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Chapter 5. Creating a Program > Automate to Timeline Options

Automate to Timeline Options

Whether you use the Project window or the Storyboard window, the options for the Automate to Timeline feature are the same.

To use Automate to Timeline:

1.
To open the Automate to Timeline dialog box, do either of the following:

  • With a Project window selected, choose Project > Automate to Timeline (Figure 5.60).

    Figure 5.60. With a Project window selected, choose Project > Automate to Timeline.

    or

  • In a Storyboard window, click the Automate to Timeline button (Figure 5.61).

    Figure 5.61. In a Storyboard window, click the Automate to Timeline button.

    The Automate to Timeline dialog box appears (Figure 5.62).

    Figure 5.62. The Automate to Timeline dialog box appears.

2.
Specify which clips are included in the program by choosing an option from the Contents pull-down menu (Figure 5.63):

Figure 5.63. From the Contents pull-down menu, choose the clips that are included in the program.


Whole Bin—assembles all the clips contained in the bin or Storyboard window in the program.

Selected Clips—assembles only the selected clips in the bin or Storyboard window in the program.

3.
If available, specify the order in which clips are arranged in the program by making a choice from the Ordering pull-down menu:

Sort Order—arranges clips in the order in which they are sorted in the Project window.

Selection Order—arranges clips in the order in which they are selected in the Project window.

4.
Specify how the clips are added to the program by making a choice from the Placement pull-down menu (Figure 5.64):

Figure 5.64. From the Placement pull-down menu, choose whether clips will be arranged sequentially or at markers in the timeline.


Sequentially—adds the clips in the timeline one after the other.

At Numbered Markers—adds the clips in the timeline at numbered program markers.

5.
Specify where the clips will be assembled in the program by making a choice from the Insert At pull-down menu (Figure 5.65):

Figure 5.65. From the Insert At pull-down menu, choose where you want to start assembling the clips in the timeline.


Beginning—adds clips starting at the beginning of the program timeline.

Edit Line—adds clips starting at the edit line in the timeline, which corresponds to the current time of the program.

End—adds clips starting after the last clip already in the program.

6.
Make a choice from the Clip Overlap pull-down menu to specify the length of transitions between clips and the time unit:

Frames—interprets the value you entered as frames, at the frame rate you set in the project settings.

Seconds—interprets the value you entered as seconds.

If you want only cuts between clips, enter zero (0).

7.
Check other checkboxes, as desired:

Use Default Transition—applies the default transition between clips if you specified a positive value for Clip Overlap in step 6.

Perform Audio Cross Fade—performs a cross-fade between audio clips, if you specified a positive value for Clip Overlap in step 6.

Ignore Audio—excludes audio from being added to the program.

8.
Click OK.

The clips in the bin or Storyboard window are added to the timeline, according to the options that you specified (Figure 5.66).

Figure 5.66. The clips in the bin or the Storyboard window are added to the timeline, according to the options you specified.



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