Editor Preferences and Project Settings

Tweak Sequencer's behavior using Editor and Project Settings.

Sequencer's Editor Preferences and Project Settings control Sequencer's project-wide default behaviors and local user preferences during editor usage and runtime. This document provides an overview of the options available to you for modifying Sequencer behavior at the local and project level.

Editor Preferences

Editor Preferences are used to configure Sequencer's tool and feature behavior at the local level. Changes here only apply to your machine only and not with others.

To view Sequencer's Editor Preferences, navigate to Edit > Editor Preferencesā€¦ in Unreal Engine's top menu bar. Next, select Level Sequence Editor in the sidebar in the Content Editors category.

open sequencer editor preferences

In addition to the Level Sequence Editor, you can also customize your preferences for other sequence editors. Under Content Editors, you can locate and modify preferences for:

sequencer editor preferences list




Auto Change Mode

Auto Change Mode describes the behavior when creating tracks or when keyframed changes occur to your Actor.

  • Auto Key will enable Auto Key mode.

  • Auto Track will add tracks and Actors whenever an Actor or its properties are changed.

  • All will combine the effects of Auto Key and Auto Track modes.

  • None will use the default behavior and no automatic changes or keying will occur.

Allow Edits Mode

Allow Edits Mode contains options for automatic behavior when manipulating Sequencer-bound and Level-bound Actors. These options are described in the Sequencer Toolbar page.

Key Group Mode

Key Group Mode controls the scope of keys set when using Auto Key. These options are described in the Sequencer Toolbar page.

Key Interpolation

The interpolation type for newly-created keyframes.

Auto Set Track Defaults

When enabled, this will allow Transform and Property Tracks to have custom default values without needing to set keyframes. When disabled, then setting any value will cause a keyframe to be created for that track at the chosen value.


Spawn Position

The default location to create a Spawnable when it is added to Sequencer.

  • Origin is the default behavior and will place the Spawnable at the world origin (0, 0, 0).

  • Place in Front of Camera will place the Spawnable in front of the currently active perspective viewport's camera.

Create Spawnable Cameras

When enabled, clicking Sequencer's Toolbar Camera Button will create the camera as a Spawnable.

Show Selected Nodes Only

Automatically filters tracks when enabled to list only tracks or sub-tracks that match the selected Actor.

Rewind on Record

When enabled, the sequence will jump back to the start when a recording has started. Only used with Sequence Recorder.

Clean Playback Mode

Automatically enables Game View whenever Sequencer is being played.

Activate Realtime Viewports

Automatically enables Realtime from the Viewport Options menu whenever Sequencer is open.

Show Debug Visualization

If enabled, a debug display will appear at the bottom of Sequencer. The debug sections are grouped by keyframes. These sections are assigned a color based on evaluation complexity. Blue is low complexity, whereas Red is high complexity.

sequencer show debug visualization

Visualize Pre and Post Roll

Enables the drawing of pre and post-roll frame visualizers on your tracks if you are using them.

sequencer pre post roll

Compile Director on Evaluate

When enabled, the Sequencer Director blueprint will automatically compile when playing or scrubbing if it is dirty from changes.

Trajectory Path Cap

Specifies the maximum number of keyframe segments to draw when rendering transform trajectories in the viewport.

Show Outliner Info Column

Enables a Sequencer category in the Outliner when Sequencer is open. The category displays what sequence Actors are bound to. You must restart Sequencer when changing this value.

Frame Number Display Format

Specifies the unit of time to display in your sequence to Frames, Seconds, or Timecode. This affects all time displays in your sequence.

show time as

Movie Renderer Name

Describes which renderer to use. By default, this is set to "MovieSceneCapture", which uses the legacy rendering tool. If Movie Render Queue is enabled, then this field will be set to "Movie Render Queue".


