Create a timeline

You can create new blank timelines and add assets to them or create new timelines based on a selected asset in the Project panel.

  • To create a new timeline, do one of the following:

    • Choose Timeline > New Timeline or choose File > New > Timeline. A blank timeline is created, ready for you to add assets.

    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the video, audio, or still image asset in the Project panel, and choose New > Timeline. Encore opens the Timeline Viewer and creates a new timeline with the asset already placed on the appropriate track.

    • Click the Create A New Item button at the bottom of the Project panel and choose Timeline from the pop‑up menu.


    Note:

    To place a video and an audio file together in the same timeline, select both files in the Project panel and click the New Timeline button. (Other types of assets, when selected together, will create separate timelines for each type.)

Add videos or still images to timelines

When you add a video or still image asset to an existing timeline, Encore positions it as a new clip at the end of the track adjacent to the last clip and automatically adds a chapter point at the beginning of the new clip. You can reposition the clip and its chapter point as needed.

Note:

When a single audio clip is used for multiple video clips, a hiccup in the audio occurs when the movie moves from one video clip to another.

Add a video clip to a timeline

  1. In the Project panel, do one of the following:

    1. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the video, and choose New > Timeline. Encore opens the Timeline Viewer and creates a new timeline with the video already placed on the video track.

    2. Choose Timeline > New Timeline and drag the video from the Project panel to the video track of the new timeline. Encore positions a video clip at the beginning of the timeline, regardless of where in the timeline you release the mouse.

    3. Select the video and press Ctrl-T (Windows) or Command-T (Mac OS).

  2. To add additional video clips to the timeline, drag the video from the Project panel to the video track.

Add a still image to a timeline

You can add still images to a timeline that includes one or more movie clips, or you can add a series of still images to a timeline to create a slide show effect. However, to create a slide show, you may want to use the Slideshow Viewer. (See About slide shows.)

  1. Select the still image in the Project panel, and choose Timeline > New Timeline.

  2. Drag any additional still images from the Project panel to the video track.

  3. If the Edit Still Duration dialog box appears, enter the number of seconds you want the still image to be displayed. (To prevent this dialog box from appearing again, select Don’t Show Again.) Click OK.

    Encore creates a new timeline with the still image placed at the beginning of the video track.

Preview timelines

You can preview the contents of the current timeline in the Monitor panel. You can add chapters, type subtitles, and edit the In points and Out points of the subtitles. To preview your entire project and check the links, use the Project Preview window. (See Preview a project.)

Note:

Encore writes all timelines in a project to disc. Make sure that you delete the timeline if you decide not to use it in your current project. Timelines that are not linked to menus are still accessible if the viewer uses the title search feature available on some players. Use Check Project to locate orphaned (unlinked) timelines.

  1. Open the timeline you want to view (or select it from the Timeline tab if it is already open).

  2. If the Monitor panel is hidden, choose Window > Monitor.

  3. Position the current-time indicator at the location where you want to begin.

  4. Click the Track Selector (next to the track name) to activate the audio and subtitle tracks you want to play.

  5. Click the Play button  to begin viewing the timeline.

  6. Click the Pause button  to pause the timeline.

Move around in timelines

The Timeline Viewer and Monitor panel work in tandem. The Monitor panel displays the frame at the location of the current-time indicator in the timeline. When you change your location in one, the other panel changes as well. The Timeline Viewer and Monitor panel give you several shortcuts to move to another frame. Besides simply dragging the current-time indicator in the ruler, you can skip forward or back to the next subtitle, GOP header, or chapter point, as well as specify a location using the timecode.

Move to a specific location in the timeline

Do one of the following:

  • Drag the current-time indicator to a new location on the time ruler.

  • Click a new location on the time ruler.

  • Press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow key to move the current-time indicator one frame in either direction.

Move to the next or previous clip or edit point

Do one of the following:

  • To move to the next clip, click the Next Clip button  on the appropriate track.

  • To move to the previous clip, click the Previous Clip button  on the appropriate track.

  • To move forward to the next edit point (end of clip or next chapter point), press the Page Down key.

  • To move back to the previous edit point (start of clip or previous chapter point), press the Page Up key. Press Home or End to move to the beginning or end of a track.

  • To move to the beginning or end of a track, press Home or End.

Move to next subtitle or chapter point

Do one of the following:

  • To move to the next subtitle of the active subtitle track, click the Next Subtitle button  in the Monitor panel.

  • To move to the previous subtitle of the active subtitle track, click the Previous Subtitle button  in the Monitor panel.

  • To move to the next chapter point, click the Next Chapter button  in the Monitor panel.

  • To move to the previous chapter point, click the Previous Chapter button  in the Monitor panel.

Move to the next or previous GOP header

Do one of the following:

  • To move to the next GOP header in MPEG‑2 video, Alt‑click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Step Forward button  in the Monitor panel. 

  • To move to the previous GOP header in MPEG‑2 video, Alt‑click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Step Backward button  in the Monitor panel.

Move the current-time indicator using the timecode

You can edit the eight-digit timecode in the Timeline Viewer to change the position of the current-time indicator.

Do one of the following in the Timeline Viewer:

  • Position the Selection tool over the timecode value and drag to the left or right. The timecode increases (to the right) or decreases (to the left), the current-time indicator moves, and the Monitor panel updates. The farther you drag, the more quickly the timecode changes.

  • Click the timecode value, type a new time, and press Enter. Use any of the timecode shortcuts listed below.

Timecode shortcuts

Use any of the following shortcuts to enter a timecode that moves the current-time indicator in the timeline:

Omit leading zeros

For example, entering 0;0;12;3 becomes 00;00;12;03 in an NTSC project.

Omit semicolons (;) for NTSC or colons (:) for PAL

For example, 1213 becomes 00;00;12;13 for NTSC projects and 00:00:12:13 for PAL projects.

Include a plus sign (+) or minus sign (-)

A plus sign or minus sign before a specified number moves the current-time indicator ahead or back that number of frames. For example, +55 moves the current-time indicator ahead 55 frames.

Add a period

A period before a number specifies an exact frame number rather than its timecode value. For example, .1213 moves the current-time indicator to 00;00;40;13 in an NTSC project, and to 00:00:48:13 in a PAL project.

Zoom in and out of timelines

When zoomed in fully, each tick mark on the time ruler represents a frame. As you zoom out, you can see more of the complete timeline, and the tick marks represent larger increments.

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Zoom In icon  or drag the zoom slider to the right. The timeline expands to show more detail.

  • Click the Zoom Out icon  or drag the zoom slider to the left. The timeline contracts to show less detail.

  • Select the Zoom tool  from the Tools panel and click or drag over the area of the timeline you want to expand; you can also Alt‑click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) to contract the timeline.

  • Press the plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) key to zoom in or out.

  • Press the backslash key (\) to fit the entire timeline in the viewer.

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