Desktop 4 - Comparing Animation Effects

Lytro Desktop 4 contains different animation effects to allow you to create animations within your living pictures.

Instructions on adding and modifying these animations are available here.

Click on the "Animate" icon on the left hand side of the Desktop 4 interface to access animations.

This will open the animations panel, displaying the different animation choices available, as well as display a timeline with automatically applied beginning and ending keyframes.  

Select a keyframe to apply an animation effect.   Each animation can affect focus, pan, zoom, perspective, aperture, and tilt.  Available animations are:

a. Auto: Applies automatically generated transitions between focus, pan, zoom, perspective, aperture, and tilt based on the keyframes applied to the timeline.  Auto will adapt to amount and timing of keyframes applied.

b. Smooth:  

  • Focus: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Perspective: Default perspective is applied, which is the opposite direction of panning.  The overall effect, while minimal, adds to 3D perception
  • Aperture: Does not change
  • Tilt: Does not change

c. Reveal:  Increases the depth of field to reveal more of the scene in an image

  • Focus: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Perspective: Default perspective is applied, which is the opposite direction of panning.  The overall effect, while minimal, adds to 3D perception
  • Aperture: Transitions from the initial aperture setting to extended focus (entire image in focus) during the animation.  Image will remain in extended focus after the animation has finished playing
  • Tilt: Does not change

d. Isolate:  Decreases the depth of field to help isolate subjects

  • Focus: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Perspective: Default perspective is applied, which is the opposite direction of panning.  The overall effect, while minimal, adds to 3D perception
  • Aperture: Transitions from initial aperture to a very shallow depth of field during the animation.  The depth of field will remain shallow (only a small portion of the image in focus) after the animation finishes playing.
  • Tilt: Does not change

e. Snap Focus:  Quickly snaps the focus to the subject towards the end of the effect.

  • Focus: Towards the end of the effect, focus snaps, quickly transitioning from the initial focus to the final focus of the image.
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Perspective: Default perspective is applied, which is the opposite direction of panning.  The overall effect, while minimal, adds to 3D perception
  • Aperture: Does not change
  • Tilt: Does not change

f. Sudden:  Performs a sudden transition between keyframes near the end of the effect.

  • Focus: Towards the end of the effect, focus snaps, quickly transitioning from the initial focus to the final focus of the image.
  • Pan: Towards the end of the effect, pan snaps, quickly transitioning from the initial pan to the final pan of the image.
  • Zoom: Towards the end of the effect, zoom snaps, quickly transitioning from the initial focus to the final focus of the image.
  • Perspective: Default perspective is applied, which is the opposite direction of panning.  The overall effect, while minimal, adds to 3D perception
  • Aperture: Does not change
  • Tilt: Does not change

g. Look Around:  Adjusts the perspective while zooming slightly to look at the foreground object in the image.

  • Focus: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Applies a moderate zoom between keyframes
  • Perspective: An exaggerated perspective is applied.  This is created based on the image's depth map, giving a custom effect for every image, which creates the effect of looking around an object or subject.
  • Aperture: Does not change
  • Tilt: Does not change

h. Wave:  Strongly adjusts the perspective, creating a wave like effect

  • Focus: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Pan: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Zoom: Changes smoothly between keyframes
  • Perspective: An exaggerated perspective is applied, based on the panning applied between keyframes.  This may appear to the viewer as a rolling perspective, or a side to side motion
  • Aperture: Does not change
  • Tilt: Does not change

 

Currently, only one animation can be applied to a living picture.  You can add multiple keyframes via the "Add Keyframe" button, and adjust the effects within the animation.  This allows you to control and change all of the these elements (focus, pan, zoom, perspective, aperture, and tilt) throughout the animation, directing viewers through your living picture as you'd like them to see it. Animations help turn your living pictures into narrative, "lean back" experiences for your audience.  

When you add or modify an animation, changes will be automatically saved to the images timeline, and available the next time you open it in the "Animate" panel.  

To share living pictures with animations, you can either upload them to your Lytro Web gallery at pictures.lytro.com (you'll need to create an account, if you haven't done so already), where viewers will see a play button icon available to click and view the animation.  For detailed instructions on sharing to Lytro Web, see: 
Desktop 4 - Sharing

You can also export animated living pictures as movie files to view, display or share.  For detailed instructions on exporting animations, see:
Desktop 4 - Exporting Animations

NOTE: Fast is the recommended setting for exporting animations as movies.  The quality in the fast and best settings are comparable, but processing times will be very long for best-quality rendering, even on high-performance machines.  

 

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