The Snapshot Functionality
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to:
Well, this is exactly what the Snapshot functionality lets you do!
The Snapshot curves will be displayed in dark gray and will not affect the animation unless you activate one of them via Swap Snapshot (will, in turn, deactivate the currently active curve).
Snapshots (up to 5 are possible) are saved along with the respective scene file.
Use this option to hide or display the snapshots (up to 5).
Use this setting to create snapshot of the F-Curves of selected Tracks. Since Snapshot curves are exact duplicates of the original curves, they will not be visible until changes have been made to the original curve. Selecting Create Snapshot again will overwrite the previous Snapshot curves with new ones.
Depending on the command chosen, set the current F-Curve on the corresponding snapshot. Subsequently executing the command anew will set the Curve back to the previous state. This lets you switch back and forth quickly for testing.
RM Curves are simplified (consist of fewer Keys) control curves with which you can control complex F-Curves.
When importing motion capture files or those created by baking animations you normally get an animation that contains on Key for every Frame of the animation (hence, no interpolation necessary). However, the great number of Frames makes it very difficult to subsequently edit the animation. This is where the RM Curves can help.
Depending on the RM Curve selected, more-or-less complex substitute or control curves will be created, which can be more easily controlled since they contain fewer control Keys and simultaneously transform the original F-Curve, including all of its Keys.
Proceed as follows when editing an F-Curve using RM Curves:
Use this command to enable or disable the Modification mode. When using the default Curve mode a reduced RM Curve will be created. This RM Curve can be adjusted to reflect the shape of the original Curve to varying degrees:
If this mode is disabled the RM Curves will be hidden and you again will be able to access the original Curve’s individual Keys.
The animation will not be affected, regardless of whether or not this mode is enabled.
If this option is enabled, the RM Curves can be edited without affecting the original Curve. Once this option is disabled a link will again exist between the RM Curve and the original Curve.
So, what is this good for?
Well, there are several reasons for this:
RM Curves must not necessarily have:
This command affects a selected F-Curve and results in the following, depending on the mode selected:
Normally, only F-Curves of tracks selected in the Objects Area will be displayed. Activate this setting if you want to display all F-Curves, independent of all selections.
Use this option to define whether or not the Curves before and after (e.g., see Before) should be displayed.
Let’s say you have several F-Curves with vastly differing Key values. The Key values of one group range from 10-100 and those of the other group from 10000-12000. You can imagine that the curves probably will not be displayed together on the Timeline.
Activating the Auto Relative setting will place all selected F-Curves within a value range between 0-100, regardless of their actual Key values. Each of these F-Curves that were detached from the normal Timeline display will be marked with an R (Relative) next to their respective track names. Activating this setting will give you a good overview of all F-Curves involved.
We suggest you activate Navigation / Show All in conjunction with Auto Relativewhich will display the F-Curves to their maximum vertical height.
If you used Auto Relative (automatic) or the track settings’ F-Curve Offset and F-Curve Scale properties (manual) to quasi detach the keys from the Timeline’s Y axis naming convention, select Reset Relative to revert the selected F-Curves’ keys to the appropriate naming convention.
Reduced Modification Type
Use this setting to define which type of RM Curve should be created from the original curve.
An RM Curve similar to the original curve will be created.
When this mode is initially called up, a line (with a start and end Key) that runs through the first key of the original curve and parallel to the temporal axis will be created. The distance between the RM Curve’s Key and the original curve will be maintained.
When this mode is initially called up, a line (with a start and end Key) that runs through the original curve’s maximum will be created. The original curve (and its Key values) will be scaled in accordance with the movement of the RM Curves.
If, for example, one of the two RM Curve Keys is deleted, the entire original curve can be scaled equally.
Activate this setting to display the change in value for all F-Curves. Pictured above is a Y-position curve and its velocity curve that displays the F-Curve’s mathematical derivation. Velocity curves will always be displayed in a dark tone of the corresponding F-Curve’s color.
This functionality lets you easily recognize at which time in the animation a lot of action takes place – the greater the velocity, the higher the curve will rise (positive velocity) or sink (negative velocity).