I imported a model and am looking through Blender right now, but I can't seem to animate that model. How would I do so? I can't seem to find the animate option. I used to be able to see the Record button in the options. Normally the option doesn't show up.

I was following a tutorial on how to animate a model and I got stuck. Here is a screenshot of what my screen looks like now:

screenshot 1

In the menu visible in the image, there is usually a record button, but I can't find it now.

This is what I mean by the Record option (see the sequence of buttons in the centre above the Timeline):

screenshot 2

  • $\begingroup$ Hello and welcome. Instead of having users go through links and external sites please use the builtin tools to embed images in your post. See How to upload an image to a post? or GIFs $\endgroup$ Jul 8, 2022 at 22:39
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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by 'animate option'? - In Blender, you animate objects by setting a keyframe for each movement with the 'I' (insert keyframe) key. The record button you're talking about is probably the one you see at the top of theTimeline for auto-keyframing, but you currently have the Acrtion Editor open. If you're new to Blender I'd suggest you look at a few of the many Blender YT animation tutorials that are online. $\endgroup$
    – John Eason
    Jul 8, 2022 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ Incidentally the only window with a record button on it in Blender is the Timeline (your second image). The Action Editor (your top image) doesn't have a record button. $\endgroup$
    – John Eason
    Jul 8, 2022 at 23:27
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    $\begingroup$ Somewhere in the tutorial, they should have told you that to animate a rig you need to be in Pose model. In the upper right of the 3d Viewport you can see a drop down menu that says "Object Mode". For now, click that word and select "Pose Mode" from the menu that appears. You should be able to continue following the tutorial at that point. $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2022 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ just open another workspace window and choose Timeline as editor type then you have the autokeying and the other buttons again. (youtu.be/HSm-cq7zd2s) $\endgroup$
    – Blunder
    Jul 9, 2022 at 1:15

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You don't see the RECORD button because you are in the DOPE SHEET Editor.

You need to change the Editor from Dope Sheet to Timeline.

Hope this helps :)


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