The Elastic Timeline feature allow you to determine how the title will change when the length of the title is adjusted on the video editor timeline. Let’s look at a couple of examples where this can be useful:
You create a title project you would like to use in multiple places. The title has a fade in and out of two seconds each and a static body of six seconds. You wish to use this title project in other places in your timeline but you require different durations at.different times in the timeline but desire your transition timing to remain as designed.
You create a lower third which has multiple paragraphs, objects and other elements all happening at once, with very specific timing of each element coming together as one cohesive design. The first three seconds are full of objects animating in. Then there are five seconds of objects remaining static, and then two seconds of many objects animating out, all totaling ten seconds as a whole. You would like to reuse this title project in other areas but need different total lengths. However, your IN and OUT timing needs to stay cohesive.
These are two situations where Elastic Timeline can help. With elastic timeline, we can specify some regions remain a fixed length while other regions stretch to make the title meet any length requirements.
When you start a new project, elastic timeline is turned off by default.
Just above the timeline is the “Elastic” button. Click on that button to show the elastic track. The elastic feature can also be turned on and off using the “Elastic timeline” option under the settings menu.
Once turned on, the elastic track will show above the timeline.
There are two types of elastic regions: Fixed (Orange) and Elastic (Green). When the time of the title is extended, the fixed sections will remain the same length while the elastic sections will stretch or shrink to reflect the change in total project length.
Going back to the first example, we would set a fixed section over the first two seconds and the last two sections with the center region being elastic. In the second example, the first three seconds and the last two seconds would be set to fixed with the middle five seconds of the title being elastic.
When elastic timeline is first turned on, there will be a fixed section at the beginning and end with an elastic section in the center. To adjust the length of any section, move the cursor between regions and click and drag the border between the regions right or left.
To add a new region, position the cursor where the new region is to be added. Then either click on the “+” button beside the “Elastic” button or choose “Add Region” under the Settings menu. This will create a new region on the elastic timeline starting at the cursor position and extending halfway to the next region. For example, if you add a region in an elastic area, it will add a fixed region. If you add a region in a fixed area, it will add an elastic region.
To remove an elastic timeline section, place the cursor anywhere in that section. Now right-click and choose “Delete Region” from the menu or choose “Delete Region” under the Settings menu and that section will be removed.