Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Timeline View

The timeline view in Pinnacle Studio is one of three Movie Window views. The other two Movie Window views are the Storyboard view and the Text view. The Timeline view displays the position and duration of clips. The position of the clips are based off of the Timescale. This guideline will go over a few of the features of the Timeline view.

Tracks

The Timeline view is capable of displaying up to seven tracks. Pinnacle Studio allows you to place various types of clips on these tracks. The seven tracks that the Timeline can display are:

  • Video, full-screen disc menu, title, and graphics tracks
  • Original audio tracks
  • Overlay video and audio tracks
  • Title and graphic overlay tracks
  • Sound effects and voice-overs tracks
  • Background music tracks
  • Disc menus, chapter markets, and return to menu link tracks

Track Locking

One of the downsides of the Timeline view in Pinnacle Studio is the fact that the video track takes precedence over all other tracks for purposes of trimming or deleting. For example, if you were to trim a video clip in Timeline view, any clip that is simultaneously running on another track will also be trimmed. If a clip were to fall within the time span of the video clip that you are deleting, that clip would also be deleted.

However, Pinnacle Studio does give you an option for preventing the video track from taking precedent. When you have the Movie Window open in Timeline view, you will notice a padlock button. The padlock button is located on the right edge of the Movie Window. The padlock button allows you to lock any track independently of other tracks. When you lock a track, Pinnacle Studio will not allow you to edit or playback that track. You must remember to lock each and every track that you do not want subjected to trimming or deletion.

Track Muting and Hiding

The Timeline view allows you to mute individual audio tracks. To do this, you need to click on the mute buttons. The mute buttons are located along the right edge of the Movie Window. The mute buttons in the Movie Window perform the same function as the volume and balance tool that is located within the audio toolbox.

You can also hide video tracks in the Timeline view. As with the mute buttons, the hide buttons are located along the right edge of the Movie Window. The hide buttons will temporarily omit a video track from your project. You should find that you end up using the hide buttons often when editing overlay video.

Placement Feedback

One of the best aspects of the Timeline view is placement feedback. Their is a status line located within the title bar of the Movie Window. The title bar is located on the top left of the Movie Window. For example, if you were moving a clip to a new position while in Timeline view, the status line would provide feedback that informs you if the placement of the clip is valid.

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