Filtering the Parameter List

Effective use of the Keyframe Editor requires controlling the list of parameters currently on display in the curve graph. While you may want quick access to all of the different parameters you are animating, displaying too many parameters at once makes the graph difficult to read. Motion provides the ability to store sets of parameters to facilitate this management.

Working with the Show Pop-Up Menu

The Show pop-up menu allows you to display ten built-in parameter curve sets as well as custom sets you build yourself.

Figure. Keyframe Editor showing Show pop-up menu.

The first option in the Show pop-up menu lets you view all parameters associated with a selected object (or multiple selected objects).

To view all of the parameters for all selected objects
  • Choose All from the Show pop-up menu.

    By default, only the animated parameters are active in the graph. Turn individual parameters on and off by clicking the activation checkbox to show or hide them in the graph. You can choose to display all parameters associated with a particular group or object by checking or unchecking the checkbox for that group or object.

    Figure. Keyframe Editor showing parameter list.

Animated Curve Sets

Alternatively, you can elect to view only the parameters that are currently animated—in other words, parameters that already contain one or more keyframes. The next options in the Show pop-up menu display these dynamic parameters.

To view only animated (keyframed or behavior-influenced) parameters
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Animated from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press U.

    Any parameters with one or more keyframes are displayed.

To view parameters that have been changed from their default values
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Modified from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press Y.

    This option shows only the parameters that have been modified from their default values, or are currently being modified (in the Canvas, Inspector, or HUD).

To view only parameters that are currently active
  • Choose Active from the Show pop-up menu.

    When Active is selected and you are moving an object around in the Canvas, the X and Y Position parameters and curves are displayed.

Related Curve Sets

The next six options in the Show pop-up menu display specific parameters, animated or not. If you need to check the position of several related objects in a project, using the Position curve set makes this a lot easier. Multiple related curve sets can be displayed at the same time so you won’t have to switch back and forth between them. Each of these built-in curve sets has an associated keyboard shortcut.

To view only the Position parameters for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Position from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press P.

    The Position parameters for the selected object are displayed.

To view only the Rotation parameters for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Rotation from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press R.

    The Rotation parameters for the selected object are displayed.

To view only the Scale parameters for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Scale from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press S.

    The Scale parameters for the selected object are displayed.

To view only the Shear parameters for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Shear from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press H.

    The Shear parameters for the selected object are displayed.

To view only the Anchor Point parameters for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Anchor Point from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press A.

    The Anchor Point parameters for the selected object are displayed.

To view only the Opacity parameter for a selected object
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Opacity from the Show pop-up menu.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, press O.

    The Opacity parameter for the selected object is displayed.

Custom Parameter Sets

In addition to using the built-in curve sets, you can make and manage your own using the last two options in the Show pop-up menu. As you create and store custom parameter sets, they appear in the Show pop-up menu so you can switch quickly between them. Deleting, duplicating, and modifying custom sets is done in the Manage Curve Sets dialog (accessible from the Show pop-up menu).

To create a new parameter set
  1. Choose New Curve Set from the Show pop-up menu.

    A dialog appears.

  2. Type a name for the set, then click OK.

    Once your set has been created, you can choose it from the Show pop-up menu.

There are several ways to add a custom parameter set to the Keyframe Editor.

To add parameters to a custom parameter set
Do one of the following:
  • Drag a parameter name from any of the tabs in the Inspector directly into the Keyframe Editor parameter list.

    Figure. Parameter being dragged from the Inspector into the Keyframe Editor parameter list.
  • Click the Animation menu for the desired parameter, then choose Show in Keyframe Editor.

    Figure. Inspector showing Animation menu's Show in Keyframe Editor option.

    The parameter is added to the custom curve set.

    Note: If Animated is chosen from the Show pop-up menu when you use the Show in Keyframe Editor command from the Animation menu, a new untitled curve set is automatically created.

  • With the Keyframe Editor active, hold down the Shift key and press one of the keyboard shortcuts for the built-in related curve sets. For more information, see Related Curve Sets.

