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Sequences and scene activation hard to use as scene keeps deactivating

Discussion in 'Film, TV, Animation & Cinematics Previews' started by akent99, Jun 30, 2021.

  1. akent99

    akent99

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    An issue I am having with using Scene Activation is when I click on various objects in the scene, the timeline changes, which causes the scene to deactivate. This is rather distracting as the location the character in keeps disappearing as soon as I go to adjust the lighting angle, move something, etc. For example, I want to change the angle of the directional light, but as soon as I click on it in the scene the location background disappears, so I cannot see how the shadows are.

    Selecting the sequence everything appears.
    upload_2021-6-30_1-46-49.png

    If I click on Directional Light the location scene disappears because the timeline panel jumps away from the sequence.
    upload_2021-6-30_1-47-57.png

    So I have to adjust, click back on the sequence, click on the light adjust again, click on the sequence to see it in the scene - I cannot just drag the rotation of the light until its correct. (This is true for all objects in the scene I have tried, not just the directional light.)

    Possible solution - only change the timeline panel focus when the new object has a timeline?
     
  2. akent99

    akent99

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    I forgot to add there is a workaround - use the Lock icon in the Timeline panel. I just got the impression this was not going to be needed with the new support, but looks like it is still needed?
     
  3. ellka

    ellka

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    Hi! Indeed, locking the Timeline is still needed and pretty essential for what you're describing.

    It's not the first time we have feedback around this area though, so we take note of yours. Other users proposed having the Timeline locked by default for example, there were also discussion around the locking state in general... If you have workflow suggestion or "nice to have" in mind, let us know!
     
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