All of this musical notationkeys and measures and temposare great for the musically inclined, but Jennifer has had no musical training. All she wants is a loop that will run as long as her video. She knows her time-lapse video (from Lesson 7) is 1 minute long. How does that translate into measures?
Luckily, no math is required. At the bottom of the workspace is a digital counter.
The music note to the left of the numbers indicates that the counter is displaying musical measurement. For more practical applications of your music, change the counter to display time measurement by clicking the note.
The note becomes a clock, and the display changes to show hours, minutes, seconds, and thousandths of a secondperhaps more accuracy than you need. Now, by positioning the playhead in your music, you can see how long your music is runningor where you are within a piece of music.
When you loop a bit of your music, the counter restarts at zerothe beginning of the loopno matter how many times the loop repeats.
The ruler across the top of the workspace is always expressed in measures. And measures do not consistently relate to elapsed time in different pieces of music. But as you build your music, and the length of your song increases, you may need to see more duration of your tracks at a glance.
The Zoom control for the workspace is (somewhat cryptically) nestled at the bottom of the Tracks column.
Click and drag the knob to increase (or decrease) the time span represented on the right side of the workspace. Whenever there is more to see than what is shown in the window, the familiar Mac scroll bar is available along the bottom of the workspace.
The measurement of time is the ideal way to find events in your video and make them correspond to moments in your music.