Timelines from Ripple Training — a plug-in designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X — is a cool collection of eight transition effects that create graphical timelines for videos.

Each transition is highly customizable; editors cam change just about any detail, including colors, background graphics and text. A unique Director’s View provides a bird’s eye view of transitions, complete with explanatory text guides and on-screen controls for adjusting the layout of transition video clips and drop zones. You can choose from preset camera animation styles, and even adjust the preset to create the exact framing desired.

With Timelines you can freeze transitions and add built-in text effects. A demo is available for download. You can unlock it at any time by purchasing a registration code for US$59 at http://tinyurl.com/chkhlvp .

The timeline in Final Cut Pro allows 99 video tracks to be layered on top of each other. If a clip is higher [in the timeline] than another, then it obscures whatever is below it. The size of a video clip can be altered, and the clips can be cropped, among many other settings that can be changed.