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  • Using more than1 Timeline..

     Marc Wielage updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago 4 Members · 5 Posts
  • Mike Dowsett

    December 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I’m recently new to DR and am trying to understand the program.

    Could some one please tell me when would you need to use more than 1 timeline?

    What is this feature for?

    Thanks in advance.


  • David Baud

    December 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Using more than one timeline can be useful for many different workflows.

    As you move thru your editing work, it is a good idea to keep track of your work by creating/duplicating your current timeline. It allows you to go back quickly to a previous complex editing you may have done. I use it also as a quick backup so that I can come back to a previous state of my editing.

    Depending on your project, you may want to start editing different timelines because your finished editing will be a long form. Splitting your editing allows you to focus on one sequence at a time until you decide to merge all your timelines in a master timeline.

    A new feature with version 16 is to be able to have more than one timeline showing at the same time on your display. It allows you to compare 2 timelines. You can also copy and paste sequences from one timeline to the other more quickly. Again it is a welcome feature and allow you to think about different ways to work.

    I hope this help

  • Mike Dowsett

    December 17, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Many thanks David.

  • Michael Gissing

    December 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

    It is very rare that I don’t have a project with multiple timelines. I would ask how it might be possible to manage most work flows with a single timeline. Apart from the most simple of jobs I have never managed that.

    Here’s a typical job workflow from my perspective as a colorist finisher of an edit. Import XML/ AAF. Check timeline to match all shots. Duplicate timeline so I can always reference back to the ungraded editor original. Grade pass in new timeline. Once grade is locked then work on titles & supers. This may be another duplicate of the grade timeline so I have a text and textless version. Edit the deliverables which may be up to nine or ten edit variations of the program as dictated by the broadcasters world wide. Each one is a new timeline so that all is contained in the one project. So at the end I may have 12 or more timelines depending on how many variations for delivery are required. This is typical for a simple documentary.

    If I then had to create various language subtitles then the number of timelines will increase. Swapping between projects with single timelines would drive me crazy. It is so much better to have everything in a single project with multiple timelines so when all is ready, I can create a nice big render cue in that project and let the computer go overnight creating all the variations of the program.

  • Marc Wielage

    December 31, 2020 at 2:37 am

    We use multiple timelines for features that are broken down into Reels. For example, a 2-hour film might have Reel 1-2-3-4-5-6, each about 20 minutes long. One reason to do that is because if any changes are done to the edit, it’s better to futz with a single 20-minute timeline than one massive 120-minute timeline with thousands of cuts.

    We also use multiple timeline for VERSIONS. The first color pass of a TV show might be timeline 1, “showname_ep#_color_v1”, the second timeline might be version 2, the third timeline might be the final, the fourth might be a textless version or promos… there’s any number of reasons to do so.

    If we start making a lot of changes to a project, I’ll generally do a Save-As and date the project as being “last week’s version.” That way, we have a record of it, but we’re moving forward with an uncluttered session that just has the timelines we need. If I need to pull up last week’s version, I can either look at the stills in the shared Gallery or I can use Dynamic Project Switching to pull up both projects simultaneously and compare them.

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