Pose Library

Date:Jan 31, 2019
Author:Jeremy Ernst

Loading Poses

Interface Overview


Parts of the UI

  1. The character in the scene to load poses onto.

  2. The default pose location for that character.


    To set a default pose location for a character, go into the directory tree, and right click on a directory to set that directory as the default pose location. Now, anytime you open the pose library with this character, it will default to this location.

  3. How to load the pose, whether it be by using control attribute values only (Local Space), or by calculating new values so that the pose loads exactly as it was originally posed, regardless of any active spaces controls may be in (World Space).

  4. Whether to load the pose on all of the controls, or only selected controls for the character.

  5. Launches interface for creating new poses. (See Creating Poses section)

  6. Search field for searching directories.

  7. Search field for searching poses.

  8. Directory tree containing all projects and their directories.

  9. Pose view. Any available poses in the selected directory will be shown here.

  10. A pose.

  11. Status bar. Contains information on poses and pose options.

Default Loading Behavior

When you left click on a pose, it will load that pose on all controls it has data for. If you’ve set your Space or Operate on: fields to something different than the default Local and All, it will load with those options instead. If the pose only contains controls for fingers, for example, then left-clicking on that pose will only load the data on those finger controls.


Loading on Selected

If you’ve set the “Operate on:” field to “Selected Controls”, clicking on a pose, regardless of how many controls have data stored in that pose, will only load the pose on those controls.


Choosing Local or World Space

Loading a pose in local space will load the values for the attributes on each stored control. What this means, is that if your control is in a different space, then the stored attribute values may be invalid for that control.

Loading a pose in world space will re-calculate all values so that the controls are in the same world space position as they were when the pose was saved. This means your control could be in a different space from the pose, but would still load correctly.


Loading a pose in world space does take longer, as calculations have to be made for the new control values.

Loading a Mirrored Pose

To load a mirrored pose, right click on a pose to access some additional options.


Here, you can use the mirrored options to load a mirrored pose in the set space, and operating on the controls set. If your space is set to local, the pose will be mirrored across the character. If the space is set to world, the pose will be mirrored across the world origin.

If you have it set to operate on all controls, the full pose will be mirrored. If you have it set to operate on selected controls, the pose will be mirrored using the selection only.


Loading an Offset Pose

Loading an offset pose will load the given pose at the location of the selected control. For example, we have a pose that was saved at the world origin. Our character is now out away from the world origin, but we want to load the pose at the character’s current position. We could then select the body_anim control, or the root, and load pose from offset.



This function only works on all controls and is world space by default.

Editing a Pose

In the right-click menu of a pose, you will see options to update the thumbnail for the pose, rename the pose, and delete the pose.


There are hotkeys for quickly switching the “space” setting and the “Operate on:” setting.


Operating on Current Pose

You can right click on the pose library icon in the animation interface to bring up some options for mirroring on the pose currently on the character in the viewport.


This saves time by not having to create a pose just to be able to mirror it.


Creating Poses

To create a pose, launch the pose library, and click on the “Add New Pose” button in the top right.


This will launch a new interface, which is explained in the below image.


Once you have the folder selected in the tree where you want the pose saved, and the pose has been given a name, you can then choose to create a pose for all of the controls in the character, or create a pose for the selected controls, which is referred to as a “partial pose”. This would typically be things like hand and face poses.


If you want to create a partial pose, check your selection to ensure it is correct, and then click on “Create Pose for Selected Controls”.


With regards to the viewport, it is simply a preview of the perspective viewport. Use the perspective viewport to manipulate the camera. See below.