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  • After Effects CC (CS6) Timeline frames, not seconds when composition is under 10 seconds

  • Sean Whelan

    December 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    In Adobe After Effects, I made a composition that was 10 seconds long, but the timeline was only showing in frames not seconds. It does come up in seconds when it is a longer composition, but I’m just asking is it possible to view it in seconds when it is less than 30 seconds in length? (I saw a YouTube video where the composition was 10 seconds long and it was displaying in seconds.), or will I just have to live with it?



  • Todd Kopriva

    December 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    See this in After Effects for instructions for changing time display units:

    BTW, your subject line is confusing. Are you talking about After Effects CS6 (version 11) or After Effects CC (version 12)? They are different things.

    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    After Effects quality engineering
    After Effects team blog

  • Sean Whelan

    December 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

    It’s in After Effects CC. Also, I know how to change the timecode, all I’m asking is, is it possible to hav it in seconds when the composition is only 10 seconds long.

  • Roland R. Kahlenberg

    December 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The smallest time factor in AE is frames; regardless of your Timeline’s display mode. Hence, if you’ve set your display mode to seconds BUT you zoom sufficiently into the Timeline view, you will see frames and not seconds.

    In short, live with it. 😉


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  • Sean Whelan

    December 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Ok, thanks 🙂

  • Claire Presnall

    October 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Are you taking about the timecode counter in the top left of the timeline frame? Try ctrl/cmd clicking it. I’m in CC.

    If you’re talking about the area above your timeline, just zoom out like the above poster said.

  • marwan maher

    January 12, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Set your composition time to 10 or 11 seconds to see your timeline display in seconds .

    After you have finished trim comp to work area . that it 😎 .

    But you must keep in mind if you zoom in you see the timeline in frames 🙄 .

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