Timeline Tracks and Basic Editing

Timeline Tracks

Tracks represents the sequence of media on the timeline both horizontally and vertically.

  • Everything that appears at one point in time vertically appears at the same time in the video.
  • Only media on a timeline track is included in the final video.
  • An unlimited number of tracks can be added to the timeline.
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Add a Track

1. Click  to add a track to the timeline.

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2. Drag and drop media from the Media Bin or Library onto the "blank" area to create a new track.


Scroll through tracks

If there are several tracks on the timeline, use the scroll bar on the right side of the timeline to view unseen tracks.

Rename a Track To change a track name, double-click the name and type.
Change Track Size

Use the track slider to resize all of the tracks at one time.


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To resize only one track, hover the mouse over the track border above the name and drag up or down.

Lock / Unlock Track

Lock a track to prevent editing or other changes to the media on that track.

Lock a Track

Click the lock icon to the left of the track. 

The icon turns white and the track dims with a lined effect to indicate the track is locked.

Unlock a Track

Click the white lock icon to the left of the track. The icon turns gray and the track brightens to indicate the track in unlocked.

 

About Locked Tracks

  • Media on a locked track appears in the canvas, preview, and the final, produced video.
  • Media on locked tracks is included in the video during the production process.
  • Tracks in a group cannot be locked.
  • Media on a locked track cannot be cut, copied, deleted, pasted, or modified in any way.

Turn Off / Turn On Track

Turn a track off to prevent media from appearing in the canvas, preview, or the final, produced video.

Turn a Track Off

Click the eye icon to the left of the track. 

The icon turns white and the track dims to indicate the track is off.

Turn a Track On

Click the white eye icon to the left of the track.

The icon turns gray and the track brightens to indicate the track in on.

 

About Turned Off Tracks

  • Media on turned off tracks is not included in the video during the production process.
  • Turn off a track to sample various audio clips. For example, to hear only the background music on a track without the voice-over track, turn off the voice-over track.
  • Media on a turned off track cannot be cut, copied, deleted, pasted, etc.

Show / Hide Quiz or Marker View

When a quiz or marker is added to the timeline, the quiz or marker view automatically opens.

Click the Show/Hide icon to turn Marker/Quiz view on or off. 

Click the Quiz/Marker dropdown menu to choose the desired view.

Tracks inside a Group
  • Each piece of media in a group has its own separate track.
  • There can be an unlimited number of tracks in a group. Edit the media on a group track as you would on a timeline track.
  • There is no need to ungroup to edit media in a group.
Track Options

Right-click on the timeline tracks or the track names to view track options available in the context menu.


Remove all empty tracks without any media files

Right-click on a track and choose Remove all empty tracks from the menu.

Timeline Editing Tasks

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Make a selection

Click and drag the playhead's green In or red Out points to make the selection.

The selected area is highlighted in blue.

Drag the zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary. 

Select a media on timeline

Click on a media to select it.

Select more than one media on timeline

Click and drag the cursor on the timeline to capture all the desired media.

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Press Shift and click on multiple media to select.

Select All Media

Deselect All Media

Windows

Ctrl+ A

Ctrl+D

 

Mac

Cmd+A

Cmd+D

Delete a selection

 

Delete a media

When using Delete, a gap is left between any clips on the timeline.

To Delete a Timeline Selection

  1. Lock tracks on timeline that contain media you do not want to delete.
  2. Drag the in or out points to make the selection. Use the zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary. The selected area is highlighted in blue.
  3. Press Delete on the keyboard.

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Select a media on the timeline and press Delete.

Cut a selection

 

Cut a media

A cut removes a selection from the timeline and puts it on the clipboard.

  • When using the Cut tool, no gap is left on the timeline and remaining media is stitched together.
  • If desired, paste the elsewhere onto the timeline.
  • You can cut a single clip or across multiple clips.

To Cut Media

  1. Lock tracks on timeline that contain media you do not want to cut.
  2. Drag the in or out points to make the selection. Use the zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary. The selected area is highlighted in blue.
  3. Click the Cut button . The selection is cut and media on timeline shifts and is stitched together.
  4. To paste the selection elsewhere on the timeline, move the playhead to a new location and click the Paste button .

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Select a one or more media on the timeline and click the Cut button .

Mark-in or mark-out a clip

Use to remove time from the beginning or end of a clip.

The mark-in/mark-out option differs from the Cut option in that the mark-in/mark-out option hides a portion of the clip instead of cutting it.

To Mark In or Out

  1. Click to select a clip on the timeline.
  2. Hover the cursor over the beginning or end of the clip.
  3. Grab the clip and drag in either direction.

Split media

The Split tool divides one clip into two clips.

  • You can move and edit each clip separately.
  • Split clips to insert transitions, title slides, or graphics between scenes.

To Make a Split

  1. Position the playhead on the timeline where the split will occur.
  2. Click to select each media to be split. To select multiple pieces of media, press and hold the Ctrl or Cmd key on the keyboard then click each media to be split.
  3. Click Split  or, press S on the keyboard. The clip splits into two separate clips.

Extend the frame of a video clip

Windows Only

The Extend Frame option extends the duration of a video clip by creating an image of one frame and inserting it on the timeline.

  • The extend frame option creates an image clip that only contains one frame. The rest of the video follows the new image clip. This video clip is the rest of the original video.
  • Use this option to extend the video frame to match the length of the audio or voice narration.
  • You can adjust the duration of the extended frame clip by dragging the end of it along the timeline. Press and hold the Shift key while dragging to move all other media on the same track.

To Extend a Frame of a Video Clip

  1. Position the playhead on the frame to extend.
  2. Select the clip on the timeline.
  3. Right-click on the clip and select Extend Frame or, press Shift+E on the keyboard. The Extend Frame dialog box appears.
  4. Enter the desired duration of the extended frame.
  5. Click OK.
Group media on the timeline

Media on the timeline can be grouped together to:

  • Help keep the timeline organized
  • Resize all the media on the canvas at one time retaining the proper aspect ratio
  • Move media together on the timeline or on the canvas
  • Copy and paste frequently used sequences
  • Save frequently used sequences in the Library (Windows only) for use from project to project

Group Characteristics

  • Tracks within a group cannot be locked.
  • Groups can contain an unlimited number of media or tracks.
  • Groups can be added to other groups.
  • Drag media in or out of a group.

To Create a Group

  1. Select all the media on the timeline to go into the group.
  2. Right-click one of the selections and choose Group from the menu. The media is moved into the group.
    • Double-click the group title to rename it.
    • Click the plus/minus icon to open or close a group
    • Right-click a group and choose Ungroup. Media from the group retains its original position on the timeline.
Timeline toolbar

Gives access to basic editing tools such as undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, and split.


Stitch media
  • When media is Cut, it is automatically stitched back together.
  • When media is Deleted, it is NOT stitched and a gap is left on the timeline.
  • Only sections of media created from one original clip can be stitched together.
  • Media must be next to each other to be stitched.

 

To stitch two media together, right click where the media are touching and choose Stitch Media.

To separate media, right click on the stitch and choose Unstitch.

Save a video frame as an image

Use the Export Frame As option to save the current frame (seen on the canvas) as an image file (BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG).

  1. Position the playhead on the timeline. Refer to the canvas to ensure the correct frame is selected.
  2. Select Share > Export frame as.
  3. The Export Frame As dialog appears. Enter a file name and select a file location.
  4. Select a file format from the Save as type field.
  5. Click Save.

 

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