Customizing the Keyframe Graph Area in the Timeline

Each of the four parts of the keyframe graph area can be displayed or hidden individually, so that you can customize the Timeline view for specific tasks. Additionally, these areas can be displayed or hidden in the video and audio tracks separately.

To selectively display the individual parts of the keyframe graph area
  1. In the Timeline, Control-click the Clip Keyframes control.

  2. Choose Audio or Video from the shortcut menu to select a keyframe graph area in either kind of track.

  3. From the Audio or Video submenu, choose one of the following:

    • Filters Bar, Motion Bar, Keyframe Editor, or Speed Indicators: A checkmark appears to the left of each of these areas when displayed. Choose an area to show or hide it. (The Motion Bar option is available only for video tracks.)
    • Select All: Shows all four keyframe graph areas at once.
    • Select None: Hides all four keyframe graph areas.

      The keyframe graph areas of each track can be individually resized so that keyframe graphs displayed in the keyframe editor area are more detailed. The keyframe graph area is resized separately from individual tracks.

Working with the Filters and Motion Bars

The filters and motion bars are useful for seeing at a glance the keyframes of one or more clip parameters in the Timeline. You can choose which parameter keyframes are visible in each bar, and you can use the Selection tool to slide these keyframes back and forth in time.

To selectively display which keyframes are visible in a motion bar
  • Control-click a motion bar, choose an attribute from the shortcut menu, then choose an item from the attribute’s submenu:

    • Single parameter (for example, Scale, Rotation, Center, or Anchor Point): Displays keyframes for the selected parameter.
    • Show All: Displays all keyframes associated with an attribute.
    • Hide All: Hides all keyframes associated with an attribute.
      Figure. Shortcut menu showing the submenu for the Basic Motion attribute.
To move a clip’s keyframe forward or backward in the Timeline
  • Use the Selection tool to drag a keyframe on a motion bar to another position on that bar.

To open a clip in the Viewer using a clip’s motion bar in the Timeline
  • Double-click a blue bar to open that clip in the Viewer with the Motion tab selected.

To open a clip in the Viewer using a clip’s filters bar in the Timeline
  • Double-click a green bar to open that clip in the Viewer with the Filters tab selected.

Working with the Timeline Keyframe Editor

The keyframe editor allows you to edit the keyframe graph lines belonging to a clip’s filter and motion parameters directly in the Timeline. It’s ideal for making adjustments that don’t require more than one parameter to be displayed simultaneously, especially when you want to make the adjustment in relation to other elements in the Timeline, such as markers and superimposed clips.

To view a specific parameter’s keyframe graph line in the keyframe editor
  1. Control-click the Clip Keyframes control in the Timeline, choose Video or Audio, then choose Keyframe Editor from the submenu.

    Figure. Shortcut menu showing the Keyframe Editor item in the Audio submenu.
  2. Control-click in the keyframe editor area beneath the clip you want to work on, then choose the filter or motion parameter you want to display from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Shortcut menu showing the Basic Motion submenu.
To resize a track’s keyframe editor area
  • Click in the Keyframe Editor Resize column and, with the Resize pointer, drag up or down.

    Figure. Keyframe Editor Resize column being resized by dragging.

Making adjustments to keyframe graph lines in the Timeline keyframe editor is the same as working in the keyframe graph area of the Filters and Motion tabs in the Viewer. For more information on how to edit keyframe graphs, see Adjusting and Deleting Keyframes. For more information on how to smooth keyframes in keyframe graphs, see Smoothing Keyframes with Bezier Handles.