Understanding the Timeline

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.


Step One

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.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

The Playback controls provide a quick way to move throughout the animation.

Step Five

If keyframes have been set for a selected object, they will show as red lines on the timeline.

Step Six

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.

Timeline Context Menu

If you right-click the timeline, the context menu appears with options for copying keys, deleting keys, pasting keys and selecting audio tracks.


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