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# Animation Overview

Most game projects require an animated character to move around in the environment. This may be a character that the player controls, or an AI-driven entity that interacts with the level.

Use the EMotion FX Animation Editor to animate characters in Open 3D Engine. To build a character, you associate one or more skinned models with an animation skeleton (built in a digital content creation tool like Maya). You then import the character into the Animation Editor and specify the animations that you want your character to have.

You can then blend animations, so that your character transitions from one animation to another, and specify the conditions when an animation occurs for a character. For example, you can specify that your character starts in an idle position. After several seconds, the character starts to walk, run, and then slow down again until the character returns to an idle position.

In the Animation Editor, you can preview the animations and blends between the animations for your characters.

O3DE has the FBX Settings tool that converts static .fbx meshes, skeletons, skins, animations, and materials into O3DE assets. For more information, see Customize FBX asset export with FBX Settings.

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