PointAnimationUsingKeyFrames Object

Animates the value of a Point property along a set of KeyFrames.

To create an object using scripting, see CreateFromXAML.


AutoReverse, BeginTime, Duration, FillBehavior, KeyFrames, Name, RepeatBehavior, SpeedRatio, Storyboard.TargetName, Storyboard.TargetProperty


Equals, FindName, GetHost, GetValue, SetValue


A key frame animation's target values are defined by its KeyFrames property, which contains a collection of PointKeyFrame objects. Each PointKeyFrame defines a segment of the animation with its own target Value and KeyTime. When the animation runs, it progresses from one key value to the next at the specified key times.

There are three types of PointKeyFrame classes, one for each supported interpolation method: LinearPointKeyFrame, DiscretePointKeyFrame, and SplinePointKeyFrame.


The following example moves an ellipse along a triangular path. The example uses the PointAnimationUsingKeyFrames class to animate the Center property of an EllipseGeometry. This animation uses three key frames in the following manner:

  1. During the first half second, uses an instance of the LinearPointKeyFrame class to move the ellipse along a path at a steady rate from its starting position. Linear key frames such as LinearPointKeyFrame create a smooth linear interpolation between values.
  2. During the end of the next half second, uses an instance of the DiscretePointKeyFrame class to suddenly move the ellipse along the path to the next position. Discrete key frames like DiscretePointKeyFrame create sudden jumps between values.
  3. During the final two seconds, uses an instance of the SplinePointKeyFrame class to move the ellipse back to its starting position. Spline key frames like SplinePointKeyFrame create a variable transition between values according to the values of the KeySpline property. In this example, the animation begins slowly and speeds up exponentially toward the end of the time segment.
  Width="400" Height="300">
  <Path Fill="Blue">
      <!-- Describes an ellipse. -->
      <EllipseGeometry x:Name="MyAnimatedEllipseGeometry"
       Center="200,100" RadiusX="15" RadiusY="15" />
      <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="Path.Loaded">
            <!-- Animating the Center property uses 3 KeyFrames, which animate
                 the ellipse allong a triangular path. -->
              Duration="0:0:5" RepeatBehavior="Forever">
              <!-- Over the first half second, Using a LinearPointKeyFrame, the ellipse 
                   moves steadily from its starting position along the first line of the 
                   trianglar path.  -->
                Value="100,300" />
              <!-- Using a DiscretePointKeyFrame, the ellipse suddenly changes position
                   after the first second of the animation. -->
                Value="400,300" />
              <!-- Using a SplinePointKeyFrame, the ellipse moves back to its starting
                   position. It moves slowly at first and then speeds up. This key frame 
                   takes 2 seconds to complete. -->
                KeySpline="0.6,0.0 0.9,0.00" 
                Value="200,100" />

See Also

Key-Frame Animations Overview
Interactive Animations Overview