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ProShow Producer Keyframing Basics

Learn the basics of keyframing in ProShow Producer

If you’re brand new to keyframing, this is place to be. This step-by-step guide will introduce you to the tools you’ll be using, and take you though the process of building a simple motion effect using keyframes in ProShow Producer.

Keyframing 101: What is a Keyframe?

To help alleviate any fears, let’s start with a definition.

keyframe: a point during a slide when something happens.

As you can see, there’s nothing scary or fancy. In fact, you’re already using them, and you have been the whole time! Every slide you ever add, in every show you ever make will always have 2 keyframes. Two points in time when something happens. One keyframe says “start this slide”. The other says “end this slide”.

What Producer allows you to do is say “after the slide starts, let’s do something else before it ends”. That something else is another keyframe.

Simple Motion: Make an Image Zoom, Freeze then Move

In this exercise, you only need one image layer.    Here is what you’ll be telling that layer to do:

  • First, we want our slide t to begin with the image layer zoomed all the way out, so that the viewer can’t see it.
  • From there, we want it to zoom in and fill the center of the slide frame.
  • Once it’s zoomed in, we’ll hold it in place for a moment to let the audience appreciate the picture.
  • Finally, we’ll move the image. Panning all way to the right, until it’s off the screen.

Knowing what we want to happen before we begin makes it easy to figure out how many keyframes we’ll to complete the effect.   For this example, we’ll need four keyframes: one for each stage in our effect.

Before getting started, choose an image, and drag it to the Slide List to create a new slide.

Something you’ll see as you become more familiar with keyframing is that often you’ll need to make your slides a little bit longer in order to create your effects.   So let’s set the Slide Time to 5 seconds and the Transition time to 1 second.

Next, double click to open the Slide Options window, select the image layer and click the Effects tab at the top of the window.

Learn ProShow Producer keyframing basics

Adding Keyframes

We’re ready to begin adding the keyframes that we’ll need to make the effect work. Remember, we need a total of 4 total keyframes to create this effect.

  1. Right-click on the Keyframe Timeline and choose Insert Multiple. We need a total of 4 total keyframes to create this effect, and every slide always has 2 keyframes, no matter what, so that means we need two more.
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  3. In the Number of Keyframes window, type in 2.

Click Ok to insert the new keyframes.

In the Keyframe Timeline, you’ll now see that you have 4 evenly spaced keyframes for this layer.

Now let’s tell Producer what needs to happen as the slide plays.

Keyframe 1

This is where we define how we want the image layer to look at the very beginning of the slide.  For this effect, we want the image to be so small that it can’t be seen.

  1. Click on the marker for Keyframe 1. In the Motion & Audio pane, change the Zoom value to 0% for either Zoom X or Zoom Y. (These values should be locked together, so you should only need to change one to apply the setting to both)

Keyframe 2

Now let’s zoom in on the image.

  1. Click on the marker for Keyframe 2. In the Motion & Audio pane, change the Zoom value to 70%.  Be sure the Manual check is visible.  This let’s ProShow know that you want to take control of this keyframe and apply a custom setting.
  2. In the Pan values area, also make sure the manual check appears and you have these values set to 0 x 0. Even though there isn’t a panning motion happening yet, this will become a factor later on when you make the image fly off the screen.

The first part of your effect has now been configured.  You’ve told ProShow to have the image start at 0% zoom and move to 70% zoom. Now let’s make the layer freeze in place.

Keyframe 3

  1. Right-click on Keyframe 2. In the menu that appears, select Copy to Next Keyframe.  This will copy the Zoom value you just adjusted to Keyframe 3.

Copying the settings is what creates this part of the effect.  Because the settings for Keyframes 2 and 3 are now identical, nothing new or different will happen when the slide gets to this keyframe. This means the layer stays in place in between these two points in time as the slide plays.



Finally, let’s tell the image to fly off the screen.

  1. Select Keyframe 3. Once again,right-click and select Copy to Next Keyframe.  This will make sure the zoom of 70% stays the same for Keyframe 4.
  1. Now select Keyframe 4. In the active preview window, simply use your mouse and drag the layer off to the right side of the slide frame until you can’t see it.

Now click on the Play icon at the bottom of the Slide Options window and preview the effect.

The image will start off small, zoom to 70%, pause for a moment then move off the screen to the right as the slide ends.

Keyframing is one of the most powerful features in ProShow Producer, but as you can see, there’s nothing to be afraid of.   With a little practice, you’ll be making custom effects in no time! Check out our Ultimate Keyframing Guide for ProShow Producer to go beyond the basics and see some great examples.

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