Join Rob Garrott for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a keyframe?, part of CINEMA 4D Essentials 3: Cameras, Animation, and Deformers.
The word keyframe is a term that is used all the time in computer animation, but it has …it's origins in traditional animation. …When an animator draws an animation on paper, rather than try and draw all the frames at …once, he'll draw out something called a keyframe and that's an important moment in a cycle …of movement for a character. …And that's where the terminology comes from. …A keyframe is an important moment in time. …That's the same for traditional animation and it's the same for computer animation. …Now, I'm here in AfterEffects and I've got this little scribble character that I've drawn …that is going to be jumping up in the air and then landing back on the ground.…
In this first composition I've got just the key moments in the animation drawn out. …So you can see he's going to start with his hands up in the air, he'll squat down and …then he'll squat down a little bit further in anticipation of his jump up and he'll jump into the air. …He'll hit the top of his jump and then he'll anticipate falling back down to the ground again. …
- What is a keyframe?
- Working with the F-Curve Manager
- Pausing an animation
- Working with the Editor Camera vs. the camera object
- Adding movement with a spline wrap
- Creating custom shapes with the Melt deformer