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Increase Decrease Precise Transform

For situations where you need to increase or decrease precise values to a key or attribute.

Nudge Left Right

Nudge selected keys to the left or right.


Tip: if you go to an empty frame and Nudge Left Right, the next right key will snap to that frame.


Nudge commands move keys around. You can nudge selected keys or even all keys existent in the scene.

Nudge Left Right Time Offsetter

Offset the timing to the left or right without offsetting and messing your keys.


It's the same command as the Time Offsetter Slider, but you can input the amount of frames you want to nudge/offset.


TIP: Try using Mirror All Keys + Time Offsetter in a walk cycle.

Nudge Left Right All Keys

Nudge all keys from selected objects to the left or right.


Nudge commands move keys around. You can nudge selected keys or even all keys existent in the scene.

Nudge Left Right Scene

Nudge all keys existent in your scene to the left or right.


Tip: if you want to perform other actions on all animation curves in your scene, you can use the Select All Anim Curves in the Scene command, found in the Extra Tools/Selection Tools.


Try for instance combining Insert Inbetween and Nudge All Keys if you want to nudge sections of the animation around.

Insert Remove Inbetween

Insert or remove empty frame(s) between keys.


Tip: Select a bunch of keys and it will add empty frame(s) between all of them.


Inbetween commands inserts or removes empty frames between keyframes. You can act on selected keys or even all keys existent in the scene.

Insert Remove Inbetween Scene

Insert or remove empty frame(s) between all existent keys in your scene.


Tip: if you want to perform other actions on all animation curves in your scene, you can use the Select All Anim Curves in the Scene command, found in the Extra Tools/Selection Tools.


Inbetween commands inserts or removes empty frames between keyframes. You can act on selected keys or even all keys existent in the scene.

Reset Pose

Resets your pose to it's defaults.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.


TIP: Try using the Blend to Default Slider to gradually blend your pose to it's defaults.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Reset Translation Rotation Scale

Resets only translation, rotation and scale channels to it's defaults.


See how Reset Translation, Rotation, Scale works:

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Snapshot Preferred Default Pose

Stores your selected pose as the preferred default pose (also known as T-pose, neutral, zero or bind pose).

By default, animBot reads the attribute default value (defined in rigging) as the default pose. Many times that is not the pose we expect. This will override those values to whatever you want to define as default.


Default poses work across rigs, as long as they have same convention control names.

TIP: You can manage the poses you snapshot in the right-click menu.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.


This will affect Reset Pose, Blend to Default and Scale from Default.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Share Keys

Sets keyframes to all common times from your selection.

It's useful when you grab a control that has no keys but you wish it had the same keys as another control. Before this command your would have to select both controls and hit 'next key - set key', 'next key - set key'... until you set all keys.

By default it will apply to all keys. If you want a shorter range, you can highlight the timeline or selecte keys in the graph editor.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Ease in Out

Recalculate your keys in a perfect ease in or out.


Tip: This slider will ignore your current key values. Try the yellow slider Blend to Ease if you want to use your current poses and gradually blend to the perfect ease.


Remember: With animBot you can always target keys on the timeline and also filter the channels.

Noise Wave

Create noise or wave out of your selected keys.


Tip: Try using Baking Keys on an animation curve to create some keys before applying Noise.


Tip: Try combining different sliders.

Time Offsetter

Offset the timing without offsetting and messing your keys.


If you need more precision, use Nudge Time Offsetter.


Try offsetting one finger from another.

Pull Push

Soften or intensify your pose. Some animators know this as 'amp/deamp' tool.


You can deamp a whole animation section.

Contributed by Arturo Garcia.


Tip: Move the slider knob all the way to the left and your keys will align in a perfect linear fashion.

Simplify Bake Keys

Simplify (remove keys) or bake (add keys) your animation curve.

Simplify Keys uses a smart algorithm that will delete keys maintaining the animation curve's shape. Very powerful for cleaning mocap animation.


Tip: Try combining different sliders.


Tip: You can bake keys using either Simplify|Bake Keys Slider, Tint Key Green or Set Smart Key.

Smooth Rough

Soften your animation curve or make it harsh.

