Chapter 2. The Timeline

The Timeline

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

 --Mark Twain

The Timeline can be considered After Effects’ killer application. More than any other feature, it extends After Effects unique versatility to a wide range of work. With the Timeline at the center of the compositing process, you can time elements and animations precisely as you control their appearance.

The Timeline panel is also a user-friendly part of the application and full of hidden powers. By mastering its usage, you can streamline your workflow a great deal, setting the stage for more advanced work.

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