Going to specific places in timeline

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Hi,

I need to go to a specific place in the timeline, and i'm looking for a place to enter in that timecode, instead of scrolling back and forth - zooming in and out etc. does this exsist???

eg. I need to go to 00:01:46:32. I want to enter that in the timeline manually, instead of scolling and messing around with the scrubber... can I do this?? and if so.. how!?
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Sorry, no. There's no place to manually enter a time code to seek around.

If you have places on the timeline you'd like to visit regularly, you can place a marker at that point by pressing the 'm' key. Double clicking on a marker will take you directly to that point.

You can also double click on media on the timeline, the this will cause the playhead to seek to the point at which that element shows in the preview window. And you may know this already, but you can single click on the time code area above the timeline to seek around.

Hope this helps.
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This is definitely a feature that would be useful.  Our tutorials go through a review process.  The feedback usually comes in the form "There is a problem at hh:mm;ss".  I have no idea where this will be until I get the feedback so markers are useless.  Having something like "GoTo hh:mm;ss" would save me a lot of time.
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Timothy van Drimmelen

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Will this be implemented in the future? it should be a standard feature... as in most other software out there you have the ability to do that.

Thanks for your reply.
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We will consider it. It would help if you could explain why you would find this useful. I'd like to understand what it is about your workflow that is leading to this request. There are many, many ways to seek around on the timeline. Why would you find entering a timecode (in hours:minutes:seconds;frames) faster than clicking, using the arrow keys, etc.

Thanks for any additional info you can provide.
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Ability to type in a timecode would be really nice.  As a software engineer I would think that somewhere along the way you have used the ability in Visual Studio (or some other development tool) to jump to a specific line of code in a file.  Sure, you can hit page down 15 times and then keep clicking around until you find it but pressing a key and entering the exact line is much faster.

Same applies to video editing.  I'm given a document by someone, that doesn't have Camtasia, with specific time positions they want cut out of a video.  Sure I can scroll around for 30 seconds trying to find the exact timecode but it would be so much easier to just to jump directly there.  Markers is of no use here because I'm just going to cut out video when I get to the timecode.  Having to manually find the timecode so that I can add a Marker just so I can delete it and the video make no sense.

I edit the video starting at the end and moving towards the beginning because that keeps the sheet of timecodes I've been given as valid.

As a software developer I hate it when people tell me how easy a feature should be to implement.  That said, how hard could it be to add a jump to a specific timecode?
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Timothy van Drimmelen

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I work for an organization that has over 5000 Studio licenses. I provide support for lecturers using Camtasia Relay and Camtasia Stuido. They have trouble editing their recordings - so alot of the time they define a specific time in the timeline and get our support staff to edit the video accordingly. Entering the time, would be so much more useful then scrubbing.
Not only this reason - but for also for
- Doing Edit Decision lists
- Video Scripts
- Marking
- When multiple people work on a .camrec file, and you refer to specific places in the timeline, it is very important to hit the exact time that they asked for. Otherwise you can get it wrong completely.

I have not come across a piece of software until now, that doesn't allow this feature and unfortunately will have to look into something else so we can do this, as our Camtasia community is growing and there is a higher demand for this sort of thing.

Cheers
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Timothy,
I would echo this request as I find when jumping around to various places int he timeline it's hard to get to an exact certain time. I'd like to see a Hotkey command, something like pressing J on the keyboard would bring up a box where you can enter the exact time MM:SS of where you want to go.
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Hi all

While I agree that the ability to simply go to a specific time code would be nice, I'm wondering if an alternative here would be to use the Markers feature?

I might ask if the person supplying the time code is also using Camtasia Studio? If so, it might be a simple task to advise them to simply insert a marker at that point by pressing the M key while the playhead is at that point. That would at least give you an easy frame of reference.

Another feature that seems to be missing and would be nice is an ability to click something to see a list of the markers, then choose one from the list to jump the playhead to.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick,
Did you know you can press CTRL + [ and CTRL + ] to jump to the next marker in your Timeline? My need is more around getting to exact points in the timeline quickly as I work from a Microsoft Surface so my screen real estate is smaller and it's tougher to click certain points in my .camproj. We do use markers for this project but they serve as Table of Contents placeholders and many minutes of footage are in between each.
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another workaround for this is to put a caption [with appropriate text] at the time point you want to easily return to

then, just scroll the captions tab UI, locate the desired location [caption], select it, and playhead jumps there
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In my case I'm editing files for eLearning courses that also include captions and I need to jump to certain sections even down to the second as quick as possible. For instance, take out the pause at 7m 43s. Currently the only way to do that is scroll and or make a blind stab/click.
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you can add another track that just holds the time-seek captions; top captions track are the ones that show in the UI; move it lower [or delete] when no longer needed, and before producing
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here is how I use captions as precision "go to specific time on timeline" keys ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/bnv6hsVzhF

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