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Copying Key frame to the next frame over?

Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 5:01am

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Is this possible? i have a frame that doesnt need to be changed because the person is standing still.. how do i copy the first key frame to the frames after wards? if i dont it just makes up a weird shape for the frame i didnt mess with..
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 5:16am

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Yeah, though the process varies depending on what you are working with. If you are animating a clip or image, you can just click the animation control that you are using to add another keyframe. For the position of a clip or image, you can click the origin point to add a keyframe at any time. Its similar for most effects attributes as well, but neon lights are different. For them, you just click inside the quad. You can also right-click any keyframe you want on the timeline to copy and paste it.
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 5:30am

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yeah im working with a neon light animation.. every time i right click a key frame and hit copy, when i hit paste it just pastes the whole 4 point keyframe above it =( .. been tryin to mess with it but cant get it.. Since there are two frames that are the same i just want to have the same exact keyframe animation in the frame that is the same as the one before
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 1:23pm

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Clicking inside the quad will do that.
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 2:34pm

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Im not sure what you mean?
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 6:51pm

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I included a pic to maybe help you see what im trying to ask. The first highlighted key i want the same exact animation it has to be in the first dark key right after it. because the two frames are exactly the same. Same goes for the first blue frame after that i want to copy the animation it has and make the 1 dark key before it reflect the exact same image property as it does. Copy paste just either doesnt work or pastes a whole nothing 4 point replica of the one i have.

Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 10:40pm

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What I mean is this: As you progress through the frames of your clip, animating your lightsaber, you get to a section where you want it not to move for several frames. One the first frame of that section, you draw your four points to place the blade. Now move forward to the last frame where you want it in that position, and you will still see the quad that you drew, in the same spot on the canvas. Click inside it, and it will add a keyframe for that frame of the effect in the same position. Then continue on with your animation.

Your situation is a bit different, as it seems that you already animated past that point, and are trying to go back and fix it.So here goes an explanation for that:

The positioning system works by recording a fixed position for each of the four corners of the effect (the Quad) If you twirl open the 4-point line on the timeline, you will see the row of keyframes for each corner point. You can copy and paste these to other places on the timeline using right-click. I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to keys. Alternately, you should just be able to re-draw in the effect on that frame, in the position you want it to be in.
Posted: Sat, 8th Aug 2009, 1:04am

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Yeah thats the thing is that although there are no key frames in those dark spots there is an animation in there that i just want to take out and replace with the one before it. The only thing is when i right click to copy the keyframes, it copies the whole 4-point and all its keyframes that im working on and just puts it above the 4-point that it copied. So its not actually copying just the frame i want its copying the whole movie and all the animations with it =(
Posted: Sat, 8th Aug 2009, 2:42am

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I'll try explain it another way, to see if I can make it clearer. I was a bit vague before. Plus, this time I actually tried it myself, instead of going from memory.

Among the timeline options for the effect layer, there is a line that says, "4-point" with a twirly arrow. Twirl it.

You will now see the different parameters for which keyframes are stored. Among them you will see "Shape." click the shape keyframe you want to duplicate to select it. Right-click and copy it.

Move the cursor to the frame you want to copy it to. Right-click and paste it.
Posted: Sat, 8th Aug 2009, 3:04am

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Perfect! thanks man. Sorry if i seemed frustrating.. im still a newb but that works fine =D oh also what kind of music does your band play?
Posted: Sat, 8th Aug 2009, 3:34am

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Glad you got it working.

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