Introducing the Controls panel

Most of your customization decisions are made in the Controls panel, which displays every detail of your currently selected layer or clip.

Controls panel

The contents of the Controls panel updates for your currently selected timeline item. Some items have more available controls than others.

As you add masks and effects to layers the Controls panel will expand and update to show the new information.

Each customizable entry in the Controls panel is called a property. These are organized into property groups so that you can easily find what you need. For example, the Transform property group is where you'll find the position, scale and rotation properties.

When you're working on composite shots, most properties in the Controls panel are also mirrored on the timeline, making it easy to add keyframe animation for properties. However, some effects such as Color Correction Wheels display richer controls in the Controls panel than on the timeline.

For more information:

1.Effects and transitions
2.Working with layers
3.Animating with keyframes
4.Transforming layers