Smooth is really good for softening noise, like dirty mocap animation.


TIP: You can create moving holds out of dead keys by smoothing them a few times.

Scale From Average

Scale your keys up or down based on the average value of selected keys.

Tip: Move the slide knob all the way to the left to relative invert your animation curve.

Scale From Default

Scale your keys up or down based on the rig default value.

Tip: Move the slide knob all the way to the left to invert your animation curve.


Tip: Use it to intensify or release tension on your poses.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Scale From Frame

Scale your keys up or down based on the desired frame value.


Tip: Try also Blend to Frame to gradually blend your current pose to the desired frame.

Scale From Neighbor Left

Scale your keys up or down based on the neighbor left key value.


Good for intensifying anticipations or overshoots.


Tip: Try also Blend to Neighbors.

Scale From Neighbor Right

Scale your keys up or down based on the neighbor right key value.


Good for intensifying anticipations or overshoots.


Tip: Try also Blend to Neighbors.

Overshoot

Activate overshoot, so the sliders go further than 100%.

TIP: Bake Keys will make half frames when overshoot is activated.

Tweener

That's the classic Tween Machine taken to a whole new level.


Based on traditional animation techniques, with this one you can create precise inbetween keys, first pass breakdowns and save hours of work by basically not dealing with animation curve tangents.


Clicking (not dragging) is equivalent to:


TIP: Try Tweener overshoot.

Blend to Buffer

Blend your current keys to your buffer curves.

Blend to Default

Blend your pose to the rig default pose.

Blend to Ease

Tight up spacing by forcing the easing.


Tip: Try combining different sliders.


Remember: With animBot you can always target keys on the timeline and also filter the channels.

Blend to Frame

Blend your current pose to another pose at desired frame.


Tip: This is extremely helpful when you need to grab poses from other frames, like when lip synching, with the advantage of gradually blending.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.


It's also useful when creating A/B poses with intensity variations, such as a first lip sync pass.

Blend to Mirror

Blend your pose to the opposite rig controls pose.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Blend to Neighbors

That's probably the old aTools signature. Blend your current pose to the neighbor poses.


Tip: You can start off a breakdown with Tweener, then fine tune it with Blend to Neighbors.

Blend to Infinity

Blend or create infinity poses.


Tip: Great to create handles.

Blend to Undo

Blend your pose to the last undo action.


In other words, you can gradually undo your last change. Went too far? Undo just a little.

Overshoot

Activate overshoot, so the sliders go further than 100%.


TIP: Tweener can create nice overshoot poses.

Tweener Euler Filter

Do an Euler Filter pass when you create keys with Tweener.


This will help preventing gimbal lock situations.


Remember: In case the rotation from one key to the next exceeds 90 degrees intentionally, you might want to turn this OFF, or it will normalize it.

World Space

World Space Mode will ignore the hierarchy and calculate the pose globally.


Good to stick controls to world space.


Also helpful to counter animate FK chains.


Sliders with World Space ability: Tweener, Blend to Frame, Blend to Neighbors and Blend to Infinity.


You can use it to fix/bake gimbal locks.


TIP: Turn World Space ON if you want the sliders to consider the global transform by combining animation curves in Animation Layers.

Cycle Match Tangent

Match the tangent on a cycle.


It will favor targeting the last key, unless you select the last key or use the commands on the right click menu.



TIP: Try using Polish Tangent for a smooth cycle connection.

Best Guess Tangent

Based on the relationship of your keys, it will guess what is the best Maya native tangent to apply.


It’s usually a better first pass than just applying Auto tangent to everything.


TIP: Try using Polish Tangent for the first spline pass.

Polish Tangent

Based on the relationship of your keys, it will calculate the best smooth tangent transitions between keys.


Connect cycles smoothly.


Tip: Try designing your spacing with Tweener instead of tangent handles.

Bounce Tangent

Nice sharp tangents, good for 'hitting a wall', when you don’t want any easing in and/or out.


TIP: Make shark fin tangents by applying to In Tangents.

Native Tangents

Nothing new here, just a shortcut for the native Maya tangents.


With the advantage of applying directly to the timeline.


Tip: There is some extra things you can do on the right click menu.

Tint Key Red

Tint the keys RED on your timeline.


That’s a way to visually organize your keys. Red keys are default keys that can be used for instance to identify your golden poses and extremes.


You can delete only red keys or tint all keys RED in the scene to restore the default.


If you want to save some UI screen space, let just one Tint Key button on the toolbar and use shortcuts to access all commands.


Limitations:

The animBot Color Keys is an attempt to robustly and cleanly tag colors to keys using native Maya resources, without using any extra supporting curves, extra nodes or metadata that would mess with your scene.

Although I’d love to have available as many colors as the Select Set does, Maya natively is limited to 3 colors only. In addition to that, green keys are the Maya native 'breakdown keys', which has a behaviour of constraining its time to neighbor keys (if you nudge neighbor keys, it will automatically nudge itself), hence its recommended its use only for baked keys (frame-by-frame).

Tint Key Yellow

Tint the keys YELLOW on your timeline.


That’s a way to visually organize your keys. Yellow keys are special tick keys that can be used for instance to identify your breakdowns, double extremes and inbetween keys.


You can delete only yellow keys.


If you want to save some UI screen space, let just one Tint Key button on the toolbar and use shortcuts to access all commands.


Limitations:

The animBot Color Keys is an attempt to robustly and cleanly tag colors to keys using native Maya resources, without using any extra supporting curves, extra nodes or metadata that would mess with your scene.

Although I’d love to have available as many colors as the Select Set does, Maya natively is limited to 3 colors only. In addition to that, green keys are the Maya native 'breakdown keys', which has a behaviour of constraining its time to neighbor keys (if you nudge neighbor keys, it will automatically nudge itself), hence its recommended its use only for baked keys (frame-by-frame).

Tint Key Green

Tint the keys GREEN on your timeline.


WARNING!!! This will turn your key into a Maya native 'breakdown key' and will change it's behaviour, please read second page of this tooltip for more information.

That’s a way to visually organize your keys. Green keys are good for identifying baked keys (frame-by-frame).


You can delete only green keys.


Tip: You can bake keys using either Simplify|Bake Keys Slider, Tint Key Green or Set Smart Key.


If you want to save some UI screen space, let just one Tint Key button on the toolbar and use shortcuts to access all commands.


Limitations:

The animBot Color Keys is an attempt to robustly and cleanly tag colors to keys using native Maya resources, without using any extra supporting curves, extra nodes or metadata that would mess with your scene.

Although I’d love to have available as many colors as the Select Set does, Maya natively is limited to 3 colors only. In addition to that, green keys are the Maya native 'breakdown keys', which has a behaviour of constraining its time to neighbor keys (if you nudge neighbor keys, it will automatically nudge itself), hence its recommended its use only for baked keys (frame-by-frame).

Smart Tint Keys

Automatically tint your keys when using animBot commands.


Sliders inbetween keys will be tinted yellow, Baked keys will be tinted green, Set Smart Key will check neighbor keys and tint accordingly.


Tip: You can bake keys using either Simplify|Bake Keys Slider, Tint Key Green or Set Smart Key. It's useful to tint baked keys as you can easily clear that later.

Selection Display

Display the selected objects and filter selection.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Select Sets

Selection buttons to help selecting chunk of rig controls.


It's meant to be a quick and simple way to organize and select stuff in your scene and despite of not being a picker substitute, if you don't have one it will do a pretty decent job.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.


TIP: Try using Select Sets to isolate stuff in your scene instead of the native Maya layers!

Contributed by Bruna Berford.


It's simple and easy to manage the buttons.


If you want to transfer your select sets from one scene to another, you can do so by right clicking the Select Sets button.

Select Opposite

Select opposite rig controls.


Tip: Using Select Opposite tools with Mirror tools can be very effective.

Snapshot Opposite Controls

Builds an opposite controls table by analyzing your rig.


In case your rig has left, right or center controls that are not named in a logical convention, you can use this command to tell animBot which one is which.

animBot will check if there is a correspondent opposite control based on its world position.

Knowing the opposite pair of controls plays an essential role in mirroring poses

Create Select Set

Create a new Select Set button containing current selected objects.

Smart Select Sets Tabs

A quick and easy way to have same select sets for all characters in the scene.


It will dynamically create one tab per character containing the same buttons. In addition to that, it will create buttons for opposite controls.


TIP: If characters have different controls for the same group, you can add all of them to the set and they will be sorted out.

Select Sets Color Toggle

Filter showing colors for your buttons.


You can also isolate or hide colors.

Copy Animation

Copy (store) the animation of selected objects.

You can then paste the animation in the same or another Maya session, to the same objects, other objects, other channels and even to another namespace/character.


Transfer animation to a fresh new scene:

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


Copy one or more anim curves to other channels:


Stitch chunks of animation together:


Copy animation from one character to another:

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Paste Insert Animation

Insert the chunk of animation you copied at the current frame.

It stitches chunks of animation together in a non-destructible way, it will do all necessary jobs to preserve previous and future animation.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Copy Pose

Copy (store) the pose of selected objects.

You can then paste the pose in the same or another Maya session, to the same objects, other objects and even to another namespace/character.


The difference of using Copy Pose instead of Copy Animation is that the pose will come in baked, clean of keys, animation layers, tangents or constraints.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Paste Pose

Paste the pose you copied.


TIP: If you have objects selected when pasting, animBot will prefer pasting only to those objects.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Mirror Pose

Mirror your pose to the opposite rig controls.


Tip: You can apply to multiple keys.


Turn on Auto Mirror to edit your pose in a symmetry fashion.


Tip: Try using Blend to Mirror Slider, it will gradually mirror your current pose.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.


Tip: Using Select Opposite tools with Mirror tools can be very effective.

Mirror All Keys

Mirror the entire animation.

Contributed by Daniel Cabral.

Snapshot Mirror Settings

Builds a mirror table by analyzing your rig.


This command is only useful when applying a mirror doesn't get to the results you expect, as animBot will run this automatically when needed. As automation has many variables involved, issues building a mirror table on the fly can happen, so by running this command with the rig in the default (T-Pose) it will make sure to build it correctly. You only need to run this once per character.


Tips for troubleshooting if mirroring is not working:

1) First and foremost, if you haven't run Bundle Snapshot, please do so. That command will scan your rig and animBot will learn how to mirror your rig properly for most cases.


2) For channels that are not mirroring correctly you can use Fix Mirror Setting command (found in Mirror Snapshot right click menu)


3) Does your control have the opposite named correctly? You can test which control is the opposite using the Select Opposite tool, if it doesn't find one, it won't mirror properly. If Bundle Snapshot didn't fix that, you can use Fix Opposite Controls.

4) Lastly, you can edit the mirror table file, located in your user/maya/scripts/animBot_data/mirror_settings_snapshot.anb

Case that will never work: Inversion is done on a per-channel basis, so if your rig demands that translateX must invert translateY to the opposite control, it won't work.

Align Objects

Snap-Align all selected objects to the last selected object.


Tip: It gets very powerful when applying to multiple keys.

Contributed by Carolina Delgado.

Align Objects All Keys

Snap-Align all selected objects to the last selected object for all keys in the timeline.

Contributed by Carolina Delgado.

Copy Xform Relationship

Utility to help animating without the hassle of dealing with Maya constraints when holding/releasing objects.


Unlike conventional constraints, it doesn't create any node or connection in your scene, everything happens on the fly, so objects orientation and future poses are kept intact.

The basic use is very simple, you copy the relationship of selected objects and paste it somewhere.

TIP: You can paste to the same objects at another frame, other objects or even to another Maya.

Paste Xform Relationship

Paste the children-parent xform relationship to selected objects.

The last selected object will be the parent and won't be affected.


TIP: You can copy the xform relationship and paste to different objects.


TIP: You can paste to a bunch of keyframes at once by highlighting a range in the timeline or paste and bake frames by highlighting a range in the timeline that has no keyframes.

Copy Xform World Space

Utility to help copying and transferring world space xforms. Some animators know this as 'Sticky Tool' or 'Animation Recorder'.


