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I know how to splice together animations if they both start/end on the same point. But this is a little different.

Animation A - Starts at Y 0m, and ends at around Y 2m (this isn't reflected in the Transform tab)

Animation B - Starts and ends at Y 0m

I spliced the animations together, and tried moving Animation B forward to Y 2m where it needs to be using the Transform tab, but it moved Animation A forward as well, which I don't want.

I then loaded up Animation B by itself and moved it forward to Y 2m and saved it. I then tried to combine it with Animation A again, but it once again moved Animation A forward.

How can I get Animation B on Y 2m without pushing Animation A forward so that A and B merge like they're supposed to?

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  • $\begingroup$ are you talking about an armature with bones? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented May 17, 2020 at 5:54
  • $\begingroup$ Yep. That is correct. $\endgroup$
    – Mike Terry
    Commented May 18, 2020 at 10:44

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Let say you want animation A to go from point Y = 0 to Y = 1 from frame 0 to 19, and animation B to stay at point Y = 1 from frame 20 to 40.

  • You could parent your object to an empty that will stay still from 0 to 19, then at frame 20 move at Y = 1.

  • If you're talking about an armature, in Object mode, you could keyframe the object at frame 0 and 19, then at frame 20, keyframe it at Y = 1 so that it corrects the animation B location.

  • Again for an armature move animation B's root's location (+ 1 to Y location) or its bones locations (in the Graph Editor select the Y location curve and give it +1).

  • And you could do it with the Delta Transform values:

Open the Properties panel > Object > Transform > Delta Transform > Delta Location. You will tweak these values in order to change the object's 0 global location.

At frame 0 create a keyframe with X/Y/Z = 0/0/0. Duplicate this keyframe and put it at frame 19.

At frame 20 create a keyframe with X/Y/Z = 0/1/0.

When your object will arrive at frame 20, animation B begins and it should come back to 0, but the Delta Transform forces it to go to Y = 1. Therefore you won't see the object jump back to 0.

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You can fix your particular case with the root's position. As you didn't change its position it would still make your armature position move whatever you do, so:

  • First your armature and animation are super messy, but let's ignore this. Find your root bone, you can find it in the Outliner, it's called b_C_Base, select it in the Outliner, switch your armature to Edit mode:

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  • It's a very small bone so you can't see it, scale it. Now switch to Pose mode. You can see its position on the Z armature local position at frame 90, copy it.

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  • Go to frame 116, when the animation is supposed to stop, you can see that the bone is set to back to its 0 position.

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  • Paste the Z position you've copied, it will move the whole armature to the good position. Create a keyframe with i, it works.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your help. This worked with the cube as you instructed. But with my animations the second one still pushes the first one forward no matter what I try. $\endgroup$
    – Mike Terry
    Commented May 18, 2020 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ maybe share your file or a file with a similar situation: blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented May 18, 2020 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ It probably wouldn't be a good idea for me to upload it onto blend-exchange, but I can give you a MediaFire link to the zip folder I shared with a fellow on Upwork if you want to take a look at everything. I'm not sure he really understands what I need him to do, maybe you'd have better luck. The link is: mediafire.com/file/srq743vdzu7541v/Animation_Folder.zip/file $\endgroup$
    – Mike Terry
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ Ok check my answer, actually you didn't really tried what I said, you need to fix the root bone (third point of my initial answer) :) $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ Okay I got it now. Thank you. You've been a big help. :) $\endgroup$
    – Mike Terry
    Commented May 23, 2020 at 4:55

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