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About Keyframes

Keyframes indicate points within a frame where an object or clip effect will transition from its current state to a new state. In other words, whenever a keyframe transition happens, the object or clip effect properties change. Because of this, you can create simple animations, such as a "bouncing" oval.

You can tell that an object or clip effect contains keyframes by looking in the Frame View and Action View options in the Timeline window pane. If a keyframe type bar containing one or more diamonds is nested below an object or a clip effect, it contains keyframes.

Additionally, when you add an object that contains keyframes to a palette, it retains the keyframes. If that object has a clip effect applied to it and that clip effect contains keyframes, they will also carry over to the palette.

Depending on the object you have selected, keyframes allow many transitions, including:

  • Background The object's background color changes.
  • Opacity The object's transparency changes.
  • Position The object or effect area moves directionally on the frame.
  • Size The object or effect area can become larger or smaller.
  • Rotation The object rotates, in any direction, on the frame.
  • Text Text on the object changes, including what is actually typed, font type, font formatting, and the position of the text on the object.