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Chapter 12. Character Animation > Building Repetitive Motion with Trax

Building Repetitive Motion with Trax

Maya offers an innovative solution to character animation called Trax, which enables you to simplify repetitive motions and build libraries of movements. Trax is Maya's version of what's known as nonlinear animation. Nonlinear animation mimics the approach taken by computer-based video editors, in which a timeline is displayed and footage appears as bars that can be placed, moved, copied, and layered across this timeline to compose a TV program.

With Trax, if you have a character animated to applaud, you can save this bit of animation as a clip. Then, any time the character should applaud, you simply layer this clip over the other animation that's already applied to this character. Regardless of whether the character is running, hopping, or standing still, the hands clap where specified.


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