Delete Keyframe

These techniques are valid as of v6.0.3310. The initial release of these methods was
for v4.52.4049. There are multiple ways to delete a keyframe. But, most people only know the first part of method 1 below.

Method 1. Select or hover the mouse over a keyframe to delete. Right click. In the popup menu, Select the Delete option. In v5 and later, the next keyframe is now selected (prior to v5 the next keyframe was not selected). With the release of v5, additional keyframe options have been included.
•  DELETE ALL. Selecting this option deletes all keyframes on the layer with the exception of the first and last keyframes. These two keyframes retain their settings and all other keyframes are removed.
•  CUT/COPY and PASTE. You can cut or copy a keyframe and paste it to a another location on the timeline. The keyframe retains its settings.

Method 2. In the timeline in Slide Options | Effects | Motion Effects window (prior to v5) or Slide Options | Effects (v5 and later), drag a keyframe right or left until another keyframe is reached. The overlapping keyframes are now outlined in yellow. Release the mouse button to delete a keyframe. The keyframe that remains, including all settings, is the one that was dragged.

CAVEAT. In any release of ProShow through v6.0.3310, it is possible that you may not see the behavior described. If this is so, this odd solution may fix that for you. If you still have the default ProShow Intro show selected, you may find it impossible to delete a keyframe by dragging it to the left over a previous keyframe. This is a behavior bug and an odd one at that (since there should be absolutely NO connection between the keyframe behavior and an introductory show). Fix it by turning off the ProShow intro or select an intro show of your own. One way to do this is by clicking on Create Output (prior to v5) or Publish (v5 and later), Select DVD. In the Create DVD window, select Shows. In the Include Intro Show section. Unselect the box or select your own show as an introductory show.

Method 3. If all time between two keyframes is removed, the keyframe to the right is removed. The remaining keyframe has the settings of the keyframe from which time was removed. (See Keyframes: Add/Remove Time).

Method 4. The Keyframe Editor has two methods for deleting keyframes: single layer and across multiple layers. In either case, to delete: right click the mouse(s) over one on the selected keyframes and select Delete Selected Keyframes. Delete a single keyframe at a time or multiple keyframes across multiple layers (one keyframe per layer).

Single Layer. The options are similar to methods 1 and 2 above.
•  Similar to method 1 above, select or hover the mouse over a keyframe. Delete it as given in method 4 above. Upon deletion, the next keyframe is selected and its numeric value is reduced by 1. Repeat as often as necessary. This is good for quickly deleting many keyframes.
•  Use method 2 above. Drag a keyframe over another to replace it.

Multiple Layers. There are two methods here: rubber banding and multiple selections.
•  Rubber Band. Select Keyframes by positioning the cursor above and to the left or right of a keyframe, Click and hold the mouse button while dragging down and over the keyframes on the multiple layers. The keyframes closest to the right of the inside of the rubber band on each layer will become selected (as long as the keyframes are within the rubber banded region). These keyframes need not exist at the same time location. When deleted, the next keyframe to the right of the deleted keyframe on each layer becomes selected. Delete again if desired.
•  Multi-Select. CTRL-click on a keyframe selects it. One 1 keyframe on any layer is selectable at a time. But multiple layers may have a selected keyframe. The keyframes may be located anywhere within the layer. Deleting them selects the next available keyframe located to the right of the deleted keyframe on each layer.

CAPTION KEYFRAME DELETE. The delete methods outlined above also work with caption keyframes. Additionally, when using the click-drag approach given in method 2 above to delete a caption keyframe, you’ll see a red outline instead yellow.


© 2011 Dale Fenimore 140524

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