By Kevin P. McAuliffe
In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we started our talk about Keyframes and how to add them onto parameters in the inspector to drive animation for things like Position, Scale, Rotation, etc. In this lesson, we’re going to talk about adjusting keyframes once you’ve added them. Removing keyframes is easy, but what happens when you want to add “Keyframe Assistants” like Ease In/Out’s, or keyframe holds. Well, let’s find out.
Once you have keyframes added to your clip, you’ll not only notice the keyframe icon on the clip, but you’ll also notice another icon to it’s left, that almost looks like a film strip running through projector cogs. What this icon represents is your Animation curves or Spline curves editor.
These two icons are not just icons, but they open up keyframing and animation tools that you can work with right in your timeline. Clicking on the “Keyframe” icon, you’ll now see that you have access to all added keyframes that you can reposition, in time, the animation that has been added to a clip.
The “Animation“ button, exposing something entirely different, but also essential to your keyframe workflow. What you now have is a visual representation of what you added in the Inspector. You can now not only adjust the keyframe values, as well as their timing, but you now have the ability to add keyframe “assistants” (an After Effects term), that will let you have either linear keyframe animation or “eases” in your animation, to give them a more realistic look.
One difference that you’re notice right between the two keyframe windows is that the “Keyframe” window, where you can adjust the keyframe timing, is fairly….absolute. Drag the keyframe where you want it, and it’s timing is updated, not the parameters of the keyframe itself (scale, rotation, position, etc). With the Spline window, you can adjust keyframing timing AND the values of the animated parameters, so you have to be very careful what you’re doing. Luckily, you can use the SHFT key on the keyboard to “lock in” a parameter, so only direct vertical or horizontal adjustments can be made to is, so you have much more control over placing your keyframes, as opposed to attempting to do it freehand.
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