The Motion Mixer is used to mix motion clips that are assigned to bipeds and non-biped objects. The concept of the Motion Mixer is based on audio mixing done in the music and sound industries. Like an audio mixer, Motion Mixer lets you add a series of for each object in a scene. To each track you add in the form of BIP or XAF files. You can also add to smoothly link clips together. Clips and transitions can be so their motion affects only specified biped parts.
The entirety of the clips, transitions and other clip settings for a single object in the Motion Mixer is called a . As each object has its own mix, there can be several mixes in the Motion Mixer at any given time. You can save a mix as a .
Like an audio mixer where you add music tracks and use fades and blends to transition between tracks, the Motion Mixer allows you to mix motion clips. The Motion Mixer toolbar offers commands that you use to add and delete biped and non-biped objects to and from the mixer, modify clips, and change the way tracks in the mixer are displayed.
By default, the Motion Mixer expects that a mix you create will affect the entire biped. If you like, you can a trackgroup so clips in the mix affect only selected body parts. This functionality makes it easy for you to assign one set of BIP files to control the motion of a biped's upper body, while another set controls the lower body.
By default, the Motion Mixer expects that a mix you create will affect the entire non-biped object. If you like, you can a trackgroup so clips in the mix affect only selected body parts. This functionality makes it easy for you to assign one set of XAF files to control the motion of an object's upper body, while another set controls the lower body.
The Motion Mixer is similar to the , in that it acts as a holding area where clips can be listed, giving you a palette of motions to choose from. As you add to objects in the Motion Mixer window, you see them appear on a and they are automatically added to the Reservoir. If you add new clips directly to the Reservoir, they are available and held for future use.
The Motion Mixer Preferences dialog lets you make changes to display settings for clips, transitions and frames. It is similar to the way you can Hide By Category on the Display panel. You can also specify mixdown options from this dialog.