In the lower left of the panel, the time display shows the current time in numerical format. The default time format is Decimal, but you can easily change it. (See Change the time display format.) The same format is used by the timeline.
To show the time display in separate panel, choose Window > Time.
A. Current‑time indicator B. Timeline C. Time display
To display these buttons in a separate panel, choose Window > Transport.
Temporarily stops the current-time indicator. Click the Pause button again to resume playback or recording.
Move CTI to Previous
Places the current-time indicator at the beginning of the next marker. If there are no markers, the current-time indicator moves to the beginning of the waveform or session.
Right‑click the Rewind button to set the rate at which the cursor moves.
Right‑click the Fast Forward button to set the rate at which the cursor moves.
To scrub audio (producing an audible preview as you shuttle across a file), do any of the following:
To quickly start and stop playback, press the spacebar.
By default, the Editor panel scrolls when playback extends beyond the visible section of a waveform. In the Playback area of the Preferences dialog box, you can disable auto-scrolling.
In the Waveform Editor, you can maintain the position of the current‑time indicator when you switch between files—a useful technique when editing different versions of the same waveform. In the Multitrack Editor, you can maintain the position of the current‑time indicator when you switch to the Waveform Editor—a useful technique when applying edits and effects in both views.
By default, all audio files and multitrack sessions use the same time display format. To customize the format for an open file or session, choose Window > Properties, expand the Advanced settings, and deselect Synchronize With Time Display Preferences.
Compact Disc 75 fps
Displays time in the same format used by audio compact discs, where each second equals 75 frames.
SMPTE Drop (29.97 fps)
Displays time in the SMPTE drop‑frame format, where each second equals 29.97 frames.
SMPTE 29.97 fps
Displays time in the SMPTE non‑drop‑frame format, where each second equals 29.97 frames.
SMPTE 25 fps (EBU)
Displays time using the European PAL television frame rate, where each second equals 25 frames.
Displays time numerically, using as a reference the actual number of samples that have passed since the beginning of the edited file.
Bars and Beats
Displays time in a musical measures format of bars:beats:subdivisions. To customize settings, choose Edit Tempo, and set the following options in the Properties panel:
Specifies beats per minute.
Specifies the number of beats per measure, and the note that represents full beats. For example, with a signature of 3/8, there are three notes per measure, and eighth-notes represent full beats.
Specifies the number of sections each beat is divided into, or the value after the decimal point. For example, if you enter 32 subdivisions per beat, a time setting of 4:2:16 represents an eighth note halfway between beats 2 and 3 in 4/4 time.
Custom (X frames per second)
Displays time in a custom format. To modify a custom format, choose Edit Custom Frame Rate, and enter a number of frames per second. Valid values are whole numbers from 2 to 1000.
Use the Jump to time shortcut to set the focus to the timecode display. This allows you to enter a timecode to position the play-head. To enter timecode, follow these steps: