Working with Keyframes in the Timeline

It takes a minimum of two keyframes to animate an effect of any kind. Each keyframe you create stores the state of the room you're in at that frame. When you've added two keyframes with two different corrections to a room, Color automatically animates the correction that's applied to the image from the correction at the first keyframe to the correction at the last.

Figure. Effects at two different keyframes in the Timeline.

Once you add a keyframe to a shot in a particular room, you can edit the controls and parameters in that room only when the playhead is directly over a keyframe. If you want to make further adjustments to a keyframed shot, you need to move the playhead to the frame at which you want to make an adjustment and add another keyframe. Then you can make the necessary adjustments while the playhead is over the new keyframe.

To add a keyframe for the currently open room
  • Choose Timeline > Add Keyframe (or press Control-9).

Once you've added one or more keyframes, you can use a pair of commands to quickly move the playhead to the next keyframe to the right or left.

To move the playhead from one keyframe to the next in the currently open room
Do one of the following:
  • Press Option–Left Arrow to move to the next keyframe to the left.

  • Press Option–Right Arrow to move to the next keyframe to the right.

  • Control-click in the keyframe graph of the Timeline, then choose Next Keyframe or Previous Keyframe from the shortcut menu.

    Keyframes at the current position of the playhead are highlighted.

    Figure. Selected keyframe.

You can delete keyframes you don't need.

To delete a single keyframe
  1. Move the playhead to the frame with the keyframe you want to delete.

  2. Choose Timeline > Remove Keyframe (or press Control-0).

You can also delete every keyframe applied to a shot in a particular room all at once. When you remove all the keyframes from a particular effect, the entire effect is changed to match the values of the frame at the current position of the playhead.

To delete every keyframe in a single room
  1. Click the tab of the room with the keyframes you want to remove.

  2. Move the playhead to a frame where the effect is at a state you want applied to the entire shot.

  3. Control-click the keyframe you want to delete in the Timeline, then choose Remove All Keyframes from the shortcut menu.

    Every keyframe applied to that room or secondary tab is deleted, and the keyframe graph for that room disappears from the Timeline. When you delete all a shot's keyframes at once, the correction or effects settings of the frame at the position of the playhead become the settings for the entire shot.

    Important: The Remove All Keyframes command removes all the keyframes in the currently selected room, regardless of which area in the Timeline's keyframe graph you Control-click.

You can easily adjust the timing of keyframes that you're already created.

To move a keyframe and change its timing
  • Drag it to the left or right.

You can also adjust the timing of a keyframe while previewing the frame you're moving it to.

To move a keyframe while updating the previewed image
  • Press Option while dragging a keyframe to the left or right.

    If you need to, you can also make the keyframe graph in the Timeline taller, to make it easier to see what you're doing. For more information, see Customizing the Timeline Interface.

You can also use the keyframe graph to navigate to a room with keyframed effects.

To open the room corresponding to a keyframe track
  • Double-click any keyframe track in the Timeline.