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Importing non-humanoid animations
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Model Import Settings window

The Import Settings window
The Import Settings window

When you put Model filesA file containing a 3D data, which may include definitions for meshes, bones, animation, materials and textures. More info
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in the AssetsAny media or data that can be used in your game or project. An asset may come from a file created outside of Unity, such as a 3D model, an audio file or an image. You can also create some asset types in Unity, such as an Animator Controller, an Audio Mixer or a Render Texture. More info
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folder under your Unity Project, Unity automatically imports and stores them as Unity Assets. To view the import settings in the InspectorA Unity window that displays information about the currently selected GameObject, Asset or Project Settings, alowing you to inspect and edit the values. More info
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, click on the file in the Project window. You can customize how Unity imports the selected file by setting the properties on four tabs on this window:

Model tab
A 3D ModelA 3D model representation of an object, such as a character, a building, or a piece of furniture. More info
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can represent a character, a building, or a piece of furniture. In these cases, Unity creates multiple Assets from a single model file. In the Project window, the main imported object is a model PrefabAn asset type that allows you to store a GameObject complete with components and properties. The prefab acts as a template from which you can create new object instances in the scene. More info
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. Usually there are also several MeshThe main graphics primitive of Unity. Meshes make up a large part of your 3D worlds. Unity supports triangulated or Quadrangulated polygon meshes. Nurbs, Nurms, Subdiv surfaces must be converted to polygons. More info
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objects that the model Prefab references.

Rig tab
A RigA skeletal hierarchy of joints for a mesh. More info
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(sometimes called a skeleton) comprises a set of deformers arranged in a hierarchy that animate a Mesh (sometimes called skin) on one or more models created in a 3D modeling application such as as 3ds Max or Maya. For Humanoid and Generic (non-humanoid) Models, Unity creates an AvatarAn interface for retargeting animation from one rig to another. More info
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to reconcile the imported Rig with the Unity GameObjectThe fundamental object in Unity scenes, which can represent characters, props, scenery, cameras, waypoints, and more. A GameObject’s functionality is defined by the Components attached to it. More info
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Animation tab
You can define any series of different poses occurring over a set of frames, such as walking, running, or even idling (shifting from one foot to the other) as an Animation Clip. You can reuse clips for any Model that has an identical Rig. Often a single file contains several different actions, each of which you can define as a specific Animation ClipAnimation data that can be used for animated characters or simple animations. It is a simple “unit” piece of motion, such as (one specific instance of) “Idle”, “Walk” or “Run”. More info
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Materials tab
You can extract Materials and Textures or leave them embedded within the model. You can also adjust how Material is mapped in the Model.

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Importing non-humanoid animations
Model tab