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Overview

The Track View is the embedded Sandbox cut-scene editing tool for making interactive movie sequences with time-dependent control over objects and events in CRYENGINE.

Creating cinematic cut-scenes and scripted events are both possible, allowing you to sequence objects, animations, and sounds in a scene that can be triggered in the game and, played either as a detached cut-scene from the third person perspective, or from the first person perspective of the player while playing the game.

Sequences created with the Track View can be triggered in game with a specific Flow Graph node. Different properties enable sequences to range from passive in game scenarios up to fully uncoupled cut-scenes.

The Track View consists of the following panels and buttons:

1. Menu

The Menu can be accessed via the  icon on the top-right corner of the Track View. When clicked, it reveals the following sub-menus:

File

Option

Description

New...

Creates a new sequence.

Open...

Opens an existing sequence.

Close

Closes the current sequence.

Delete Sequence...

Lets you delete an entire sequence.

Import...

Imports a sequence.

Export...

Exports a sequence.

Edit

Option

Description

Undo

Undoes your last action.

Redo

Redoes your last undone action.

Copy

Copies the current selection.

Cut

Cuts the current selection.

Paste

Pasts a copied or cut selection.

Delete

Deletes the current selection.

Duplicate

Duplicates the current selection.

New Event

Creates a new event that can trigger an action within Flow Graph.

Show Events

Shows the existing events and lets you add new ones via the Add button.

View

Option

Description

Zoom In

Zooms in on the dopesheet.

Zoom Out

Zooms in on the dopesheet.

Show Dopesheet

Shows/hides the dopesheet.

Show Curve Editor

Shows/hides the Curve Editor.

Sequence Properties

Global properties of a sequence.

Link Timelines

Links the timelines on the dopesheet and the Curve Editor together.

Show Key Text

Shows/hides the names of the keys in the dopesheet.

Sync Selection

When enabled, syncs the selection between the Track View dopesheet and the Level Explorer and Properties in the main Sandbox UI.

Invert Scrubber Snapper BehaviorInverts the snapper behavior of the scrubber; e.g. when this it's active, snapping works as intended instead of being deactivated when the ALT key is pressed and vice versa. For more information about the snapping behaviors, please see the Toolbar section below.

Units


Ticks

Uses ticks as units in the dopesheet.

Time

Uses time in the dopesheet.

Timecode

Uses timecode in the dopesheet.

Frames

Uses frames as units in the dopesheet.

Playback

Option

Description

Play

Plays the sequence.

Pause

Pauses the sequence.

Stop

Stops the sequence.

Loop

Loops the sequence.

Set Playback Start

Sets the start time for sequence playback and places a marker.

Set Playback End

Sets the end time for sequence playback and places a marker.

Reset Start/End

Removes all start and end time markers you have set.

Record

Allows for recording of live keyframes within a timeline in your sequence.

Playback Speed

Changes the playback speed.

Framerate

Changes the framerate.

Tools

Option

Description

Render Sequence

Opens the render dialog, allowing the user to render the sequence.

Create Light Animation Set

Creates a new sequence called _LightAnimationSet. In this sequence, users can add a Light Animation node to the Events and Nodes List to animate the light.

Warning

In order to use this node properly, you need Legacy Light entity which can only be found in GameSDK project. For more information, please visit the Marketplace.


Toolbars

Option

Description

Customize...

Opens the toolbar customization window allowing users to customize existing toolbars, and/or create new toolbars within the Track View.

Lock Toolbars

When disabled, the positions of toolbars and spacers within the Track View can be changed by drag and drop.

Spacers

The following options allow users to use spacers in positioning their toolbars.

Insert Expanding SpacerAdds an expanding spacer to the toolbar layout; an expanding spacer pushes all elements situated at its ends to the edge of a panel.
Insert Fixed SpacerAdds a fixed spacer, which has a fixed size of one icon.


Note
The Spacers menu options are only available when Toolbars → Lock Toolbars is disabled.


ToolbarsLists all default and custom toolbars created for the Track View, allowing you to select which toolbar you'd like to hide or display.


Tip

When a tool has a toolbar, whether this is a default one or a custom one, the options above are also available when right-clicking in the toolbar area (only when a toolbar is already displayed).

Help

Opens the documentation page for this tool.

2. Toolbar
Anchor
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Button

Name

Description

Unit display

Shows where on the timeline you currently are.

Go to start of sequence

Skips to the start of the sequence.

Play

Plays the sequence.

Stop

Stops the sequence.

