About the Timeline Keyframe Graph Area

Once motion settings have been applied to a clip in your sequence, you can use the Clip Keyframes control in the Timeline to display a keyframe graph area below each video and audio track to allow you to view and edit motion settings and other parameter settings that are applied to your clips.

To display the Timeline keyframe graph area
  • Click the Clip Keyframes control.

    Figure. Clip Keyframes control in the Timeline.

The keyframe graph area can be divided into four parts relating to motion, filter, and speed parameter settings applied to your clips.

Figure. Timeline window showing the keyframe graph area.
  • Filters bar: If a clip has one or more video or audio filters applied, a green bar appears in this space for the duration of that clip. If keyframes are added to a filter in a given clip, those keyframes appear as green diamonds on this bar, where they can be edited or moved using the Selection tool.
  • Motion bar: If any of a clip’s motion parameters are modified, a blue bar appears in this space for the duration of that clip. If keyframes are added to the motion settings for a given clip, those keyframes appear as blue diamonds on this bar, where they can be edited or moved using the Selection tool. Motion bars are available only for video tracks.
  • Keyframe editor: For clips with applied effects, the keyframe editor shows you motion or filter parameters’ keyframe graph lines and keyframes. These keyframe graph lines are identical to those found in the keyframe graph area of the Motion and Filters tabs in the Viewer. You can edit keyframes in the keyframe editor using the Selection and Pen tools. The keyframe editor can display the keyframe graph line of only one parameter at a time.

    Keyframe graph lines displayed in the keyframe editor are color-coded: motion parameter graph lines are blue (matching the color of the blue motion bar), filter parameter graph lines are green (matching the color of the green filters bar), audio level overlays are pink, and pan overlays are purple.

  • Speed indicator area: Speed indicators show you the speed of clips in your sequence using tick marks. The spacing and color of these tick marks indicate the speed and playback direction of your clips. The speed indicators of clips in the Timeline update as you make variable speed adjustments to clips in your sequence, showing you exactly how you’re altering a clip’s timing.

    For more information about viewing speed indicators while making speed changes to clips in a sequence, see Learning to Read Timeline Speed Indicators.