2023-03-23 Animation & Rigging module meeting

The meeting was on 2023-03-23T17:00:00Z. It is open for everybody interested to join on Google Meet (link below).

Present: Brad Clark, Christoph Lendenfeld, Denys Hsu, Fani-Eleni Pandi, Harley Acheson, Jason Schleifer, Joseph Hansen, Luciano Muñoz, Nate Rupsis, Sybren Stüvel

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


Since the Last Meeting / Announcements

  • New faces:
    • Harley, 10 year contributor to the UI module, hired since the last few weeks.
    • Joseph, Blender user (five years) and animator, Staff member on BlenderArtists.org. He writes: I’ve been sitting on the sidelines of development for a long time but I’d like to be a more active participant. I plan on helping with patches / improving the manual eventually :grin:
  • Thomas Dinges writes: The blender-v3.5-release branch is now in Bcon4 and frozen to prepare for the release. Only critical and carefully reviewed bug fixes are allowed now. Please keep an eye on the bugtracker for any unexpected high priority regression and add showstoppers to the 3.5 milestone.


Short-term goals / Ongoing Work

Patch Review & Decision Time

  • Pablo Vazquez: approached Sybren about the graph editor ‘Key’ menu:
    • About the slider operators: remove the category of ‘how you access’, and group by functionality.
    • We can remove “keyframes” from text, as it’s the ‘Key’ menu anyway.
    • Some menu items are about channels, so should move into the ‘Channels’ menu instead.
    • Sybren: would you do this for 4.0? Pablo: 3.6 is an LTS and will be used for a long time, might be worth it to do it there.
    • Harley is willing to do review.
  • Related to the 3.6-or-4.0 choice: #105120: Animation: Remove collection hotkeys from pose mode
    • Harley: advocates for putting that into 4.0, as it’s a bigger change and people who don’t like it can use 3.6 LTS.
    • Brad: the people have spoken, is really a big plus for animators
    • Nate: maybe do another twitter poll?
    • Brad: when asking people who do use collection switching while animating, they didn’t give any concrete example.
    • Decision: leave this for 4.0 + make a little tutorial about how to remove those keys on 3.5 / 3.6.

Documentation Editing Class

Sybren will show how to get the sources for the Blender manual, and show how to make a change and get it into a pull request.

Help Needed

Next Meeting

NOTE: The next meeting will be on Thursday 2023-03-30T16:00:00Z, by which time The Netherlands will have shifted to summer time. This means the time slot may have shifted an hour in your time zone.

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.


Sounds like an interesting event!

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