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Lesson 2. Ballet Special Bumper > Magnifying the Time Graph

Magnifying the Time Graph

So far, the time ruler has displayed the duration of the entire composition. However, there are many times when you will want to magnify a portion of the time graph so that you can get a more detailed look at the frames.

The time graph consists of two parts: the time ruler, where you have been positioning the current-time marker, and the navigator view section directly above it, which is used to magnify or shrink a part of the time ruler. On either end of the navigator view are viewing-area markers.

Figure . A. Time ruler B. Navigator view C. Viewing-area markers


  1. To magnify the time ruler, drag the right viewing-area marker to the left until it's about in the middle of the navigator view.

    Figure . A. Gray area indicates portion you can't see B. White area indicates the visible portion

    The time ruler now displays just the first 5 seconds or so of the composition. In the navigator view, the white area in between the viewing-area markers indicates the portion of the composition you are viewing. The gray area indicates the portion of the composition that you can't see.

  2. Experiment with dragging the viewing-area markers in and out to magnify and shrink the time ruler.

    You can also click the zoom-in icon to halve the amount of time displayed in the time ruler, or you can click the zoom-out icon to double the amount of time displayed in the time ruler. Use the Zoom slider to zoom in and out of the time graph by dragging it to the right or left.

    Figure . A. Zoon-out icon B. Zoom slider C. Zoom-in icon

Tip

To zoom out in the time layout window, press the = (equals sign) key above the letter keys. To zoom in, press the - (hyphen) key above the letter keys.


As you change the navigator view, notice that there is a second, smaller current-time marker positioned above the regular current-time marker. As you change the navigator view, the smaller current-time marker indicates where the regular current-time marker is in relation to the length of the composition. If the regular current-time marker is off the edge of the time graph, you can bring it back into the visible area by dragging the smaller current-time marker into the white area of the navigator view section.

  1. Drag both viewing-area markers out so that you see the entire composition.

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