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Animating Lights in Marquee with Keyframes

If you are an Avid Media Composer user, you've probably realized that the Marquee Title tool is extremely powerful.

While many parts of the software are extremely intuitive, there are some things that make your head spin.  One of those things, is the ability to view keyframes when animating lights.

Check out this short tutorial on how to the view the keyframe graph for light objects within the Avid Marquee title tool.

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Keyframing lights in Avid’s title tool can be a bit tricky, so check out this short tutorial on how to animate and keyframe lights in Avid Media Composer’s Marquee software.

For starters, make sure you are working with the expert animation toolset.

Next, make sure you have an object selected within the canvas area.

Then make sure the enable lighting button is turned on within the surface properties box for your text object.

Now click on the light tool within the Marquee toolbar.

By default, Marquee always starts out with one active light.

Notice how the light affects the selected object.

In this example, I’m going to move this light up to the corner of the screen which will provide the main source of light for my text object.

To create a new light right click within the Canvas area and choose add light.

Then right click on the new light, and choose light type – spot.

Position the spot portion of the light off to the left side of the object.

Now in order to see the keyframe graph for a light object, navigate to the timeline menu and choose view lights.

Then navigate to the bottom right of the timeline, and click on this button which is officially called the collapse button.

Now you’ll see separate tracks for each light within your scene.

Go ahead and select your second light within the canvas window and then navigate back to lower right corner of the timeline.

Click on the show curves button for the highlighted track.

Off to the left, you will see a series of check boxes for all the available graphs.  

Place a check within the light category.

This will allow you to see a graph for the spot part of the light.

So now you will notice the red graph line will move as I move the spot for the light.

Now a quick side note:  If you want to see a graph for the light object itself, that’s part of the transform category.

However, in this example, let’s focus on animating the spot light portion of the light.

Click on the animation mode button within the Marquee toolbar.

Move down to the timeline window and move the playhead indicator forward 1 second.

Then move the spot portion of the light off to the right side of the text object.

Notice a keyframe was created based on the position of the playhead indicator.

Okay, now you can see you’ve got an animated spot light.

Now go ahead and turn off the animation mode button.

Navigate to the properties window and click on the light tab.

Go ahead and adjust the spot size and the intensity of the light.

Notice how the graph within the timeline moves based on the adjustments that you make.

Okay, there you go!

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