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Even More Specialized Panels

You can open the secondary panels by using keyboard shortcuts. To open the following panels, however, you'll have to choose them from the Windows pull-down menu:

  • The Motion Sketch panel lets you set motion keyframes by dragging the mouse or by using a pen stroke on a graphics tablet (see Figure 14).
    Figure 14

    Figure 14 The Motion Sketch panel lets you set motion keyframes by dragging your mouse.

  • The Mask Interpolation panel helps you animate mask shapes more precisely (see Figure 15).
    Figure 15

    Figure 15 The Mask Interpolation panel provides a greater degree of control when you're animating mask shapes.

  • The Smoother panel helps you to smooth changes in keyframe values automatically, creating more gradual changes in an animation (see Figure 16).
    Figure 16

    Figure 16 The Smoother panel helps you smooth changes in keyframe values.

  • The Wiggler panel generates random deviations in keyframed values automatically (see Figure 17).
    Figure 17

    Figure 17 You can generate random deviations in keyframed values automatically using the Wiggler panel.

  • The Align panel helps you arrange layers in a comp vis-à-vis one another (see Figure 18).
    Figure 18

    Figure 18 The Align panel helps you arrange layers.

  • The Tracker panel, an advanced feature, helps you generate keyframes by detecting and following a moving object in a shot. You can use this information to make an effect track an object or to stabilize a scene shot with shaky camera work (see Figure 19).
    Figure 19

    Figure 19 Using the Tracker controls, you can generate keyframes to follow a moving object automatically or to stabilize a shaky image.

  • The Metadata panel allows you to view and edit a file's metadata—that is, information encoded into a file about the file itself. Metadata can include all sorts of data, from your personal 1 to 5 star rating of the file to critical copyright information (see Figure 20).
    Figure 20

    Figure 20 The Metadata panel lets you view and edit all sorts of information about a file.

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