Measuring amount of time between markers in seconds/minutes

hi there,

maybe I am just missing this and don’t know how to look it up but…is it possible to see the length of a section which I’ve set up using a marker track? or at least the amount of seconds/minutes between two markers.

the reason I am asking this is: I have a song in different versions and different lengths. all in the same project and separated by using marker tracks. I simply want to know if one of my versions is hitting the 1:30 minutes mark or not. previously I’ve simply estimated and substracted the time that’s in front of the other markers but it is never really accurate. thanks!

ok so I just found out about the ruler(!) track. but I can’t seem to set the scale to “zero” at a certain specified position (i.e. one of the marker track beginnings). can you do that somehow? basically like you can do it in photoshop or illustrator by clicking and dragging the left top corner to a specific point in your document to measure it…

I’ve found a workaround: Arranger Tracks!

  1. insert arranger track
  2. double click your cycle regions to select them and place the locators to the specified region
  3. double click the arranger track region to generate an arranger part
  4. set it to active and double click the arranger track of which you want to know the length
  5. hit the “e” button and look at the arranger tracklist. it will show the length in minutes and seconds!

I am still going to submit a feature request for a more flexible ruler to the feature request forum though.

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That seems like an awful lot of work.

Using the range tool, double-click on a cycle marker, or select the area whose duration you want to determine. The duration of the selection is displayed in the info line.

that will only show the length in beats, not in seconds and you cannot change the display to anything else.

I’ve submitted a feature request here:

Actually, that’s incorrect. The display corresponds to the main ruler setting, which can be toggled using the Exchange Time Formats command, default keystroke is . (the period). This command will toggle between the two time formats you have chosen in the Transport.

Actually, that’s incorrect. The display corresponds to the main ruler setting, which can be toggled using the > Exchange Time Formats > command, default keystroke is . (the period). This command will toggle between the two time formats you have chosen in the Transport.

hmm that’s still quite inconvenient. it requires me to change the main ruler setting everytime I want to take a quick peak at the length in minutes while I also need the bars to be visible. a flexible ruler would be a lot easier and more intuitive.

It’s a matter of tap, look, tap, to change it back and forth. But knock yourself out on the feature request! :smiley:

Just create a ruler track and set that to bars/beats. Drag it up right below the main one. Set the main one to seconds/minutes. Then you have both easily (like in pro tools). Isn’t there also a key command to just toggle the ruler? “.” If I remember correctly? Oh…Steve already showed you the key command. I can’t imagine things being much more convenient than that.

The info line has some very helpful and commonly used behaviors, such as showing Start/End/Length of whatever combined parts you have selected. Being able to instantly toggle between bars/beats and seconds would be very helpful indeed. Even better would be to be able to see both at once.

Thus, i agree that Info Line flexibility in this respect is definitely desirable, independently of the project main ruler setting.

I found a new solution for this: Just take the pencil tool and draw a clip that is the size of the part of your project you want to measure inside an empty audio track. Click on the clip and you will see the length in the clip-info above the ruler.

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