How You Use the Timeline

The Timeline and the Canvas display two different views of the same sequence. The Timeline shows the chronological arrangement of clips and layered video and audio clip items, while the Canvas provides a single view that allows you to watch your sequence just as it will appear on a movie or television screen.

The Timeline, like the Canvas, contains tabs for all open sequences. Each sequence in the Timeline is organized into separate video and audio tracks, which contain clip items you’ve edited into the sequence from the Browser. Using the Timeline, you can quickly navigate through an entire edited sequence, adding, overwriting, rearranging, and removing clip items.

The Timeline window below shows several items in the Timeline.

Figure. Timeline window showing the Sequence tab, Current Timecode field, In point, Out point, and playhead.

This image shows the same items as they appear in the Canvas.

Figure. Canvas window showing the Sequence tab, Current Timecode field, In point, Out point, and playhead.

Since the playhead in the Timeline mirrors the playhead in the Canvas, you can use the navigation, marking, and editing controls in the Canvas to navigate in the Timeline, and vice versa.

To make the Timeline window active
Do one of the following:
  • Click in the Timeline window.

  • Press Command-3.

Note: To work in the Timeline, the first thing you have to do is open a sequence. If you don’t have any sequences in your project, you need to create one. For more information, see Working with Projects, Clips, and Sequences.