Animated transparency

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Animated transparency

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In the Object settings window, you will find the Transparency tab for almost all objects, which you can use to assign a specific transparency behavior. For example, it is possible to make an image or text slowly emerge from a black background and later disappear into it again. You can also make images and text appear semi-transparent on top of a previous image.

1 Transparency settings


Set points in the blue area

To be able to create a transparency curve for your object, call the Transparency tab in the Object settings window.

A diagram with a blue background appears, whose y-axis stands for the opacity in percent, while the x-axis reflects the duration in seconds. Set points on the area between the axes with a mouse click. The lower the point is, the greater the transparency of the object will be. If the point is at the level of 100% opacity, the object is not transparent but completely visible.

Under Template you can choose from standard curves. If you have saved your own transparency curves, you will find them in the Custom curves section. Via the selection Remove curve, all marks are removed.

You will find the following icons that you can use to influence the transparency curve:

TrBr_SoftEdgeThe deflections of the curve are displayed round, the transparency animation runs smoothly.

TrBr_HardEdgeThe deflections of the curve are displayed sharply, the transparency animation runs hard.

TrBr_TrashIf you have clicked on a transparency marker (appears orange), you can delete the marker by clicking on the icon.

TrBr_StretchIf you have changed the display duration of the video, image or text, you can adjust the set transparency curve to the display duration by clicking this button.
In the selection menu (black triangle) you can also choose to influence the transparency curve: Adjust to duration / Adjust to height, Scale width / Scale height, Move horizontally / Move vertically, Flip horizontally / Flip vertically, Fade in / Fade out, All points to smooth points / All points to corner points / All points to jump points / All points to Bézier points and Delete curve.

TrBr_GeneratorGenerate curve - Generate a Sinusoidal curve, a Sawtooth curve, a Rectangular curve or a Random curve.

TrBr_SaveSave the displayed curve under its own name to be able to apply it to other objects or again later. The saved curve can then be found for reapplication under Select template.

2 Setting the course of the transparency curve

Transparency curve with four points

Transparency curve with four points

To define the transparency course, form a curve in the diagram. To do this, click in the blue background area. This will set a first point, and the curve will appear horizontally.

Now you can create more points by clicking with the mouse button, which can be moved as you wish. Each point represents a certain strength of opacity that the object has at a certain time.
The amount of opacity/transparency is determined by the height of the point and can also be specified more precisely in the Transparency field.
The time can also be determined more precisely in the Time field.

3 Controlling transparency via the keyframe track  Stages 

In Stages, you can also control transparency using the keyframe track. To do this, open the keyframe track and click in the transparency track. Again, you have a curve whose ups and downs you can control with individual markers. The values between the keyframes are automatically calculated (interpolated).

Keyframe transparency

Keyframe track for transparency

4 Make object blink with generated curve

Generate rectangular curve

Generate rectangular curve

To make an object blink, let the opacity change at intervals - between 0% opacity and 100% opacity.

1 Click the Generate curve icon and select Generate rectangular curve.


Parameters for rectangular curve

2 In the following dialog, select the number of desired oscillations or their frequency.

Generated transparency curve

Generated transparency curve

The transparency curve is calculated and drawn accordingly.

The object is now visible and invisible in alternating seconds, creating a blinking effect.

Further possibilities are offered by the "Transparency fluctuation" effect