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Timeline shouldn't have any blank rows: just fill the vertical space 100% with my tracks

Explorer ,
Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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I'm not sure who wants blank rows and empty space above and below the tracks in the timeline pane, but I've just found that after doing some video nudging that I completely forgot about a track above my video that I had to later scroll to reveal.

I get that widening tracks vertically to show more information in them can be really useful, but the less I need to mess around with how this looks, the less likely I'm going to mistakenly hide tracks.

 

So this is two suggestions (for opt-in or opt-out preferences):

- Make the vertical space of the timeline pane be 100% full of the tracks unless the user specifically expands them

- Add a little button in the vertical slidebars to reset this view to 100%/evenly split distribution of tracks

- If a track within your current view of the timeline appears as empty, add a little indicator icon at the end of  tracks to show that there's clips to the left/right out of view. Maybe clicking on this little indicator will zoom the timeline to center on that next clip on that track?

- Add a little + button on the far left top/bottom edge of the highest/lowest tracks to add a new track of that kind above/below. So the highest video track would have a little + button to insert a new one above it, and the lowest audio track would have a little + button to add a new audio track below it. This would save having to find the "empty space" around them to right click to add a new track. The other right-click menu options might need a better place to appear.

 

This would be a nice addition for new users like me who are overwhelmed with all the navigation controls that are needed to understand what's going on.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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You are missing quite a some basic knowledge.

As Premiere has a high learning curve, I suggest you get a subscription at LinkedIn Learning and learn the basics.

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Explorer ,
Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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These are suggestions that can go into the Preferences windows as opt-in or opt-out type settings. 
There's nothing wrong with improving the interface to be easier to understand and read.

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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This is essentially how after effects works because every layer is its own localized entity, but the layers are a fixed height, and you can't have two clips on the same layer unless you next them in a composition. But there is a shy/unshy feature that lets you hide layers you don't want to see. I could see some of theses features making it to premiere but I doubt adobe would go for it without an immense level of complaining from users. It's difficult to get adobe to fix known bugs that affect thousands of users.

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