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Editor ModesπŸ”—︎

The Motorica Studio Editor organizes its various features into so-called editor modes. The idea of editor modes is to help structure your creative workflow by exposing only the necessary tools for a given task at a time.

Locate this dropdown in the Motorica Studio Editor to switch between editor modes:

Keyframe ModeπŸ”—︎

This mode lets you keyframe custom paths for which you can generate character animations. This is especially useful if you have loaded a custom level and want your character to move around objects in your scene.

TimelineπŸ”—︎

Used to keyframe the location and rotation of your character over time. This is essentially a slightly modified version of the default UE Sequencer.

Warning

Do not add new Animation or Transform tracks to existing Locomotion Actors. This could result in unexpected behavior.

Curve EditorπŸ”—︎

Used for fine-grained control over the value and curve (interpolation) of your keyframes. This is default functionality of the UE Sequencer.

Viewport GizmoπŸ”—︎

Used this to move your character around the scene.

Note

Motorica Studio Editor uses a different gizmo style than the default UE one for various technical reasons. The gizmo is experimental and its look-and-feel is not final. If you experience any difficulties with the gizmo interaction, please let us know!

Bug

When rotating the gizmo beyond -180 and 180, the Yaw / Z-axis value will wrap-around by 180 degrees. This will cause your animation to make a very fast rotation which you msot likely do not want.

Correct the value manually via the Details panel, the Timeline track keyframe value, or the Curve Editor UI.

Preset ModeπŸ”—︎

This mode lets you generate animations for parameterized preset paths, without the need for manual keyframing. This is in contrast to Keyframe mode, in which you create the paths yourself by moving the character in the viewport and keyframing its location and rotation in the Timeline.

In Preset Mode, actors are not affected by location and rotation keyframes in the Timeline, because the corresponding Transform tracks are disabled. Switching to Keyframe Mode will re-enable them.

Warning

Do not β€œLock" or β€œMute” the Transform tracks of any locomotion actor in the Timeline. The plugin automatically handles locking, unlocking, muting, and unmuting the tracks when switching between editor modes.

Locking or muting the Transform tracks yourself can cause issues with generating and previewing the animations.

PresetsπŸ”—︎

Preset Mode exposes one primary tool: the Preset Controls panel. The panel has a "Preset Type" dropdown which contains a list of parameterized presets you can choose from. Clicking on any preset will reveal its parameters below the dropdown.

Below is a list of the current presets and what their parameters mean.

Note

Negative values for Speed and Target Speed variables will reverse the direction of travel.

  • Straight - A character traveling in a straight line along the initial facing direction. It starts at Speed m/s and transitions to Target Speed m/s at the end
  • Diagonal - A character traveling diagonally at 45Β°. It starts at Speed m/s and transitions to Target Speed m/s at the end.

    Bug

    Currently, Angle does not affect the direction angle precisely - it only inverts the direction of diagonal travel.

  • Strafe - A character traveling sideways (strafing). It starts at Speed m/s and transitions to Target Speed m/s at the end.

  • Turn - A character turning in-place by Angle degrees, without traveling in any direction.
  • Circle - A character walking/running in a circle with a speed of Speed m/s and turn angle of Turn Angle degrees per second.
  • RunTurn - A character running forward at Speed m/s, and turning by Angle degrees midway along its path.
  • StartTurn - A character standing still before it begins traveling at Speed m/s in a direction of Angle degrees away from its initial facing direction.
  • StopTurn - A character traveling forward at Speed m/s before coming to a full stop and facing a direction of Angle degrees away from its initial facing direction.
  • Constant Speed - A character traveling in a global direction specified by a Forward velocity vector (m/s) and a Sideways velocity vector (m/s). Forward is looking along Y+ and Sideways is looking along X+. The character can also travel along a circular path at Rotation degrees per second. A larger radius can be achieved with a smaller Rotation or larger Forward / Sideways values.