Animator’s Toolbar Pro › Tool Groups › Frames

* Pro feature only

The frame functions work on  Art Layers and Video Layers. The commands are applied in similar fashion with the exception that only new Art Layer Frames are adjusted to the “New Frame length” as specified in the Toolbar Settings. The duration of new frames in Video Layers default to one frame.

Be aware of the lack of visual feedback when using the frame functions on Video Layers.

Tip: Click the right pointing arrow on a Video Layer to show it’s parameters, including the Altered Video track. 

Insert Blank Frame After

A new empty Frame (Video Layer) or Layer is added to the Timeline after the current selected Frame.

note: when multiple Layers are selected the first Layer of the selection is used as the reference point for inserting a new frame (i.e. The most left Layer in the Timeline or lowest Layer in the layer stack of the Layers Panel)

⇧ Insert Blank Frame Before*

A new empty Frame (Video Layer) or Layer is added to the Timeline before the current selected Frame.

⌥ Duplicate Frame*

The selected Frame (Video Layer) or Layer is duplicated and placed after the current selected Frame.


Adding and removing exposures works on both Art Layers and Video Layers. It’s important to understand the difference between the two layer kinds. Art Layers display a single piece of content over the layer’s duration on the Timeline where Video Layers can contain a multitude of unique frames.

For that reason it is possible to adjust the exposure of multiple Art Layers at the same time but adjusting exposure on Video Layers requires the selection of one layer at the time.

Be careful with removing exposures from a Video Layer because excess frames are deleted when removing exposures without distinguishing between content.

Add Exposure + Exposure value

Extends the selected Layers out point or duplicates the current video frame with the number of frames specified in “Add Exposure value” in the Toolbar Settings. (default is 1)

⇧ Remove Exposure – Exposure value

Contracts the selected Layers out point or deletes the number of frames, specified in “Add Exposure value” in the Toolbar Settings, from the Video Layer. (default is 1)

⌥ Insert Value to Add*

Extends the selected Layers out point or duplicates the current video frame with the number of frames entered in the input window.

⇧⌥ Insert Value to Remove*

Contracts the selected Layers out point or deletes the number of frames entered in the input window, from the Video Layer.

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VideoGroup Selected Layers

Create a Video Group containing the selected Layers. Video Groups keep nested Layers in sequence based on their stacking order in the Layers Panel. When no Layer is selected a new Video Group is created containing one (Layer) Frame.

⇧ New Group from Selected*

Create a Group containing the selected Layers. Groups combine Layers without changing the timing on the Timeline unless when placed inside a Video Group. When no Layer is selected a new empty Group is created.

⌥ Ungroup

The content of the selected Group is un-grouped without changing the timing of the Layers on the Timeline. When a Layer inside a Group is selected the Group in which the Layer resides is un-grouped.


Reverse Selected Frames

Reverse the stacking order of the selected Layers or reverse the stacking order of the content of the selected Video Group or Group.