Hiding Your Vector Tracks

I often get sent Cinema4D files to look at, and one thing that I notice, is that a lot of you leave your vector tracks visible in the timeline. I’m not sure if you even know you can switch them off.  To me they just cause excess clutter.

Show Vector Track Menu Item

Show Vector Track Menu Item

If you have a lot of tracks in the timeline, I’m sure you’ll appreciate that screen real estate is a precious thing.

If you have Show Vector Track enabled, your timeline might look like this with the tracks folded.

Tracks Folded

Tracks Folded

Unfold and it looks like this… Where have all my tracks gone?

Tracks Unfolded - Scroll to see them all!

Tracks Unfolded - Need to scroll 🙁

Now disable Show Vector Track. Your timeline will look like this with the tracks folded (the same as before).

Tracks Folded

Tracks Folded

Unfold them, and voila, you’ve saved yourself lots of space.  Even with only two objects in the timeline, you can see how much space I saved.

Tracks Unfolded - All Visible!

Tracks Unfolded - All Visible 🙂

So give your wrist a break from all that scrolling.  Disable Show Vector Tracks.  For what it is worth, I have Show Vector Tracks disabled in my new.c4d file.  That way it is automatically disabled in all my new scenes.  (I also have Show Animated Enabled, but that is a different story.)

So I ask you, how often would you want to see the vector track when they are unfolded anyway?

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Categories: Cinema4D Misc

Author: Tim


  1. Mastajappa
    Mastajappa On May 15, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Hey Tim,

    Nice of you to figure out the things I always forget to look at :D.



  2. HG
    HG On May 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    nice one Tim
    the timeline in C4D R11 is wonderful,but still a bit daunting
    coming from AE,your tips help a lot.
    thanks again

  3. Joe Myers
    Joe Myers On May 25, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Great tip Tim! Perfect for my current project.

  4. jayse
    jayse On August 4, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Thanks Tim – I’m constantly turning that off – I didn’t realize you can set it as the default new.c4d – sounds great – but where is that file for c4d 11.5? I’m not seeing it? I’d love to have a few things always set by default. Appreciate any tips.

    • Tim
      Tim On August 4, 2010 at 6:45 PM

      @Jayse You can just create the new.c4d file yourself.

  5. Davide
    Davide On March 29, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Hi Tim,

    I was wondering, is there any shortcut or way to unfold ‘position’ tracks only or ‘scale’ only, like in after effects when you select more layers and press ‘P’ or ‘S’


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