Improved timeline navigation

Could we have the current time indicator not jump to the start time of the layer or keyframes you’re moving?

Sometimes you click on the timeline to mark the point where you want to move your layer or keyframes to. Like a destination bookmark. However, when you select something to move it, your time marker jumps to that position in time, effectively loosing your place. It would be nice for the main time indicator to stay where you put it, and maybe instead have a ghosted secondary one that shows the time position of the item you’re currently moving. The preview window would still display that frame, but a fainter line or marker would indicate that frame on the timeline.

Zoom controls for the timeline could really use improvement. First of all, zooming the timeline should keep it centered on the time indicator. Right now, it’s super easy to loose your place as it expands off screen. The icons for zoom in and zoom out aren’t clear about which is zoomed vs. wide view. Clicking on one end immediately jumps to that zoom level instead of increasing or decreasing by one step. That seems counterintuitive. Standard plus and minus hotkeys would be great, as well as mouse wheel to zoom. Maybe even hold a modifier while scrubbing the mouse could work too. But yeah, please don’t scroll our current focus away when zooming, keep it focused.

And as a side note while we’re at it, is there a reason why double clicking a function in the resources panel doesn’t open it in the editor?



Totally agree with this.

Premiere gets it.

And Adobe isn’t the only one who does this:

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Wow, over four years ago. And double clicking a function still doesn't open it for editing. :stuck_out_tongue:


Yeah, I feel you on that one. Double-clicking the name opens it for edit… the icon would be good for editing, but I see why Tumult isn't doing it… not every file type has an edit function, so it would be inconsistent for users trying to double-click a symbol icon etc. (fonts would probably work great on the contrary). I would take that this inconsistency in favor of less mouse travel… In the resource panel, you can always get to edit, by clicking "Edit source…" on the bottom, though.

Regarding the moving play head… I would also like that it doesn't constantly follow selections around. Like dragging or selecting. It is most likely something the user should only be able to control. And wow, this feature request has some serious dust on it :wink:


Sure, double clicking on the text lets you edit the name, but opening the resource in an editor tab would when double clicking the icon would be great. In fact, I'd love to be able to edit symbols independently that way too, like opening a precomp in After Effects. I don't always want to edit them in context of the scene because I'm using them multiple places.