2023 Time Bar Keyframes

Question on 2023.1 with the time bar and keyframes:
If you have keyframes that are in different channels, it looks like only those channel’s keyframes that you have selected or are animating now appear in the timebar. I’m able to see all of the keyframes if I click back on the node or say if it is an axis in action, click the axis.
Is there a new filtering option that perhaps I’m missing that would allow you to see all of the animated channel keyframes in the time bar like you could in 2022? I like the functionality of seeing only the channels I’m working on, but sometimes I want to be able to jump between all the animated channel keyframes in the timebar while working.


Hi Ari,

As you said, the keyframes displayed in the time-bar are always based on channel selection.

So if you select a channel, you will see the keyframes for that channel.

If you want to see all the keyframes in the time-bar for every channel, you can do one of two things.

  1. Go into the Animation editor and click the SCENE entry at the top of the channel list to select every channel which will display all the curves and keyframes for the selection.

  2. Do a multiple selection of nodes (in Action or Batch) and this will select all their channels resulting in all the keyframes displayed in the time-bar.

Hope this helps!


PS: I don’t recall the behaviour changing with keyframe display in the time-bar in previous versions of Flame.

Hi Grant,
Thanks for the response. These two actions do show me the keyframes for the channels in the time bar, but once I go back to add a keyframe in a specific channel it only shows that channel’s keyframes in the time bar again.
I just tested this again going back to 2022.2 and the behavior is different in the time bar. For example, in Action if you create an axis and keyframe the scale, then jump to another frame and keyframe the position, you see both the position and scale keyframes in the timebar. In 2023, doing the same thing, I’m only able to see either the scale or position keyframes one at a time.
If this is just the new timebar behavior in 2023, then I’ll put in a feature request. Ideally it would just be an toggle option that would allow you to see all channel keyframes of the current node in the timebar like in previous versions.

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Here is a video to show the behavior. I went through all the filter options and none of options keep the keyframes in the time bar like all previous iterations of flame. The filter options will show you the keyframes but as soon as you start animating they disappear again.


@dlevine @creonovo @Ryland

Sorry if I didn’t get back to you sooner on this but very often when we remove something we are taking the safe approach of creating an environment variable in case users report they are missing it.

In this case, you can set the following variable:

and the “Automatic Selection” option will be available from the Animation Gear menu.

Let me know if you need help setting it.

Hi Fred,
I was able to add the variable in. When I launched Flame, I was able to see the “Automatic Selection” as an option under the gear menu, however this still doesn’t bring back the functionality we are looking for when setting keyframes.
The behavior that we are seeing that has changed is not in the animation panel, but under the node keyframing.
The example would be adding an axis in Action. If you then select the object button on the axis node and add a position keyframe, then jump ahead 10 frames and add a scale keyframe, you will see the position keyframe indicator disappear in the timebar.
Going back to 2022.2, having the Auto Select button turned on or off didn’t change this behavior for me when I just tested it. I was able to create a position keyframe and then a scale keyframe and saw both channel’s keyframe indicators in the timebar

Hmmm, you are right. The variable works for basically everything but Action.
At this point I don’t have any other workaround that to Shift-Click in the field for which you want to see the keyframes so you do not have to change the value to see them.

The Auto Select option has been brought back in Flame 2023.2 Update


Having been upgraded to 2023.2 I can say that the issue discussed here is not resolved. I guess I wasn’t clear enough in my feedback request or maybe I’m still doing something wrong?


Please let me know if further clarification is needed.