Timeline.CreateClock Method

Creates a new, controllable Clock from this Timeline. If this Timeline has children, a tree of clocks is created with this Timeline as the root.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media.Animation
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public Clock CreateClock()

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Media.Animation.Clock
A new, controllable Clock constructed from this Timeline. If this Timeline is a TimelineGroup that contains child timelines, a tree of Clock objects is created with a controllable Clock created from this Timeline as the root.

Although this Timeline may be the child of one or more TimelineGroup objects, this information is ignored: this method treats the current Timeline as a root Timeline.

This example shows how to use Clock objects to animate a property.

There are three ways to animate a dependency property:

Storyboard objects and the BeginAnimation method enable you to animate properties without directly creating and distributing clocks (for examples, see How to: Animate a Property by Using a Storyboard and How to: Animate a Property Without Using a Storyboard); clocks are created and distributed for you automatically.

The following example shows how to create an AnimationClock and apply it to two similar properties.


/*
    This example shows how to create and apply
    an AnimationClock.
*/

using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;


namespace Microsoft.Samples.Animation.TimingBehaviors
{
    public class AnimationClockExample : Page
    {

        ScaleTransform myScaleTransform;

        public AnimationClockExample()
        {

            this.WindowTitle = "Opacity Animation Example";
            this.Background = Brushes.White;
            StackPanel myStackPanel = new StackPanel();
            myStackPanel.Margin = new Thickness(20);

            // Create a button that with a ScaleTransform.
            // The ScaleTransform will animate when the
            // button is clicked.
            Button myButton = new Button();
            myButton.Margin = new Thickness(50);
            myButton.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;
            myButton.Content = "Click Me";           
            myScaleTransform = new ScaleTransform(1,1);
            myButton.RenderTransform = myScaleTransform;


            // Associate an event handler with the
            // button's Click event.
            myButton.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(myButton_Clicked);

            myStackPanel.Children.Add(myButton);
            this.Content = myStackPanel;
        }

        // Create and apply and animation when the button is clicked.
        private void myButton_Clicked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {

            // Create a DoubleAnimation to animate the
            // ScaleTransform.
            DoubleAnimation myAnimation = 
                new DoubleAnimation(
                    1, // "From" value
                    5, // "To" value 
                    new Duration(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(5))
                );
            myAnimation.AutoReverse = true;

            // Create a clock the for the animation.
            AnimationClock myClock = myAnimation.CreateClock();            

            // Associate the clock the ScaleX and
            // ScaleY properties of the button's
            // ScaleTransform.
            myScaleTransform.ApplyAnimationClock(
                ScaleTransform.ScaleXProperty, myClock);
            myScaleTransform.ApplyAnimationClock(
                ScaleTransform.ScaleYProperty, myClock);
        }
    }
}


For an example showing how to interactively control a Clock after it starts, see How to: Interactively Control a Clock.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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