2023-11-30 Animation & Rigging module meeting

The meeting will be on 2023-11-30T17:00:00Z. It is open for everybody interested to join on Google Meet (link below).

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

Present: Christoph Lendenfeld, Daiki Hishimoto, Jeremy Bot, Nate Rupsis, Nathan Vegdahl



Short-term goals / Ongoing Work

  • Nathan has paused working on hierarchical bone collections. Made progress, and has a prerequisite PR more-or-less ready to merge (just needs some final polish). Now is moving to the higher-priority task of UI/UX design in preparation for phase 2 of the Animation 2025 project.
  • Christoph is working on improving Blender’s key framing workflows.
    • Next step: split key framing flags between manual and auto keying.
  • Nate is working on NLA cleanups and improvements.

Patch Review & Decision Time

  • Decide what to do with this report. #115448: Graph editor selects keyframe on click down instead of click up and makes curve selection unexpectedly clunky
    • Nathan: talked to Hjalti Hjálmarsson, who doesn’t like tweak and actually disables it. Maybe we could add an app-wide “disable tweak” preference that changes this behavior.
    • Christoph: for now, probably mark as known issue, since this is by design.
    • Christoph: maybe in the future add selection tools to the graph editor.
    • Nathan: in the 3d viewport, there are mouse-click “modes”, including tweak and box select. So maybe look into replicating that in the animation editors, for consistency.
    • Decision: mark as known issue, with comment that we’ll look into making this consistent with 3d viewport selection in the future.
  • Should we add a “Add Tracks Below Selected” option to the NLA add tracks operator? Or update the existing “Add” to be below? Ref: #114202
    • Nate: currently “add track above” adds above the selected track, “add track” adds to the top of the stack.
    • Nate: changing the operator parameters could break addons, like animation layers.
    • Christoph: at least change the name from “add track” to “add track to top”, to make it clear what it does.
    • Decision: don’t change the behavior, for backwards compatibility. But do change the name to something like “add track to top” to make it clear what it does.
  • Some open questions about the NLA menus: Should the menu ordering change? Does “Start” make sense in “Start Editing Stashed Action”? Ref: #114805
    • Menu ordering decision: leave as is and land it. It’s already better than it was before, and we can revisit it again in future PRs if desired.
    • “Start” decision: yes, it makes sense to remove that from the menu item names.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Thursday 2023-12-07T17:00:00Z. 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.