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Tips & Tricks for the redesigned Motion Editor

As you already know, we’ve redesigned the Motion Editor and made it available with the latest release of Flash Professional CC.  More details on the new Motion Editor can be found here – https://helpx.adobe.com/flash/using/editing-motion-tween-using-motion.html?set=flash–whats-new–2014-06 .

A video of the Motion Editor can be accessed here – https://helpx.adobe.com/flash/how-to/create-animations-motion-editor.html

Here is a list of tips & tricks to help you while using the new Motion Editor –

Property curve editing:

  • <Double click> on curve to add new anchor point.
  • If anchor points and control points are collapsed (i.e. corner point), then mouse <drag> operation moves anchor point by default.
  • In order to use control points in above mentioned scenario, select the point & then <alt+drag> to bring out control point.
  • When control points are accessible, <dragging> control point always makes sure both control points are in straight line (180 degree angle)
  • Use <Alt + drag> on control point to move only selected control point, other control point stays stationary.
  • When control point handles are pulled out, <Alt+click> on anchor point to collapse them & make it a corner point. (as mentioned in point2)
  • Use <Shift+drag> anchor point for accurate linear movement either horizontally or vertically.
  • Select any anchor point & use <up/down arrow key> to move anchor point 1 unit up/down.
  • Select anchor point & <shift + up/down arrow key> to move anchor point 10 units up/down.
  • <Control/Command + click> on anchor point to delete anchor point (not applicable for first & last anchor point).  Alternatively press <Delete key> to delete the selected Anchor point(not applicable for first & last anchor point)
  • Copy curve : choose “copy” from right click context menu or make sure grid has focus and use <Control/cmd + C>
  • Paste curve : choose “paste” from right click context menu or make sure grid has focus and use <Control/cmd + V>
  • Reverse curve : choose “reverse” from right click context menu or make sure grid has focus and use <Control/cmd + R>

View options:

  • <Control/cmd + scroll> mousewheel to zoom-in/out curve
  • Just <scroll> mousewheel to scroll the curve
  • click on grid & use <Ctrl / CMD + D> : to disable / enable curves belonging to other groups. [ i.e. if you disable, only curves belonging to property group same as current property are colored, other curves are grayed out ]

Ease popup:

  • Use <arrow keys> to select next/prev property row (up, down, left, right). Behavior is same as library panel.
  • <ESC key> to dismiss ease popup.
  • <Double click> on ease row to select ease type & dismiss the ease popup.

You can try the latest version of Flash Professional here – http://www.adobe.com/products/flash.html