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Chapter 5. Preparing to Edit > About Sequences and Timelines

About Sequences and Timelines

In the Avid language of nonlinear editing, the terms sequence, Timeline, and Composer refer to different aspects of the movie or program you are creating. A sequence is the product of your creative editing work; it's a juxtaposition of images and sounds that play in a linear fashion over a certain length of time. A sequence is represented in a bin by a sequence icon, and Xpress Pro projects can contain several sequences, which are often different versions of your movie.

The Timeline, on the other hand, is the interface window where you build your linear sequence by continually arranging and rearranging graphical representations of all your clips, images, and so on. Meanwhile, the Composer window displays the actual movie or program—your sequence's images and sounds—based on the position of the playhead in the Timeline. The Timeline and Composer are tied together by the blue playhead and are often called collectively the Timeline/Composer.


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