How Keyframing Works in Different Rooms

You can keyframe effects in the Primary In, Secondaries, Color FX, Primary Out and Geometry rooms. Each room has its own separate set of keyframes, stored in individual tracks of the keyframe graph of the Timeline. These tracks are hidden until you start adding keyframes within a particular room, which makes that room's keyframe track visible.

Figure. Keyframing tracks in the Timeline.

Keyframes created in each room are visible in the Timeline all at once, but you can edit and delete only the keyframes of the room that's currently open. All other keyframes are locked until you open their associated rooms.

Although the ways you create, edit, and remove keyframes are identical for every room, keyframes have different effects in each room. For more information, see:

Keyframing Corrections in the Primary In and Out Rooms

You can keyframe every control and parameter in the Primary In and Out rooms. This lets you correct inappropriately shifting lighting and color caused by automatic camera settings, as well as create animated effects of your own. There are two caveats to keyframing corrections in the Primary In and Out rooms:

  • Keyframes in the Primary rooms record the state of all controls and parameters at once. It's not possible to independently keyframe individual parameters.

  • Curves cannot be animated with keyframes, although every other parameter in the Primary In and Primary Out rooms can be.

Note: How color adjustments are animated depends on the Radial HSL Interpolation setting in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room. In nearly all cases, you'll get the best results by leaving this option turned off. For more information, see The User Preferences Tab.

Keyframing Secondary Corrections

Like parameters and controls in the Primary In and Out rooms, most of the color correction parameters and controls in the Secondaries room can be animated. Each of the eight secondary tabs has its own keyframe track. Furthermore, each secondary tab's Inside and Outside settings are individually keyframed.

In addition to the color and contrast controls, the following secondary controls can also be animated using keyframes:

  • The Enable button that turns each secondary correction off and on

  • The qualifiers for the secondary keyer

  • The Vignette button that turns vignetting off and on

  • All vignette shape parameters

Note: Secondary curves cannot be animated with keyframes.

The ability to keyframe all these controls means you can automate secondary color correction operations in extremely powerful ways. For example, you can adjust the qualifiers of the secondary keyer to compensate for a change of exposure in the original shot that's causing an unwanted change in the area of isolation.

Keyframing the vignette shape parameters lets you animate vignettes to follow a moving subject, or to create other animated spotlight effects.

Keyframing Color FX

You can keyframe node parameters in the Color FX room to create all sorts of effects. Even though the Color FX room only has a single keyframe track, each node in your node tree has its own keyframes. You can record the state of every parameter within a node using a single set of keyframes; however, a node's parameters cannot be individually keyframed.

The only keyframes that are displayed in the Color FX room's keyframe track are those of the node that's currently selected for editing. All other node keyframes are hidden. This can be a bit confusing at first, as keyframes appear and disappear in the Timeline depending on which node is currently being edited.

Keyframing Pan & Scan Effects

You can keyframe all the adjustments you make using the Pan & Scan parameters and onscreen controls in the Geometry room, creating animated Pan & Scan effects and geometric transformations. All parameters are keyframed together.

Keyframing User Shapes

You can keyframe user shapes created in the Shapes tab of the Geometry room to rotoscope (isolate by tracing frame by frame) moving subjects and areas of the frame for detailed correction in the Secondaries room.

Note: You can only keyframe shapes after they have been assigned to a tab in the Secondaries room.