Timeline

Animation - Timelines specificity is to play, cut and edit video layers easily, and to animate layers and their parameters

On the creation of a composition (CTRL+N)) you'll have the choice to create or not a main Timeline.
Here are the 3 types of animations available inside of Smode :
- Timelines : Create a main timeline on the composition (not a timeline cue)
- Function Cue An animation bloc defined by a Function Read More : Create an Animation Bank Where all your cues are stored Read More at the root of the compo
- Cue List Add cues one after another to encode your Show Read More : Create a Cue List Add cues one after another to encode your Show Read More at the root of the compo


All of theses choices can be reverted or added after the composition creation.
There is two types of timelines inside of Smode:
- The first is the "Main Timeline" which is embedded inside a composition and work like in any classical animation software
- The second is the "Timeline Cue" , it work like a Function Cue An animation bloc defined by a Function Read More and is placed inside an Animation Bank Where all your cues are stored Read More .

Main Timelines



There is a lot of way to animate in Smode. Check also Function Cue An animation bloc defined by a Function Read More and Exposed Parameter Allow to control multiple Link Target with a single value Read More A more common way to animate parameters or bring life to a 2D or 3D compo, is to use timelines. There is 2 types of timelines, Main Timelines, which cover this chapter, and Timelines Cues that we'll see on next chapter. The 2 Timelines types are still quite similar. In Smode, a main Timeline can be added to each composition. Inside each composition, click on this button :


Once it is done, the timeline is accessible inside the Timeline Editor Timeline animation editor Read More below the Viewport Where you see what is happening in Smode. You can do without it but what would be the point? Read More when selecting the timeline or the Composition. Selecting the timeline will give you access to it's parameters through the Parameters Editor You don't have to search further, every parameters of a selected Element is there. Read More :


- You can lock the Timeline Editor Timeline animation editor Read More on the current timeline by activating the lock button (circled in red on the image below) - The name of the timeline currently displayed is written on the top left part of the Timeline Editor Timeline animation editor Read More (underlined in red)


If a composition is dragged and dropped inside of the main timeline, every animation inside of it will be driven by the newly created matching track :


If a Compo with a timeline is put under a Brother or Child Timeline instead of a Parent Timeline, an "out of scope" icon will signify it to you. Timelines hierarchy must be made in the same order than the Element Tree The hierarchical view of documents in Smode Read More Hierarchy.

Timeline Cues

A Timeline can also be created in the form of cue, or standalone animation. That means it can be used in an Animation Bank Where all your cues are stored Read More , or Cue List Add cues one after another to encode your Show Read More (for Smode Station), just like any standard cue.


Here is how to create a Timeline cues:

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