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EP 40: Behaviors

By - Jun 17, 2022 10:58 AM

In this tutorial, we will learn about Behaviors.

The Behaviors will apply preset transformations or distortions to a clip to automatically create simple animations without keyframes. They can be found in the Effects Panel inside the behavior folder and applied as a regular effect. They have a dedicated section in the Controls Panel to adjust their settings.

behavior panel

How is Behavior Applied to Clips

These animations generally have a start animation to reveal the clip. The duration of this animation can be adjusted with the “Reveal Length” slider. And its value represents the percentage of the clip’s length.


So, if we trim the clip, the speed of this Reveal Animation will be faster. And if we extend it, the reveal will be slower. The Reveal Length slider only goes up to 50%, but we can adjust it even further by dragging from the value of the number on the right. Sub behaviors also have an outgoing animation at the end of the clip, which can be adjusted with the “Conceal Length” slider.

Let’s see how each animation works.

    • Up Insert & Down Insert- It moves the clip vertically from outside of the frame to place it smoothly in its location. In the end, it will run out of the frame in the same direction.


    • Roll will move the clip constantly in one direction. There is a different behavior for each direction- up, down, left, and right. Up Roll is commonly used on text layers for credits. Roll behaviors do not have adjustable settings. So, the only way to adjust its speed is by changing the length of the clip.

roll behavior

We can also combine two of these to make the clip move diagonally using-

    • Right Roll + Down Roll
    • Left Roll + Down Roll
    • Right Roll + Up Roll
    • Left Roll + Up Roll
    • The drop will make the clip appear bouncing from the top left. In this example, we applied it to a basketball.


    • Expansion compresses the clip vertically, moves it from the side of the frame, and rescales it.
    • Fade will animate the transparency of the clip.
    • Fly-In & Fade Out brings the clip from above, transforming its scale as intro and scales it horizontally, making it transparent as an outro.
    • Fly-In & Fly Out brings the clip from the corner as intro and takes it out from another as an outro.
    • Fly to Zoom In will bring in the clip by spinning it and scaling it up.
    • Stretch In & Zoom In will bring the clip to the frame from the side, scaling it up.
    • Twirl scales and rotates the clip from the center.


    • Zoom will transformation the scale of the clips. Zoom In will make the clip smaller, and Zoom Out will make it bigger.
    • Motion Track will follow the movement of the clip given in the video. This is a different kind of behavior, so it has a dedicated video linked in the description.

motion track

Some behaviors can be combined. For example, if we want the object in the video to enter the scene with a twirl and later leave with expansion, we can apply both behaviors to the clip. In the Twirl behavior, we’ll add the value to Reveal Length and set the Conceal Length to zero. On Expansion, we’ll do the opposite, zero to Reveal, and some value to Conceal Length.

adjust twirl

In this next example, we have this logo, where each element is a different clip on a different track. We can apply a behavior to each clip and adjust them as per requirement. We can add a plane with a behavior to make it more dynamic. And then we have a basic logo reveal without any keyframes. Although, the image still feels a little jerky, so we can toggle the Motion Blur box in each clip's properties to smooth the resulting animation.

adjust properties

Check the results in the video. That was an overview of Behaviors. To learn more about FilmoraPro, make sure to check out our other tutorials in the series, and remember, there is no limit to what you can make.