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Chapter 4. Editing Source Clips > Setting the Time Display

Setting the Time Display

You can see the frame number of the current source clip and program in the time display of their respective views in the Monitor window. You can set which counting method is used in each time display to suit your footage or your output goals.

Though you set the time display as part of the project settings, you can change it at any time. You set the time display of the source view separately. As you learned in Chapter 2 ( "Specifying the General Settings" ), changing the time display merely changes Premiere's counting method, not the timebase used by the project or the timecode encoded on the source movie file.

To change the count in the source controller:

1.
From the Monitor window's pull-down menu, choose Monitor Window Options (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. From the Monitor window's pull-down menu, choose Monitor Window Options.


The Monitor Window Options dialog box appears (Figure 4.32).

Figure 4.32. The Monitor Window Options dialog box appears.


2.
From the Count pull-down menu, choose the time-measurement method you want to use (Figure 4.33):

Figure 4.33. From the Count pull-down menu, choose the time-measurement method you want to use.


24 fps Timecode—standard film.

25 fps Timecode—PAL video.

30 fps Drop-Frame Timecode—NTSC video using drop-frame TC, used by standard DV.

30 fps Non Drop-Frame Timecode—NTSC video using non-drop-frame TC.

Frames/Samples—video frames and audio samples, useful in audio editing.

Feet/Frames 16mm—16mm film, which is 40 frames/foot.

Feet/Frames 35mm—35mm film, which measures 16 frames/foot.

To change the time-display count in the program view:

1.
Choose Project > Project Settings > General (Figure 4.34).

Figure 4.34. Choose Project > Project Settings > General.


The General panel of the Project Settings dialog box appears (Figure 4.35).

Figure 4.35. The General panel of the Project Settings dialog box appears.


2.
From the Time Display pull-down menu, choose the time-measurement method you want to use (Figure 4.36).

Figure 4.36. From the Time Display pull-down menu, choose the time measurement method you want to use.


3.
Click OK to close the Project Settings dialog box.

The counting method you chose appears in the time display of the program view of the Monitor window.

Tip

-clicking (Mac) or -clicking (Windows) either time display toggles through the time measurement options in the order listed in "To change the count in the source controller" earlier in this chapter.


Tip

Setting the source view's time display to Frames/Samples allows you to set audio in points based on audio samples rather than video frames (see "Setting Accurate Audio In Points" later in this chapter).


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