Shortcut or add-on for entering a frame number?

I often need to go to specific frames (e.g. I need to go to frame 95, then I need to go to frame 118, etc.).

Is there a way that I can set up a shortcut key where the cursor automatically highlights the current frame number in the Timeline window, so I can start typing the frame number of where I want to go?

If not, is there an add-on which essentially does the same thing? I want the ability to press a shortcut key, type in a frame number, and then press Enter to get to the a particular frame. I don’t want to have to repeatedly switch to the mouse and try to precisely click in the frame number control.

Thanks!

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It would be great to have access to a specific keyframe that way - much faster - I use it all the times in other programs.

Hopefully some knows a way to do it. Finger crossed…

I ended up coming with a solution that is somewhat brittle, but it works on my system (on WIndows only). Here’s how I set it up.

  • Both of my computer monitors are set to 1920x1080 with the same level of magnification.
  • Every Blender workspace needs the timeline pane in the most upper left hand corner of the screen, and the pane needs to be positioned in such a way where the Current Frame control is the only thing visible:

  • AutoHotKey is installed and running on your system.
  • AutoHotKey has this macro running:
#IfWinActive ahk_class GHOST_WindowClass ; Blender 
{	
	!^g::
	MouseGetPos x, y
	MouseClick, left, 49, 71, 1, 0 ; Click on the Current Frame box in the Timeline pane. Your coordinates may vary
	MouseMove %x%, %y%
	return
}
#IfWinActive

Now, when you press Ctrl+Alt+G, the cursor will jump to the Current Frame box and you can begin typing a frame number.

simplecarnival - Nifty solution!
I did some digging online to see if I could figure out how to add the code to a shortcut, but not being a developer it’s a bit out of my skill set. It seems like if I understand it correctly I would have code it as an add on and then attach a short cut to it. If you know of a suitable tutorial to follow to implement your solution that would help otherewise I’ll keep on digging… (by the way I am on a Mac)

I’m not sure what the Mac has for automation tools, but if you can simply set up some sort of automation tool so that if you press a particular key combination that is not used for anything else in Blender, you could implement basically the solution I mentioned in my previous post: press a special keyboard combination, then make the mouse go to a particular location relative to the Blender application and click. Then you can immediately type your new current frame number.

In the past, I’ve forked the Blender code base and have implemented changes in the main application. I believe that’s probably the only way to realistically implement this feature. If you’re not an experienced developer (or if you have no desire to become an experienced developer) I would not recommend digging into Blender’s code base, though.

While you can do a LOT with writing Blender add-ons, I don’t believe this feature would be easily implementable because you will run into multiple problems:

  • If you want the cursor to jump directly to the frame number control in the application (as my workaround above does), first you’ll have to make sure that every workspace has a tImeline pane (though not necessarily in the same location like my workaround above). However, I’m not aware of a way via Python to jump directly to a particular text/numeric control and basically click on it so that you can start typing. If there is a way to do this, I would love to hear how to do it. But in my experience with coding Blender add-ons, this is not something that is possible.

  • An alternate implementation would be to have a pop-up box appear with the text box already in focus so that you can start typing. After hitting Enter, the frame number would change. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of an easy way to create a new pop-up with an instantly-typeable textbox via Python in Blender. MAYBE there is a way to call some external Python library that will show the pop-up – or a separate program, which would then return the new frame number…but that seemed like too much work so I didn’t pursue that angle.

Anyway, unless someone submits this idea as a future Blender feature and the devs implement it, IMO your best bet on the Mac is to look into keyboard automation/macro tools for that platform.

Hope this info is helpful, and good luck!