File Browser: Add files to the project
Tabs to display the Library or other Tabs (windows or panes that have been moved there such as the Inspector - this is the default)
Library: A collection of Effects, Templates, Audio, Particles, etc.
Can manipulte individual settings (by default it is a tab in the Utility Window)
Can drag things from the Utility Window to the Canvas.
Canvas shortcut menu: (CTRL Click an empty spot on the canvas)
New Group - adds a group above any existing group
Import ... - opens a dialog box to import a file
Paste - will paste an item in the clipboard
Project Properties... - allows you to modify the width, height, color, duration, etc. of the project.
Status Bar (Control Click the Status Bar and choose an option)
This lets you see the status of the item you select.
Canvas View Options
Zoom Level - helps to speed up playback when you view it smaller
Dynamic Zoom - CMD Space bar drag in the Canvas
Dynamic Pan - Space bar and drag
Resolution - Also affect speed of playback
Color Channels -
different color and alpha options
View and Overlay - Overlays are guides, grids; the bottom of the menu allows you to tun off render intensive items
Transport Controls (bottom of the Canvas Window)
The mini timeline under the canvas and above the Transport Controls that you can scrub through the animation.
Project Pane (Select Windows - Show Project Pane F5)
Layers - hierarchy of objects (groups, layers, cameras, lights, behaviors...)
Media - all items imported (can show stuff not added to the canvas or not)
Audio - access and control of audio assets
Timeline - overview of objects and how they are laid out over time.
Keyframe Editor - can edit the animation curves of keyframed items
Audio Editor - adjusts levels and pans
Preset layouts (Windows menu - Layouts):
Can make your own layout:
Move windows by draging on the title bar
Resize the window by dragging the lower right corner
Resize 2 windows by positioning the cursor between the windows and dragging
Minimize the window by double clicking the title bar or clicking the minimize button
Close the window by clicking the Close button or Command W
To arrange tabs:
Can drag tab out to make your own window (Detach it)
Can drag the tab to a new window
Can reattach it to the window by dragging it back
Can hide or show windows and tabs by using the Windows menu
Can reorder the tab by dragging it to the left or right of where it is located
Windows menu - Layouts - Swap Project Pane and Canvas
You can save the layouts: Windows - Save Current Layout, name it and SAVE
Can alter existing layouts with Windows - Manage Layouts...
Full Screen Mode
View menu - Full Screen Mode or F8
To Return to Normal: Position the cursor over the menu area and pull down View - Full Screen Mode or hit F8
The Hud is context sensitive and will appear with a subset of controls that can be adjusted.
Tools are grouped into categories
View Tools (press S to cycle through these tools)
1. Select/Transform tool
2. Adjust Anchor Point tool - rotation and scale pivot point
3. Adjust Shear tool - slants the image
Adjust Drop Shadow tool
5. Adjust Four Corner tool - distort
6. Adjust Crop tool - crops of part of the image
7. Adjust Control Points tool - adjusts edges of a mask, bezier curve or motion paths
8. Adjust Item tool - modify special items like the center of a blur, shape of a particle emitter or replicator.
9. Adjust 3D Transform tool - manipulate objects in 3D space using 3D transform and rotation manipulators.
10. Pan tool - move the view
11. Zoom tool - magnify or decrease view size
12. Walk Camera tool - Use up, Down, Right and Left arrows with this to move through the scene like you are walking with a camera
TRY THIS: Click Tool, then click object in the canvas then hit TAB to cycle throgh the tools
1. Rectangle tool
2. Circle tool
3. Line tool
4. Bezier tool
5. B-Spline tool
6. Paint Stroke tool
7. Text tool
1. Rectangle Mask tool
2. Circle Mask tool
3. Freehand Mask tool
4. Bezier Mask tool
5.B-Spline Mask tool
Camera and Effects Icons
New Camera - will ask if you want to change it to a 3D group if you add it to a 2D group (it has no effect on a 2D group)
Add Behavior - Applies the chosen behavior to the selected item
Add Filter - pull down menu with options to add to the selected item
Make Particles - It will use the selected layer to apply the particles and disable the graphics of the existing layer.
Replicate - Uses the selected layer to create a replicator object. The original layergraphics is disabled.
HUD - F7 - Turns off and on the HUD
File Browser - CMD 1 - Shows/hides the file browser
Library - CMD 2 -
Shows/hides the Library
Inspector - CMD 3 -
Shows/hides the Inspector
Project Pane - F5 -
Shows/hides the Project Pane
Timing Pane - F6 -
Shows/hides the Timing Pane