ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Class
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ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Class

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Animates the value of a Color property along a set of KeyFrames over a specified Duration.


Namespace:  System.Windows.Media.Animation
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.

[ContentPropertyAttribute("KeyFrames", true)]
public sealed class ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames : Timeline
<ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames ...>

XAML Values


One or more object elements that define the key frames for the animation. These object elements represent one of the classes deriving from ColorKeyFrame. These are typically any combination of LinearColorKeyFrame, DiscreteColorKeyFrame, EasingColorKeyFrame, and SplineColorKeyFrame. Object elements defined here become members of the ColorKeyFrameCollection collection when code accesses the KeyFrames property at run time.

The ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames type exposes the following members.

Public methodColorAnimationUsingKeyFramesInitializes a new instance of the ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames class.

Public propertyAutoReverseGets or sets a value that indicates whether the timeline plays in reverse after it completes a forward iteration. (Inherited from Timeline.)
Public propertyBeginTimeGets or sets the time at which this Timeline should begin. (Inherited from Timeline.)
Public propertyDispatcherGets the Dispatcher this object is associated with. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public propertyDurationGets or sets the length of time for which this timeline plays, not counting repetitions. (Inherited from Timeline.)
Public propertyFillBehaviorGets or sets a value that specifies how the animation behaves after it reaches the end of its active period. (Inherited from Timeline.)
Public propertyKeyFramesGets the collection of ColorKeyFrame objects that define the animation.
Public propertyRepeatBehaviorGets or sets the repeating behavior of this timeline. (Inherited from Timeline.)
Public propertySpeedRatioGets or sets the rate, relative to its parent, at which time progresses for this Timeline. (Inherited from Timeline.)

Public methodCheckAccessDetermines whether the calling thread has access to this object. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodClearValueClears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetAnimationBaseValueReturns any base value established for a Windows Phone dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetValueReturns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodReadLocalValueReturns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSetValueSets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

Public eventCompletedOccurs when the Storyboard object has completed playing. (Inherited from Timeline.)

A key frame animation's target values are defined by its KeyFrames property, which contains a collection of ColorKeyFrame objects. Each ColorKeyFrame 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 ColorKeyFrame classes, one for each supported interpolation method: LinearColorKeyFrame, DiscreteColorKeyFrame, and SplineColorKeyFrame.

Unlike a ColorAnimation, a ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames can have more than two target values. You can also control the interpolation method of individual ColorKeyFrame segments.

When declaring a ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames in XAML, the order of the ColorKeyFrame object elements is not significant, because the KeyTime controls the timing and therefore the order in which the key frames are executed. However, it is good markup style to keep the element order the same as the KeyTime sequence order.

The following example uses the ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames class to animate the Background property of a StackPanel. This animation uses three key frames in the following manner:

  1. During the first two seconds, LinearColorKeyFrame gradually changes the color from green to red. Linear key frames like LinearColorKeyFrame create a smooth linear transition between values.

  2. During the end of the next half second, DiscreteColorKeyFrame quickly changes the color from red to yellow. Discrete key frames like DiscreteColorKeyFrame create sudden changes between values; the animation occurs quickly and has no interpolation between values at all.

  3. During the final two seconds, SplineColorKeyFrame changes the color again, this time from yellow back to green. Spline key frames like SplineColorKeyFrame create a variable transition between values according to the values of the KeySpline property. A KeySpline provides a way to alter the relationship of time versus value during the animation duration to be nonlinear, and in particular the relationship can be a curve that would be difficult to produce with individual key frames. In this example, the change in color begins slowly and speeds up exponentially toward the end of the time segment.

<StackPanel Background="Transparent" x:Name="myStackPanel"
        <Storyboard x:Name="colorStoryboard">
            <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="00:00:00" 

                <!-- Go from green to red in the first 2 seconds. LinearColorKeyFrame creates
        a smooth, linear animation between values. -->
                <LinearColorKeyFrame Value="Red" KeyTime="00:00:02" />

                <!-- In the next half second, go to yellow. DiscreteColorKeyFrame creates a 
        sudden jump between values. -->
                <DiscreteColorKeyFrame Value="Yellow" KeyTime="00:00:2.5" />

                <!-- In the final 2 seconds of the animation, go from yellow back to green. SplineColorKeyFrame 
        creates a variable transition between values depending on the KeySpline property. In this example,
        the animation starts off slow but toward the end of the time segment, it speeds up exponentially.-->
                <SplineColorKeyFrame Value="Green" KeyTime="00:00:4.5" KeySpline="0.6,0.0 0.9,0.00" />


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

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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