Show Range Slider

Toggles the display of the bottom timeline region between a Maya-style range slider and a second timeline bar.

sequencer range slider

Snap Keys and Sections to Play Range

Clamps key and section placement to within the playback range.

clamp keys

Zoom Position

What the focal point is when Zooming in the Sequencer UI. You can choose to either zoom relative to the Current Time playhead or to your Mouse Position.

Auto Scroll Enabled

Enables automatic panning in Timeline view to keep the playhead in view when playing.

sequencer auto scroll

Keep Cursor in Play Range While Scrubbing

Clamps the playhead within the start and end regions of the sequence when scrubbing.

sequencer clamp scrub

Keep Play Range in Section Bounds

Enabling this will cause the playback range of your sequence to clamp its start and end times to the first and last keyframe or section.

sequencer keep play range in section bounds

Zero Pad Frames

Applies the selected amount of digit padding to the displayed time. Only applies when you are displaying time as frames.

Jump Frame Increment

Sets the number of frames to jump when pressing Shift + Left / Right Arrows to jump forward and backward in the timeline.

Show Combined Keyframes

Shows a preview of a track's keyframes when collapsed.

Infinite Key Areas

If enabled, the first transform track created will include an infinite length section. If disabled, a non-infinite section will be created instead with a length of 0.

Show Channel Colors

Draws a Red, Green, Blue line on the corresponding transform axis channels.

Show channel colors

Reduce Keys Tolerance

Tolerance to use when reducing keyframes from the Edit > Reduce Keys menu. Higher numbers will cause more keyframes to be removed if they contain a value difference larger than the tolerance's value.

Delete Keys when Trimming

Deletes keyframes that fall outside a section when trimming from the Edit > Trim Left/Right menu.

Disable Sections After Baking

Enabling this will deactivate the previous transform sections when selecting Bake Transform from Sequencer's Actions Menu. Disabling it will instead delete any previous sections.


Is Snap Enabled

Enables Snapping.

Snap Key Times to Interval

Snaps keyframes to time intervals when moving along the timeline.

snap keys time

Snap Key Times to Keys

Snaps keyframes to other keys, or the start and end of sections when moving along the timeline.

snap keys

Snap Section Times to Interval

Snaps sections to time intervals when scaling or moving sections in the timeline.

snap sections time

Snap Section Times to Sections

Snaps sections to other keys, or the start and end of sections when moving along the timeline.

snap sections keys

Snap Play Time to Keys

Snaps the playhead marker to other keys, or the start and end of sections while scrubbing.

snap playhead keys

Snap Play Time to Interval

Snaps the playhead marker to time intervals while scrubbing.

snap playhead time

Snap Play Time to Pressed Key

Pops the playhead marker to a keyframe when clicked. This can also be done when holding Shift and clicking the keyframe if this option is disabled.

pop playhead key

Snap Play Time to Dragged Key

Keeps the playhead maker at the same time as the keyframe when dragging the keyframe along the timeline.

snap playhead dragging v

Snap Curve Value to Interval

Toggles value snapping in the Curve Editor.

snap curve key

Curve Editor

Link Curve Editor Time Range

Synchronizes the Curve Editor's view with Sequencer's timeline.

sequencer sync view

Synchronize Curve Editor Selection

Enabling this will synchronize the Curve Editor selection with the selected track in Sequencer.

synchronize curve editor selection

Isolate Curve Editor to Selection

Enabling this will remove all other tracks from the Curve Editor outliner and will only show the currently selected track and its hierarchy from Sequencer.

isolate curve editor to selection


Evaluate Sub Sequences in Isolation

Isolates a sub-sequence or a shot from the master sequence when viewing it. This will disable any tracks or content that have been propagated from the master sequence, and will also disable the shot range preview.

Rerun Construction Scripts

Enables the construction script from Blueprint Actors to run on every tick. The Run Construction Script in Sequencer property must also be enabled in the Blueprint's Class Settings in order to use this option.

