Timeline Overview

The timeline displays the sequence of all media in a video. Use the timeline to assemble a video.

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Add Content to a Video

Drag media from the Media Bin or Library tab onto the timeline.

 

As you make edits on the timeline, the Media Bin always maintains the original version of your media. To learn more managing media in your video, see Organize Media in Camtasia.

 

Preview a Video

The playhead location represents a point in time in the video. All media at that point on the timeline display as the current frame on the canvas.
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Preview a Frame

Drag the playhead to the desired position on the timeline. Camtasia displays the frame on the canvas.

Preview Video

Drag the playhead to the desired position on the timeline. Click the play button to preview the video.

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Preview One Track (Solo Track)

Preview one selected track on the canvas.

Hold Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) and click the c2021-disabletrackicon.png icon to the left of the track. The icon changes to c2021-solotrackonicon.png and all other tracks are disabled.

If you export the video with a solo track enabled, only the solo track is exported.

Timeline Tracks

Track Order

For visual media on the timeline, the track order controls the z-order position for media in a video.

To reorder tracks, click near the track name and drag to a new position on the timeline.
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Detach Timeline

Detach the timeline to view more tracks at one time or to move to another monitor for precise editing.

Select View > Timeline > Detach Timeline or press Ctrl+3 (Windows) or Command+3 (Mac).

Change the Track Size (Track Height)

To resize all tracks, drag the track slider.
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To resize only one track, drag the border between tracks up or down.
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Add a Track

Add an unlimited number of tracks to the timeline.

Complete any of the following to add a track:

  • Click c2021-addtrack.png to add a track to the timeline.
  • Drag and drop media from the Media Bin or Library tabs onto an empty area on the timeline.
  • Right-click a track and select Insert Track > Above or Below.

Remove a Track

  • Right-click a track name and select Remove Track.
  • Right-click a track name and select Remove All Empty Tracks.

Scroll through Tracks

When several track are on the timeline, use the scroll bar to view more tracks.

Click and drag the scroll bar on the right side of the timeline up or down to view more tracks.
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Rename a Track

Double-click the track name and type a new name.

Lock / Unlock Track

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

Lock a Track
Click the c2021-locktrackicon.png 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.
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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 is unlocked.

 

About Locked Tracks

  • Media on a locked track appears on the canvas, preview, and exported video.
  • Media on a locked track cannot be cut, copied, deleted, pasted, or modified in any way.

Enable / Disable Track

Disable a track to remove media from the canvas, preview, and exported video.

Disable a Track
Click the c2021-disabletrackicon.png icon to the left of the track.

The icon turns white and the track dims to indicate the track is off.
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Enable a Track
Click the white eye icon to the left of the track.

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

 

About Turned Off Tracks

  • Media on disabled tracks is not included in the exported video.
  • Disable a track to sample various audio clips. For example, to hear only the background music track, turn off the voice-over track.
  • Media on a disabled track cannot be cut, copied, deleted, pasted, etc.

Enable / Disable Magnetic Track

Automatically remove spaces between media on a track.

Enable Magnetic Track
Click the c2021-magnetictrackicon.png icon to the left of the track.

Spaces between media are automatically removed.
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Disable Magnetic Track
Click the c2021-enabledmagnetictrackicon.png icon to the left of the track.

Spaces can be added between media on the track.
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About Magnetic Tracks

  • You can move or rearrange media on the track but cannot add space between media.

  • Groups on magnetic tracks keep spaces between media.

To learn about common timeline editing tasks on magnetic tracks, see Basic Timeline Editing.

Show / Hide Quiz or Marker View

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

Click c2021-quizmarkericon.png and select which tracks to turn on or off.
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This help topic is for Camtasia version 2021. If you have a previous version, upgrade to the latest version of TechSmith Camtasia or view the help for another version in the Previous Versions section.

 

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