This node would always cache the input pose of last frame, and blend to new input pose when
ToggleFlag is changed.
If you are working on a real commercial UE4 project, you may want to reuse anim graph structure by changing playable assets of the anim nodes(eg. BlendSpace, Anim Sequence, Evaluator, and etc. ) during runtime:
But here comes the problem:
Since those variables are changed in one single frame. Animation pose would change suddenly, thus we cannot get a nice transition:
This problem needs to be solved!
In the very beginning, I use a
FCompactPose class member to store input pose in the end of
Evaluate_AnyThread function like this:
But the engine keeps crashing randomly – sometimes in render system, sometimes in slate viewer. It seems that the memory is broken.
After digging into
FCompactPose structure, it seems that
FCompactPose is allocated with a stack mem marker:
struct ENGINE_API FCompactPose : public FBaseCompactPose<FAnimStackAllocator>
Thus it is fine to create a
FCompactPose inside an evaluation function. But it is not okay to make it a class member.
As a result, I use
TArray<FTransform> to cache input pose. A
FCompactPose would be created from this array during
Evaluate_AnyThread function. Then we can use
FAnimationRuntime::BlendPosesTogether to perform blend.
Since UE4 have already got its own blend pose function, it might be better to use it (Fine, I am simply much too lazy to write another function).
FAnimationRuntime::BlendPosesTogether accepts a pose array, a curve array and a weight array to give a valid pose and animation curves:
And we need make sure that you have the input pose the first element. And here is why:
BlendCurves function, the output curve would firstly
initfrom the first curve element:
void InitFrom(const FBaseBlendedCurve<OtherAllocator>& InCurveToInitFrom)
UIDToArrayIndexLUT is a
TArray<uint16> const * pointer, thus this function performs a shallow copy.
Thus we cannot make our newly-created the first element, otherwise a pointer error would occur and drives you mad.
There is yet another way to solve this problem. We can directly modify
AssetPlayer Node to perform cross-fade between old asset and new asset when the asset has been changed. In short, cache old asset value, and blend between old&new asset with the same time accumulator.
Cache Pose can handle multiple transition since we always blend from current pose to target pose – No matter what the target pose is.
Cache Asset cannot handle multiple transition, unless you store multiple asset, and evaluate&blend between them, which cause performance issue.
Cache Pose surely has better performance, since we do not need to evaluate old assets.
Cache Pose has better maintainability, since it has been decoupled with any asset player node, whereas
Cache Asset requires modification to official animation node.
Cache Pose can be placed anywhere, but
Cache Asset can only works with asset player node.
Cache Asset can provide better animation detail, since both old and new animation are still running. But
Cache Pose can only provide a single pose, which lacks some detail.