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Sandra Boeckmann
how do you get the time ruler to display seconds instead of frames?
on Aug 13, 2010 at 9:42:15 am

Hi,
i know it's a very basic question and i have already searched for answers to solve this problem. however, when i go to
project settings > display style > timecode base (i set this to 30fps and NTSC to drop frame),
it still doesn't display seconds.

the big yellow number (current time) to the left gives me this:
0;00;09;09 and in the left it still says "f" as time ruler units.

i would appreciate your help!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you get the time ruler to display seconds instead of frames?
on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:38:51 pm

As you're no doubt learning, AE isn't the most intuitive application in the world.

Case in point: how does a newcomer know about an arcane AE term like Time Display Units, right? Well, here's your solution:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS4ABD6729-8645-442d-AE7D...

Don't worry if you don't have AE 10. I don't think they've changed this particular thing in years.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dave Johnson
Re: how do you get the time ruler to display seconds instead of frames?
on Aug 13, 2010 at 7:21:36 pm

Forgive me guys, but I'm confused by what I read here ...

0;00;09;09

It seems to me that first 9 refers to seconds so I don't understand how one can say that "doesn't display seconds" ... do you mean seconds only with no hours, minutes or frames? I didn't know that was possible ... or desirable for that matter.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you get the time ruler to display seconds instead of frames?
on Aug 13, 2010 at 7:30:36 pm

AE can be set up to show frame numbers only, NTSC Drop Frame, NTSC PAL Non-Drop Frame, PAL, plus Feet & Frames for both 16 & 35mm film.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dave Johnson
Re: how do you get the time ruler to display seconds instead of frames?
on Aug 13, 2010 at 8:22:59 pm

I know, but if someone accidentally changed their layout to frames-only or one of those other settings, I still don't see how that could mean that 0;00;09;09 "doesn't display seconds".

It's ok though ... I don't need to understand ... was just confused/curious.


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