This tutorial teaches you the difference between the types of keyframes — fixed keyframes and elastic keyframes — in Avid Media Composer. We’ll use an example clip with a 3D Warp Effect on it and I’ll demonstrate what both types of keyframes do and why you would use each of them.
If you’re having trouble getting a keyframe to stick to a specific frame or want the keyframes of a clip to expand or contract when you trim a clip, watch this short video.
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6 thoughts on “Fixed vs. Elastic: Types of Keyframes in Avid Media Composer”
can I tell you how many years I’ve been
working around this and never knew about fixed keyframes ??? LOL
i’ve usually just extended clip with an
add-edit. thank you so much for this tip!!!
You’re quite welcome! Glad I could teach a seasoned Avid pro like yourself something new 🙂
Thanks, Josh. I could use the fixed function on the timeline audio track keyframes, like, a lot. When I’m fine-cutting, trimming or extending moments affects the length of the music tracks, and I just have to manually redo the audio keyframes for cross fades, crescendos, etc. Unless, you know of a way to do this automatically with fixed keyframes. It could be that my older version of MC isn’t allowing this function but the newest would. Do you know for sure?
As far as I know you can’t do this with audio keyframes. I don’t think this is resolved in a newer version either. I’ll try to reach out to Avid and see if this is something in their development pipeline.