Motion 5 - Zooming in the Timeline

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Zooming in the Timeline

You can zoom in and out in the Timeline using the zoom/scroll control or the zoom slider.
(If you use a Multi-Touch trackpad, you can pinch open to zoom in and pinch closed to
zoom out.) Each method lets you zoom in and out of the Timeline horizontally, showing
more or less time in the track area. As you zoom in, you can see greater detail, which lets
you place objects with greater precision.

Zoom/scroll control


Zoom handle

Zoom slider

The zoom/scroll control, located at the bottom of the Timeline, is a scroll bar containing
a scroller control with zoom handles on either end. The width of the zoom/scroll control
represents the entire duration of your project. Drag the scroller left or right to navigate
the track area. Drag a zoom handle on either end of the scroller to change the zoom scale
of the track area.

The zoom slider, located in the bottom-right corner of the Motion project window, zooms
in and out of the track area at the position of the playhead. Drag left to zoom out. Drag
right to zoom in.

To zoom in or out of the Timeline
Do one of the following:


Drag the zoom handle at either end of the scroller, inward to zoom in, or outward to
zoom out.

If you hold down the Shift key while dragging a zoom handle, the Timeline is zoomed
from the center of the visible area.


Drag the zoom slider left to zoom out or right to zoom in.

Note: To fit the Timeline in its window, press Shift-Z.