Cinematic Timelines

February 13, 2011 | 5 min 13 sec

A demonstration of "Cinematic Timeline" features of Timeline 3D. Includes event movies, soundtracks, automatic narration, and more.



Cinematic Timelines - Timeline 3D

– “Tie ba te” by Lessazo – Download free at
– Short films produced by Jesse Rosten –

Hi this is Adam, and I am going to show you how to make some Cinematic Timelines with the upcoming version of Timeline 3D, which is version 3. Here is a timeline I created with some of my favorite short films from a California film maker named Jesse Rosten. Perhaps you have seen a few of these before… and, the timeline I have here is one that could have been created with previous versions of Timeline 3D. These are just events that have a title, a start date, and an image in them.

Now, what I am going to show you how to do is to take this timeline and add some multimedia to it.

So, the first thing that I want to do is, one of these events here, I am going to insert a film clip in the event. I am going to click on the Movies tab of the media browser up here. This shows all the movies in iTunes and my Movies folder. I am going to drag this Stella's Day clip directly onto the event, just like I would if it was an image. Now I can preview the clip right in my timeline… OK, that looks good.

The next thing that I am going to do is that I am going to add a soundtrack to my timeline. I am going to click the Audio tab up and choose a song from my iTunes library. I will choose this one and I am just going to drag it onto the background of my timeline.

OK, now I have my timeline all ready to go and I am going to export the entire timeline as a Cinematic Timeline. So, I will click iTunes up here, I could also choose to publish it directly to YouTube, but I'm going to save it to my disk so I will click iTunes. And I get to choose a size, I will choose the largest size.

And then there are some advanced settings here. I am going to choose to include a BEEDOCS logo at the end of the movie, I am going to choose to automatically narrate the timeline, and I am going to choose to use that song that I dragged onto the background. I am also going to set Motion Blur to Best although you only want to do this if you have a final draft of the movie because it takes a lot longer to render the movie when Motion Blur is turned on.

Then I click the Share button. So what this is going to do, it is going to create a movie that will fly over the timeline. When it gets to an event with a movie or audio in it, like that Stella's Day event, it is going to play that movie, and then it is going to add our musical soundtrack to the background and it is going to narrate each event as it pauses on it. And all of those different video and sound effects will be mixed properly for us, automatically.

And then what I am going to do is, I am going to let this render and then I am going to put the resulting video at the end of this movie. So everything you see from this point on will be created with BEEDOCS Timeline 3D (v3).