Express Animate Tutorial | GUI Overview

Express Animate Tutorial | GUI Overview


Express Animate is a digital visual effects
and motion graphics program with tools for enhancing and animating movie projects. From the Welcome Screen, you can start a New
Project, Open an Existing Project, Open a Sample Project or View the Getting Started
Guide. I recommend opening the Sample Project the
first time you use Express Animate to familiarize yourself with the software. The main interface includes several panels:
the Objects Panel, Canvas Panel and the Composition Panel. The Objects Panel displays objects and their
hierarchy in the active composition. You can select an object, delete it or assign
a parent using drag and drop. The Composition Panel is used to adjust an
object’s order or timing. Use the scroll bar on the left of the composition
panel to switch the view to another object. Right above the scroll bar is the duration
button. Click here to open the Composition duration
window. The Canvas Panel shows everything that is
visible in the composition at the current time marker and also has tools for editing
an object or its properties. To Play your composition and view it in the
Canvas Panel, click on the play button. Above the Canvas Panel on the right, you will
see a ‘Tip’ area. Tips change based on your current selection. Above the Canvas Panel on the left, are controls
to edit the aspect ratio, preview quality and scale of the composition. You can also use your mouse to zoom in and
out on the Canvas Panel. The toolbars at the top of the screen provide
quick access to frequently used tools. Use the Load Media button to add video, image
and audio files to your composition. Use the New Object button to select an object
to be added to your composition. Add Text, Masks or Effects to your video. To Save your project for editing later, use
the Save button on the title bar or in the File menu. To Save your video as a movie file use the
Save Video button or export to HTML5 using the Save HTML5 button. The Edit tab contains common editing tools,
such as, Undo and Redo, Copy and Paste, as well as select and delete tools. Finally, the New Object tab has a button for
each Object type, which makes it easy to add them to your project. For more Express Animate tutorials, visit
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