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Timeline View Menu

The Timeline View menu lets you modify layers, keyframe and timing.

Parameter Description

Import

From Scanner

Imports drawings from a TWAIN scanner.

Images

Imports bitmap images which you can choose to vectorize—see About Bitmap Images.

Sounds

Lets you import sound files into your project.

Edit

Cut cells from Xsheet

Removes selected objects. You can then paste the object or its properties to another object.

Copy cells from Xsheet

Copies selected objects and properties.

Paste

Places an object you cut or copied into the location you select in a view.

Paste Special

Lets you copy and paste selected drawings into a different layer or paste the selection in the same layer to duplicate the drawings.

Paste Special Again

Pastes new drawings with the previous Paste Special settings.

Paste Cycle

Cycles a portion of an animation. You can increase or decrease the number of cycles to paste and select a type of cycle: Normal, Reverse, Forward-Reverse and Reverse-Forward.

Paste Reverse

Reverses the timing of drawings or keyframes in range of selection after copying.

Delete

Removes selected objects.

Modify Paste Presets

Lets you modify existing presets when pasting keyframes and exposures. There are three presets you can modify: the default presets for both key frames and exposures, key frames only and exposures only. See Modifying Paste Presets.

Select All

Selects all drawing objects in the current drawing window in the Drawing, Timeline and Camera views. This helps you manage multiple objects as one when moving them.

Deselect All

Deselects all selected objects in the Drawing and Camera views.

Invert Selection

Deselects the currently selected items and selects all other items that were not selected. For example, if some lines are selected in a drawing, this command will deselect them and select any other lines in the drawing that were not selected.

Select Synced Layers

Selects all the layers synced to the selected layer. The selected layer must be a synced in order for this option to be enabled.

Select Child Skipping Effects

Lets you select the first element parented to the selected peg element in the Timeline view skipping effects in the hierarchy.

Select Child

Lets you select the first element parented to the selected peg element in the Timeline view.

Select Children

Lets you select all elements parented to the selected peg element in the Timeline view.

Select Parent Skipping Effects

Lets you select the parent of the selected element in the Timeline view skipping effects in the hierarchy.

Select Parent

Lets you select the parent of the selected element in the Timeline view.

Select Previous Sibling

Lets you select the previous element (above current element) in the Timeline view.

Select Next Sibling

Lets you select the next element (below current element) in the Timeline view.

Lock

Lock: Locks Locks one or a multiple selection of layers.

Unlock: Unlocks Unlocks one or a multiple selection of locked layers.

Lock All: Locks Locks all the layers in the Timeline view.

Unlock All: Unlocks Unlocks all the layers in the Timeline view.

Lock All Others: Locks Locks every layer except the selected ones.

Tag

Timeline Tag: You can tag elements in the Timeline or Node views to view only those elements. When you tag elements, an asterisk appears beside the item in the Timeline view. Once your elements are tagged and you have switched over to View Tagged Layers mode, the Timeline view will display only tagged elements. The red bar on the left of the layers indicates you are in this view mode. See About Timeline View Modes.

Timeline Untag: Untags selected layer in the Timeline view.

Timeline Untag All: Untags all tagged elements.

Timeline Untag All Others: Untags all elements except the selected one.

Scene Markers

Mark Current Frame: Places a scene marker on the current frame on which the playhead is parked. The marker appears in the frame counter area of the Timeline view. You can customize the colour of the scene marker and add text to display as a tooltip when you hover over the marker—see .

Create Scene Marker: Creates a scene marker from a selected frame range in the frame counter area of the Timeline view.

Edit Scene Marker: Lets you edit an existing scene marker.

NOTE: It's important to select the entire length of the scene marker, otherwise the Timeline Scene Marker dialog box will not open for editing.

Delete Scene Marker: Removes an existing scene marker.

Share Functions

Lets you share an existing function curve. By default, all function curves can only be used and modified using their original parameter. If you want another layer or parameter to use the same function curve, you must share it. See About Functions.

View

Cycle to Next View Mode

Displays the new view mode.

Normal View Mode

Displays the Normal view mode, the default in the Timeline view. It shows everything connected to the chosen display. In this mode, anything not connected to the currently set default display will not be shown in the Timeline view. This also means that you cannot add certain elements to the Timeline view, as by default, when added they are not connected to any display or composite node. An example of such an element is a peg.

Selection Only Mode

Displays only elements currently selected in the Camera or Node view. This makes it easier to concentrate on one or a few elements at a time.

View Tagged Layers

Lets you see only elements which have been assigned a Tagged status. An item that has been tagged will appear in the Timeline view with a small asterisk beside its name.

Once your elements are tagged and you have switched over to View Tagged Layers mode, the Timeline view will display only tagged elements. The red bar on the left of the layers indicates you are in this view mode. While in this mode, the asterisks are not displayed beside the tagged elements.

Show Functions

 

Centre on Selection

Centers the Timeline view on the selected layer. This useful when you have many layers in the Timeline view, you may find it hard to locate which one is selected.

Change Track Colour

Opens the colour picker window to modify the colour of the selected layer.

Default Track Colour

Resets the layer colour.

Collapse/Expand

Toggles between expanding and collapsing all parent layers in the Timeline view.

Collapse All

Collapses all parented layers in the Timeline view.

Expand All

Expands all parented layers in the Timeline view.

Set Tempo Marker

Lets you set a marker that synchronizes your animation with a musical score. This lets you reproduce the FPB (Frames Per Beat) and use the tempo signature as tempo markers. The Xsheet view lets you pace your animation according to the tempo or beat of the soundtrack music or to any rhythmic sound, such as the ticking of a clock or water leaking from a spout. See .

Layers
Add Synced Drawing Layer Creates a new drawing layer whose timing is synced immediately with the currently selected drawing layer.
Sync Layer With Opens the Convert to Synced Drawing Layer dialog box. In this dialog box, every other drawing layer in the project can be selected, parented and have its timing synced to the currently selected layer.
Unsync Layer Unsyncs the parent layer of a synced pairing, when the child layer is selected.