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Getting started in the Timeline
Getting started in the Timeline

Create professional videos with a powerful, collaborative, timeline-based video editor.

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Timeline-based video editing

Scenery’s timeline will get you to your finished product in no time. Learn all of ins and outs to Scenery’s Timeline editor.

💡 Note: Take advantage of Scenery’s keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate around your timeline, quickly and efficiently.

Arrange media on your scene/timeline

💡 Note: A “Scene” in Scenery acts like a sequence in other video tools. Every Scene contains a timeline, where you will ultimately create and export your video. You can have multiple scenes within a project and also rename a scene.

When approaching your edit, you can import assets directly to the project or pull from your media library.

If you decide to import directly to your project, your source media will end up living in the projects assets section of the project:

If you decide to pull from your media library, you can navigate to the “Team” tab which hosts all of your collections, projects, and all media within your team.

How to access your team assets from your project:

  1. Click "All Media” under the library icon

  2. Select “Collections”

  3. This is where you can access all of the team media you might have already organized

  4. Search by tag or name to find the collection you are looking for

  5. Simply drag the assets you want into the project

💡 Note: You can always add more assets to any of these collections by simply clicking to import or dragging and dropping content stored locally on your device

How to arrange and add media to your main track:

To make the most of this new editing experience, start assembling your video in the Main Track. The Main Track is a dedicated space for the primary content of your video. In the Main Track all trimming operations automatically ripple the timeline, moving all clips downstream in your Scene. You can think of the Main track as always keeping time, pushing your story as it grows. The Main Track will keep all of your assets in place and in-sync with one another.

💡 Note: The Main Track is identified on the left side of the timeline as “Main A/V” to indicate this track accepts Video and Video with Audio clips.

  1. Drag media from your media library or project onto the Main track of the timeline

  2. Preview your source media, select the range of the media you’d like in your final edit, and click “Add to End” [E]

💡 Note: When you initially drag/drop media into your timeline, you will be guided to confirm your Scene settings. Here, you can determine your Scene name, the aspect ratio of your video, edit rate and the color background of your video.

💡 Overwriting media on the Main Track: While the default behavior of the Main Track is to do an Insert edit when dragging and dropping a clip, you can also do what’s known as an Overwrite edit. An Overwrite edit is when you’re essentially replacing the existing clip with the clip you’re dragging on top of it. To perform an Overwrite edit during drag, hold down COMMAND and OPTION and drop the clip on top of any clip in the Main Track.

Adding media to your secondary tracks:

The Secondary Tracks you see above and below the Main Track are for supporting content like b-roll (above) or voiceover and music (below). As you add more Secondary Tracks, their labels will increment to V2, V3, A2, A3, etc.

💡 Note: Tracks will automatically be created if you drag into the space above or below the last visible track. On the left hand side of the scene you can also choose to add a track above or below the current clip you have selected.

How to arrange and add media to your secondary tracks:

  1. Simply drag media from your media library or project onto a secondary track of the timeline

  2. Preview your source media, select the range of the media you’d like in your final edit, and click, “Add at Playhead” [P]

💡 Note: In addition to “Add at Playhead”, you can also use Insert at Playhead (Keyboard shortcut [Option + p]). This places your clip in the Main Track doing an Insert edit at the playhead. Because it’s in the Main Track, all content will ripple downstream of this edit.

💡 Note: Audio-only clips can only be placed below the Main Track. When you separate audio from a clip, it will be placed below on a secondary track.

Fine tune every aspect

Scenery provides you with all the tools you need to fine tune your edit. After you add media to your Main Track and/or your Secondary Tracks, it’s time to clean it up. Maybe there’s an extra word you want to trim/cut out, we’ve got you covered.

Within your timeline you can:

1. Trim your media:

When hovering over the edge of your clips in the Main Track, you’ll have the ability to choose the type of edit you want to do - either a ripple trim or a roll trim. To choose which edit you want, wait for the cursor to change and then click down on your clip edges. When you hover to the left edge you’ll be doing a ripple remove, the right edge a ripple add and the middle is a roll trim.

  • Ripple trim: A Ripple trim, as described, is when all content downstream of your trim will move in sync, with this edit you are increasing or decreasing the overall duration of your Scene.

  • Roll trim: A Roll trim will change the outpoint of the outgoing clip while simultaneously changing the In point of the incoming clip. No other content is rippled since you’re only changing where one clip starts and another ends.

    When hovering over the edge of clips in Secondary Tracks, you can Roll trim clips that are adjacent or do a Simple trim on standalone clips, these trims will never ripple any of your downstream content.

  • Simple trim: Once you click down on the edge you can simply drag to trim or you can use the Right and Left arrow keys to trim one frame at a time.

