DiscretePointKeyFrame class

Animates from the Point value of the previous key frame to its own Value using discrete frames.




public sealed class DiscretePointKeyFrame : PointKeyFrame

<DiscretePointKeyFrame />


The DiscretePointKeyFrame class has these types of members:


The DiscretePointKeyFrame class has these constructors.

DiscretePointKeyFrame Initializes a new instance of the DiscretePointKeyFrame class.



The DiscretePointKeyFrame class has these methods. It also inherits methods from the Object class.

ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
RegisterPropertyChangedCallback Registers an instance-specific property value for a property-changed notification that comes from the core property system. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
UnregisterPropertyChangedCallback Cancels a change notification that was previously registered by calling RegisterPropertyChangedCallback. (Inherited from DependencyObject)



The DiscretePointKeyFrame class has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription


Read-onlyGets the CoreDispatcher that this object is associated with. The CoreDispatcher represents a facility that can access the DependencyObject on the UI thread even if the code is initiated by a non-UI thread. (Inherited from DependencyObject)


Read/writeGets or sets the time at which the key frame's target Value should be reached. (Inherited from PointKeyFrame)


Read/writeGets or sets the key frame's target value. (Inherited from PointKeyFrame)



Key-frame animations permit more than one target value that is reached at a point along the animation timeline. In other words each key frame can specify a different intermediate value, and the last key frame reached is the final animation value. By specifying multiple values to animate, you can make more complex animations. You can mix discrete, linear, and spline keyframes in the same keyframe collection.

For more info on how to use key-frame animations, see Key-frame animations and easing function animations.


This XAML 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, it 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, it 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, it 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.

<Canvas Width="400" Height="300">
        <Storyboard x:Name="myStoryboard">

            <!-- Animating the Center property uses 3 KeyFrames, which animate
             the ellipse allong a triangular path. -->
          Duration="0:0:5" RepeatBehavior="Forever" EnableDependentAnimation="True">

                <!-- Over the first half second, Using a LinearPointKeyFrame, the ellipse 
               moves steadily from its starting position along the first line of the 
               trianglar path.  -->
                <LinearPointKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:0.5" Value="100,300" />

                <!-- Using a DiscretePointKeyFrame, the ellipse suddenly changes position
               after the first second of the animation. -->
                <DiscretePointKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:1" 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. -->
                <SplinePointKeyFrame KeySpline="0.6,0.0 0.9,0.00" 
                 KeyTime="0:0:3" Value="200,100" />
    <Path Fill="Blue" Loaded="Start_Animation">

            <!-- Describes an ellipse. -->
            <EllipseGeometry x:Name="MyAnimatedEllipseGeometry"
             Center="200,100" RadiusX="15" RadiusY="15" />

// Start the animation when the object loads
private void Start_Animation(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media::Animation [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media::Animation [C++]





See also

Storyboarded animations



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