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Lesson 1. Working with the Interface > Using Shortcuts and Visual Clues

Using Shortcuts and Visual Clues

Moving the playhead to precise locations in the Timeline is an important part of the screening and editing process. You can use a variety of shortcuts to do this, and you can use visual clues that help you identify specific frames within the sequence. These visual clues appear in the Canvas as an overlay on top of the image area.

With the Timeline window active, press the End key to position the playhead at the end of the sequence.


If you are working on a laptop, the End key may share a position with the right arrow key and require an additional key to access it, such as the fn (function) key in the lower left of the keyboard.

A blue vertical bar appears on the right side of the Canvas window, indicating that you are looking at the end or very last frame of the sequence.

Drag the playhead to the ruin steps clip, and press the down arrow key to move the playhead to the start of the next clip in the Timeline, canyon runner.

An L-shaped mark appears in the lower-left corner of the Canvas image area, indicating that the playhead is positioned on the first frame of a clip in the sequence.


The visual clues appear by default, but if you don't see them, choose View > Show Overlays. Make sure the Timeline or Canvas window is active.

Press the down arrow key four times, and look for the L-shaped first-frame indicators on each clip in the Canvas window until you reach the girl on plane clip.

Press the up arrow key to move the playhead backward to the first frame of the truck on road clip.


The up and down arrow keys always move the playhead forward or backward to the first frame of a clip.

Under the sequence name tab in the Timeline is a Current Timecode field that displays the exact timecode location of the playhead in the sequence. The default starting time for sequences is 01:00:00;00.


The semicolon between seconds and frames in this timecode number indicates that drop-frame timecode is being used for this sequence. The glossary explains drop-frame and non-drop-frame timecode in more depth.

The Canvas also has a Current Timecode field, which displays the same timecode number, identifying the playhead location in the sequence.

To move the playhead to a specific timecode location in the sequence, such as 01:00:23;10, click in the Current Timecode field in either the Canvas orTimeline window, and type that number. Press Return. You don't have to type the colons or semicolons.


You can also just type the number anywhere in the Timeline or in the Canvas image area, press Return, and the number will be entered into the Current Timecode field.

Press the down arrow key.

Press the left arrow key to move one frame backward.

In the Canvas, the reverse L in the lower-right corner of the image area indicates that you are on the last frame of that clip. Look at the Current Timecode field to note the current sequence location.

Press the right arrow key to move the playhead forward one frame to the first frame of the following clip.

Look at the Current Timecode field again. It has changed by one frame.

Press Shift-left arrow or Shift-right arrow to move the playhead 1 second (30 frames) in either direction. Repeat this as you look at the Current Timecode fields to see the timecode location change.


In the upper left of the Canvas is a Timecode Duration field. This field displays the duration or length of the entire sequence and does not change as you move the playhead.

Press the Home key to position the playhead at the beginning of the sequence.



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