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I'm entering into a competition and one of the rules states No Automatic Animation Software.

I just started using Blender and plan to use it more.

Now, I don't know if I have lost several days worth of work, or if I merely need to unmark a checkbox.

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The animation features of Blender relies heavily on keyframes and different kinds of interpolation between those. So yes, Blender does indeed use "Automatic Tweening" (but not always as cegaton mentions in the comments).

At least if "tweening" is defined as in this Wikipedia article.

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    $\begingroup$ note that the interpolation could be set to constant, effectively disabling any in-betweening $\endgroup$ – cegaton Nov 29 '17 at 15:22
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Failing clarification from the contest organiser, it's a matter of interpreting the words. "Automatic Animation Software" could mean motion capture such as X-box Kinect. Blender could not be considered to be automatic in that respect. Interpolation could be ok since you needed to input the keyframes yourself to interpolate between them.

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