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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

How to use the Time Code in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this video is all about the time code. We're going to inject this video here, because we're going to use it throughout the course, and you'll use it in your professional Premiere Pro career. It's this little timer here, we've briefly talked about it, let's learn a little bit more about it. 

So you've seen it before, right? It's-- I've talked about it a little bit. Runs along, the little timer, and basically hours, minutes, seconds, and then frames. And there's a time code both in the-- you can see, this one here they're joint. So the program one is attached to the one in the Timeline. You can also have a third one, that is in your Source Monitor. So if I open up 'Ink', and I hit 'Play', can you see it's got its own Timeline. It's really useful, time codes, because, especially giving feedback, if somebody says to you, "I don't like it, I don't like the text," and you use the text a couple of different times throughout your animation, you can ask them what second, well, what time, and if they're previewing it on YouTube, or you've send it to them in an email, and they've downloaded it and watched it, they can generally tell you what second they mean. It's great for giving feedback. 

Gets a little bit more confusing when you start getting close to like-- what do you do if there is-- you want to get to 1s, you want to get to one minute, do you do 60 zero zero, which gets you there, or do I do 100 zero zero?, 100 seconds, one minute, sorry. You get to the exact place, so it doesn't really matter which one you use, but I find it really useful for, if I'm jumping back and forth on the Timeline lots, and I kind of know where I'm at, instead of having to zoom out, move my Playhead, zoom in, you can just use this little time code to jump along, you can scrub it as well. I'm not sure why, that's just the interesting fact, but I never do. 

All right, I'm going to do a little class test, you ready? I'm going to get you to click on this, and type numbers, and see if you can do it fast, just to get used to like how to jump around the Timeline, you ready? The first one is 22 seconds, type it in, go. How did that go, you're at 22 seconds? All right, ready? Another one, 45 seconds, did you get there, another one, a minute and two seconds. If you're like me that probably broke your brain. That's enough testing, but-- I want to get you fluent with it, I don't want you to get fluent with it, I just want you to know it's there, and it's a really useful tool, and I'm going to use it more throughout the course. A minute, two, zero, zero, there you go, that would have worked. 

Now I show you this now, just because, I'm going to use it more throughout the course, that we can all get to the right point, and when people give you feedback, whilst watching the video, you can kind of jump between the two points. Yeah, just kind of general Premier Pro proficiency; wow, all the Ps. Let's do one more, I'll show you kind of how I do a lot of stuff. I know that Instagram stories needs to be 15 seconds, watch 1500, the short cut is M. Look at that, entered a marker. The problem with my marker is I had a track selected, that's a very good point. We'll do markers a little bit more later on, but if I have nothing selected and I hit 'M', it puts it up here in my Timeline, kind of a global marker, but if I do it here on a clip, or this clip, and hit 'M', it will add it to the clip, which is-- it's fine, just, you might want one, you might want the other. I generally just want them up in the Timeline, get along the top here because it's a little easier to see. 

All right, undo that, let's save it, and I will see you in the next video. Haha, surprise pop quiz, 2 minutes, 32 seconds and 10 frames. It's enough yelling at you. I hope you got there though. I'll see you in the next video