Keyframing Tools Rollout
 
 
 
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Select the biped. Motion panel Keyframing Tools rollout

Use controls on the Keyframing Tools rollout to clear animation on a biped or selected parts, mirror biped animation, and cause the Neck to rotate in body space rather than parent space. You can also bend the horizontal center of mass track around a selected horizontal key.

Separate Tracks

By default, 3ds Max uses an optimized method for key storage. For example, keys for the fingers, hand, forearm, and upper arm are stored in the Clavicle transform track. If you prefer instead to have a transform track available for each arm object, use the Separate Tracks group to make these transform tracks available; transform tracks are displayed in Track View.

When the Separate FK Tracks options are on for the Arms and Fingers, only these tracks receive keys.

When the Separate FK Tracks options are off, all limb tracks receive keys.

TipSeparate Tracks are designed to be used with forward-kinematic (FK) rotations. Using the Move tool to change the position of a biped limb with Separate Tracks requires that you turn on Set Parents Mode. If Set Parents Mode is off, then the limb you move is stored relative to its parent objects, and the new parent positions are not stored. The parent objects will snap back to their originally stored location. Turning on Set Parents Mode ensures that the position of the entire biped limb is stored.
NoteSeparate Tracks are intended to be used as a preference. It is better to turn them on once for the tracks you plan to edit by hand. Turning off Separate Tracks that are currently on causes a key to be stored for every biped object in the limb for the frames where any biped keys previously existed.

Interface

Enable Subanims

Enables Biped subanims. For more information about Biped subanims, see Using Controllers

Manipulate Subanims

Modifies Biped subanims. For more information about Biped subanims, see Using Controllers

Clear Selected Tracks

Removes all keys and constraints from the selected objects and tracks.

Clear All Animation

Removes all keys and constraints from the biped.

Mirror and Mirror In Place flyout

This flyout offers two options. Both options mirror the animation locally, so that the right side of the biped now does what the left side does, and vice versa. Also, if the spline leaned to the left, it now leans to the right. The same goes for the neck, pelvis, head, and so on.

  • MirrorReflects the animation about the world-space XZ plane. This option reverses the biped’s position by 180 degrees, so it now faces in the opposite direction.

  • Mirror in PlaceReflects the animation locally, but at the initial frame, maintains the world-space position and orientation of the biped. The biped continues to face in the same direction.

    Original animation: The biped turns to the left as it walks.

    Left: When you click Mirror, the animation and the biped turn completely around.

    Right: When you click Mirror In Place, the biped still moves forward, but now it turns to the right.

Set Multiple Keys

Select keys using filters or apply a rotational increment to selected keys. Use this to change periodic motion keys in Track View. Displays the Set Multiple Keys dialog

Set Parents Mode

When a limb key is created, keys are created for the parent objects also, provided Set Parents Mode is turned on. Use Set Parents Mode when you turn on Separate FK Tracks.

Set Parents Mode stores the position of the entire limb when a biped limb is moved using inverse kinematics instead of rotated using forward kinematics. For example, if Set Parents Mode is off and Separate Tracks are turned on for the biped arms, then the arm will snap back to its original position if you transform the biped hand.

If Separate Tracks are turned on for a biped body part, then turn on Set Parents Mode. This lets you use the Move transform to position the biped limbs.

NoteSeparate Tracks adds biped object transform tracks.
Anchor Right Arm, Left Arm, Right Leg, Left Leg

Let you temporarily fix the location and orientation of hands and feet. Use anchors when you are setting up animation with inverse kinematics object space, in which the arm or leg follows an object in the scene. Anchors ensure that the arm or leg keeps its alignment until you set the second key that establishes the object-space sequence.

TipAn alternative to anchors is to use Set Planted Key on the Key Info rollout. When you use Set Planted Key, the limb is positioned to the previous IK key (Join To Previous IK Key).
Show All in Track View

Shows all the curves for the options in the Keyframing rollout in the track view.

Separate FK Tracks group

By default, character studio stores a finger, hand, forearm, and upper-arm key in the Clavicle track. The toe, foot, and calf keys are stored in the thigh track. This optimized approach to key storage works well in most cases. If you need extra tracks, turn them on for a specific biped body part. For example, turn on Arms if you plan to create extensive finger-hand animation; if an arm key is deleted, it will not affect the finger-hand keys.

You must turn on Set Parents Mode for these toggles to take effect.

Arms

Turn on to create separate transform tracks for the finger, hand, forearm, and upper arm.

By default, there is one finger track per hand. All finger keys are stored in the Finger0 transform track, the first link of the biped thumb.

Neck

Turn on to create separate transform tracks for the neck links.

Legs

Turn on to create separate toe, foot, and calf transform tracks.

Tail

Turn on to create separate transform tracks for each tail link.

Fingers

Turn on to create separate transform tracks for fingers.

Spine

Turn on to create separate spine transform tracks.

Toes

Turn on to create separate transform tracks for toes.

Ponytail 1

Turn on to create separate ponytail 1 transform tracks.

Ponytail 2

Turn on to create separate ponytail 2 transform tracks.

Xtras

Turn on to create separate tracks for an extra tail. See Xtras group.

  • Drop-down listUse this list to choose the specific extra tail for which you’re creating tracks.