Toolbar contains menu commands and icons for the editing tool that is currently displayed.
The animation explorer displays the parameters of the selected elements. For more information, see.
The view area shows the currently selected editor. The fcurve editor is the default editor, and is shown.
For more information on the fcurve editor, see.
In the explorer, click the animation icon of a parameter animated by a function curve, expression, linked parameter, or scripted operator. The corresponding editor (fcurve, expression, or scripted operator) appears in the animation editor automatically.
The view area (right panel) can display the fcurve graph (default), the dopesheet, the expression editor, or the scripted operator editor. If the animation editor is in a floating window, the name of the current editor is displayed in the window's title bar.
Choose Dopesheet to display the dopesheet, which displays animation as segments on tracks. This gives you an overall view of your animation, making it easy to do tasks like scaling or offsetting animation.
The animation explorer on the left side of the animation editor is a lot like the scene explorer (see [ ] for general information). It displays the animatable properties (these have the animation icon beside their name) of the currently selected elements.
The commands in the Explorer menu determine which parameters are displayed in the animation explorer. Once you have the parameters you want there, you can then choose what's displayed in the current editor in the viewing area, such as the fcurve editor. For example, you can select which fcurves are displayed in the fcurve graph or which tracks are displayed in the dopesheet.
You can also drag-and-drop elements from the scene explorer or any other view to this explorer — make sure to click the Lock button before doing this so that the animation explorer doesn't update to the new element you have selected.
Choose Explorer Display Use Wire Colors. Transformation parameters in X are red, Y are green, and Z are blue. Alpha parameters are light blue. The fcurves match their parameter color for easy identification. As well, when you select an fcurve, the unselected keys on it match the parameter color.
You can also set custom colors for the parameters as you like by right-clicking a parameter in the animation explorer and choosing Set Parameter Color. This opens a color editor in which you can set a color that overrides the default colors for the parameters.
These colors appear for the parameter names in the animation explorer, on their fcurves in the fcurve graph, and their keys in the dopesheet. Make sure that the Explorer Display Use Wire Colors command is active to see the colors.
The commands in the Explorer menu determine which parameters are displayed in the animation explorer. Once you have the parameters you want there, you can then choose what's displayed in the current editor in the viewing area, such as the fcurve editor. For example, you can select which fcurves are displayed in the fcurve graph or which tracks are displayed in the dopesheet (see ).
Many of these commands are the same as found in the explorer, as described in [ ]. The following commands, however, are specific to the animation explorer and determine the effect of the rest of the filters in the menu:
Animated Parameters Only displays only the element's animated parameters in the animation explorer and their associated fcurves in the graph. This option is especially useful for keeping the animation explorer uncluttered. This is on by default when you open the animation editor.
Keyable Parameters Only displays only the element's keyable parameters as defined in the keyable parameters editor. Keyable parameter are parameters which you have defined as being displayable in the keying panel.
For example, to display marking sets in the animation explorer, make sure that Explorer Animated Parameters Only is off, then choose Explorer Custom Properties. You can also select a marking set directly in the explorer so that it appears in the animation explorer. You may want to choose Explorer Flattening Flatten All to easily see the marking set if it's normally nested beneath several nodes.
More ... opens a menu from which you can display parameters for only the specific type of property selected, such as Position, Rotation, Scaling, or Color Only. You may find it simpler to use the Keyable Parameters Only command to filter for parameters that you want to edit in the animation editor.
Parameter Filters Activation Parameters Only displays only the element's Active or Mute parameters (their script name matches active or mute). They appear under nodes that have a Mute parameter (such as deformations), or constraints and expressions which have an Active parameter.
Parameter Filters Marked Parameters Only displays only the marked parameters for the element and their associated function curves. This option is mutually exclusive with Animated Parameters Only. Changing the marking automatically refreshes the animation explorer.
Note that this filter does not apply to marking sets, only to parameters that are actually marked. Marking sets are actually custom parameter sets that contain proxy parameters. Use the Custom Properties option to filter for marking sets.
Parameter Filters Tagged Parameters: Displays tagged parameters for the element and their associated fcurves. You can select to show All tagged parameters, or only parameters tagged with certain tag names (Tag 1 through Tag 10).