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Joseph W. Bourke
Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:25:32 pm

I've got to be missing something brainlessly simple here. I've done searches in the User Guide, on this site, and elsewhere, and am coming up cold.

All I want to do is make a selection of audio in the Editor, and see what the length of this selection is in frames (I have the Editor set to show frames), so that I can time out some Camtasia screens to match. Just about every software package in the world that has a timeline automatically shows the duration of a selection somewhere on the screen (Edit*, AVID, AE, you name it), often in an Info palette. All I see at the bottom left of the Editor is the In Point. Have I checked my brain at the door, or is there some huge error in the design of this package that doesn't allow for the most basic need in audio editing? Thanks.

Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia
bs-exhibits.com


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Rob Neidig
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Feb 24, 2010 at 3:58:20 pm

Joe,

If you are using Adobe Audition (your post does not say which software you are referencing), then it is at the bottom of the screen, right below the zoom in and out controls. When you highlight a section it will list the IN and OUT point as well as duration. I am not familiar with Soundbooth.

Have fun!

Rob


Rob Neidig
R&R Media Productions
Eugene, Oregon


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Feb 24, 2010 at 4:28:17 pm

Sorry Rob -

That was my mistake - it's Soundbooth CS4 - and I'm appalled if there is no way to see the duration of a selection. I've already done what I wanted to do in Premiere Pro (which has the feature - totally intuitive - it shows up in the Program viewer), having imported the .asnd format, which works quite well, but I'm still on the search to see whether I've missed something, or the designers of the Soundbooth interface have REALLY missed something. This is just such a must-have feature...well, you get it.

Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia
bs-exhibits.com


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Erik Stern
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Mar 4, 2010 at 2:19:54 pm

Hey joe,
I also have the same issue as you with how long a section is. Have you found a solution?
I am also looing for a way to select only a few tracks out of many when working in multitrack. (i want to move them simultaneously without having to select each one and then move them) do you have any idea on how to do this?

thanks,

Erik


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:03:31 pm

Hi Erik -

I'm sorry to say that I haven't found a way to view duration, and no one has weighed in to help me here, other than Rob above. My workaround was to bring the VO I was working on in Soundbooth into Premiere CS4, and select it there, at which point the duration showed up in the program viewer, just like it should in any software with a timeline. If this feature got left out, I'm absolutely appalled (as I said earlier, I may have missed it somewhere, but it should be obvious and intuitive).

Was this software designed by someone who has never used a timeline before?

As far as the multi-track selection goes, it's usually pretty standard to be able to select non-contiguous tracks by holding down the CTRL key (or Command on the Mac) while selecting them. As I haven't worked yet in multi-track mode, I don't know for sure. Barring any oversites on the design side, it should work. I have only been using Soundbooth thus far for trimming and adjusting raw voice-overs (taking out breaths, pauses, paper noise, etc.). I do my multi-track music and SFX in Premiere.

Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia
bs-exhibits.com


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Lawrence LaFerte
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Oct 6, 2010 at 1:58:36 pm

Did anyone ever figure this out? I'm searching every where I can think to check and have not found a way to determine the exact length of a selection in Sound Booth CS5.

Any/All help would be greatly appreciated.


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Anthony Artmann
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:29:08 pm

I cannot see selection in/out/duration in Audition CS5.5. I'm sure I used to be able to do it in Cool Edit Pro!


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Chris Rubenstein
Re: Viewing the duration of a selection on the timeline
on Nov 27, 2014 at 5:13:49 am

Go to Tasks

Select Create a Loop

A Panel will pop up that shows the loop in, loop out and the duration of a selection.

Not necessarily straightforward but it works like a charm.


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