    Note: If you press the same relative curve set keyboard shortcut more than once sequentially, you create a new custom curve set with a new name each time.

To delete parameters from a custom set
  • Drag the parameter out of the list. It disappears with a “poof” animation.

To delete all parameters from a custom set
  • Click the “Clear curve list” button in the lower left corner of the Keyframe Editor.

    Figure. Keyframe Editor showing "Clear curve list" button.
To delete a custom parameter set
  1. Choose Manage Curve Sets from the Show pop-up menu.

    The Manage Curve Sets dialog appears.

    Figure. Manage Curve Sets dialog.
  2. Select the name of the set you want to delete.

  3. Click the Delete button (–) at the top of the dialog.

    The set is deleted.

  4. Click Done to close the dialog.

To duplicate a custom parameter set
  1. Choose Manage Curve Sets from the Show pop-up menu.

    The Manage Curve Sets dialog appears.

  2. Select the name of the set you want to duplicate.

  3. Click the Duplicate button at the top of the dialog.

    The set is duplicated.

  4. Double-click the set name in the list, then type a new name for the set.

  5. Click Done to close the dialog.

    The new set now appears in the Show pop-up menu. These sets are saved with the project, so each time you reopen the project, they are available to you. Store as many parameter sets as you like. Once you have a set stored, you can change or delete that set as needed.

Saving Animation Curves

Animation curves can be saved in an existing folder in the Library, such as the Favorites category, or you can create a new folder within an existing category. Once an animation curve is placed into the Library, it can be added to an object in any project. Animation curves saved in the Library appear with a custom icon.

Note: Items that are saved to the Library appear in the Finder with a .molo extension (“Motion Library object”). These items cannot be opened from the Finder.

You can save multiple curves to the Library as one file or multiple files. For example, if you create an animation that uses multiple curves and you want to save the cumulative effect of the animation, you can save all of the curves as one item in the Library.

Although you can save animation curves into the Content category, it is generally recommended that you save items that you use frequently in the Favorites category—some Motion Library categories contain so many items that utilizing the Favorites or Favorites Menu categories may save you search time. Within the Favorites category, you can create additional folders to assist you in better arranging your custom items.

You can also create new folders in existing categories. You can create a new folder in the Favorites, Favorites Menu, or Content category. Folders created in the Content category appear in the Library sidebar. Folders created in the subcategories, such as the Basic Motion subcategory, appear in the Library stack and not the sidebar. For more information on creating folders in the Library, see Saving and Sharing Custom Behaviors.

Animation curves that are saved to the Favorites Menu category can be quickly applied to objects using the Favorites menu.

To save an animation curve to the Library
  1. Open the Library and select the Content, Favorites, or Favorites Menu category.

  2. Drag the name of the parameter animation curve you want to save from the parameter list in the Keyframe Editor into the stack at the bottom of the Library.

When you save an animation curve, it’s saved in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder.

Note: If an animation curve is dragged to another subcategory, such as the Glow (Filters) subcategory, it is automatically placed in the Content category and the Content category becomes active.

To save multiple animation curves to the Library
  1. Open the Library and select the Content, Favorites, or Favorites Menu category.

  2. In the parameter list of the Keyframe Editor, select all of the animation curves you want to save and drag them to the stack, holding down the mouse button down.

  3. When the drop menu appears, choose “All in one file” or “Multiple files.”

    “All in one file” saves all the animation curves together, listed as one item in the Library. “Multiple files” saves the curves as individual items in the Library.

  4. To name the file or files, do one of the following:

    • Control-click its icon in the Library stack, choose Rename from the shortcut menu, then type a new descriptive name.

    • Select the icon, click its name, then type a new descriptive name.

Note: When you Control-click an animation curve icon in the Library stack, the Edit Description shortcut menu item becomes available. This is a handy tool that allows you to enter custom notes about an item saved in the Library. Once you choose Edit Description, enter your notes in the text field, then click OK.