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The Video Settings tab serves as the main control panel for all things related to the display of your animation. You can open it by pressing the icon. Here, you can configure various animation settings, initialize the rendering process, and enter the presentation mode.



The background of your animation. This is the base color used to clear the canvas before drawing your scenes. Most color formats such as #242424 or rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) are accepted. Leaving this option empty will make the background transparent.


The project background cannot be animated. You can use the fill property of the view, instead:

export default makeScene2D(function* (view) {
view.fill('#242424'); // set the background of this scene
yield* view.fill('lightseagreen', 2); // animate it


The range is the span of frames that will be rendered. If set to a smaller range than the entire length of the video, it will only render a portion of the frames in your animation. This can be useful for quickly rendering small changes in your animation.


The resolution in pixels of each frame in the video. You may use this value to render in a higher resolution or to change the aspect ratio. Note, however, that animations will not scale with changes in resolution, so plan ahead for any adjustments to resolution.

Audio offset

This option is only available if you've set up audio for the current project. It allows you to offset the start of the audio in relation to your animation. The value is stored in seconds. You can also adjust the offset by holding SHIFT over the audio track and dragging it left or right.

Frame rate

The frame rate at which the animation plays and the number of frames that will render per one second of runtime. The most common values are 24, 30, and 60, though any whole integer value is allowed. Motion Canvas animations are resilient to changes in frame rate, so most animations will not be affected by changing it.


Scale will increase or decrease the resolution of the animation, but, unlike the Resolution option, the coordinates and size of animation elements will be adjusted as well.


Both Scale and Frame rate can be configured separately for the preview and the rendering. This lets you increase the performance of the preview (by rendering in smaller resolution and/or lower framerate) while rendering in high quality.

Color Space

The HTML Canvas color space to use when previewing or rendering the animation. Current options include sRGB, a common color space for images and video, and DCI-P3, a wide-gamut color space.


The exporter to use when rendering the animation. Exporters are responsible for processing the rendered frames and saving them to the output directory. If you don't see this option, it means that you don't have any additional exporters installed and the default Image sequence exporter will be used.


Clicking the RENDER button will initialize rendering (The button will display an in-progress animation during the process). Motion Canvas will play through the animation and save the result to /output in your project directory. You can change the output directory in the configuration file. You can also use the OUTPUT DIRECTORY button to reveal the current output directory in your file explorer.

The rendering process will finish once the button changes back to RENDER. Usually, this happens when the playhead reaches the end of the selected range but some exporters may take longer to finish processing the frames.

You can abort the process at any time by pressing the ABORT button.

Taking Snapshots

You can use the icon to take a snapshot of the current frame. Snapshots are saved in the output directory, under /still.