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Hey everyone!


I am building one long animation, and as I am working on it, I don't want to have to rewatch the entire animation up to the point I am working on/debugging. What is the best way to accomplish that?


I've tried searching, but everything I've come across doesn't seem to work. I've tried seeking to a label, seeking to a time value, playing from the label, and all seem to just be ignored. I can play and resume just fine, but the skipping is not working.

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Hello teamcolab, and Welcome to the GreenSock Forum!


You can use the GSAP seek() method



//jumps to exactly 2 seconds
//jumps to exactly 2 seconds but doesn't suppress events during the initial move:
myAnimation.seek(2, false);
//jumps to the "myLabel" label



Jumps to a specific time (or label) without affecting whether or not the instance is paused or reversed.

  • Jumps to a specific time (or label) without affecting whether or not the instance is paused or reversed.
  • If there are any events/callbacks inbetween where the playhead was and the new time, they will not be triggered because by default suppressEvents (the 2nd parameter) is true. Think of it like picking the needle up on a record player and moving it to a new position before placing it back on the record. If, however, you do not want the events/callbacks suppressed during that initial move, simply set the suppressEvents parameter to false.

Hope this helps! :)

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Hi teamcolab  :),


In addition to Jonathan's great advice, you can also add a label during the testing process (just move it where you need it as you're designing), pause the timeline and play() from that point. The code would look like this:

tl = new TimelineMax({paused:true});

tl.to(element,2, {x:400})
  .to(element,2, {x:400})
  .to(element ,2, {x:400});


Here's a really simple CodePen to show it in action:

See the Pen GoPNwP by PointC (@PointC) on CodePen


Happy tweening.

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