I'm playing with the NLA editor so I can use action strips, but I think I don't understand how it works.

From what I understand, I can see the NLA (global) animation only if there is no action opened in the Action Editor.

I can edit an Action Strip by right-clicking it then Start Editing Stashed Action from within the NLA. It is now open in the action editor. But I don't see anymore the global animation of the NLA so it's difficult to work correctly.

Is there a way to edit an Action Strip while the global animation plays ?



If you select the strip in the NLA and press Tab, the action will open in the Dope Sheet and the other objects will continue to be animated.

The only problem is that the action you want to edit will stick to the beginning of the timeline, or at the frame where it is supposed to begin in the Dope Sheet as an action, not at the frame where the strip is placed in the NLA.

To make it begin at the same frame as in the NLA, enable the track pinning option:

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  • $\begingroup$ when I press tab, it seems to isolate my action - I can't see the "sum" of the NLA... $\endgroup$
    – gordie
    Jan 11 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ that's weird, it works fine here, I hope someone will understand your problem $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Jan 11 at 17:50

I received this answer from @GuitlyGhost on blender.chat :

strips have blend modes. To prevent the top most action track (orange) from completely overriding your lower strips, change its blend mode to Combine instead of Replace.

If you want to edit a strip while still viewing the complete NLA result, that's not supported yet and currently in development


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