Are you able to reuse an animation on a certain rig for one character to another identical rig corresponding to a different character/model? I want to know because I want to practice animating a lower value model until I am ready to work on my characters. Then, I want to reuse those animations on the characters' rigs.



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Yes, but you have to make sure that the objects (rigs) are identical.

The Action Editor

Either open up a Dope Sheet window or change to the Animation Screen layout.

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Change to the Action Editor in the dropdown menu where it likely currently says Dope Sheet.

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If you select the rig that you already have animated, it will probably display something like ArmatureAction where it says + New in the above screenshot. If you select the unanimated armature, you can select ArmatureAction from the dropdown menu to the left of + New.

The Process:

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This can work for any number and any type of object. For example, if I have a cube keyframed for X-Location and X-Rotation, I can use the same method to copy its movements to a nearby cone and cylinder.

Extended uses:

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The demo .blend:

Hope this helps; feel free to ask questions!

  • $\begingroup$ @MoonLight If this answer helped you, please consider accepting it by clicking the checkmark in the upper left-hand corner. It would help me greatly! Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Shady Puck
    Jul 5, 2017 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ I just saw this. Wish I've would've saw it sooner, since I haven't been on for a while. Thanks :) $\endgroup$
    – MoonLight
    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ @MoonLight No problem :) $\endgroup$
    – Shady Puck
    Aug 13, 2017 at 14:49

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