9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2012 10:04 PM by ElJayBronx RSS

    Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...

    ElJayBronx Community Member

      preferably in the Timeline, without resorting to the rodent? I have tried without success to find a keyboard shortcut or be able to create a keyboard shortcut that will go there and so far am coming up empty. It would speed up a particular workflow I'm doing now where I have to place perhaps 100 titles for which I have exact timings but at the moment each time I have to click on Playhead Position with the mouse...

        • 1. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
          shooternz Community Member

          Type the location time code into the Time Code Box in the Timeline.

          • 2. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
            ElJayBronx Community Member

            Shooter:

             

            You missed one important aspect of my post; perhaps I was a bit too flip (and not clear enough) when I said "without resorting to the rodent". What I'm looking for is a keyboard shortcut that will land the cursor in the time code box. As an experienced PPro user (since cs3) I know how to do it with the mouse. The trick to becoming better and better at this skill set is learning more and more ways to not have to lift fingers from the keyboard. So far I don't know any way to get into the time code box without resorting to the "rodent" or mouse.

             

            I have a project - I've done it now, the long way - where I needed to place "lower third" titles under about 100 faces in a reunion video. My colleague who knows all the people sent me a Word list of the people and the timings in minutes and seconds from an otherwise "final" version of the video. The  workflow process that I developed was to start with a "place-holder" title with the font and other attributes (shadowing, etc.) and paste multiple copies in a titles bin in the project, highlight and copy each name from the Word file (side-by-side with the Premiere project), and then paste the name twice - once highlighting the text in the place-holder and pasting, then highlighting the name of the title and pasting again (thus I have the same name in the lower third and as the name of the title in the project panel). Repeat 100 times or so. Place a copy of the place holder on the timeline and set timeline attributes (timing and dissolves) and copy that to clipboard; with the track selected that's above the main track, paste at each time point noted in the Word document. This is the point where a keyboard shortcut to the time code box would be very useful!!! It would have cut by 2/3 the amount of time to do this step. Final step: highlight each place holder, search in the project panel for the name to be used at that point, and choose "replace with clip|from bin". There's a LOT of mousing required and I believe that every time we can come up with a way to avoid putting hands on the mouse we're that little bit ahead of the game.

             

            I suspect that I'm going to have to put it in as a feature request, but before doing so wanted to come to the community to see if I'm somehow missing something obvious.

             

            Shooternz, thanks for trying (and sorry to be so tedious in my process description) but now you'll understand exactly what I'm looking for!

             

            Jay

            • 3. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
              Jeff Bellune ACP

              Make sure the timeline panel is active, then hit Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect all clips.  Then use the Number Pad to just start typing the timecode.  The timecode box will open and the typed numbers will appear.  You can use the period key (again on the NumPad) as a separator regardless of whether the timecode is drop or non-drop.  Press the Enter key (again, only on the NumPad!) to move the playhead to the typed-in timecode.  You can also make the playhead move relative to the current timecode by typing a + or - first.

               

              NB: if any clips are selected, they will move to the new timecode instead of the playhead.

               

              Jeff

              • 5. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
                ElJayBronx Community Member

                Incredible! One slight tweak in case someone's reading this in the future: you have to be sure NumLock is ON which it doesn't default to. Other than that it's great...but how did you find it? Is it in a doc someplace?

                 

                Again, thanks!

                • 6. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
                  shooternz Community Member

                  ...but how did you find it? Is it in a doc someplace?

                   

                  Sorry grasshopper..we cant tell you that in case you learn too much all at once!

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  (Worth a read of the User pdf though...and some vid tuts have shown it.)

                  • 7. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
                    J. Simon Community Member

                    you have to be sure NumLock is ON which it doesn't default to.

                     

                    You can usually set that in the BIOS so it turns on by default when you boot up.

                    • 8. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
                      the_wine_snob Community Member

                      That is exactly how it works on all of my Windows computers - so it is ON by default, upon bootup.

                       

                      Hunt

                      • 9. Re: Is there a way to highlight (and thus change) the Playhead Position...
                        ElJayBronx Community Member

                        Maybe I just press buttons indiscriminately when I'm working

                         

                        I see the num pad shortcut in the pdf but it's a little mysterious, and you guys made it obvious so thanks. I'll check BIOS the next time I reboot and see how NumLock is supposed to default on this machine. Doesn't matter much though, because as soon as I press keys and they don't work I'll know why and press it...

                         

                        Again...so as to be sure to emphasize it...thanks!

                         

                        Jay