Visual timeline – After Effects template

Download 🇬🇧

as_VisualTimeline.aep
(For older AE versions,
try this one
.)
Download 🇫🇷

as_VisualTimeline.aep
(For older AE versions,
try this one
.)


⚠️ This After Effects project will bug if you are not running with one of these two languages. More info at the end of the page.

This timeline template allows to create a visual representation of a series of events/moments, and to easily scroll through it (zoom, fast forward…). I have designed it for forensics video formats, but you may find a different use for it.

It was inspired, in its concept, by the work of Forensic Architecture, notably in this investigation.

  • It is not a "working" timeline (…like, something you would use to synchronise, or analyse footage). It is tool to present your analysis.
  • Events are anchored in seconds. Meaning that it is relevant to visualize time frames from several minutes, up to ~5-10 hours. But not really more than that I guess.
  • I recommend to edit it in your editing software, after a render in transparency. (I detail my workflow below, on tutorial #2.)
  • It is designed to be adapted to your own visual identity.
  • This is a version one. So feel free to report me any bug or remark. (And if you end up using it, please share with me the result!)

Use-cases

Tutorial

Part I (Part II coming soon)

⚠️ About the bug: this project file works with expressions. If you are not running in english or french: the bug comes when expressions are pointing to a "Slider" component. You just need to change Slider, by the word used in your language. You can also contact me, and I can help you to fix it. (Oh and, if you know how to bypass this issue, please let me know!)