Project Settings

Sequencer also has various Project Settings that affect Sequencer across the entire project. Changes here will affect all users and will require certain files be changed.

To view Sequencer's Project Settings, navigate to Edit > Project Settingsā€¦ in Unreal Engine's top menu bar.

sequencer project settings

There are three main categories that contain Sequencer project settings: Engine, Editor, and Plugins.


In the sidebar, navigate to the Engine category and select Level Sequence. This will reveal Sequencer project settings for the DefaultEngine.ini file, which is located in the Config folder in your project's root directory.

sequencer engine settings



Default Lock Engine to Display Rate

Locks the playback of all newly-created sequences to the specified Default Display Rate.

Default Display Rate

The default playback rate for newly-created sequences. This can also be used to define the frame locked frame rate. Some of the valid formats include:

  • 30fps.

  • 120/1, which will result in 120 fps.

  • 30000/1001, which will result in 29.97 fps.

  • 0.01s, which will result in 10 ms.

Default Tick Resolution

Specifies the tick resolution for newly-created sequences.

Default Clock Source

The default Clock Source to use for newly-created sequences.


Navigate to the Engine category, and select Level Sequences. This will reveal Sequencer's engine project settings. Changes here will create a new file for your project named DefaultEditorPerProjectUserSettings.ini. It will be located in the Config folder in your project's root directory.

sequencer editor settings



Default Start Time

The default start time value for newly-created sequences.

Default Duration

The default duration for newly-created sequences.

Shot Directory

The default folder name when creating shots from the Shot Track. The folder will be relative to the master sequence asset's location.

Shot Prefix

The filename prefix when creating shots.

First Shot Number

The shot number to add to the filename after the Shot Prefix.

Shot Increment

The amount by which to increment the shot number when creating new shots.

Shot Num Digits

The amount of digit padding to use in the shot number field.

Take Num Digits

The amount of digit padding to use in the take number field.

First Take Number

The shot number to add to the end of the filename when creating takes.

Take Separator

The single-character separator between the shot number and the take number.

Sub Sequence Separator

The single-character separator between the take number and the subsequence name.

Fbx Settings

This array lists FBX property readers used to map properties and their keyframes to relevant tracks when Importing FBX's in Sequencer. By default this array includes property mappings for common FBX camera properties such as FieldOfView, FocalLength, and FocusDistance.

fbx settings


Navigate to the Plugins category, and select Level Sequencer. This will reveal Sequencer's plugin project settings. Changes here will create a new file for your project called DefaultEditorPerProjectUserSettings.ini and it will be located in the Config folder in your project's root directory.

sequencer plugin settings

Track Settings is an array used to specify property or component tracks to be automatically created when binding certain Actor Classes to Sequencer.

For example, one of the default array items is for the SkeletalMeshActor class. When you expand the Default Tracks array, you can see that the MovieScene3DTransformTrack (Transform) and MovieSceneSkeletalAnimationTrack (Animation) are both specified. This will then tell Sequencer to automatically add those tracks whenever a Skeletal Mesh Actor is added to Sequencer.

auto add track settings



Auto Bind to PIE

Specifies whether or not newly-created sequences automatically bind to Play In Editor sessions.

Auto Bind to Simulate

Specifies whether or not newly-created sequences automatically bind to Simulate sessions.

Saving and Resetting

With all Editor Preferences and some Project Settings, you can Save, Export, Import, or Reset them by using the menu beneath the top header.

  • Set as Default saves your current settings as your new default settings. Afterwards, when clicking Reset to Defaults, your settings will be reset to these values.

  • Export saves the current settings as a .ini file. You can then use this file to share your settings with others.

  • Import imports settings from a specified .ini file.

  • Reset to Defaults will set all settings and preferences to the default defined by the project or your Set as Default settings.

save reset editor setting

This page was written for a previous version of Unreal Engine and has not been updated for the current Unreal Engine 5.0 release.
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