How to Make Lightning Fast Timelines Using dpsVelocity

by Bob Bolson

One thing that none of us have enough of nowadays is time. With this in mind, DPS developed its next generation of NLE, dpsVelocity. A great feature of the software is its advanced trim window.

Using this, and dpsVelocity's Auto Append feature, we'll build two lightning-fast timelines, one with cuts, and one with dissolves. What you'll need is a gallery full of raw clips, and, of course, a dpsVelocity system.

Organize your clips in the order you'd like to use them on the timeline by dragging and dropping them in that order within the gallery. Now, away we go!

First, let's do a straight-cuts timeline. Double-click on the first clip in the gallery. This will expand the advanced trim window into trim mode. Now, place your mouse over the left video image. You'll notice the cursor has turned into a "glove". You can now scrub left or right to adjust the in point of the clip.

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Do the same procedure with the right video image to adjust your out point. Hit the Play In-Out button (hot key P) to view your trimmed clip. When you're happy, hit the tab key to load the next clip.

Follow the above steps again, until you have trimmed all the clips in the gallery to your liking. Now, right-click in the gallery, and select "Detail Text".

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Your gallery thumbnails will now disappear, replaced by, well, detailed text. Single-click on the first clip and then Shift+click on the last clip. Now, all your trimmed clips are selected.

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Finally, hit F, the hot key for auto-append. All of your clips have been put onto the timeline as straight cuts. And that's all there is to it.

Now that you've got straight-cuts under your belt, let's go to a timeline comprised of dissolves. The steps to building this timeline are very similar. Again, get your clips in the proper order in the gallery. It should be noted that you can use video files or graphics files or a combination of both…dpsVelocity is not picky. Now, double-click your first clip to load it into the trimmer. Trim the clip to your satisfaction.

Then, on the right side of the expanded trimmer, place your mouse over the large preview window. You'll notice that the cursor has changed into two small arrows. Move the cursor left and right, to adjust the position of the playhead on the timeline.

When the playhead is in the place where you'd like to begin your timeline, hit the Insert From In button (hot key +) on the left side of the trimmer. This will place the trimmed clip onto the timeline at the desired location, and simultaneously load the next clip in the gallery.

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Next, since we're making a timeline of dissolves, let's define this dissolve. Right-click anywhere in the advanced trim window to open your options. In the box labeled "Default transition length", enter the length you'd like your transition to be. Hit OK.

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Now, trim your next clip, and hit the transition button (hot key / ). You'll see that it has been added to the timeline, automatically forming a dissolve with the previous clip. Again, the next clip in the gallery has automatically been loaded. Continue to trim each clip, and add it to the timeline with the transition button, until you're through the entire gallery. Just like that, you're done.

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Feel free to go back to the timeline to customize transitions, and add titles or music. I find this method to be particularly beneficial when building photo montages; that is, a project consisting of a series of dissolves between still images.

Have fun with both methods, and take advantage of the time you save by fine-tuning your projects to make them a cut above the rest….or maybe a dissolve above the rest….you decide. For more information on DPS and its products, please visit the DPS website at www.dps.com