Using the Timeline

The Timeline is one of the most flexible and valuable elements of the Motion interface. This is where you can control all of the timing aspects of your project. Whether you want to line up multiple layers to begin or end together, change which portion of a clip is used, or lengthen or shorten a particular object, the Timeline provides the tools you need.

You can organize your objects to begin and end on the frames you choose. You can also align multiple effects so that they occur simultaneously. You can control objects’ durations and even perform common trim operations to edit the objects as you would in a video editing program.

Additional controls let you manipulate masks, filters, behaviors, keyframes, and audio elements along with your visual footage. The Timeline ruler provides an exact reference for managing timing and synchronizing effects. You can lock tracks to prevent changes, temporarily hide an object from view, and manage links between audio and video.