Timeline Editor

Timeline Editor

Timeline Timelines specificity is to play, cut and edit video layers easily, and to animate layers and their parameters Read More animation editor

If you select an empty Timeline Timelines specificity is to play, cut and edit video layers easily, and to animate layers and their parameters Read More , at first you will see an empty timeline editor.
To start animating a layer or a parameter, the most usual and simple way is to drag and drop it inside of the timeline directly. If you drag and drop a parameter you will have it's value on a single track, if you put a Layer or a Modifier directly, this will result in creating a Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More :


Another way to do is by putting the view in "Normal" mode (see button circled in green), you should see your new layer in the left part of the editor. You can expand that layer to see its parameters, or its children (just like in the element editor).


There are two kind of tracks you can create in the right part of the timeline editor, each matching a specific type of object.
These can either be Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More (for layers) [A], or Keyframe Function Define a function using keyframes Read More (for parameters) [B].
To create a track or a keyframe, use CTRL + click. While pressing CTRL, click on the row you wish to animate in the view. ( you should have nothing selected to create blocks or keyframes )

To play a video inside a Timeline, just drag and drop it inside the timeline.
One track is automatically created but by CTRL+Click on the timeline in the video layer's row you can create a new Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More . By default the track will have the length of the video layer. If you select the track itself, you can set up all kind of it's parameters such as fade-in / fade-out, begin / end , loop, etc...


Note that you can also split a track at the current time with Ctrl+Shift+D :


The timeline editor has three main components, the toolbar, the Element Tree The hierarchical view of documents in Smode Read More (or animation tree) and the tracks / curves view.


Here is a little video tutorial to show you how to basically animate layers and parameters inside of a timeline.
Here is some shortcuts used in this video (go see next chapter for further informations) :
- Ctrl+Click to create an Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More
- Alt+Click to automatically create a Fade in / Fade Out on the beginning / end of an Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More

Function editor shortcuts

Here are the shortcuts inside the timeline:
  • J / K : Previous / next key
  • I / O : Set In and Out
  • Ctrl + I / O : Clear In and Out
  • Left / Right arrow : Next previous Frame
  • Ctrl + Left / Right arrow : Next previous second
  • Shift + Left / Right arrow : Next previous 5 second
  • Ctrl + Shift + Left / Right arrow : Next previous minute
  • A + Click : Select all after
  • A + shift + Click : Select all before
  • Ctrl + Click : Create a key
  • Alt + Click : Change Key interpolation
  • Ctrl + K : Create key in current time
  • Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V : Copy / Paste
  • Ctrl+D : Duplicate Keys at the end of the selection (careful with key overlap here)
  • Ctrl+A : Select all Keys
  • Shift + move (single key) : Snap key on grid or on other keys
  • Shift + move (multiple selection) : Scale group of key
  • U : Change view between Curves / Track
  • F : Focus view on selection / keys

Note that theses shortcuts are the same than Function Editor The editor allowing you to manipulate every Function inside of Smode Read More .

Here is the shortcuts of Track Block Animate video inside a Track Read More manipulations inside a Timeline Timelines specificity is to play, cut and edit video layers easily, and to animate layers and their parameters Read More :

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