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Chapter 5. Introducing the Viewer > Navigating with Timecode

Navigating with Timecode

Moving around using timecode values can be the most efficient way to work, especially if your sense of timing is tuned to “frames per second.” Final Cut Pro's timecode input functionality is quite flexible. If you know exactly where you want to go, this is the way to get there. Timecode navigation works the same way in both the Viewer and Canvas.

To navigate using timecode values:

1.
Start with your clip open and the Viewer window selected. Figure 5.33 shows the timecode location before repositioning.

Figure 5.33. Current Timecode display in the Viewer window.


2.
Enter a new timecode number (or use the shorthand methods detailed in the nearby Tips and sidebar). You don't need to click in the field to begin entering a new timecode—just type the numbers (Figure 5.34) and then press Enter.

Figure 5.34. Adding 1 second, 15 frames (45 frames), to the current timecode position using a timecode entry shortcut.


The playhead moves to the location that matches the new timecode value, and the new timecode position is displayed in the Current Timecode field in the upper-right corner of the Viewer (Figure 5.35).

Figure 5.35. The playhead is repositioned 1 second, 15 frames later, and the Current Timecode display is updated.



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