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Tip #1639: Switch Between Timecode & Frames

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Internally, Motion tracks everything in frames, but can easily display timecode.

Click the white arrow to change the timing display.

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Video folks tend to think in timecode. Animators tend to think in frames. Motion supports both. Internally, Motion tracks everything in frames, but can easily display timecode.

To switch, click the small down-pointing white arrow to the right of the timecode / frame display at the bottom of the Canvas (see screen shot).

Using this popup menu, you can choose to display either frames or timecode, as well as current project time or total project duration.

You can change this setting whenever you want, it is display-only.


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