Using the timeline to adjust music

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Timeline view changes your slide list into a timeline. This displays your slide thumbnails as smaller images with the width of the thumbnail based on how long the slide time is.  Longer slides will have longer thumbnails.

The waveform for your audio will be significantly larger in this view, and you will be able to easily manage your music tracks when using this view.

What is Timeline view?

Timeline

The Slide list view is the default view you see for the bottom panel of the software interface.  It is what you are used to seeing when dragging and dropping your images into your show, as well as your audio into the soundtrack area.

The Timeline view, is just another way of looking at your slide list but displays the slides based on time with the main focal point being the music waveform for easy editing of soundtrack.

Switching to Timeline View

To switch your slide list to timeline view just press the Tab key on your keyboard one time. Pressing the Tab key will toggle the slide list between Timeline and the slide list view.

When in Timeline view you can perform the following actions:

  • Set the Offset of your music track
  • Set the Volume and Fade in/out times of your music track
  • Trim the Start and End of your music track

Setting the OffsetTimeline_offset

When setting the offset you have two options available. You can set the music track so that it has a positive offset or set it so it has a negative offset. Setting a positive offset for your audio track will delay the start of the music track in your show. Setting a negative offset for your audio track will start the music track some point in time before the original starting position in your show.

To set an offset for your track:

  1. From timeline view, hold down your ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard and left-click with your mouse pointer on the waveform
  2. While holding both the ‘Ctrl’ key and your mouse button drag the waveform left or right.
  3. As you do this you will see the offset time change and the waveform will adjust to represent the new position of the track in your show.
  4. Now let go of ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse and your changes are saved.

Setting volume and Fade in/outTimeline_fade

When adjusting the volume and fade in times it is very straight forward. What you see is what you get. You can either adjust the volume by itself or you can adjust the volume while setting either the fade in or fade out times on the track.

To set the volume for your track:

  1. From timeline view, hold down your ‘Ctrl’ key and left-click with your mouse pointer on the top or bottom yellow line around your waveform
  2. While holding both the ‘Ctrl’ key and your mouse button slide the volume up or down
  3. As you do this you will see the volume for the track change and the waveform will update to represent the new volume of the track.
  4. Now let go of ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse and your changes are saved.

To set the fade in/out times for your track:

  1. From timeline view, hold down your ‘Ctrl’ key and left-click with your mouse pointer on the yellow square on the either the beginning of the track or the end.
  2. While holding both ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse button slide your mouse left to increase the fade in time or right if you are setting fade out.
  3. As you do this you will see how the fade in/out times adjust and the yellow line represents the new fade times for your track.
  4. Now let go of ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse and your changes are saved.

Trimming starting and endingTimeline_trim

Just like with adjusting the volume and fade in/out times, trimming your music track in timeline view is very straight forward.  If you want to trim time from the beginning of your track you drag the starting position inwards.  If you want to trim time form the ending of your track you drag ending position inwards until you each the desired time.

To trim your music track:

  1. From timeline view, hold down your ‘Ctrl’ key and left-click with your mouse pointer on the yellow square in the middle on the beginning of the track or the end.
  2. While holding both ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse button slide your mouse right if trimming beginning and left if trimming ending.
  3. As you do this you will see how the start times adjust and the yellow line represents the new starting or ending position of your track
  4. Now let go of ‘Ctrl’ and your mouse and your changes are saved.

If you would like to learn about other ways to trim your music tracks, see How do I trim my music in ProShow

 

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