Animation Editors

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Unreal Engine 4 contains a four major tools for working with skeletal animations and Skeletal Meshes: The Skeleton Editor, the Skeletal Mesh Editor, the Animation Editor, and the Animation Blueprint Editor. Each of these are accessed by editing an associated asset or by using the four navigation buttons at the top of each animation editor.

  • The Skeleton Editor is for examining and modifying the Skeleton of a Skeletal Mesh. This is where you'd add Sockets to joints or test how your Skeletal Mesh's joints are rotating.

  • The Skeletal Mesh Editor is where you can import LOD's or assign default materials to your Skeletal Mesh. It's also where you'll find ways to attach APEX clothing, modify the Skeletal Mesh's bounds, and even assign a specialized Shadow Physics Asset.

  • The Animation Editor is where you can work with Animation Sequences and other animation assets, such as Blend Spaces and Animation Montages. Here you will create Anim Notifies, work with Pose Assets, adjust compression and timing of Animation Sequences, and build your Animation Montages.

  • The final editor is the Animation Blueprint Editor where you will create the rules for when and how your animations are played. Here you'll be able to use complex state machines and different blends to bring your characters to life.

Before Unreal Engine version 4.14, the combined animation editor was known as Persona. For 4.14 it was was broken out into four separate editors. While their functionality remains basically the same, some of the interface has changed, and now you can multiple animation editor windows open in different states. For example, you can now have a tab open for each Animation Sequence in your game, instead of having a single tab that switches between them (this behavior still remains if you select an Animation Sequence in the Asset Browser).

Opening a Specific Animation Editor

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Each animation editor can be opened from the Content Browser by Double-clicking on an asset that is associated with that editor:

Editor Asset Types
Skeleton Editor Skeleton Asset
Skeletal Mesh Editor Skeletal Mesh
Animation Editor Animation Sequence, Animation Montage, 1D Blend Space, Blend Space, Aim Offset 1D, Aim Offset, Animation Composite, Pose Asset
Animation Blueprint Editor Animation Blueprint

You can also open an asset's associated editor by Right-clicking on any of the above assets in the Content Browser and choosing Edit from the context menu!

Animation Editors Reference

See the individual editor pages for information on their interfaces and usage: