Tools – Tips and Tricks

During workshops, it’s not always the best time to share the tips and tricks I’ve picked up, so I share them here.  As always, use whatever information works for you.  Note:  I am a bit OCD – these tricks work for me. 🙂  Always evolving.


Recording Dances – one clean recording:

My ultimate goal is to record a perfect dance in one run through, start to finish, but sometimes it’s just not possible.  Sometimes I record in pieces and adjust the times.

TRICK:  If you’ve recorded the first half of the dance, and want a smooth recording to complete it:

  • press record
  • play your sequence
  • when the time comes in the music, start playing your animations for the second part
  • After you stop your recording, export the macro.  It will have recorded every animation and time, including the individual animations in your pre-recorded sequence for the first half.
  • RESULT:  You get a smooth recording of the full dance

Finishing Your Timed Sequence Dance in a Pose:

I prefer to finish my dances in a pose, and leave the dancers in position until I press stop on the Smooth Dancer HUD.  This gives me the ability to control when they leave the pose so I can make sure the curtain is closed first.  I prefer this over the alternative of STOP in my recorded dance, which breaks the sequence.

Recording your dance:  Add a pose to the end of your untimed sequence.  While recording, when you reach the end of your music, press the pose button after the last dance animation at whatever time in the music they should move into a pose.

Your recorded sequence will include this pose and will keep the dancers in it until you press stop on the HUD.

After your performance, close the curtain, then press stop on your HUD.

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