Navigating the Editor timeline

Navigating the Editor timeline

The Editor sequence timeline is unique and works in a different way to your composite shots, although there are still many shared interface elements.

Using the playhead


The playhead is the white vertical line with the blue handle at the top. This represents your current frame.

You can drag the playhead to a different frame using the blue handle. The time ruler at the top shows you where you are in your timeline.

If you want to playback your Editor sequence you should use the Playback controls in the Viewer panel.

Moving around the timeline

Knowing how to move around the Editor timeline efficiently will make your editing much easier.

Once you've placed some clips on your timeline you will need to be able to scroll and zoom around the project.


Depending on the duration of your project, your zoom level and your preview size you may not be able to see your entire project on screen.

The horizontal scroll bar moves your track view backwards and forwards in time.

There are two vertical scroll bars, one for the video tracks and one for the audio tracks. If you add additional tracks to your Editor sequence you can use these to view different tracks.

You can also use the Hand tool to scroll your timeline.

Scale controls

timeline scale

Moving the scale slider to the left will reduce the time scale of your sequence, showing more of your project in the track view. Moving it to the right increases the scale of your sequence so that you can see your editing decisions in more detail.

At the far left you'll be able to see your entire Editor sequence, while at the far right you'll be able to see individual frames.

The scale menu can be used to change the size and style of clip previews on the timeilne. The smaller preview sizes may be useful if you have lots of tracks on your timeline.

Navigating with the Current Time Display


The Current Time Display can be used to move to a specific frame of your project.

Right clicking the Current Time Display switches between a standard video timecode and a framecount.

Clicking anywhere in the Current Time Display area lets you type in a new time or frame. The playhead will move to your chosen frame.

RECAP You can adjust your timeline for a close-up or overview.