Use Timeline in Sony Vegas Pro
Edited by Feels, Alexander Avdeev
Hello! Welcome to VisiHow! This is a tutorial on how to use the timeline in 'Sony Vegas Pro'. The timeline is the big grey box at the lower second half of the screen.
First, we need to import all of our media into 'Sony Vegas Pro'.
Those can be photos, videos, or music. We drag that into the project media tab on top. The program will recognize our files, and they will show up.
If we are adding music files, little WAV or MP3 icons will be shown.
To add the media into our timeline, we can drag the file into the timeline.
The program will create a track for us. Tracks can be either video or audio.
If we drag an audio track into the timeline, the program will not let us place it on the same track as the video.
We have to place it on an audio track.
Audio tracks have two adjustments, which are 'Vol:' (volume) and 'Pan:'.
A video track only has the level slider.
We can make those adjustments bigger to see them better.
We can drag them to stretch. Usually, it is not needed as it takes a lot of space on the screen.
We have photos, audio, and a video that we can put in.
The picture starts to show at 0 seconds right at the beginning.
Whenever we add a photo file, the program will automatically set it to be shown for 5 seconds.
We are at the 0 hours:00 minutes:05 seconds:00 frames (0:00:05:00).
If we go for one frame, it changes to 0:00:05:01.
It continues to increment the frame value until we reach the frames per second value minus one, and then the timeline timer adds one second.
We can make photos or videos longer by finding the edge of them and dragging to however long we want it to be.
So if we want a photo last 10 seconds, then we drag out for double the length.
It will be now a 10-second-long photo. When we render the project, it will be a 10-second-long video.
We can also shorten media files.
Whenever we are working with an audio, photo, or video file. When we are getting to the edge, we drag it to shorten it.
So, if we were to do it with an audio clip, it would cut off the second half of the clip.
We can shorten the beginning.
Once the length is adjusted, we can examine the adjustments to the left of the timeline.
'Pan' means that the sound comes out in the left and right channels with a different volume.
If we drag the slider at 100% to the left, the sound will come out from the left channel only.
If we drag the slider at 100% to the right, the sound will come out from the right channel only.
Above 'Pan:', there are decibels.
They are automatically set to 0.
If we have some really quiet audio sample, then we would want to drag the volume slider right.
It only goes up to the maximum of 12 decibels, but we don't really want to go past that value.
We can also move the slider to the left to decrease volume.
It goes down to -55.6 decibels.
If we try to decrease the volume even more, the 'Vol:' slider will say '-Inf.', which means that we cannot hear anything at all on that track.
Usually, we should keep the 'Vol:' slider at about 0 dB.
We can also make an individual file quieter by finding the top of the clip.
We wait until we see 'Gain is 0.0 dB' and drag the volume envelope.
If we drag the volume envelope down, a little pop-up will come up to tell at how much gain we are putting it.
We can drag another audio file to that track, and the volume envelope from the previous audio file will not affect the new file.
This is made to save space so that we do not need individual tracks for each audio file.
For video tracks, the 'Level:' slider is the only option.
This adjusts the video opacity.
If the 'Level:' slider it is at 50%, and we put a different video or photo to another track, then we would be able to see half of the first photo and half of the new one.
If we put the 'Level:' to 10%, then we would barely see the first photo.
However, we would see the new photo.
If we put the 'Level:' to 100%, then we would not see anything behind the old photo.
This is all we need to know about the timeline in 'Sony Vegas Pro'. Thank you for watching this 'Sony Vegas Pro' tutorial! Thank you for watching VisiHow! Please check out my profile for more videos like this. Comment down below if you have any questions about this.
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