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Be a Stranger to the Timeline

Be a Stranger to the Timeline

After Effects is based around the all-powerful Timeline; when you're designing in After Effects, you pretty much eat, work, and sleep in the Timeline. Motion also has a Timeline—however, once you go native and start “thinking in Motion,” you'll find that you very rarely visit it.

That's because of a very cool feature called the mini-Timeline. The mini-Timeline contains a single timing bar for the object you've selected in the Canvas (that is, Motion's viewer). Essentially, it solos the timing information for just the comp element you're working with. That way, there's no need to sort through a list of 30 or 40 layers to find the one you need to adjust. You can set In and Out points and shift clips in time all from the mini-Timeline.


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