is there some way i can ease in to a key frame, so that for instance if the key frame was a motion keyframe rather than the motion start sharply when the keframe was reached the motion started slowly a defined time before the key frame and built up to the speed defined by the next key frame along
sort of like a ramp before the first key frame so then there would also be a ramp down to the motion stopping at the second key frame
if yes what would the process be called
Select the keyframe and press F9 for Easy Ease or
Select the keyframe and press Shift+F9 for Easy Ease In or
Select the keyframe and press Shift + Cmnd/Ctrl + F9 for Easy Ease Out or
Right click on the selected keyframe and go to Keyframe Assistant, or
Go to Animation> Keyframe Assistant > and choose an option.
Notice how the keyboard shortcuts are listed in the right column. Learn them. It will save you a bunch of time.
For more options select the graph editor, pick your property, the use the controls there to control the speed or the value of the keyframes.
Hope this helps.