The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2022+)

Your ultimate guide to Unity’s Mecanim covering keyframes, curves, inverse kinematics, strafe sets, blending and more.

What you’ll learn

  • create animations from scratch using the Unity Mecanim system and place them onto game objects.
  • import third-party animated assets into Unity and set up animation controllers.
  • write C# code to dynamically control animations through user interaction.
  • explore the use of inverse kinematics in humanoid rigs.
  • create complex animation sequences and blends dynamically controlled by the user at runtime.


  • Download the free version of the Unity Game Engine.
  • You do not need to be able to model or animate in an external package – all resources are provided.


The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity with Mecanim is for animators and Unity practitioners who want to bring their characters to life in a game environment and want to learn the ins and outs of the mecanim system. You don’t need to be able to model or animate in external packages as all models and animations are provided. All aspects of animation in Unity are covered from physics, key framing, curves, forward and inverse kinematics, animation state machines and working with third party assets. Students will be introduced to elementary code, in C#, that is essential for making dynamic animations and triggers to control character behaviour at run time. 

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In The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2020+) course, Penny teaches all the invaluable skills you will require to begin animating your own game characters in Unity using her internationally acclaimed teaching style and knowledge from over 25 years working with games and computer graphics.

Updated to cover Unity Versions 5 to 2020 the course now contains 5 hours of extra content with:

  • new challenges and projects
  • blending animations to create strafe sets
  • adjusting curves
  • designing a character and the placing of motion capture with free third-party tools

Learn how to animate and work with:

  • the mecanim timeline
  • curve and keyframe editors
  • animation events that trigger code
  • root motion
  • imported animations created in third party packages
  • animation state machines

Contents and Overview

The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2020+) course begins with the very basics of the Unity interface and progresses to an in-depth examination of all the mecanim components (including the Animation, Animator, DopeSheet and Curve windows). The majority of lectures are follow-along, hands-on workshops in which the student will explore a variety of animation techniques from creating a simple bouncing ball, to a complex animation for a wall climbing character. Animated models and starter projects are included for students who are not confident in creating their own. By the end of The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2020+) course, the student will have thoroughly explored the functionality of the mecanim system, under the instruction of an internationally-recognized professor, and be well on their way to developing snippets of code to control all aspects of 3d game animation.

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Who this course is for:

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2020+) course is for those interested in a thorough understanding of the Unity Mecanim system. It is suitable for beginner game developers and animators, as well as seasoned animators wanting to import their work into games.
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Animation in Unity (v5 to v2020+) course is not for those wanting to learn to program in Unity.

Created by Penny de Byl, Penny
Last updated 11/2020
Size: 2.90 GB

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