I have what seems to be a fairly common problem (From what I've seen while searching) that I can't quite seem to solve. I'm trying to make a character walk down a street. This is the first proper walking animation I've attempted in Blender (Did a couple in 3DS Max and Maya years ago). I've created a walk cycle action called walk which repeats perfectly in place. I've also created a moveForward action which moves the character forward. This works fine with a Cyclic F-modifier as long as I keep the action as a keyframe animation, the character will keep walking down the street indefinitely. This is great for time saving but not so great for control and general animation. My problem comes as soon as I try to make it into a looping action that I can layer into another animation. The character will move through 1 loop and then jump back to his starting position.
The way I have the animation set up: bones animated for the walk cycle (walk action) The whole armature object moved forward (keeping the supporting foot in place - as per Jjannaway3D's Sintel Walk Cycle Youtube videos) for the moveForward action.
My biggest problem with following that tutorial exactly is that he duplicates the forward motion keys for every loop, however my animation is 90% walking for 2 min 30 punctuated for a few seconds here and there by other actions that need smooth transitioning, which would be better served by layering actions.
I've looked, on and off, for a couple of days and the best answer I could find was from this question How should an animated character be moved while repeating a walk cycle? (basically the same problem) but it doesn't appear to work for my situation.
The walk cycle is 27 frames long. I've taken a snapshot of my Blend file setup on frame 28, once using just a the Cyclic F-modifier and once using the same animation as a repeating action.
As you might be able to tell, in the 2nd image the character has snapped back to origin 1 frame after the first animation loop. I'm sure there's a simple solution but I can't seem to find it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: Updated to reflect Phip's suggestion.
New set up: same armature + root bone parenting pelvis and IK targets Walk action: same as before Forward action: moves the root bone forward, keeping the supporting foot in place to prevent slipping. First and last frames are set to linear interpolation and the forward action is F-modifier'd.
I can upload my blend file somewhere if that'd help?