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What is the NLA Editor used for?

I understand how you animate something (say bones location and rotation in an armature). Doing so creates an action; that action can be renamed in the Dope Sheet. In the NLA Editor I can create a ...
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How should an animated character be moved while repeating a walk cycle?

I created a walk cycle as an action, placed it in the NLA editor and repeated the cycle. For each repetition the character jumps back to the starting position, what are some options to move the ...
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Getting area (region.view2d) pixel coordinates of 2D views (VSE, NLA)

I am looking to overlay a sound vis, using bgl, over strips in the NLA, VSE, like How can I find the area.region.view2d x,y, width and height of strips in the NLA and VSE editors using python?
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How to reverse an animation?

"I'm looking for a way to reverse my animation so it is identical the other way." This is commonly asked and so I am presenting my solution.
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How do I offset animation start in a linked blend?

I have a resource file containing a model with materials and animation tracks (NLA action strips) that I want to re-use in another Blend file. In the resource file I created a group containing the ...
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Is there a more efficient way to edit actions alread used in NLA?

When not happy with the results in an animation the action can be edited again (Tab in NLA-editor). After that the action is displayed with a snowflake indicating that it needs to be freezed again. ...
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How to make a walk cycle loop?

I've made a walk cycle that I would like to repeat a certain number of times. When I tried to "Make Cyclical" the entire armature animation I realized that the Graph Editor's modifiers only appear to ...
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Where can I change mixing of an action in NLA?

I combined two action strips in the NLA-editor but the forward movement fades in (red curve in the image below) I would prefer to have this linear. Where can I change this behaviour? Action blending ...
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Can an action be mirrored or reused?

In a scene I linked two groups (object and rig) and appended an action, now I'm experimenting what would be the best workflow to animate more characters in a scene. I would like to have a set of ...
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Loop Actions with a Cycle F-modifier

I am about to create a ~3 minutes long forest scene with some rabbit roaming around. I created a rabbit with two animations: Sit, Walk. I then created a curve and key framed the evaluation time so ...
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Looping walk cycle animation snaps back on repeat

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 ...
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How does one animate time in the VSE?

I'm trying to move between slow motion and normal motion on a video/audio strip smoothly, but am having problems animating this. I've tried Individual objects and Entire scene and Time Remapper addon ...
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Render each strip from NLA editor?

I have 20 different strips on the NLA editor, and am trying to render all of them. How do I: Render each strip seperately into it's own output folder Render only active frames/keyframes Python ...
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Bringing in Multiple Animations of a Single Armature to Be Used For One Animation

I have created 3 animations using one rig in separate .blend files, a walk in place, run in place, and a simple front flip. If I were to create a new file with this rig in it, how would I go about ...
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How to get back to normal animation timeline after using NLA Editor

My Model in Frame 1 is at the end of vertical plane. On Frame 240 he comes near the camera. I did basic walk animation in Frame 1 and went to Action Editor->Clicked F->Clicked X to close it.Then ...
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How do you organize NLA editor strips

The outliner tab/bar is pretty organized, but when you look at the NLA editor it doesn't reflect what you see in the outliner
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NLA clips to another character

I have a character animation with a lot of clips in NLA. Now I need transfer my mixed clips to another character. Is there any way to do this easily? I don't want to bake all my clips to one, because ...
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How can unused tracks be removed from the NLA?

With autokeying enabled I accidentally moved a few objects, unfortunately they now appear in the NLA editor. I removed the actions saved and reload but I can't get rid of the entries.
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How can I make an NLA strip longer to fit more keyframes?

I made an animation and dropped it as an NLA strip - now I'd like to tweak that strip to add more keyframes and make the strip longer. I thought that the Extend (E key) function does that - but no it ...
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How can I combine 3 actions with the NLA Editor?

Please help me out, I use blender 2.76b, I tried to combine three actions in NLA editor but only the selected track is functioned while the others are muted. Please help me.
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How to make a transition between 2 strips in NLA Editor?

In the NLA Editor, I set two strip actions, each one of these actions defined with the dope sheet. However, I have a gap (20 frames about) between these 2 strips in NLA. Do you know how to ...
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How to select a graph in graph editor

I am doing an animation and in graph editor i need to interpolate some graphs. I select the graph point by point but it is not comfortable. Is there any shortcuts to select the graph?
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How to make NLA strip rotate based on previous action?

in this file http://pasteall.org/blend/34781, i would that the person turn left and continue to walk but there is a little bit problem that i could understand that canceled the turn left action. Could ...
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Swap two curves in the editor graph

I am wondering if possible to swap two curves in editor graphs? or to modify a curve to be constant =0 (no motion)?
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How to get the active strips in the NLA editor from Python?

Is it possible to get the active strips in the NLA Editor with Python, in order to run a function on them?
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How to bake animation in blender 2.8?

I'm only starting on blender with the 2.8 version I want to do several animations by moving the different donuts up and down so I started animating with actions. But I got one action per object and I ...
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How do I download action strips?

