Yes, you would use the transformation tool, you can find multiple tuts on how to use it on you tube or here in the docs.
Let it be known though if you are avoiding matinees because you do not know how to use them, you will be missing out on a lot of the engines features if you continue a similar trend. It was a mistake I made
I would like to make moving platforms for a video game without the matinee editor. Is there anyway I can do this?