Animation Transitions Main Concept

Animation Transitions are some kind of Triggers that are automatically added in a Behavior Graph whenever a Motion or Locomotion behavior is added after another Motion or Locomotion behavior.

The Animation Transition will helps synchronizing the transition frame between two consecutive animations by providing a single unified interface to configure:

  • the trigger to stop the previous animation (allows to configure the exact frame at which exiting the animation);
  • the start percent on the next animation (allows to configure the exact frame at which jumping in the next animation);
  • the stop duration on the previous animation and the start duration on the next animation (allows to configure the blend duration between animations).
An animation transition affects the way triggers are evaluated. More precisely, you can consider that the stop trigger of the previous animation behavior is composed with and AND to a trigger that return true only when (one of) the transition frame(s) is reached.

Creating an Animation Transition

Accessing the unified animation transition interface is done by clicking on the arrow between 2 motion or locomotion behaviors:


Selecting an animation transition

Once selected, the Animation Transition should be editable in the Attribute Editor:


An Empty Animation Transition

Animation Transitions can be added by clicking on the Add an Animation Transition button.


An animation transition with default values

Animation Transition Interface


User interface for an animation transition

Animation Transition Name

Name of the animation transition

Timeline With big indicator every 1s
Zoom level Zoom in or out on animation lengths
Snap To Click here to snap the Next Animation position on Maya frames when moving it
Refresh Click here to refresh the UI to take into account values to were manually edited
Trash Click here to delete the corresponding animation transition
Previous Animation

Name of the previous animation.

If several animations are configured for the behavior, right click to select the animation to configure:

Next Animation

Next animation.

This block can be moved to synchronize the next animation with the previous one.

If several animations are configured for the behavior, right click to select the animation to configure:

Transition

The transition block defines at which frame the previous animation can stop, and how long is the blending with the next animation.

This block can be moved and it's length can be changed by moving the left and right sides.

Posture Match Score

The graphics defines the similarity of the postures in the previous and next animation. If the Next Animation is moved left or right, this score will be recomputed in real time. The best transition is reached when the score is at his highest level and greenish color.


The match score curve is refreshed whenever the next animation block is moved

Transition Automatic Adjustments

These buttons allows to automatically find the next best adjustment for both the transition and the next animation.

Here is how it work:

  • the first click will try to find the next best transition without moving the next animation
  • if there is no next best transition with this next animation position, it will try to move the next animation and find the first best transition position with this next animation's position.


Auto-transition adjustment

As much animation transitions as needed can be added, each will define a unique set of stop frame / start frame / transition duration. At run time, the first of these transition to be valid once the stop trigger of the previous behavior is true will be the one effectively used. This is particular useful when configuring transitions on a long animation.