Is it possible to change the duration of the timeline in Premiere Pro CS5.5?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 20, 2011

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I'm used to working on Avid systems where the length of the timeline is determined by the last asset in the timeline, where it ends. I'm editing commercials and don't need or want a 10 minute timeline. Does anyone know how to change the duration of the timeline, like you can in After Effects? I've tried everything I can think of and It seems like it is not possible.... Thanks!

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People's Champ , Jul 20, 2011
joe_bloe_premiere People's Champ , Jul 20, 2011
Your timeline ends with the last media file...ignore anything beyond that.  That's what Premiere does.You can use the backslash key (\) to fit your timeline viewto the length of the assets it contains.

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People's Champ ,
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Your timeline ends with the last media file...
ignore anything beyond that.  That's what Premiere does.

You can use the backslash key (\) to fit your timeline view
to the length of the assets it contains.

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Community Beginner ,
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My sequence ends when it ends, but the timeline continues for 10 minutes, so that when I zoom all the way out I see a sliver of my sequence and a bunch of empty timeline. I want to be able to zoom al the way out and see only the sequence - have it fill the whole thing - just like it would in Avid software.

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People's Champ ,
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To zoom the timeline to fit your assets:

With the timeline selected, hit \ - (backslash key)

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Community Beginner ,
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Yes, I understand using the backslash key fills the screen, but the rest of the empty space is still there, you just won't see it until you zoom all the way out. I want the timeline to 45 seconds long, period. No extra space. When I zoom all the way out, I only want to see my sequence. Is that possible? From what you're telling me, the answer is "no".

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People's Champ ,
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but the rest of the empty space is still there

You will learn to ignore it.

I cut mostly :30's, and it is no problem.

When I zoom all the way out, I only want to see my sequence. Is that possible?

Yes.

All you have to do is use this method to "zoom all the way out":

With the timeline selected, hit \ - (backslash key)

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks, Joe! You answered my question. The whole timeline cannot be shortened - only zoomed in. I just have to live with it. Good to know!

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LEGEND ,
Jul 20, 2011

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Now, if you are seeing a Duration for your Timeline, that is longer than what you "anticipate" with your Assets on it, then you could well have an "Orphan," out beyond the anticipated end. This ARTICLE goes into more detail.

Good luck,

Hunt

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 20, 2011

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The timeline will always be 10 minutes longer then the last frame.

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LEGEND ,
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An unfortunate reality we must deal with.

It would be better if the Program Monitor at least showed only the actual sequence duration.  Just so we get a better idea of how much of it is left by looking at the CTI.

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2015

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So apparently  four years later and they still haven't fixed this issue? How stupid. Every other program will let you determine your own length. I'm currently dealing with it because - with a two monitor setup - when I move my mouse over to the right monitor where all my settings/effect are, the timeline scrolls all the way to the end; 10 minutes past the end of my clip! So dumb. Nothing I can do about it.

I miss Avid. I miss Final Cut 7.

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Explorer ,
Jun 11, 2015

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Normally I don't mind this, but I'm have the same issue as timpani - whenever I move my mouse to the 2nd monitor my timeline scrolls to oblivion.  time to submit a bug.

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Explorer ,
Jun 11, 2015

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*timdan

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 11, 2015

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Hi Dusey,

Are these Dell monitors? What kind of mouse do you use?

Thanks,

Kevin

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Explorer ,
Jun 11, 2015

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Hey Kevin,

I'm not sure about Dusey, but this has nothing to do with the monitor or the mouse. I'll give you my specs anyway. I've had this problem happen while hooked up to a Dell monitor and my laptop; a Dell monitor and cinema display (Mac Pro); and cinema display and my laptop; using a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet; and a Wacom Bamboo tablet and even tried using Magic Mouse.

The issue is an "auto-scroll" feature of the timeline that cannot be turned off. It goes away for a while, but then will randomly come back. Usually after dragging and dropping an effect onto a clip in the timeline. It's also perpetuated by the ridiculous notion that I need an additional 10 minutes of space at the end of every sequence.

Hope this helps.

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Explorer ,
Jun 30, 2015

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Not dell.  I have a 3 monitor setup, my MacBook Pro's display, an Apple Lightening display, and an Acer. 

I'm using the magic mouse, though I've seen it when I'm using the track pad also. 

I'm on CC 2015 now and have seen it there also.  closing the timeline does fix it, but I recently had it happen, then randomly have it not happen, then happen again, while working and dragging stuff into the timeline, without closing anything.  (so easy to troubleshoot, right?  😕  )

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New Here ,
Dec 14, 2014

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So I know this is already several years old, but I found a solution to the problem and figured this is the best place to post it.

To reduce an enormous gap in your timeline, what you have to do is mess with the frame the sequence window is in. Shorten it horizontally, then bring it back to normal. As you mess with it, Premiere will adjust it. Hope this helps someone out there.

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New Here ,
Mar 30, 2017

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This issue hasn't been answered for me.
In fact, when I export, the output is 30 minutes long!
The clip is just 1:36.
Why does it extend so much blank space and how do I eliminate it?
Thanks.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2017

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Same problem. Is there no solution yet?

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New Here ,
Jun 06, 2019

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we are in the XXI century and adobe still does not solve the problem of the long time of the timeline, I think I will change to Davinci.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jun 06, 2019

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PPro CS6 was last updated August 2013 and is End of LIfe and no longer updated

If you want new features, you have to buy a Cloud subscription

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2018

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Go the end of the last clip in your sequence (the start of the black section you want to delete).

Mark IN

Hit END

Mark OUT

Hit X

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2020

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There are 2 factors being discussed here.

1) Seeing only the visible data on the Timeline.

Seeing the Timeline only where there's data was covered by using the \ (<--backslash) which is usually located just above the "Enter" key on a keyboard.

 

2) The length of the video that gets saved & exported.

I shortened a video a few days ago and forgot to shorten the gray line above the data on my Timeline.  I don't know what it's called but it's right below where you put the time marker.  It's the gray bar with the arrows pointing at it in the picture attached to this post.  Go to the far right end (where the 3 arrows are) and drag the blue end of the line back to where your video ends.  It will sense it when you're real close to it.  It's possible that it somehow accidentally got dragged waaaaaaay out and it's doing its job and telling the computer to export what's inside it.

 

Good luck!

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 28, 2020

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2020 and Premiere still don't allow you to change the length of the timeline it seems.... I am making a 5 min. clip and it always show as a 15 to 17 minutes clip to me, so resizing the timeline always looks pretty bad. I too feel this is pretty dumb in any situation. And this famous +10 minutes must be hell of a stupid thing when you try to work on a 1 min. clip... Seriously, this is the worst feature I saw in Premiere so far and it should be addressed.

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