Track View uses two different modes, Curve Editor and Dope Sheet. Curve Editor mode lets you display the animation as function curves. Dope Sheet mode displays the animation as a spreadsheet of keys and ranges. Keys are color-coded for easy identification. Some of the functions in Track View, such as moving and deleting keys, are also available on the track bar near the time slider, which can be expanded to show curves as well. You can dock the Curve Editor and Dope Sheet windows beneath the viewports at the bottom of the interface, or use them as floating windows. Track View layouts can be named and stored in the Track View buffer and reused. Track View layouts are stored with the MAX file.
Track View — Curve Editor
Track View — Dope Sheet (Edit Keys)
When you apply a controller or constraint to an object's motion, the frame range over which controller takes effect is determined by the current . If you then change the active time segment or the animation length, the duration of the controller's influence doesn't change. Sometimes applying a controller (such as Path Constraint) automatically sets keys that you can use to change this range. But others, such as Noise controllers, don't set keys. In such cases, follow this procedure:
if (trackviews.open "Track View - Curve Editor" layoutName:"Function Curve Layout") == true then
max_window = getMaxWindowSize() --get Desktop size if (trackviews.open "Track View - Curve Editor" layoutName:"Function Curve Layout" pos:[max_window.x/2,0] height:max_window.y width:(max_window.x/2) ) == true then
This should open the Track View in a new session over the right half of the desktop. Assuming that a dual-monitor setup reports twice the width, this will force the Track View on the second monitor. On a single monitor, it opens it over the right half of the monitor. Of course, you could enter your own numbers like pos:[1024,0] height:768 width:1024 in case you are running two monitors at 1024x768.
The Track View Key window displays function curves and keys when in Curve Editor mode. When in Dope Sheet mode, the tracks can be displayed as keys or ranges. You select and change animation values and timing in these windows. The Key window also indicates the active time segment. Time within the active time segment is highlighted with a light gray background. The Track View Key window is sometimes referred to as the Key window.
The Track View - Curve Editor is a Track View mode that allows you to work with motion expressed as function curves on a graph. It lets you visualize the interpolation of the motion, the object transformations that 3ds Max creates between the keyframes. You can easily see and control the motion and animation of the objects in the scene using tangent handles on the keys found on the curves.
The Track View - Dope Sheet editor displays keyframes over time on a horizontal graph. This graphical display simplifies the process of adjusting animation timing because you can see all keys at once in a spreadsheet-like format.
The time ruler at the bottom of the Track View Key window measures time. Markings on the time ruler reflect the settings in the . You can drag the time ruler vertically in the Key window to align it with any track.
This topic lists Track View functions for which keyboard shortcuts can be set. Where there is no default keyboard shortcut listed and no button shown in the action list, a brief description appears in the right column.
A menu bar appears at the top of Track View in both Curve Editor and Dope Sheet modes and the expanded track bar layout. The Track View menu bar is contextual; it changes slightly between Curve Editor and Dope Sheet modes.
Track View has a number of toolbars for managing controllers and animation. The toolbars can be floated, docked, and rearranged as you like. (Most toolbar commands are also available from the Track View menu bar.)
Track View Utilities displays a dialog listing plug-in Track View utilities. A typical Track View utility displays a modeless dialog (though utilities can be modal) and provides functions that can be applied across multiple selected keys and tracks. You can launch more than one utility by choosing Track View Utilities again.
Use the Edit Time tools to work directly with selected blocks of time in the Dope Sheet Editor, as opposed to working with keys and range bars. A block of time is any contiguous time segment, across one or more tracks, and is independent of key locations.