Define: Keyframe

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Keyframe

A Keyframe is a frame in the Timeline where something new appears. All new objects need a Keyframe. A Keyframe is represented by a solid dot in the Timeline:


The Black dots are the Keyframes.

You can also have empty Keyframes. These are Keyframes that do not yet have an object. Empty keyframes are denotes by a small circle in the Timeline:


A series of empty Keyframes in the Timeline.

Empty Keyframes are often used to hold ActionScript. In which case you will see a small 'a' in the Timeline. Either type of Keyframe can hold ActionScript:


Both types of keyframes can hold ActionScript.

Tip: If a keyframe is not needed delete it. It helps simplify your Movie: Right Click on the Keyframe (Mac Ctrl click) and select: Clear Keyframe

 

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