2022-11-24 Animation & Rigging module meeting

The meeting will be open for everybody interested to join on Google Meet (link below).

Present: Christoph Lendenfeld, Colin Basnett, Fani-Eleni Pandi, Guillermo Chan, Ingo Clemens, Ivan Cappiello, Jason Schleifer, Marc, Marion Stalke, Rik Schutte, Sybren Stüvel

People present are referred to by first name for brevity. Others are referred to by full name.


Since the Last Meeting / Announcements

  • Christoph’s first week as a devfund grant recipient!
  • The Animation 2025 project is slated to start on 1 January 2023. Before that there’s lots of planning and concretifying to do.
  • Blog post about the workshop is published. Mostly written by Sybren, with feedback from many module members.
  • Previous meeting was an off-schedule meeting. The next off-schedule one will be on a Tuesday, as that gives Sybren some time to prepare.
  • Today at Blender Animation Studio, Rik pitched a new short, codename “Dog Cat Science” (play on “rocket science”). One of the technical aspects they want to investigate / invest in is the ability to sculpt / shapekey animated characters.


Short-term goals

Maybe we should add a task to finally remove the last deprecated bits of the old pose library?
- Module says yes

Patch Review & Decision Time

Help Needed

  • Christoph looking into FCurve smoothing.
    • A Butterworth filter only looks backward, causing a shift in time.
    • He’d like to have input on other filters to try out.
  • RCS: Timeline editor: differentiate between group and single channel keyframes
    • The idea is appreciated by the module.
    • Jason: is bold the right thing? Maybe it should also differentiate between “all grouped channels keyed” vs. “some grouped channels keyed”?
    • Marion: shapes are already used for other purposes, might get confusing if they also try to convey “all” vs" partially" keyed.
    • Sybren: maybe an idea to solve T79857: KeyFrame Types redesign first.
    • Christoph: for the dopesheet this is more important than the key type. Key type is more for the graph editor.
    • Colin: bold is visually overpowering. Maybe use the channel background for the same info?
    • Ingo: agrees, bold adds additional clutter. BG colour change is good.
    • Sybren: will summarise in RCS comment.
  • Might need help from UI module: T97530: NLA viewport jumps upward when track search input is focused
  • Ready to land, but needs to be checked for Git conflicts: D8808: Armature Animation Baking: Important performance patch
    • Colin is on it.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Thursday 1 December, 18:00-19 CEST (Your local time: 2022-12-01T17:00:00Z). Again it will be open for everybody who’s interested. The provisionary meeting agenda will be linked in the #animation-module channel before the meeting.