Simple F-Curves: This Tool Makes Animation Easier

by Alex Quill in Addons




What if you could simply:





Make Better Curves Faster

Get the right curve shapes straight from the timeline
Use the Graph Editor only to preview





Turn Complex into Simple

Whether it's a moving cube or an entire human rig, the addon breaks it all down to simple, manageable bits





Live Preview

See exactly how you're shaping your curve
The addon will automatically zoom into the relevant parts





Click and drag

No need to go fishing for handles
Click any icon and control the curve with the movement of your mouse





Complex Curves Easy

Spice up your animations
Effortlessly explore different transitions between multiple keyframes





Full Animation Toolkit

Additionally, enjoy 5 useful tools to make animation even easier




Is this addon for you?

Ever found Blender's animation tools limiting? You're not alone. This addon is a game changer no matter whether you are a:


Hobbyist Animator:

- Make crisp, snappy animations with minimal experience

- Make professional-looking transitions without the Curve editor

- Easily add effects like noise, bounce, keyframe extrapolation, etc


Professional Animator:

- Minimize the amount of work you'll have to do in the Curves panel

- Automate the creation of the most popular keyframe transitions

- Shape the f-Curves in bulk with a few keypresses; refine them later individually


Features

X, Y and Z Axis Sync

Get perfect sync no matter whether the curve direction is positive or negative



Cinema 4D/Maya Mode

If you come from either software, you might be tired of manually deselecting recently created keyframes. This option will emulate the way it works in C4D and Maya



Armature mode

Blender doesn't automatically deselect the keyframes when you switch bones. As a result, you gotta either manually spam 'deselect all' or you might risk of moving more keyframes than you wanted to. If this is an issue for you, turning this mode ON will solve it.



Extra Features

You also get a set of tools to further help you animate:


Extrapolate

Use a prediction algorithm to make the selected curve(s) longer. Works with multiple channels at once.


Quick noise

Add noise between two or more selected keyframes straight from the Timeline editor.


Auto-Bounce

Adds a bouncing effect between or after two keyframes.


Channel Cleanup

Reduces keyframe clutter by removing unused channels and unecessary keyframes.


Exaggerate

Adds some extra oomph to a curve shape.


Smoothen

Gradually smoothens out any sharp and pronounced curves.


Keyframe Shaping

Shapes the keyframes between two selected ones.


Why Choose Simple F-Curves?

When you have thousands of keyframes across dozens of channels you can't really afford to fiddle with every handle individually. Simple F-Curves allows you to affect the curves of all the selected keyframes at once.

The Graph Editor is a powerful tool but it's meant for surgical work. Simple F-Curves lets you combine the visual simplicity of the Timeline editor with the depth of the Graph Editor.

This addon went through lots of iterations to finally emerge with this layout. It lets beginners and professionals alike achieve the next level of efficiency in their workflow.

Have full control over all the keyframes you have selected. All at once.


Here's a quick demostration of this addon in action:




But what about this native menu?


Blender offers its own solution for quick fcurve shaping. Or at least it could be one if it weren't for its three big flaws:

1. Lots of clicks: you gotta right click to open the menu and set the ease to bezier, then right click again and set it to whatever slope you want it to have, and then another right cick + left click to set the ease type. That's 6 clicks across 2 menus for one curve shape!

2. It's not seamless. Setting two keyframes to ease in or out will most likely create a sharp angle.


3. It's not customizable. The ease curve doesn't generate handles.

Simple F-Curves addresses all of these issues. You get a simple way to create complex F-Curve shapes straight from the Timeline.


Send me a DM if you have any questions or suggestions! I usually respond within an hour.


------------------ Changelog ------------------

1.03
+Multiple objects support: Now you can use most of the functions on multiple objects at once.
+Auto-selection: Removed the need to have the object selected in order to manipulate its fcurves.
+Slightly improved responsiveness on complex scenes.
+Smoothen: now allows you to perform it on single selected keyframes, too
+Now you can add the Simple Fcurves menu to the Graph Editor
+Auto-Bounce:
+Now allows you to control the bounce intensity.
+Now keeps the Y position of both initial keyframes fixed
+Now automatically selects the needed keyframes instead of showing you an error, making it easier to create consecutive bounces
+Full Blender 4.2 compatibility

1.02
+ Greatly improved performance on complex armatures and scenes

1.00
+ Initial release



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Sales 50+
Customer Ratings 4
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Dev Fund Contributor
Published about 1 month ago
Blender Version 4.2, 4.1, 4.0, 3.6, 3.5, 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0
License GPL
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