Understanding the Timeline
Maya 8.0 Tutorial
How to Use the Maya Timeline
The timeline is helpful in setting keyframes, previewing scene motion and syncing to an audio track. It operates with common timeline controls.
By default the timeline appears at the bottom of your workspace. If not, choose Display > UI Elements > Time Slider.
The timeline default setting is 24 fps (frames per second). To change the speed, choose Maya > Preferences > Settings Category + Time.
To select a specific time, click desired time on the timeline. You can also set the project start time and end time or playback start and end times using the timeline input boxes.
Clicking and dragging the bar below the timeline allows you to control the playback times. Click and drag the boxes at the ends of the bar to change the playback start and stop times.
The Playback controls provide a quick way to move throughout the animation.
If keyframes have been set for a selected object, they will show as red lines on the timeline.
To control whether the animation previews at real time or as fast as the processor can deliver the images, choose Maya > Preferences > Timeline Category + Playback Speed.