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Avid and Advanced Keyframes

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Advanced keyframes is one of the most underused abiltys of the Avid edting applications. I wanted to take the next few entries and let you in on what advanced keyframes are and how to use them. When you use advanced keyframes, separate timeline tracks, keyframe tracks, appear in the Effect Editor. These keyframe tracks allow you to manipulate keyframes in groups or to open a separate keyframe graph for each individual parameter.
One of the main benefits of using the advanced keyframe model is that it allows you to modify a parameter's keyframes independently from other parameters' keyframes. With standard keyframes, every keyframe affects every parameter.


Effect track: The keyframes in this track correspond to the keyframes in the Effect Preview monitor. If you select a keyframe in the effect track, the system automatically selects all of the keyframes at that point in time in the effect (all the keyframes directly under that keyframe in the Effect Editor window). This makes it easy to move, delete, or perform other operations on many keyframes at the same time.

Parameter group track: This track shows all the keyframes in the specific parameter group. If you select a keyframe in the parameter group track, the system automatically selects all the corresponding parameter keyframes in the group. Parameter groups can have subgroups. For example, in the previous illustration, Color and Blend Color are subgroups of Border.

Parameter track: This track shows the keyframes for the individual parameter. Parameter tracks are lighter in color than the parameter group tracks. You can open individual parameter tracks to fine-tune the parameter values in a keyframe graph.you can perform an operation on all three types of tracks, this guide refers to the track as a keyframe track. You do not have to use advanced keyframes in the Effect Editor. You can work using standard keyframes, in which each keyframe affects all parameters. In addition, advanced keyframe functions are available even when a keyframe graph is closed to show only the keyframe parameter track.

Stay tuned and I will explain to you how to use the advance keyframes in the next few entries.

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