Time & Key Controls

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Lorne Brooks

This script contains various tools for manipulating time, keys other related animation controls. Scripts can be assigned to toolbars and placed just below the time slider for quick access.



- Time jumping in blocks of 5, 10, 15, 30 and 100, as well as jump to next or previous keys and the start time.

- Time range manipuation including: range cutting, range expanding, setting range to key limits, and use specially marked* time tags to adjust ranges.

- Time controls for selecting, deleting, and moving keys, as well as controlling trackbar settings like looping, key display and realtime playback.

- Time scrubber via shortcut key. When activated, move the mouse left and right to automatically move the time slider up or down (similar to Maya's hold down K key). Click either mouse button to cancel scrubbing.

- There are tooltips available when mousing over the icons.



* Note: For the Time Tag Range option to work, make sure one or more time tags have been added to the scene in the format...


e.g. Run 0-100

A UI will display with a dropdown list of the found time tags.


This format also complements the Time Range Manager script... http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/time-range-manager




Version 1.2;

- Fixed the move time range keys, and nudge keys left and right to work on CAT nodes. Currently doesn't work with Biped.

- Added a time scrubber function which can be assigned a shortcut key. When activated it scrubs the time slider back and forth using only the mouse left and right movement. Mouse-click to cancel.

- Changed some toolbar icon colours to be more visible on dark UI theme.


Version 1.1;

- Added new tools: nudge keys left and right one frame, and select inverse time range keys.


Version 1.0;

- First release.



Additional Info: 

The script can be found in category “LB Tools”.


Drag the MZP file into your Max viewport.

Files will be copied to...




Version Requirement: 
3dsmax 2008-2019
old_1-0_lbtools_time_key_controls.mzp25.73 KB
old_1-1_lbtools_time_key_controls.mzp27.39 KB
lbtools_time_key_controls.mzp27.75 KB


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