A frame is one piece of an overall movie that usually contains a background image, or at least a background color. Each movie can contain many frames, and each frame of a movie can contain multiple objects and actions, as well as timing and transitions.
When you record a movie, the frames are created and placed in order automatically. You can add additional frames or remove existing frames as necessary. You can also edit individual frames (e.g., add objects and effects, adjust timing, apply transitions) to enhance the movie.
Full-motion video (FMV) is a mode of video recording that you can use to capture actual movement (e.g., if you want to record a video playing on your computer).
FMV also occurs, for example, when you drag your mouse, and optionally if you type text, during a movie recording. This creates a smoother visual in the output.
When a frame contains FMV, a film strip icon is shown on top of the thumbnail image in the Frames window pane.
Note: The timing for FMV frames is the same length as the action when you originally captured it. You cannot edit the timing of FMV frames.
Following are some of the many tasks that you can accomplish with frames.
- Copy You can make a copy of a frame and paste the copy anywhere in the movie sequence. The copy is pasted after the frame that you select. When you copy a frame, all of the objects and effects in that frame are also copied. See Copying Frames.
- Copy Backgrounds You can copy the background image in one frame and paste it into another frame, replacing that background image. When you copy a frame background, only the image is copied. No objects or effects in the source frame are copied. See Copying Frame Backgrounds.
- Insert Blank You can insert a blank frame after the selected frame. You can then add a background image or color, as well as objects to that frame. See Inserting Blank Frames.
- Insert Duplicate You can insert a new frame into a movie. When you do this, the new frame is added immediately after the selected frame. If you use this feature, you are essentially creating a link to the image of the frame in front of it. This means that the image for the new frame will automatically be updated if the image of the frame in front of it changes. If you move the new frame to a different location, its image will be updated according to whatever frame now precedes it. See Inserting Duplicate Frames into a Movie.
- Move After you create a movie, you can move frames up or down in the Frames window pane to change their order in the movie sequence. See Moving Frames in a Movie.
- Open After you create a movie, the frames that form the movie are listed in order in the Frames window pane. The first frame of the movie is displayed in the Frame Editor, which you can use to add objects and effects to the frame. You can navigate through the other frames and select them. When you select a frame, it opens in the Frame Editor. See Opening Frames.
- Pause Unless you specify otherwise, a movie will play from the beginning to the end without interruption in the output. See Pausing Frames.
- Remove You can easily remove a frame from a movie if you no longer need it. See Removing Frames from a Movie.
- Remove Images You can remove the background image from a movie frame. See Removing Images from Frames.
- Set Background When you create a movie, it consists of one or more frames. A frame can be blank, display a background color or gradient, or it can have an image assigned to its background. See Setting Backgrounds for Frames.
- Work with Frame Libraries A frame library lets you store often-used frames so that you can quickly insert them into movies later. See About Frame Libraries.
- Work with Master Frames Master frames let you easily and quickly apply certain elements (e.g., buttons, image objects) to many frames at once. In addition, if you need to make a change to any of those elements, you only need to do so in the master frame; as a result, all frames using that master frame will automatically display the changes. See About Master Frames.