Animation Toolbars

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Inside each Animation Tool , you will find a Toolbar located along the top of the Editor window. The options located on that Toolbar will vary based on the type of Editor you are currently working in. The Toolbar is comprised of two main areas, the Asset Toolbar that includes options related to the Editor you are working with and the Editor Toolbar that enables you to quickly switch between the different Animation Tools.

Asset Toolbar

Located along the left side of the Toolbar are the options that are available based on the type of Editor you are working with, refer to the sections below:

Skeleton Editor Toolbar

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The Skeleton Editor Toolbar is shown whenever you open Skeleton Assets and contains the following options:

Option

Description

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Saves any changes made to the current Skeleton asset.

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Opens the Content Browser and automatically navigates to the current Skeleton asset.

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Opens the Anim Notifies window that displays all the custom Animation Notifies for the current Skeleton.

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Opens the Retarget Manager which enables you to manage your retarget sources, set up rigs and define retarged base poses for use with Animation Retargeting.

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Begins the FBX Skeletal Mesh Pipeline and enables you to import a new Skeletal Mesh for the current Skeleton.

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Set a new preview Skeletal Mesh for the current asset (stored per-animation or per-skeleton).

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Enables you to create a Static Mesh out of the current preview pose.

Skeletal Mesh Editor Toolbar

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The Skeletal Mesh Editor Toolbar is shown whenever you open a Skeletal Mesh asset and contains the following options:

Option

Description

saveIcon.png

Saves any changes made to the current Skeletal Mesh asset.

findincbIcon.png

Opens the Content Browser and automatically navigates to the current Skeletal Mesh asset.

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Enables you to reimport the current Skeletal Mesh and starts the FBX Import Process.

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Enables selecting Mesh Sections in the viewport (disables selecting bones using their physics shape).

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Enables you to create a Static Mesh out of the current preview pose.

Animation Editor Toolbar

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The Animation Editor Toolbar is shown whenever you open any animation assets (Animation Sequences, Anim Montages, Blend Spaces, etc.) and contains the following options:

Option

Description

saveIcon.png

Saves any changes made to the current animation asset.

findincbIcon.png

Opens the Content Browser and automatically navigates to the current animation asset.

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Creates a new animation asset. When creating animation, this can be based on the Reference Pose, Current Pose or Current Animation's Animation Data or Preview Mesh. When using the preview mesh, the created animation will include any additional animation data generated from a post-process graph assigned to the Skeletal Mesh, such as Anim Dynamics for Physics Simulation as well as retargeting information on the preview mesh.

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Reimport the current animation.

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Enables you to apply different Compression settings to the animation (available for Animation Sequences).

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Export current animation source data or current animation playing on the current preview mesh (includes retargeting, post process graph or other settings applied to the preview mesh).

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Enables you to add the current Bone Transform of a selected Bone to an Additive Layer Track.

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Applies Additive Layer Tracks to Runtime Animation Data.

PreviewMesh.png

Set a new preview Skeletal Mesh for the current asset (stored per-animation or per-skeleton).

makestaticmeshIcon.png

Enables you to create a Static Mesh out of the current preview pose.

Animation Blueprint Editor Toolbar

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The Animation Blueprint Editor Toolbar is shown whenever you open any Animation Blueprints and enables you to Save, Find the Animation Blueprint in the Content Browser or create a Static Mesh from the current preview pose. The rest of the options utilize the same functionality found in the normal Blueprint Editor Toolbar.

Please see the Blueprint Editor Toolbar page for more information on each option.

Editor Toolbar

Located along the right side of each editor toolbar is the Editor Toolbar which enables you to switch between each of the Animation Tool Editors.

The currently open editor will be highlighted:

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When clicking one of the other Editors, the new tab will open, and the new editor will be highlighted:

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The Animation Editor includes an animation selection drop-down button next to the icon to quickly change the preview animation:

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A * (Asterisk) symbol in the lower left corner of the icon indicates that the asset has changes that have not been saved.

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Based on the assets in your project, some of the editors may not appear on the toolbar.

For example, if you have imported a Skeletal Mesh and created a Skeleton, but have no animations or Animation Blueprints, your toolbar may look like below.

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Creating an Animation Blueprint with the associated Skeleton and importing animations linked to the Skeleton will allow you to access the other editors for that asset.

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