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Learn how a timeline works

By Jakob Jelling
Snapjunky.com

A timeline is the central mechanism on which non linear video edition is based and through which such type of editions are done. Edition software pieces bring a central area which represents a line that advances according to time. This timeline s where we place the video we have imported into the PC in order to edit it. This way, we can graphically view how our video goes on according to the pass of time and manipulate it depending on where we wish each sequence to be.

After capturing video and sending it to the PC, through the use of edition software we can digitally edit it by placing it in a timeline. By visually viewing the video in a timeline, we can cut it and re arrange it by checking the moment in which each part of it would appear once we have finished and it is ready.

Non linear edition software pieces are always based on the timeline concept since it is what actually represents the real time line through which the final video will develop. This way, the timeline is based on the real time and allow us to handle this factor with complete precision.

Each edition software timeline handles not only the video but the audio as well. This way, we can re arrange the audio along with the manipulations we do to the video as well as we can add match up any other audio we wish. Non linear edition software allows us to easily import any extra video and audio files and add them to the timeline we are working at any point we might wish.

This way, edition software's timelines are indispensable for us to be able to work on our videos and manipulate them according to time. Besides this, the timeline is the element which also allows us to match and place any clip or sound effect at any video time point, according not only to the real time in which we wish it to be but also depending on what precedes it and what comes after it.

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