It will reduce the use of locators as temporary references by a lot and make it very easy to transfer world space xforms, such as the master control animation to COG and IKs.

The basic use is very simple, you copy the world space xform of selected objects and paste it somewhere.

TIP: You can paste to the same objects at another frame, other objects or even to another Maya.

Paste Xform World Space

Paste the world space xform to selected objects.


TIP: You can copy the world space xform of combined anim layers and reapply to a single anim layer.


TIP: You can copy the world space xform and paste to different objects.


TIP: You can paste to a bunch of keyframes at once by highlighting a range in the timeline or paste and bake frames by highlighting a range in the timeline that has no keyframes.

Selection Attribute Space Switcher

Switch selected rig controls space attributes maintaining the pose intact.


Mastering this tool will speed up your blocking workflow by a lot.


Switching to optimum rotation orders avoids gimbal locks.


Important: In order to switch rotate orders, the channel must be exposed in the Channel Box. If the rig is not setup that way, it's not recommended to switch it.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Try assigning a hotkey, the UI will pop up on the spot.

Asset Attribute Space Switcher

Switch rig controls space attributes maintaining the pose intact.


Mastering this tool will speed up your blocking workflow by a lot.


It gets very powerful when applying to multiple keys.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Temp Pivot

Create a temporary pivot for selected objects so you can rotate them from wherever you like.


It doesn't change the actual object pivot or create any connection or any permanent node in your scene, everything happens on the fly.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.


It's great for rotating multiple objects from a single pivot.

Temp Pivot to Last Object

Use the last selected object as a pivot.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Temp Pivot Centered

Center the Temp Pivot to the selected objects bounding box.


Best for two or more objects, it will keep the pivot in the center when skipping thru frames.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Temp Pivot World Space

Keep the Temp Pivot static when skipping thru frames.

Toggle Edit Temp Pivot

Toggle ON or OFF editing the position of the Temp Pivot.

TIP: the native hotkey is INSERT.

Reset Temp Pivot

Reset the Temp Pivot to its default position.

Micro Manipulator

Enable a very subtle and delicate manipulation mode.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Global Offset

Changes will propagate to the whole animation.


A quick way to re-register the pose, similar as using an anim layer to make a change then merging it down, but quicker.


TIP: You can target the action to a time range.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Motion Trail

Turn on motion trail for selected objects.


Motion Trail is an analysis tool designed to visualize arcs and spacing of your animation, help fixing problems with them and improving the overall motion.

It will also help you finesse your eyes regarding arcs, spacing, motion fluidity and easing.


Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Contributed by Arturo Garcia.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Motion Trail Offset

Offset the position of the tracking point.


TIP: Track the nose by adding a motion trail to the head control and offsetting the tracking point.


TIP: In case the mesh is deforming and there is no rig control that follows the nose, you can track a vertex (it’s slower, though).

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Motion Trail Style

Motion Trails can be seen in several styles that will fit to different situations. Explore them all to see which ones you like.

Contributed by Alessandra Mota.

Motion Trail Frames Before After

Track a long trail while still visualizing only a small section of it.

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Motion Trail Space

Besides the default World Space behavior, animBot Motion Trails can be seen thru Camera Space and Object Space.

Contributed by Arturo Garcia.

Suspend Viewport

Prevent viewport evaluations.


The main time consuming task for Maya is to calculate what’s gonna show in the viewport. You can gain a lot of speed by suspending the viewport when you don’t need to immediately see the results of what you are doing, like when you are nudging several keys around or cleaning up your curves in the graph editor.


Tip: Auto Suspend Viewport will automatically suspend the viewport when it needs to gain interaction speed.

Contributed by Carolina Delgado.

Time Bookmarks

Quickly switch between time ranges, very useful for long animation scenes.


Bookmark frames and navigate between them.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Time Bookmarks Visibility

Toggle bookmarks visibility.

Go to Time Bookmark

Navigate to single frame bookmarks or set the playblast range for time range bookmarks.

Go to Previous Time Bookmark

Navigate to the neighbor left bookmark.

Go to Next Time Bookmark

Navigate to the neighbor right bookmark.

