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Motion and Stop-motion Keyframes

Interpolation is the computer-generated motion between two keyframes. Some animators and compositors like to create their own in-betweens, while others like to have the computer do it. Harmony has stop-motion (no interpolation) and motion keyframes (computer-generated interpolation).

A stop-motion keyframe means there is no computer-generated motion between two keyframes. The segment is constant or flat. The drawing remains still until the playback reaches the next keyframe, then the drawing pops to its new location.

A motion keyframe means that there is computer-generated motion between two keyframes. The segment has a variation over time. The drawing progressively moves towards the next keyframe location as the animation is played back.

You can switch a keyframe from stop-motion to motion at any time in the Timeline view and Function Editor.

In the Preferences dialog box, you can set a different colour for your stop-motion keyframes in order to create a greater visual difference in the Timeline view.