Timeline Menu Create Add Property Tracks Track
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D
Track

Basic Properties

Track Properties

Enable Animation

Use this setting to turn animation tracks off, i.e., the track will not be animated despite existing animation. This state will automatically be inherited by the Child objects (Child objects’ states can nevertheless be switched independently of the Parent objects). The same functionality can be found in the layer column in the form of an Film Strip icon that can be turned on or off.

Solo Animation

Activate this setting if you want to switch the track to Solo Animation mode, i.e., only that track will be animated and all others will be turned off. This state will be inherited by all Child objects but can be changed on an individual basis. The same functionality can be found in the layer column in the form of a film strip that can be turned on or off.

Constant Velocity

See Set/Reset Constant Velocity.

Before
After

At top the original animation containing three keys. Below the various Before and After modes.

This is where you can easily define how the track animations should behave before the first and after the last key. The following options are available:

Off

The property’s value is undefined before and after the key animation. For a position animation this would mean that you could move the object anywhere in the editor without losing control of the animation.

Constant

The value of the first and last keys will remain before and after the key animation.

Continue

The speed with which a parameter changes will be ascertained based on a tangent’s speed of ascension and maintained infinitely until the end of the document.

Repeat

The key animation will be repeated seamlessly. Here it would make sense if the first and last keys shared the same value in order to prevent a jump at the end / beginning of the animation.

Offset Repeat

Similar to Repeat. When start and end keys have different values a gradual ascending or descending curve may develop periodically due to the fact that the curve with the start key will be laid on the end key.

Oscillate

Start and end keys will each be mirrored horizontally. Such animations are good for extension / contraction animations (e.g., hydraulic cylinders) when the opposing movements must remain constant.

If you use a Time Track and also have the Relative Mapping option enabled, the previously described modes will not function as expected.

Repetitions [1..2147483647]
Repetitions [1..2147483647]

For the Before and After settings Repeat, Offset Repeat and Oscillate you can define the number of repetitions using their respective values. After the repetitions have ended the last value reached will be kept.

Time Track

Drag the name of a previously created Time Curve here.

Relative Mapping

If enabled, the Time Track’s temporal position or length will no longer play a role. It will basically be adapted to the corresponding animation track (as if it were identical).

Color
Use Pref. Color

If this option is enabled the colors defined in the Preferences menu (Interface|Colors|Timeline: track X/Y/Z color) for the F-Curves will be used in both Dope Sheet and F-Curve Mode. If this option is disabled, the color can be defined freely (for most Tracks).

F-Curve Offset [-∞..+∞]
F-Curve Scale [-∞..+∞%]

Normally F-Curves are displayed in the F-Curve window according to their key value. This can be problematic if an object is animated from, for example, P.X.=20000 to P.X.=40000. The F-Curve will then lie far outside the normal visible F-Curve range, which usually lies around the Y=0 coordinate. Since most users want F-Curves to lie over each other in order to be better able to edit an animation, the following settings can be applied:

For either method used: No key values and the animation itself will not change. Only the visual depiction of the F-Curve will change. The track name will be marked with a mock R if different values from = or, for example, 100% is set for both values. In the Timeline’s F-Curve menu you will find the Reset Relative option which will set both values back to default.