2. Split your media:

Aside from trimming, Splitting your media is another alternative to making a precise cutdown to your edit. Once you split your media you can select the section you do not wish to have in your edit and click [delete].

  • Split: You can also enter a split mode by clicking on the scissors icon on the left side tool bar or using shortcut key [c]. Once you see a plus sign (+) appear, click down on the media to create a split.

  • Split at timecode: If you don’t want to enter a split mode, you can also make an instant split on the media using shortcut key [x].

    💡 Note: In the Main Track you can Insert gaps between clips by selecting an edge and choosing Add Gap. This allows you to leave gap as a placeholder, or as a spacer between clips. Gap only exists in the Main Track. A gap can be trimmed, split and deleted just like any other content.

3. Position, scale or crop in the preview player:

In the preview player, you might want to reposition the subject. Select the media clip you want to adjust and simply click down on the preview player and either drag your mouse around or use your right and left arrows to move the subject. From here, you can scale up or even crop the selected clip.

4. Precisely control and clean your audio:

Scenery lets you adjust your audio to your liking. To give your audio a boost, select your audio clip and simply drag up on the audio bar. Dragging the audio bar down will decrease your volume. You can also manually adjust your audio in the properties panel under the section labeled “audio”.

The standard audio level of your audio mix (all of your audio combined) should normalized between -6db to -12db. Take a look at the meter next to your preview player to see where your audio levels are hitting.

Within the audio section of the properties panel, “Clean Audio” will remove background and ambient noise.

Add visual layers and effects

Now that your video is in a good state, it’s time to add the bells and whistles.

💡 Note: In Scenery, you can create a brand kit to easily locate team assets like: logos, fonts, colors. Select an already saved font or color and apply it to the element within your edit. If there’s is a new font or color you’d like to save, you can always add it to your font library or palette.

1. Create automatic subtitles and customize to match your brand

  • Select the "T” icon to access our Title library and select "Create subtitles”. You can also select the “…” on any of the tracks and click “Create subtitles from track”.

  • From here, choose the subtitle style you'd like to be applied to your video.

  • Once the subtitles are generated, you can change the generated words if needed. You can also customize the font, size, and color to match your brand

2. Add titles and customize with detailed text styling controls

  • Within Scenery’s title library, explore from a variety of pre-animated titles and drag the title onto a Secondary track above your Main Track

  • From here, customize the text, size, color - and the list can go on - within your properties panel

3. Adjust color and apply team LUTs

  • You can apply basic color correction, white balance or an already stored color LUT to any clip within your edit.

  • Select the clip you’d like to adjust and within the color effects section in your properties panel, alter accordingly.

4. Add shapes, transitions, effects, and animations

💡 Note: To add shapes, transitions, effects, and animations, navigate to the icons on the left-hand tool bar that read: “Open Shapes” & "Open Transitions, Effects, Animations".

  • Shapes can elevate your story by giving your audience an appealing graphic to focus on. Like titles, explore from a variety of shapes and drag a shape onto a Secondary track above your Main Track

  • Transitions create a smooth feel from one clip to another. From the Transition, effects, and animations library, drag a transition between any two assets on your timeline.

  • Effects give your story a look that your raw video couldn’t naturally capture. Drag and effect onto any clip and fine tune within the properties panel.

  • Animations up level elements like shapes, titles, and media clips on your timeline. With animations, you can customize its duration, scale, fade, direction, and more. Choose which animation you want and drag it onto the element you want to animate. Adjust the animation’s build in and build out within the properties panel.

💡 Note: You can click the play icon in the properties panel to easily preview the how the animation will appear in your final output

5. Import any ProRes animation or Lottie file

If you already have pre-built title wipes or animated graphics saved in another location you can import those as a ProRes or Lottie (.JSON) file into scenery and drag it to your timeline.

Share, adapt, and Export

Finally, it’s time to let others take a look at your masterpiece. But first, if you’re looking to share this video for various social channels, you can:

1. Create multiple scenes to adapt your videos to different formats

  • Duplicate your Scene and head to your scene settings in your properties panel.

  • Rename your scene and adjust your scene settings to the appropriate social format.

  • Once you choose the pre-set aspect ratio or custom dimension you like, select continue and easily fit or fill the video to the frame.

  • From here, it’s rinse and repeat until you’ve fulfilled creating all formats

2. Export videos in whatever format you need

  • When you’re ready to export, click export and finalize your video with a specific naming convention, resolution and quality of your choice.

💡 Note: If you have another editor on your team who works in another tool, like Premiere Pro, you can export the draft as an XML. Simply export the scene as an XML to finish in Premiere Pro and download the source media affiliated with the scene.

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