Join Scott Bourne for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the timeline, part of Podcasting with GarageBand 3.
- [Instructor] Okay, we're one step closer to turning you into a podcast star, but before you do your first show, you need to understand just a little bit more about how GarageBand deals with what they call the timeline. You might remember back in the movie on setting up GarageBand, I took a loop from the loop browser in Jingles, Cinematic and Broadcast News Long and drug it right up to the Jingles track here. If you don't know how to do all that yet, that's okay, we're still early.
I'm just demonstrating how this works so don't be too worried about learning everything you need to know about that. I'll cover that all much more in depth in later movies. I do want to show you how this timeline works though, 'cause it is important to understand the concepts of moving around in the timeline and the editor. So right now I'm going to move down to the left and right below the tracks you'll see this little bar that you can slide to the left and to the right, and notice as you slide it to the left it gives you a big picture view of your project.
You can see everything that's been done and if you slide it to the right, you get much more granular and you can take a much better look at your waveforms, that's the information contained up here in the track that represents audio. So sliding this to the left gives you big picture, to the right gives you more information on the individual waveform. Now as you do that, you'll notice there's this bar in the track editor that you can slide and that will also pull up your timeline and tell you how far into your project you are in terms of time in minutes and seconds.
If you're not seeing that, make sure that the little clock icon has been clicked. That's the way that you get to that point. If you don't have that clicked, then you look sort of like this and you've got beats per minute. You need to click on the little note symbol and get back to the clock symbol so that you can see this in terms of minutes, hours, seconds, et cetera. Now there's another way to move through that information. You have the option to click these arrows on the far right side of the interface. Clicking to the left will move you backwards in the timeline and clicking to the right will move you forwards in the timeline.
And lastly, these two very small arrows lock the timeline and the editor playheads. You may want to keep these locked together most of the time since it makes it a whole lot easier to edit. We'll cover that much more in depth as we get into our section on editing, but that's it for working with timelines.