I don’t have editing privileges for the Synfig Documentation Wiki, but … someone should put in how to CREATE the time loop layer. There is a wiki page on how to use the time loop layer (once it exists), but it is very confusing what needs to be done in order to create it. I had to go to the YouTube video “Synfig - Bouncing Ball Using Time Loop”, and then 80% of the way through the video, I finally found out that I had to:
- right-click on an existing layer (why? The time loop layer has nothing to do with which layer I right-click on)
- select New Layer
- select Time (well, for my v1.2.1; but in the video version, the narrator selects Other)
- and then finally we see an option to select time loop layer
ONLY THEN can I use all the stuff about Time Loop layers that I found with a web search.
(I must say that, even now, it is confusing. Apparently the time loop layer affects all the layers beneath it; but what if you have two different characters you want to animate with two different time loops? (e.g. two characters looping a walk cycle at different loop durations) Surely one of the timeloop layers must come before the other, in which case … the upper loop animates the lower loop? Anyway, I’m sure the answer to my question is somewhere out there in the web…)