I have watched a few YouTube videos on how to create and animate with NLA Editor and Dope Sheet (bake) but my thing ain't working out. I want to get action strips but I cannot find any! I have tried ...
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Stopping Follow Path at the beginning

I'm mixing animations in NLA editor, and I want start with follow constraint turned off. For example, I want my character to wave, and then play the walk cycle with follow path. The keyframing ...
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How can I slow down or animate time?

"I want to be able to switch my scene between fast and slow motion, or have all of it go into slow motion except the camera so I can pan through." This is commonly asked for, and while there are some ...
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How can I use Animated Strip Time in the NLA Editor?

I'm interested in knowing how to use the Animated Strip Time in the NLA Editor. From Alrik's answer to this question, I thought it could be used to do turn a strip into something like slo-mo that's ...
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Make strip active or deactivate it in python

I found out that the 'active variable of a strip is read-only. Is there another way to activate and/or deactivate a strip with python? Maybe a predefined operator which I can use?
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Link Object's property to Actions

Is it possible to enhance the animation(where all animations are instanced as unique Actions from the Nla Editor) by changing the object's property (like material color etc) whenever a particular ...
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NLA Action of material Mix Shader node FAC value

I'm creating an animation where regions of the brain light up and turn off, cued to video and sound. Many many keyframes of essentially "fade on / fade off" switches for each of the 6 highlighted ...
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Issues exporting large amounts of animations to Unity

I'm having a few issues I have been trying to work around for a few months now when I'm trying to export a large group of animation Actions or NLA animations. When I try exporting all my actions into ...
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Why can my NLA strip only be 10 000 frames long?

I have NLA strip with path animation, But it seems like I can only do animation for about 10 000 frames if I'm using NLA strips? Really? Am I doing something wrong?
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Play two nlatracks simultaneously

I run in to problem with nla editor, I cant play two tracks simultaneously if they start and end at same time, the track on top is only which is played, if I move only one to side I get transition ...
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Paste flip animation does not give the expected results

I am doing a walk cycle using an imported .mhx file. To do the walk cycle, I animate the legs and hand for the first frame then I paste the inverse in the frame 21 (in my case). In the first scenario: ...
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Nested objects/animations like in Flash?

I'm wondering whether there is an equivalent functionality in Blender to simulate the way Flash let's you create object "instances" each of which encapsulates other objects and even animations. The ...
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Can NLA strips be combined by transform matrix?

When I add two action constraints to each bone in an armature, they combine as expected and as described in the wiki, that is, translations are added, rotations are "added" (whether Euler rotations or ...
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Automatic mapping of walk animations based on object velocity [closed]

I'm looking for a way to automate walk cycles, so they can be reused in any scene on top of the normal armature action. NLA strips make this possible to a basic level: You can have a separate action ...
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How to select the fcurve of a material

I have a fcurve assigned to a material, but for some reason it neither influences the Offset, which it should be, nor shows up in the Dope Sheet or NLA Editor. And actually, the X-Offset is only ...
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How to add randomness or variability to Action Strip scale

I would like to add variability to an Action Strip's scale, ideally within a range of values I select. In the wing beat strip below, for example, I would like to scale between something like .3 and ....
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Applied armature doesn't “stick” to mesh while not applied does and I think I need to apply

According to a tutorial that shows how to export my NLA to Unity I need to apply all modifiers first. Though, I noticed that if I apply my armature to the mesh then the mesh stops following the ...
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a fast way to join NLA strips?

In the NLA editor, splitting strips is just a matter of one key press. I did not find a similarly easy way to join them again (except ctrl-z :D) So far, what I usually did, was: copy the last strip ...
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Calling Multiple Actions at Once

I have six objects. Each has an action that occurs at the same time as the others. Is there a way to turn these separate actions into one mega-action that I can call instead of having to call all six ...
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NLA editor gets tangled all up in Blender 2.75?

Don't know what to do with this mess. Plane.002 is just a still object in my scene. Don't know how It got an action strip. I want to clean up NLA editor and action editor up by removing four actions ...
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How to save NLA action but don't use it?

I'm animating something that I made using armatures. I made a very basic walk cycle, and turned it into an NLA action. However, in the current scene of the animation I'm making, I don't actually need ...
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How can I edit F-curves of an action already put in the NLA editor

I am wondering if it is possible to edit curves of action already put in the NLA editor. And suppose that I have an action that extents from the frame 0 to frame 40 and in the NLA editor Strip Extents ...
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How to copy NLA strip without creating a new track?

I would like to make many linked copies of a strip. This strip controls the eye blinking. When I press Alt+D, it creates a new NLA track for the new copied strip. This will end up having a new track ...
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How to find the highest end value of nla strips in a group of objects?

I have a group of objects in my scene that have animated materials. I've converted the material animations to NLA strips, and am trying to find the highest value in the list of end frames that the ...