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Using Animations

Composer lets you animate your models.

  1. Drag the initial view to the viewport.
  2. Click Home > Show/Hide > Animation .

    Composer switches from view mode to animation mode and displays the Timeline pane at the bottom of the window. The viewport is empty at the beginning of the animation (time=0).

    Tip: You can also switch between view and animation modes by clicking the icon ( or ) in the upper-left corner of the viewport.

  3. In the Timeline toolbar, click Play/Pause .

    A 10-second animation plays in the viewport.

  4. If the animation begins replaying, click Stop and then click Loop Play Mode to turn off continuous play mode.
  5. Use the other animation controls ( Previous Key , Previous Frame , and so on) to move to different points in the animation.
  6. Drag the timebar (the vertical line in the Timeline pane) to move to different points in the animation.
  7. Move the timebar to time=12 seconds.
  8. In the viewport, select the Base Extrude part.
  9. In the Timeline pane, click Set Location Key .

    This creates a location key that captures the position of the actor at time=12.

  10. Drag the timebar to time=15.
  11. Using Free Dragging mode, drag Base Extrude to a new location, and then click Set Location Key .
  12. Click Play/Pause to play the animation from the beginning.

    The animation is now 15 seconds long with the last three seconds moving Base Extrude.

  13. Click File > Exit Composer and click No to exit without saving.

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