BoxTrans is a powerful tool to transition on/off full screen backgrounds. The widget is procedural which optimizes the performance much better than if you were to build this manually within the Composer.
To learn how to add a Widget to your Composition, click here.
Setting the timeline to the middle of your transition in the Animation tab allows you to interactively make changes to your box transition and see the results immediately rather than having to play it In/Out every time.
The Preset is a quick way to see some predefined settings for BoxTrans. It’s a great place to start. Check the "Use Preset" box to activate this property. Activating this overrides all other animation settings below.
Preset - Various animation preset options including Side Rotate, Side Slide, Top Slide, Grid Spin, and Blinds.
These settings relate to the motion of the elements across the entire screen.
Origin - Origin of initial animated object such as Top Left, Center, Bottom Right, etc.
Overlap % - Overlap of staggered animations
Axis - Axis stagger: X, Y, Both
Ease Style - Ease style stagger such as Quad, Linear, Strong, etc.
Ease Method - Ease method stagger: In, Out, InOut
These settings affect how the individual elements animate on/off.
Ease Style - Animation curve options. In other words, do your elements animate quicker or slower over time. Options include Linear, Cubic, Bounce, etc.
Ease Method - Where the Ease Style occurs: In, Out, In/Out
Scale Axis - Axis where the object scaling occurs: X, Y, Both
Scale (Start) - Initial scale of objects
Scale (End) - Final scale of objects
Transparency (Start) - Initial object transparency
Transparency (End) - Final object transparency
Slide X % - Object movement on the X axis over time
Slide Y % - Object movement on the Y axis over time
Rotation Axis - Axis where object rotation occurs such as X, Y, Z
Rotation Angle - Angle of object rotation over time
The duration of the animation is set in the Animation tab, not within the widget. Also, it is not possible to have a different In and Out animation. Whatever you set will simply play in reverse. You can set a different duration for the out animation by turning on 2 timelines and having a shorter duration for the outbound animation.
These settings affect the shape, color and amount of elements as well as mapping of an image.
Image - Add an image
Column Count - Amount of columns
Row Count - Amount of Rows
Start Color - Color selector for start of transition
End Color - Color selection for end of transition
Setting your Rows/Columns in "Display" can give you many interesting effects from tiny grids to vertical and horizontal blinds effects. Combined with Scale, Rotation and Slide in "Animation Settings", you can create numerous dynamic effects.