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Chapter 11. Animation Basics > The Animation Tools and Interface

The Animation Tools and Interface

Before jumping into the animation process, you should review the interface and tools for animation in Maya. The following sections help you get familiar with the interface so that you can find the attributes and functions you need for animation.

Setting Up an Animation

Before you create any animation in a scene, you need to configure some standard settings. Two components of Maya's user interface are specific to animation: the Range Slider and the Time Slider. To make sure they are displayed, click Hotbox | Hotbox Controls to open a marking menu with several options for the user interface (see Figure 11.1). Use this marking menu to display the Range Slider and Time Slider in your Maya interface.


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