Camera Animation

Render > Camera Animation

Camera animation is a series of keyframes, capturing camera view properties and time, and connected in some way to generate a smooth movement between the keyframes.

Timeline

The red timeline indicator indicates the current frame and time on the animation timeline. To change the current time of the indicator, left-click and drag it to a new position on the timeline. Press & hold the Shift key while dragging to snap to ruler lines. The time code of the indicator (in the format hh:mm:ss:ff) is shown in the upper-right corner of the window.

Different intervals between ruler lines on the timeline are supported (one second in the above screenshot). Use the mouse wheel to zoom on the timeline until you see the desired interval.

Insert Keyframe

Animate > Insert keyframe (Shortcut: I)

Inserts a new keyframe at the current time (position of the red indicator) and camera position.

TIP: When generating clip animations, enable the option Animate > Keyable actions before inserting the first keyframe.

Select Keyframes

  • Left-click on a keyframe’s triangle clears the current selection and selects the new keyframe.
  • CTRL+left-click (or SHIFT+left-click) on a keyframe toggles its selection state.
  • Left-click on an empty space in the timeline clears the selection.
  • CTRL+A selects all keyframes.

Delete Keyframes

Press DEL key to remove selected keyframes.

Update Keyframes

Update camera viewpoint

  • Move the timeline indicator to the keyframe to be updated.
  • Move and align your camera as desired.
  • Press Animate > Update keyframe > Update camera viewpoint.

Update clip animation

  • Move the timeline indicator to the keyframe to be updated.
  • Edit cross-section planes.
  • Press Animate > Update keyframe > Update keyable actions.
TIP: To move the timeline indicator exactly to a keyframe, use the Next keyframe and Previous keyframe actions, or double-click the triangle of a keyframe.

Change time

  • Select keyframes, as described above.
  • Left-click and drag the triangle of a selected keyframe to a new position on the timeline. Optionally press & hold SHIFT to snap to ruler lines.

Navigate in the Timeline

  • Double-click the triangle of a keyframe to move the timeline indicator to the keyframe.
  • Click to move the timeline indicator to the start of the timeline (first frame). 
  • Click to move the timeline indicator to the previous keyframe.
  • Click to move the timeline indicator to the next keyframe.
  • Click to move the timeline indicator to the end of the animation sequence (last keyframe).
  • Click to preview the animation starting from the current position of the timeline indicator. 
  • Click to pause the animation (Shortcut: Space).

Render Video

Once you finish creating your camera animation, you can render it to a video or image sequence. Click Export to open the Render Video window.

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