit Shift+G and it jumped straight to the end - my new line of defense!

Thanks for thinking through this with me today, you guys.


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Shane Ross
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:12:59 pm

Ah, that's right. I forgot about that little thing

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Nick Meyers
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:38:51 am

there is another command you need to use: Find Next track Gap

you'll probably want to assign it a shortcut, or put it's button in your timeline.


nick


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