Timeline overview

The Timeline is one of the editor panels in Descript. While the majority of your editing will be done from the Script Editor and Canvas, the Timeline is useful for:

There are five main sections of the Timeline:

Screenshot of the timeline with five timeline sections labeled

  • The transport allows you to access the playback features of your composition.
  • The time ruler shows the time position of media in your composition; if you are working with video, you will also see scene boundaries on the ruler.
  • The layer lane displays the active layer or all layers when show all layers is enabled as well as your scenes.
  • The wordbar shows you exactly where words in your script are aligned to the script media.
  • The script track unique track that contains all your script media; please note you may need to expand your timeline to see the script track.

Show and hide the Timeline

You can show or hide the Timeline while working on a project. When the Timeline is visible, you will see all the layers in your project.

Screenshot of the timeline with red rectangle showing the show/hide timeline button

Adjusting the height of the Timeline

If you're not getting enough visual real estate for the layers you've added to your timeline, you can adjust the size of the timeline to suit your editing needs. This is really useful if you need to grab handles for adjusting audio fades or visual transitions.

To adjust the Timeline height, hover your mouse over the horizonal bar that separates the timeline and the script. A vertical double-arrow will appear which you can click to adjust the size up and down. If you need even more height, try increasing the size of your Descript window.

Adjusting the height of the timeline and moving canvas window

If you're working with video, you can also move the video from the top of the editor to the right side by clicking Command + Option + Shift + V (MacOS), or Control + Alt + Shift + V (Windows).

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