Edit Time Bookmark

Quickly edit color and/or label of current bookmark.


TIP: Use Time Bookmarks Panel for bundle edits.

Remove Time Bookmark

Remove current bookmark.


TIP: Use Time Bookmarks Panel for bundle edits.

Time Bookmarks Panel

Manage your bookmarks.

Play Keys

Play only keyframes.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Select a range to quickly play only that section.


Timeline color feedback:

Play on Ones

Regular playback, each frame holds one frame.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Select a range to quickly play only that section.


Timeline color feedback:

Play on Twos

Each second frame holds two frames.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Select a range to quickly play only that section.


Timeline color feedback:

Play on Threes

Each third frame holds three frames.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Select a range to quickly play only that section.


Timeline color feedback:

Play on Fours

Each fourth frame holds four frames.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.


TIP: Select a range to quickly play only that section.


Timeline color feedback:

Extra Tools

Several commands that are either intended to be used via hotkeys or not very often.

Hence the reason they being organized in one single place without hogging UI screen space.


Tip: Check the 'Recommended Hotkeys' for a list of commands that were designed to be used specially as hotkeys. They can really boost your work speed.

Apply Euler Filter

Fix euler rotations.

Clear Animation

Remove all keys.

Crop Animation

Remove all animation outside the selected range.


It will do it in a non-destructive manner, adding anchor keys wherever necessary.

Remove Redundant Keys

Remove all keys that don't affect the curve shape.

Remove Static Anim Curves

Remove anim curves that may have keys but don't affect anything.


There is a native Maya command for this, but we can't target to selected channels with it.

Reverse Animation

Reverse the animation so it plays backwards.


If you select a range in the timeline it will reverse that range, if nothing is selected it will reverse the playback range:


If you select keys in the graph editor, it will reverse each curve segments individually:

Set Smart Key

Set keys and keep tangents types intact.

TIP: Replace your 'S' hotkey with this command.


It will key only animated channels (use Set Smart Key All Channels if you want to key all).


Keep curves intact by highlighting a range.


If Smart Tint Keys is enabled, it will tint keys on creation based on its neighbors.


Tip: You can bake keys using either Simplify|Bake Keys Slider, Tint Key Green or Set Smart Key.

Set Smart Key All Channels

Set Smart Keys to all animatable channels.

Smart Go to Frame Keyframe

Go to next or previous frame or keyframe faster and select it, without storing undo. Will also play the audio.

TIP: Feel free to replace your native < > hotkeys with this command.


Jump several keys faster than the native next or previous frame or keyframe.

Contributed by Carolina Delgado.


Automatically selects your keys in the Graph Editor.


It will jump to and thru selected keyframes.

Smart Snap Keys

Snap keys in a non-destructive manner.


It cleans up all decimal keys, great to use after a time scaling

It snaps keys without changing their values at frames, much better to keep the poses intact.

Channel Box Multi Selection Helper

Change attribute values on the Channel Box for multiple selected objects.

Channel Box normal behaviour is to only display the last object selected attributes, this tool will override that with a list of all attributes from all the objects you have selected.


TIP: It's available in the Auto Bots menu too.

Auto Clear Channel Box Selection

Automatically clear channel selection to prevent actions on filtered channels accidentally.

It will clear every time your selection changes or you click on the manipulator.

Contributed by Eduardo Conter.

Clear Channel Box Selection

Clear channel selection in Channel Box so curves from Timeline are no longer filtered.

TIP: Set up a hotkey for this command.

Channel Box Selection Timeline Highlight

Tint your timeline when you have channels selected in the Channel Box.

You will never move keys around without noticing anymore.

Auto Hide Static Anim Curves

Automatically hide anim curves that may have keys but don't affect anything.


It cleans up the graph editor and leave only meaningful information.

Frame Current Second

Frame the current second, starting from the current frame.


Why using this tool?

Since you can scale the width of the anim curves in the Graph Editor, it becomes hard to connect the actual timing those curves represent. When you get used to see one second at a time, the timing or your anim curves will naturally start making more sense and it will be easier to detect areas of abrupt acceleration and pops.

Frame Next Second

Frame one second at a time.


