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Keyframes not working on material change

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I have a file that has a cloner with four spheres (cloned to make many more) that has a delay, random, and sound affecting it.


I'm wanting the spheres to change colors at two particular times in the song. I try adding keyframes at frame 1, 454, and 908 by Command + Clicking  (I'm on a Macbook Pro) the "color" radio button in materials, but the keyframes are not "sticking" and I am left with the last color I changed the spheres to throughout the whole timeline.


I was successful in getting the background to change colors at the exact time that I was wanting, but I cannot figure out how I did it correctly/differently than I am treating the spheres within the cloner. 


I'm still very new at C4D, so let me know if I need to supply more information for an answer! 



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since you are using Cinema 4d R17 you have to click the circle only, no cmd or ctrl needed.

Another thing I can think of is where you put your keyframe, you can do it as in the picture below (just tested it)

Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 12.13.08 PM.png

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