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Animation Tools

There are many ways to produce and control animation in Maya (in fact, whole books are written about them), so we’ll just look at the main animation controls.

Animation Controls

At the bottom of the Maya user interface are various animation controls; these can be seen in Figure 16.2.

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FIGURE 16.2 Maya’s animation controls

Let’s first look at the Time Slider. This bar shows the range of frames you are currently working on. Clicking anywhere in here with the left mouse button will highlight the selected frame with a black box and update the view to show that frame of the animation.


Tip

Clicking with the middle mouse button in the Time Slider will select that frame but not update the time in the views. This is handy if you want to quickly copy the pose from one frame to another. You simply select the object whose keys you want to copy, select the frame you wish to copy to with the middle mouse button, and then set a key on the object at this new frame.


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