Anireel User Guide for Windows

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Timeline Editing

1. Timeline Track

There are two types of tracks: Scene Track and Audio Track.

The scene track contains the Main Track and Modified Tracks. There is only one main track, also called the background track, which is located at the bottom of the scene track. Multiple modified tracks can be added.

Timeline Track

2. Timeline Function

Single Scene/ All Scene Switch

You can switch between the single scene timeline and the global timeline through the "All Scene/Scene 01/02/03…" switch in the upper left corner of the timeline.

Scene Switch

If you turn on the single scene timeline mode, the timeline area will only edit the materials in the current scene, helping you eliminate interference and focus on the storyboard of a single scene.

timeline mode

If you turn on the global timeline mode, the timeline area will display the entire project, which is convenient for overall editing and global control of the video.

global timeline mode


In global scene mode, you can zoom to adjust the minimum one screen to 1s.

In single scene mode, you can zoom to adjust the minimum one screen to 1s.

Timeline Clip Editing

The following basic operations can be performed on the timeline:

    C Clip Adding: Drag the audio in the resource area to the timeline audio track.

    C Clip Movement: Select the clip, press and hold the left mouse button to move, release to place.

    C Clip Delete: You can click "Delete" in the right-click menu or directly use keyboard shortcuts.

Clip Delete

    C Clip Replacement: Right-click clip and select "Replace" to replace the same type of material. The duration before and after the replacement is equal.

Clip Replacement

    C Copy and Paste Single or Multiple Clips on the Timeline: On the timeline, you can copy and paste single or multiple clips.

If you select a single clip to copy and paste, the pasted clip will be placed on the track above the copied clip.

If you select multiple clips to copy and paste the pasted clip will be placed on the uppermost track of the scene where the copied clip is located.

A. In single scene timeline mode

The front and rear ends of all modified tracks except for cross-scene clips must not exceed the main track.
When the rear end of the main track is shortened, the modified track clips that overlap at the end will be shortened with the main track until the modified track clip is deleted.
The modified track will not be affected when the main track is elongated.
When the front end of the modified track is elongated, it can reach the entrance of the main track as far as the main track.
When the rear end is elongated, if the length of the main track exceeds the length of the main track, the main track grows with the modified track clip, and the ends are aligned.
B. In all scene timeline mode

When the main track is shortened, the modified track decreases with the scene until it disappears.
When the modified track clip is shortened/extended, the pullable range is the blank range before and after the clip on the track (the cross-scene clip is not affected by the main track).
The modified track clip cannot extend beyond the back end of the main track.
The last main track clip will follow the elongation or backward movement of the modified track that overlaps at the end to align with its elongation.

    C Editing of TTS Audio Clip: Right-click the TTS audio clip and click "Text-To-Speech" to jump to the TTS window for editing.

Editing of TTS

Timeline Interaction Optimization

    C The timeline supports the box selection of clips:

In the blank area of the timeline, hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse. A selection box appears, and the clips intersecting the selection box will be selected.

box selection of clip

    C Multiply select video Clips:

The timeline supports Trim for multiple selected clips at the same time.

Multi-select the selected clips, in the case that each clip can be trimmed, you can trim the front and rear ends of the clips at the same time.

trim video

Audio Fade in and Fade out

Adding a fade-in and fade-out on your audio can help set the tone for your video. Fading audio in and out in Anireel 1.3 is quick and convenient.

1. Locate the audio clip in the timeline that you want to fade. Suspended over the audio to be faded. Hover near the top at the start or end of an audio clip to show the Fade Editing Toolvideo-fade.


2. Hover at the start or end of an audio waveform, left-click and drag to the right from the start of the clip, or to the left from the end of the clip to create a fade in or out.


Note: When you trim a clip that has a fade applied, the original fade length is preserved.

3. If you want to edit the length of a fade, hover over the fade boundary marker icon, moving the icon left to right to increase or decrease the fade on your video, same at the end to fade out. 

A deep layout and linear appears at the left side of the lane in the audio wave bar, identifying the fade area.

Fade In ① begins with silence and gradually becomes louder until full volume.

Fade Out ② makes audio progressively softer until it can no longer be heard.