TimeTree

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Summary

Description

Installation & Update

User Interface

Nodes

Description

Time Tree is a Blender addon which adds a new way of dealing with Shot sequences using nodes instead of the common linear timeline.

Idea is to speed up your iterative process of finding the best timing and sequence whether you’re working on a storyboard, montage or etc...

Willing to reduce some workload of storyboarding iteration, I thought that instead of using a linear timeline we could maybe have some kind of non linear time tree.

And it actually ended up very promising 😄

The idea is quite simple, a node represent a camera shot with its own settings like:

Main features are:

Installation & Update

Installing 

The addon is installed just like any regular Blender addon:

Updating 

Most of the time, you should either uninstall the old version first or remove it rather than “Overwrite” it, before installing the new one.

Otherwise internal conflicts may happen within Blender.

In either case, you may need to restart Blender if you experience problems once the new version is installed, to make sure nothing from the old version remains in memory.

User Interface

Workspace Template

For more convenience, the addon comes with a new workspace template simply named “Time Tree”.

Just create a Time Tree workspace with the “Add Workspace” ‘+’ button next to your workspace tabs.

The Time Tree workspace consists of one Time Tree node editor window, one 3D Viewport window and a Timeline window.

Once you have opened a Time Tree node editor window, create a new Time Tree by clicking on “+ New

Header & Panel

The Header & Panel of a Time Tree window share the same interface, the only difference is the absence of the “Create Sequence” button on the Header.

Play / Pause Button

By clicking this button, you’ll be able to play the current Shot sequence starting from the active Shot Node.

Scrubbing Progress Bar

That progress bar is showing you:

You can scrub this progress bar to change the playback of the current Shot sequence.

Create Sequence Button

When enabled, this button will create the VSE strip sequence for you by reading the whole Shot sequence which includes the current active Shot node.

If a workspace named “Video Editing” is present, it will also directly switch to that workspace.

To keep things well organized, the video sequence will come with its own new scene, named “ShotSequence” (then “ShotSequence.001” etc).

From each Shot node will come a new scene named after its own shot, allowing it to play with unique composition.

That composition is created from the source scene, so make sure that you created one before pushing that button if you need a particular compositing on each Shot.

Nodes 

There are two ways of creating new nodes:

From these menus, you’ll be able to add:

Shot Node

Previous / Next Socket

Sockets used to link previous and next Shot, Switch or Join nodes.

Sound Socket

Socket used to link Sound nodes, as many as you need.

Frame Range

Frame numbers relative to the current selected scene.

Putting Start Frame Number superior to End Frame Number will result in a reverse playback.

Sources

Actual scene and camera used in the Shot.

Speed & Duration

If Speed is selected, the number input field is a time multiplier.

When Duration is selected, the Shot duration will match the number of frames entered in the number input field.

Time / Progress Bar

That progress bar is showing you:

You can scrub this progress bar to change the playback of the Shot.

Play Button

Play the Shot in a loop.

Switch to Comp Button

When “Compositing” workspace is present, it will switch to that workspace and the relevant scene containing the current Shot.

Sound Node

Shot Socket

Socket used to link to the parent Shot node.

Set Start Offset Button & start_offset

start_offset is relative to the start of the current Shot, in second.

When clicking Set Start Offset, start_offset will be computed to synchronize the actual progress time set by the progress bar of the parent Shot and the progress bar of the sound with this formula:

start_offset = shot_current_time - sound_current_time

Set End & end_duration

end_duration is relative to the start of the current Shot, in second.

Clicking on Set End will compute a new end_duration value to match the current global progress time with this formula:

end_duration = current_time - sound_start

Loop

The sound file loop until reaching the end_duration time.

Filepath

File path to the sound file to play.

⚠️Make sure to use global path (uncheck “relative path” when selecting the file).

Time / Progress Bar

That progress bar is showing you:

You can scrub this progress bar to change the playback of the Sound.

Play Button

Play the Sound in a loop.

Switch & Join Nodes

Switch

This node is used to choose which will be the next Shot, Switch or Join node.

Changing the nb field will allow you to change the amount of out sockets.

The Choice field indicates which out socket will be in use, that socket will then change its name to “Next”.

Join

You can link as many of Shot, Switch or Join nodes to the Previous socket.

Then, like a regular Shot node, only one link to a Shot, Switch or Join node is permitted.