Creating Motion Effects in the Canvas

Motion settings of sequence clips can also be manipulated directly in the Canvas. If you want to adjust a clip’s motion settings in the Canvas, the Canvas must be in one of the “wireframe” modes. When the Canvas is in Image+Wireframe or Wireframe mode, the currently selected clip has a turquoise border that shows its scale, position, rotation, distortion, and cropping, if any are applied. If you are in Image+Wireframe mode, you also see the clip’s image; in Wireframe mode, unselected clips are represented by a black background with a gray outline.

Figure. Canvas window showing a clip in Image+Wireframe mode.
To put the Canvas into a wireframe mode
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Image+Wireframe, or choose View > Wireframe.

  • Press W to put the Canvas in Image+Wireframe mode. Press W again to change to Wireframe view. Press W a third time to return to Image mode.

  • Choose Image+Wireframe or Wireframe from the View pop-up menu at the top of the Canvas.

    Figure. View pop-up menu showing the wireframe mode options.

Which View Should You Use?

There are several view and background options you can specify that make it easier to work with composited layers in your sequence, specifically in the Canvas. For more information, see Canvas Basics.

  • Image+Wireframe: Use this option when adjusting motion effects directly in the Canvas.
  • Wireframe: This option is useful if you’re working on high-resolution clips and you want to make a lot of changes quickly, without having to wait for your image to update. The Wireframe option is also useful for quickly previewing motion you’ve created using keyframes (discussed in Animating Motion Effects Using Keyframes).
  • RGB and Alpha views: You can view your sequence in the Canvas with RGB, Alpha, or Alpha+RGB enabled. When compositing, you may want to look at the alpha channel of your clip, which defines areas of transparency and can change if various filters are applied. This can show you which areas of your frame are solid or transparent so you can make sure the clip is properly set up.
  • Background options: When working with clips that have an alpha channel, or with a series of small clips that you’re compositing against a blank background, you can choose different backgrounds to make it easier to see which areas of your composition are transparent or in the background. For example, translucent clips or generated text may be more visible if you choose a background that emphasizes them, such as checkerboard 1 or 2.