Copying Keyframes

To copy all of the settings of an existing keyframe to another keyframe, I am aware of 5 methods, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

Method 1. Copy Settings feature. Hover the mouse cursor over the keyframe and right click. Select Copy Settings from the popup menu. A popup menu window appears titled Copy Settings. There are three columns: Source Keyframe, Settings to Copy, and Destination Keyframes. The keyframe over which the copy effects is to be copied is selected in the Source Keyframe column. Select the settings you want to copy from the major settings of Motion, Motion Easing, Effects, and Colorize. Finally, in the Destination Keyframes column, select the keyframe(s) on the layer(s) to which you want to copy these settings. Select Copy or Copy and Close to complete the process. Of course, this implies that the keyframe already exists.

 Notes: 1) Does not work between shows. 2) Keyframes getting the new settings must already exist.

Method 2. Copy to Next Keyframe. This copies the settings of the current keyframe to the next keyframe to the right.  Right click the mouse while hovering over the keyframe and select the option Copy to Next Keyframe.  Note: Works only between adjacent keyframes in the same show.

Method 3. Copy to Previous Keyframe. This copies the settings of the current keyframe to the keframe located to the immediate left of it. Note: Works only between adjacent keyframes in the same show.

Method 4. Copy Keyframe. To copy a keyframe and all of its settings, select it or hover the mouse cursor over it. Then, right click and select the Copy option from the popup menu. Next, 1) go to the layer on the same slide to which you want to copy the keyframe, 2) go to a layer in a different slide or 3) a layer on a slide in a different show. Hover the mouse cursor over the position on the keyframe where you want to place the keyframe, right click, and select Paste from the popup menu.

Notes: 1) Works in the same show or between shows (in or out of a project). 2) Best for copying single keyframes and its settings multiple times.

Method 5. Manual Settings. Note all of the settings of the keyframe you’re using as a reference. Go to the keyframe (or create it) that will get those settings and enter them manually.

Notes: 1) Slow, time consuming, prone to errors (memory, bad notes, entry errors due to fumble fingering). 2) Works with layers in a different show and same or different layer in the same show.

140524 © Copyright Dale Fenimore

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