Cascadeur for Blender Users
- Getting Started
- For Other Software Users
- Cascadeur for Blender Users
This page provides an introduction to Cascadeur from the viewpoint of a Blender user. Its purpose is to help you to translate your existing Blender experience into Cascadeur.
Cascadeur is not a general-purpose 3D solution. You cannot create 3D models, nor can you skin it to joints/bones. Characters should be prepared for animation beforehand, in other programs.
Animation in Cascadeur is created in the same manner as it is in Blender: by defining keyframes and setting character poses.
However, there are some differences:
You need to set the pose first, then you can add a keyframe
You need to add a keyframe and then set a pose for it
Each time you alter a pose, you need to reset the keyframe for it
|Poses in keyframes can be altered at any time|
Keyframes can be set separately for translation, rotation etc.
A keyframe always contains every motion parameter.
Character poses and positions in Cascadeur are defined by keyframes.
Because of this, at least one keyframe is always present in the scene
Every frame in Cascadeur, including non-key ones, stores animation data. This means that regular frames can be moved, copied etc., much like keyframes.
By default, all keyframes in Cascadeur are placed on the same Animation Track and thus contain animation data for every scene object. If you need to animate only some of the scene objects, - or a specific part of your character - create a separate track for this part and place keyframes on that track.
The timeline in Cascadeur is discreet. It always includes an integer number of frames, and there’s no way to place keyframes in the subframe space.
However, you still have full control over animation and can stretch, retime and alter it in other ways.
At the moment, there isn’t any sort of Graph Editor in Cascadeur. It will be added in the future.
However, Cascadeur includes a variety of tools for adjusting animation directly in the Viewport window. These include:
- Frame ghosts
- Trajectory editing
- Filters for fixing animation errors
- Tools for mirroring poses
Another feature of Cascadeur is its Physics Tools. This set of instruments can be used for easily creating physically accurate motions, as well as for improving the quality of the existing animations.
User interface in Blender
User interface in Cascadeur
1 - Viewport
2 - Timeline
3 - Toolbar
4 - Outliner
5 - Object settings
|(not present)||Animation Tracks|
|Status bar||(not present)|
|Rotate Camera||Hold Mouse Wheel||Alt + LMB|
|Zoom Camera||Mouse Wheel||Alt + RMB|
|Pan Camera||Shift + Mouse Wheel||Alt + Mouse Wheel|
|Select an object||LMB||LMB|
|Border Select||Hold LMB and drag||Hold LMB and drag|
|Translate an object||G||W|
|Rotate an object||R||E|
|Hide an object||H||V|
|Make all objects visible||Alt + H||Alt + V|
|Frames and Animation|