Go to end of sequence

Skips to the end of the sequence.

Loop

Loops the sequence.

Set Playback Start

Sets the start time for sequence playback and places a marker.

Set Playback End

Sets the end time for sequence playback and places a marker.

Record

Allows for recording of live keyframes within a timeline in your sequence.

Add Selected Entities

Adds the selected entity object(s) to the currently active animation sequence in Track View. After objects are added, they can be animated and their properties can be changed as the playback continues.

Tip
Right-clicking this button will reveal a list where users can set Tracks as default. This makes sure that the selected Tracks are automatically assigned to the entity when it's added to the list via the Add Selected Entities button.


Sequence Properties

User can edit the currently loaded sequence properties.

Zoom In

Zooms in on the dopesheet.

Zoom Out

Zooms in on the dopesheet.

Go To Previous Key

Skips to the previous key of the currently selected track in both Dope Sheet Editor and Curve Editor.

Go To Next Key

Skips to the next key of the currently selected track in both Dope Sheet Editor and Curve Editor.

No Snapping

Disables snapping. Alternatively, holding Alt

Key Snapping

Jumps to next or previous key when dragging playback progress indicator line.

Time Snapping

Jumps to next or previous unit of time when dragging playback progress indicator line.

Move KeysAllows you to move the keys individually on the Dopesheet.

Slide Keys

Allows you to slide all the keys on the same row to the left and right.

Scale Keys

Allows you to scale keys relative to the cursor position.

Sync Selected Tracks to Base Position

Syncs the selected tracks to the base position.

Sync Selected Tracks from Base Position

Syncs the selected tracks from the base position.

3. Dopesheet

The dopesheet is the primary track view window. It allows you to add and remove nodes as well as create edit and remove animation keys. 

Nodes and Tracks List


On the left is a list showing the Nodes and Tracks contained within your track view sequence.

The search bar allows you to quickly find a specific node. 

The  button that is found next to the search bar allows you to add new Nodes. These Nodes can also be found on the list's Context Menu.

Context Menu

Depending on the place that has been right-clicked, the context menu displays different options.

OptionDescription
Add Selected Entity

When an entity is selected in the Viewport, this option puts the selected entity in the Nodes and Tracks list as an Entity Node. This option can also be used to add multiple entities at the same time to the list.

Add Node

Adds the selected Node to the list.

Delete

Deletes the selected Node or Track from the list. Multiple Nodes and Tracks can be Deleted at the same time.

Enable

Enables the Node. Multiple Nodes and Tracks can be Enabled at the same time.

Disable

Disables the Node. Multiple Nodes and Tracks can be Disabled at the same time.

Select in ViewportAvailable when an Entity Node is right-clicked. It selects the respective entity in the Viewport.
Add Track

Available when a Node is right-clicked. It displays the Tracks that can be assigned to the Node. These Tracks can be used to manipulate the entity in the cutscene/sequence and they can vary based on the Node type that has been right-clicked.

Tip
Same Track can be assigned to multiple Nodes. To do so, select the Nodes and right-click one to choose a Track from the Add Track list.


Copy KeysCopies the keys that has been assigned to the Node/Track.
Copy Selected KeysCopies only the selected keys that has been assigned to the Node/Track.
Import NodeImports the Node.
Export NodeExports a Node.

Dopesheet Events

Each track view node has a track on which keys can be assigned. These new keys then can be edited or removed.

Double-clicking on a track line adds a new key on clicked position. Keys can be box selected and once selected, Delete will remove these keys.

Each key contains it's own unique values which are used to store things like position, rotation.

Rotating an object while the Record button is active creates new position keys on the Dopesheet.

Context Menu

When you right-click anywhere on this section, a context menu with the following options will appear:

Option

Description

Move Selection to Cursor

Aligns currently selected keys to the cursor.

Duplicate

Duplicates selected keys.

Delete

Deletes selected keys.

Play/Pause

Plays/pauses the sequence.

Previous Frame

Skips to the previous frame in the sequence.

Next Frame

Skips to the next frame in the sequence.

Jump to Previous Event

Jumps to the previous event in the sequence.

Jump to Next Event

Jumps to the next event in the sequence.

Copy

Copies what you have selected.

Cut

Cuts what you have selected.

Paste

Pastes what you have previously copied or cut to the position of the cursor.

Component Properties

New components that are previously added to an entity via the Add Component button on the Properties panel, can also be used in the Track View. After a component is added, some of its properties can be animated in a cut-scene. Unlike older entities, this is not something component authors need to opt-in to, it happens automatically.

