Animation Parameters

Animation Parameters are variables that are defined within the animation system but can also be accessed and assigned values from scripts. For example, the value of a parameter can be updated by an animation curve and then accessed from a script so that, say, the pitch of a sound effect can be varied as if it were a piece of animation. Likewise, a script can set parameter values to be picked up by Mecanim. For example, a script can set a parameter to control a Blend Tree.

Default parameter values can be set up using the Parameters widget in the bottom left corner of the Animator window. They can be of four basic types:

Parameters can be assigned values from a script using functions in the Animator class: SetFloat, SetInt, and SetBool.

Here's an example of a script that modifies parameters based on user input

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;

public class AvatarCtrl : MonoBehaviour {

	protected Animator animator;

	public float DirectionDampTime = .25f;

	void Start () 
		animator = GetComponent<Animator>();

	void Update () 
			//get the current state
			AnimatorStateInfo stateInfo = animator.GetCurrentAnimatorStateInfo(0);

			//if we're in "Run" mode, respond to input for jump, and set the Jump parameter accordingly. 
			if(stateInfo.nameHash == Animator.StringToHash("Base Layer.RunBT"))
					animator.SetBool("Jump", true );
				animator.SetBool("Jump", false);				

			float h = Input.GetAxis("Horizontal");
			float v = Input.GetAxis("Vertical");

			//set event parameters based on user input
			animator.SetFloat("Speed", h*h+v*v);
			animator.SetFloat("Direction", h, DirectionDampTime, Time.deltaTime);

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Page last updated: 2013-10-10