Transform and Property Tracks

Sequencer's Property Tracks are used to animate an Actor's common variables or properties such as transform, floats, or color.

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Sequencer contains various Property Tracks you can use to animate Actors' common property types. Using these tracks, you can animate properties such as Transform, Color, or Booleans. This guide provides an overview of the various Property Track types that exist in Sequencer.

Prerequisites

Transform Track

One of the most commonly-used tracks in Sequencer is the Transform track. You can use this track to animate the movement of objects, cameras, and characters in your scene.

sequencer transform track

Creation

By default, whenever a Static Mesh, Skeletal Mesh, or Camera is added to Sequencer, a Transform track will automatically be added under them.

To manually add a Transform track, click the + Track button on the Object Binding Track, and select Transform.

add transform track

The automatic adding of the Transform track under certain tracks is enabled from the Project Settings, and can be customized to occur for other Actor class types under the Track Setting Project Setting.

Usage

Transform tracks can be expanded to view individual channels or axes. Selecting these channel or axis tracks and pressing Enter will allow you to place keyframes on those specific tracks.

expand transform track channel

Channels and axes can also be disabled and removed from view if you don't need them. To do this, right-click the transform section and enable or disable channels under the Active Channels category. Removing any channel or axis will cause those tracks to not be evaluated by Sequencer and to not respond to Auto Keying.

transform track channels

Properties

The Transform track section contains properties to assist with improving control on your Transforms. Right-click a Transform track section and select Properties to view them.

transform track properties

The Use Quaternion Interpolation option enables quaternion linear interpolation between transform keyframes. Quaternion interpolation helps reduce Gimbal lock and other Euler-based problems with rotations.

use quaternion interpolation

Show 3D Trajectory contains options for drawing trajectory paths for the Transform track.

show 3d trajectory

These options include:

  • Only When Selected, which will only draw the trajectory when the object or track is selected.

  • Always, which will always draw the trajectory regardless of selection.

  • Never, which will never draw the trajectory.

Regardless of the chosen trajectory setting, the trajectory will always hide when Game View is enabled.

Property Tracks

Sequencer supports the animating of various properties. Properties can be added to your Object Binding Track in Sequencer by clicking the + Track button on the track and choosing one from the Properties category.

sequencer property track

Boolean

Boolean tracks are used to animate boolean properties. Boolean tracks can only be set to enabled or disabled, and do not interpolate. The timeline will be colored red when set to disabled, and green when enabled.

sequencer boolean track

Booleans are also represented in the curve editor by values of 0 (disabled) and 1 (enabled).

Integer

Integer tracks are used to animate integer properties and do not interpolate.

sequencer integer track

Float

Float tracks are used to animate scalar float properties. Float keyframes interpolate and can use custom tangents and curves.

sequencer float track

Vectors

Sequencer supports animating Vector 2, 3, and 4 properties using their respective tracks. All Vector tracks interpolate and can have custom tangents and curves.

sequencer vector track

Color

The Color track is used to animate color-specific properties in Sequencer, such as on lights or materials. The Color track supports interpolation and will also display the color set at each keyframe along the timeline so you can preview your colors at a glance.

sequencer color track

To help with color selection, you can double-click a Color track keyframe to bring up the Color Picker. Once a color is selected, click the OK button and the keyframe will now be set to that color.

sequencer color picker

The Color track supports animating both Color and Linear Color spaces.

String

The String track is used to animate different String values. String values do not interpolate between keyframes.

sequencer string track

Enum

The Enum Track is used to animate different enumerated values. Enum values do not interpolate between keyframes.

sequencer enum track

Object

The Object Track is used to animate different Object and Asset values. Object values do not interpolate between keyframes.

sequencer object track

UMG Properties

Sequencer supports animating properties from UI Elements in the UMG UI Designer. The two main tracks used for UMG are the Margin and Widget Transform Tracks.

sequencer umg ui property tracks

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