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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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New Movie: Transparent Backgrounds

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Video still timeline with transparent background

In our latest movie, Elise Hunt presents an easy way to layer your timeline on top of multi-media backgrounds using the latest release of Bee Docs Timeline 3D and Apple's Keynote.

As always, we would love your feedback and we can not wait to see how you put the new feature into practice!

Click here to visit our movie page

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Blogger UnknownMay 24, 2009 3:10 AM


I tried this on a simple, 18 event timeline yesterday. I chose 1 second per event, and the lowest Quicktime HD resolution, with the lowest quality transitions as well.

It took my early 2008 Black MacBook with 4GB RAM over 2 HOURS to render! And you are right about the file size - 3.28 GB!!

Other than get a new Mac Pro, is there anything that can done to speed up the rendering speed/reduce the file size? For me at the moment, the above process is untenable, and it's very doubtful I would use albeit a great effect because of this.

Quebec City

Blogger Adam BehringerMay 24, 2009 7:13 AM

DJ -

The motion blur setting is the biggest factor in the rendering speed. Try exporting with no blur.

Also, we have recently discovered that the resolution of the images in your events is a significant factor in rendering time.

If you use an automatic importer, or drag your images in from the built in media browser, this is unlikely to be an issue. But, if you are dragging images in from the Finder or a 3rd party app, be careful that the resolution isn't full camera resolution. Something in the 800 pixel per side range is plenty.

Finally, think carefully about whether you really want your timeline video to pause on all 18 events. You can select several events and then export a timeline that pauses only on those events.


Blogger UnknownMay 24, 2009 3:50 PM


Many thanks for your take on my situation. I will take your advice, and let you know.

BTW, I really appreciate the demo movies that your staff puts together that expand on new features.



Blogger UnknownMay 25, 2009 1:55 PM


I made a timeline about the french revolution 1789-1794 with 77 events.
I needed for doing a presentation that was quotated by my director.
So, I gave two days before the order to create a 3D line. For imprestning my director, I choosed the better quality... Fatal error: the software needed about 8 days for finishing the timeline... ! 8 days...
It wasn't possible to switch of my Mac, or, everything would be lost.
So, my director asked me to send him this timeline...
The timeline weight over 40,33 Go (for only five minutes of presentation) !!!
How to give my director this presentation: I don't know. Is there some CD or DVD that can keep 40 Go? Does it exists?
At least: the timeline is so big, that no video programm is able to read it: too big.


Anonymous garthJune 04, 2009 10:13 AM

Is there any way you can program the event duration to correspond to the amount of text in each event window? If you take a look at the following timeline movie you will see that the event windows with a small amount of text seem to linger too long while those with considerable text seem to fly by: http://gallery.me.com/mawsonii/100494.

Also, in those instances where the event window has considerable text, the title or label gets pushed outside the viewing screen when presented. Obvious solution would be less text but shouldn't have to find that out after constructing the event.

Otherwise, MAGNIFICENT product. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous LexJune 18, 2009 8:19 AM

Is there any way to have a timeline of hours not days? I need to do a detailed timeline over 7 days.

Blogger eeeliseJune 18, 2009 9:41 AM

Lex -

You can create timelines with hourly event intervals by changing the Time drop-down menu from None to the hour setting (it will reflect the current time - like 9:32 AM). You will find this menu under the Dates tab to the right of your timeline chart.

If you have additional questions, you can always send me an email (Elise at BeeDocs.com)

- Elise

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