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Entering Timecode

May 10, 2013 8:50 AM

I have Adobe Audition CS6 which I rarely use so bear with me here...


How do I enter timecode WITHOUT having to enter the colons or periods or semicolons in between the numbers?  I use After Effects all the time and I can enter "just" the numbers and After Effects is smart enough to know that 25813 (for instance) is 00;02;58;13.


Here are two examples in Audition showing how it doesn't work for me.


Set Timecode to SMPTE 29.97 fps Drop.

Cursor on 00;02;32;04

I enter 23204 and my cursor (and TC reading) jump to 00;03;57;20.   Same thing happens even if I enter leading zeros.


Set Timecode to Bars and Beats

Cursor on 84:3.05

I enter 84305 and my cursor (and TC reading) go to 131:3.15.


If I enter the colons, periods or semicolons the Cursor WILL go to the correct timecode, however I'm sure others will agree with me that it's a real pain in the butt to add the separators, ESPECIALLY when you're used to NOT having to enter them in other programs.


Any suggestions or am I stuck bouncing back and forth between my number pad and the shift-semi-colon or period?  Really interrupts my thought flow.


Thank you,



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    Jun 16, 2013 7:37 PM   in reply to Marc Trzepla

    This should work.  To enter 4 minutes and 36 seconds (4:36:00), just type the following on your keypad: /4/36 then Enter.  To enter 1 hour 5 minutes 35 seconds: 1/5/35 Enter.  Good luck!

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    Jun 29, 2013 7:09 AM   in reply to Marc Trzepla

    It's not in the manual. I'm glad it worked for you!




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