Create AnimNotify in c++

Hi. I’m trying to create AnimNotifies in code so I can drive notifies from a excel datatable. The code below seems to work, it adds a notify to notify track 0 in my UAnimMontage is visible in the editor and fires events in game. However if I click the notify the editor crashes immediately.

I can see in the call stack that it’s an index out of range error but I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Given that it crashes when I click on it, is there something I need to set for the notifies property editor not to throw a fit?

Any ideas? This has me stumped. I’m not a very seasoned coder so baby steps are appreciated.
Thanks in advance.



	// Insert a new notify record and spawn the new notify object
	int32 NewNotifyIndex = montage->Notifies.Add(FAnimNotifyEvent());
	FAnimNotifyEvent& NewEvent = montage->Notifies[NewNotifyIndex];
	NewEvent.NotifyName = FName("Combo");
	class UObject* AnimNotifyClass = ConstructObject<UObject>(UAnimNotifyState::StaticClass());
	NewEvent.NotifyStateClass = Cast<UAnimNotifyState>(AnimNotifyClass);

	// Set default duration to 1 frame for AnimNotifyState.
	if (NewEvent.NotifyStateClass)
		NewEvent.NotifyName = FName(*NewEvent.NotifyStateClass->GetNotifyName());
		NewEvent.SetDuration(1 / 30.f);
		NewEvent.EndLink.Link(montage, NewEvent.EndLink.GetTime());
		NewEvent.NotifyName = FName(*NewEvent.Notify->GetNotifyName());

Call Stack:

Unknown exception - code 00000001 (first/second chance not available)

Assertion failed: (Index >= 0) & (Index < ArrayNum) [File:D:\BuildFarm\buildmachine_++depot+UE4-Releases+4.6\Engine\Source\Runtime\Core\Public\Containers\Array.h] [Line: 679] 
Array index out of bounds: -1 from an array of size 1

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NewEvent.NotifyStateClass = Cast(AnimNotifyClass);

That line is wrong as you are casting a UClass to a UAnimNotifyState. What you want is UAnimNotifyState::StaticClass()

Sorry, the programmer that set that struct up broke convention, so I made a bad assumption. Typically, SomeThingClass means the static class (UClass) of the instance and not an instance.

I just looked at CreateNewNotifyAtCursor() and in that code only one of the things will be true: either it’s a state object or a notify object. One of those casts are going to fail.

My guess is that the Notify field is not being zeroed to NULL, where their code is zeroing in both paths. Try zeroing it.

Hi Joe, thanks for getting back to me.
I tried UAnimNotifyState::StaticClass() but that returns a UClass so I have to cast to UAnimNotifyState anyway right? Maybe I’m missing something?
NewEvent.NotifyStateClass = UAnimNotifyState::StaticClass();

I’ve set things up the same way as I found in the source code at SAnimNotifyTrack::CreateNewNotifyAtCursor and my code above seems to work fine and fires notify events with my custom notify, it’s just when I click on it in persona that things go haywire.
Do I need to register a new notify with persona in any particular way that may cause a crash when I try to view its properties?

Apologies if I’m doing something silly here but the code I have seems to be working for the most part.

So it seems I overlooked one little thing. I forgot to link my new notify event to my montage. I added this line just after creating my new event and naming it and everything seems to be working as expected.
NewEvent.Link(montage, 0.05f);

Thanks for your help Joe, I hope I didn’t waste too much of your time.

Neglected to link the new notify to the montage. Silly mistake. The line below fixed it.

NewEvent.Link(montage, 0.05f);

Where do you put your code?