# Moving vertical line as time marker

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Answered: Seth Furman on 22 Mar 2021
I am working on matlab to analyse whale recordings (I have to mark every breath). For this purpose I have a tool (programmed by an expert) which shows sections of 100 seconds plotting the sound (frequency) and the depth of the animal. When you press 'f', the next section (next 100 seconds) is shown, and so on. When you press 'p', the audio of the section is played. I want to be able to track the audio display, so I have thought I could plot a real-time moving red vertical line, meaning: it starts at t=0 and ends at t=100.
This is the coding for the 'p' function in which I think I would have to incorporate the ploting of the real-time red vertical line.
case 'p'
chk = min(size(x,2),2) ;
if ~isempty(bs),
xf = filter(bs,as,x(:,1:chk)) ;
if SOUND_DF<0,
sound(volume*xf,-afs/SOUND_DF,16) ;
else
sound(volume*decdc(xf,SOUND_DF),afs/SOUND_DF,16) ;
end
else
if SOUND_DF<0,
sound(volume*x(:,1:chk),-afs/SOUND_DF,16) ;
else
sound(volume*decdc(x(:,1:chk),SOUND_DF),afs/SOUND_DF,16) ;
end
end

Seth Furman on 22 Mar 2021
Check out the xline function, which lets you plot a vertical line as well as update its position.