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Blender 2.81: Animation & Rigging

Animation Curves

  • The default automatic handle smoothing mode for new F-Curves can now be changed via User Preferences -> Animation. (aabd8701)


  • The Inherit Scale checkbox is replaced with a dropdown providing more options, e.g. Inherit Average Scale. (fcf2a712)


  • New Copy As New Driver context menu option to streamline creating drivers that copy the value of a different property. (47335b4e)
  • Support overriding the Euler order and access Quaternion values in rotational Transform Channel driver variables. (82ef1edc, 88370639)
  • Swing + Twist rotation decomposition to Transform Channel driver variables. (e91ea20e)


Copy Scale

Copy Rotation

  • Option to explicitly specify the Euler order used during copy. (18d4ad5a)
  • Replaced the Offset checkbox with a Mix dropdown providing better combining options. (f4056e9e)

Copy Transforms

  • Added a new Mix dropdown option that allows combining the original and copied transforms. (f8362836)


  • Options to explicitly specify the input and output Euler order. (18d4ad5a)
  • Swing + Twist rotation decomposition as a choice for rotation input mode. (e91ea20e)
  • Mix dropdown option that allows changing how the transformation is combined with the original. (e858d21a)

Custom Properties

  • Custom property UI now supports short arrays, useful for storing vectors or colors as a single property. (aef08fda)
  • Array custom properties can be set to appear as a standard color picker button in the UI. (55c38f47)