Helps you cleaning up your anim curves in the graph editor.


Why using this tool?

Since you can scale the width of the anim curves in the Graph Editor, it becomes hard to connect the actual timing those curves represent. When you get used to see one second at a time, the timing or your anim curves will naturally start making more sense and it will be easier to detect areas of abrupt acceleration and pops.


TIP: Use Suspend Viewport and you will clean up your curves in no time!

Hide Static Anim Curves

Hide anim curves that may have keys but don't affect anything.


It cleans up the graph editor and leave only meaningful information.

Axis Orientation Toggle

Toggle the axis orientation for Move, Rotate or Scale Tools.


Only the most used modes will cycle:

Move and Scale - object, world and parent.

Rotate - object, world and gimbal.

Axis Orient to Camera

Aim and Orient the manipulator axis to the camera.


This is a great way to move, rotate or scale objects in relationship with the camera.

Axis Orient to Last Selected

Orient the manipulator axis to the local axis of the last object in the selection.

Deselect Non Keyed Objects

Deselects all objects that do not belong to selected keys.


Useful to find that nasty key that was causing that weird animation.


TIP: Use this command in combination with Select Hierarchy and you will find everything.

Deselect Static Objects

Deselects all objects that are not animated or has only static animation.


Useful when you want to keep only objects that you have animated, for example when going from blocking to spline.

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Select All Anim Curves in the Scene

Select all the animation curves existent in your scene.

Useful whenever you want to perform actions on everything that's animated, such as retiming the whole scene.

Select Hierarchy

Select all animatable controls under the current selection hierarchy.

Useful when you need to find a keyframe that's causing a pop, or to make sure the rig has no animation.

Select Rig Controls

Select all animatable controls from the current selected rig(s).

Contributed by Jorge Vigara.

Display Top Waveform

Display only the top half of the waveform.

This gives a better visualization of the sound beats.

Toggle Timeline Height

Quick toggle timeline height.

Toggle between 1x, 2x and 7x (great when working lip sync).

Auto Load Timeline Sound

Load sound in the timeline upon opening a scene.

Up to Maya 2017, whenever we open a scene the sound will be turned off. This will make sure we don't need to set that manually every single time we open the scene.

Sync Isolate Select

Sync the isolate select on all viewports.


TIP: Try using Select Sets to isolate stuff in your scene instead of the native Maya layers!

Contributed by Bruna Berford.

Tumble Around Selection

Automatically adjust the camera tumble pivot so it tumbles around selected objects.

This will save you a lot of 'F' key pressing.

Playblast Visibility Mode

Show only geometry on the current viewport.

This is good for a clean viewport, usually for playblasting. It will include all geometry nodes, such as NURBS Surfaces, Polygons, Subdiv Surfaces, Plugin Shapes and GPU Cache. It will also turn OFF the grid and manipulators.

Animation Visibility Mode

Show only geometry and rig controls on the current viewport.

This is good to clear the viewport for animation, as usually we don't want to see anything but geometry and rig controls. It will include NURBS curves and Controllers.

Toggle Geometry Visibility

Show or hide geometry on the current viewport.


This is good to select hidden controls.


It will include all geometry nodes, such as NURBS Surfaces, Polygons, Subdiv Surfaces, Plugin Shapes and GPU Cache.

Bundle Snapshot

All animBot snapshots at once.

Select all controls of your rig at the default T-Pose and animBot will scan your rig controls and prepare itself for Select Opposite, Mirror and Reset Pose.

Snapshot Preferred Default Pose

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Snapshot Opposite Controls

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Snapshot Mirror Settings

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Anim Recovery

Restore your animation in case of a Maya crash and allow you to load older animation states.

It will prompt you to load animation back in case of the previous Maya session crashed.


Load older animation states for the whole scene or just for a few objects.

Auto Bots

animBot Tools that run in the background.

Tools like the Anim Recovery and Selection Display run in the background. They are constantly listening to Maya activities so they can perform actions when needed. For instance, the selection display will listen to your current selection and whenever that change it will update the display. The technical term for those background activities is 'callback'. Autobots is a collection of all animBot callbacks and a center place where you can manage them.