Customizing the Timeline Interface

There are a number of ways you can customize the visual interface of the Timeline. See the following sections for specifics:

Customizing Unit and Information Display

The following options in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room let you change how shots are shown in the Timeline.

To change the units used in the Timeline ruler
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Setup room tab, then click the User Prefs tab and click the Frames, Seconds, Minutes, or Hours button corresponding to the units you want to use.

  • Press one of the following keys:

    • Press F to change the display to frames.

    • Press S to change the display to seconds.

    • Press M to change the display to minutes.

    • Press H to change the display to hours.

To customize the way shots are displayed in the Timeline
  • Click the Setup room tab, then click the User Prefs tab. Turn on or off individual shot appearance settings to suit your needs.

Three settings in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room let you customize the way shots appear in the Timeline.

Figure. Show Shot Name, Show Shot Number, and Show Thumbnail options in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room.
  • Show Shot Name: Turning this on displays each shot’s name in the Timeline.
  • Show Shot Number: Turning this on displays each shot’s number in the Timeline.
  • Show Shot Thumbnail: With this setting turned on, single frame thumbnails appear within every shot in the Timeline.

Resizing Tracks in the Timeline

You can also resize the tracks in the Timeline, making them taller or shorter, as you prefer. Video tracks, the grades track, and the keyframe graph are all resized individually.

To resize all video tracks, the grades track, or the keyframe graph
  • Drag the center handle of the gray bar at the bottom of any track in the Timeline until all tracks are the desired height.

    Figure. Dragging a track's center handle to resize it.
To resize individual tracks
  • Hold down the Shift key, then drag the center handle of the gray bar at the bottom of the track you want to resize until it’s the desired height.

Note: The next time you resize all video tracks together, individually resized tracks snap to match the newly adjusted track size.