Motion Flow Rollout
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Select a biped. Motion panel Biped rollout (Motion Flow Mode) Motion Flow rollout

The Motion Flow rollout displays when Motion Flow mode is active on the Biped rollout. You can load, append, and save motion flow editor files (MFE), and open the Motion Flow Graph and Shared Motion Flow dialogs using controls on this rollout.

To load, append, or save a Motion Flow Editor (MFE) file, refer to the following procedures:


Motion Flow buttons

Load File

Load a Motion Flow Editor file (MFE). Motion Flow Editor files include:

  • ClipsReferences to biped animation files.
  • TransitionsNames, attributes, and connections between clips.
  • ScriptsDifferent paths through a set of connected clips and transitions.
TipThe location of the referenced BIP files is saved in the MFE file. If the BIP file cannot be found, 3ds Max Design looks in the Animations directory specified by Configure User Paths File I/O.

If you load an MFE file onto a biped using a shared motion flow, you will get a warning and the biped will be removed from the shared motion flow. The biped will get the newly loaded motion flow and all its scripts.

Append File

Append a Motion Flow Editor (MFE) file to the MFE that is already loaded. Displays a load file dialog.

The appended graph will appear directly below the bottom of the existing graph in the graph window, so you may have to scroll down to see it.

Save File

Save a Motion Flow Editor (MFE) file.

Saving an MFE file from a biped having a shared motion flow will save the motion flow and its scripts as if it were not shared. It will be a normal MFE file.

NoteTo save a script as a BIP file, use Unified motion to have the scripted motion available when you exit Motion Flow mode.
Show Graph

Opens the Motion Flow Graph. The first step in script creation is to add clips to the Motion Flow Graph.

Shared Motion Flow

Displays the Shared Motion Flows dialog. Allows you to create, delete, and modify shared motion flows. Shared motion flows are used to animate one or more bipeds to simulate a crowd.

If the selected biped is using a shared motion flow, then the icon has a white circle around it.

Scripts group

See Motion Flow Scripts Group.