Animating a Component in Track View

  1.  Add an entity into the scene via the Add Component button;
  2. After the component is added to the entity, follow the Add Track → Components path to use its properties in the Track View;

Info
Only certain component types can be introduced to the Dopesheet Events and Tracks list and these are limited to Numbers (float, int), 3D Vector, Rotation, Bool, Color and Angle. For more information about entity components, please refer to the Entity Components page.

4. Curve Editor

The Curve Editor is a powerful tool that lets you alter the splines between keyframes. It can be used to tweak certain properties much in the same way that users can in the Environment Editor. It shows the progression of the values for the selected node/track over the course of a specific time and how gradually they change. It is especially useful when time-based periodic changes are envisioned for a sequence in the Track View.

Simply select a track in the dopesheet and the curve will be visible in the curve editor.

There are a few functions that can be useful to know when using the Track View's Curve Editor:

  • You can add keys by double clicking, and remove keys by selecting them and hitting Delete;
  • Clicking and dragging the handles around each key allow you to adjust the in/out tangents of each key.

Curve Editor Toolbar

The Curve Editor toolbar can be used to modify the curves and to give them certain properties.

ButtonNameDescription

Set in and out tangents to auto

Sets the tangents for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to auto.

Set in tangent to zero

Sets the in tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to zero.

Set in tangent to step

Sets the in tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to step.

Set in tangent to linear

Sets the in tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to linear.

Set out tangent to zero

Sets the out tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to zero.

Set out tangent to step

Sets the out tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to step.

Set out tangent to linear

Sets the out tangent for the selected key(s) (the squares in the graph) to linear.

Fit curves horizontally

Fits the graph into the graph window horizontally.

Fit curves vertically

Fits the graph into the graph window vertically.

Break tangents

Sets the tangents for the selected key(s) to auto.

Unify tangents

Sets the tangents for the selected key(s) to auto.

5. Properties

On this panel, you will see a number of properties. Which properties you see depends on which key you have selected on the Dopesheet Events panel. 
For instance, if a position or rotation key is selected, the properties that are related to tangents for animation will appear. However, if an event key is selected, the properties related to which event it will use and what value that event should have will be displayed on the Properties panel.

Below, you can see the common properties that can be displayed by choosing a sequence's name above the Dopesheet Nodes and Tracks List. Some of these options appear when a specific key on the Dopesheet or the Curve Editor is selected.

Property

Description

Name

Name of the selected element.

Disabled

Allows you to disable the selected track view node.

Start Time

Time at which the track view sequence starts.

End Time

Time at which the track view sequence ends.

Playback Start Time

Time at which the playback loop will start.

Playback End Time

Time at which the playback loop will end.

Out of Range

  • Once - Only play this track view sequence once.
  • Loop - Loops the track view sequence once the end time is reached.
  • Constant - Track view animation will continue after the track view is out of range. For example any moving objects will continue to move/rotate until they recieve another input (e.g. from track view or flowgraph).

Time

Time of the currently selected node.

Value

The value of the currently selected node.

Break Tangents

Sets the tangents for the selected key(s) to auto.

Incoming tangent type

Lets you change the incoming tangent to one of the following types:

  • Smooth
  • Custom
  • Zero
  • Step
  • Linear

Outgoing tangent type

Lets you change the outgoing tangent to one of the following types:

  • Smooth
  • Custom
  • Zero
  • Step
  • Linear

Flags


Play on reset

Sequence plays automatically when level is started or player is dead and respawns.

Cutscene sequence

- Enables the Cut-Scene Toggles
- Enables skipping. 
- Helps with the transition to camera-control.

Disable UI

Completely disables any UI elements.

Disable player

Disable player when in game mode.

Disable seeking

Disables the Jump to Time function in the Animations: PlaySequence Node in flowgraph.

Disable aborting

Prevents the player from skipping the sequence.

Disable speed changes

Disables the Play Speed function in the Animations: PlaySequence Node in flowgraph.

Timewarping in fixed time step

Enables Time Warping in fixed step. This is useful if you're using the t_fixedstep command to lock the framerate. This allows you to alter the command to influence slow/fast motion.

Animate before game logic

Force track view to take priority over game logic. Can be useful if certain track view animations aren't updating fast enough.

No MP Synchronization

Track view is not synchronized during multiplayer gameplay.

Audio Trigger


onStop

Triggers an audio effect on Stop.

onPause

Triggers an audio effect on Pause.

onResume

Triggers an audio effect on Resume.


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