Maya’s Graph Editor: Ninja Knowledge

As anyone who animates in Maya knows, all the juicy stuff happens in the Graph Editor. The Graph Editor is an awesome tool for getting the very best you can from your animation, so it makes sense to utilise it as much as you can.

There are a few simple expressions that can be entered into either the Time or Value field of the Graph Editor that really makes life easier if you want to have real control over things. I know there are a few other animators out there who were looking for these – so here they are and I hope they help.

graph editor

TIME

  • Say you want to move your keys 30 frames further along. Select the keys, click in the Time Field, type +=30 and hit Enter. If you want to bring them back say 12 frames in the timeline, select the keys, click in the Time Field, type -=12 and hit Enter.
  • To slow your animation by a factor of 2, select the keys, click in the Time Field, type *=2 and hit Enter.
  • To speed up your animation by a factor of 2, select the keys, click in the Time Field, type /=2 and hit Enter.

VALUE

  • To scale up the values of your keys by 5, select the keys, click in the Value Field, type *=5 and hit Enter.
  • To scale down up the values of your keys by 5, select the keys, click in the Value Field, type /=5 and hit Enter.
  • To increase the values of your keys by 50, select the keys, click in the Value Field, type +=50 and hit Enter.

 

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