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Lesson 2. Ballet Special Bumper > Copying and pasting keyframes

Copying and pasting keyframes

In this section, you will create the effect of the ballet type fading in and out. Since the fade occurs at the same interval for all the layers, you can set two keyframes for one layer, and then copy and paste the keyframes in different layers, staggered every 15 frames. While you are copying and pasting, you will practice a couple of practical keyboard shortcuts.

Keep in mind that when you copy two or more keyframes and paste them, the first keyframe in the range is always pasted at the current-time marker.

  1. Set the current time to 02:15, deselect all layers, select the B layer, press the T key to display just the Opacity property, and then click the stopwatch to set an Opacity keyframe. Click the underlined Opacity value, and change it to 0%.

  2. Move the current-time marker to 03:00, and set the Opacity to 100%. A keyframe is automatically created.

  3. Select both keyframes: click the first keyframe, Shift-click the second one, and then choose Edit > Copy.


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  4. Select the A layer, make sure the current time is set to 03:00, and press the T key to display the Opacity property.

  5. Choose Edit > Paste. The keyframes are pasted into the A layer at the current time.


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  6. Select the L layer (above the A layer), move the current-time marker to 3:15, and then paste.

    Even though the Opacity property is not displayed, the keyframes are pasted into the correct property.

  7. Press the T key to view the Opacity keyframes.

  8. Paste the keyframes for the second L layer at 4:00, the E layer at 4:15, and the T layer at 5:00.

  9. To check the keyframes, select all the layers by choosing Edit > Select All or by pressing Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac OS). Then press the T key to view the Opacity properties for all the layers.


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  10. To collapse all the layer outlines, click any layer triangle or press the ~ (tilde) key.

  11. Click in the white area below the layer stack, or press Ctrl+Shift+A (Windows) or Command+Shift+A (Mac OS) to deselect the layers, and then save the project.

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