The Realtime Walkthrough is a special viewing mode that
allows you to walk around your landscape as you would in reality. While in the
walkthrough, realistic lighting, shadows, animated birds and butterflies, and
other effects are available.
Important: Many of the Realtime Walkthrough features
require a modern 3D video card. Features which are not supported by your video
card will not be available.
To start a Realtime Walkthrough:
Click the Realtime Walkthrough tab that appears to the bottom-left of the
viewport (see above image). The following dialog showing walkthrough settings
option should be checked if you wish to walk through your landscape manually.
The camera will be controlled using your mouse and keyboard.
Realtime Camera option should be checked if you have added a Realtime Camera
object to your design and wish to view the walkthrough through its lens. This
option will not be available if no Realtime Camera has been added to your
landscape. See Adding a Realtime Camera
for more information.
option should be selected if the vertical mouse movements seem reversed to you
while in the walkthrough. If Invert is unchecked, then moving the mouse up will
move your view up. If Invert is unchecked, then moving your mouse up will move
your view down. This option is mainly used by those who are accustomed to the
controls in 3D airplane simulators.
Auto level when
The Auto Level option should be checked by users who are new to 3D
programs. If Auto Level is checked, then your view will automatically straighten
out to eye level while walking.
Use Oculus Rift
this option if you have an Oculus Rift headset connected to your computer and
want to use it for the Realtime Walkthrough.
If you wish
for the walkthrough to use the entire area of your computer monitor, then ensure
that the Full Screen option is checked. If the Full Screen option is not
checked, then the walkthrough will be displayed within a window.
select the walkthrough resolution, move the Screen Resolution slider. Resolution
affects the clarity of your walkthrough; a high resolution will provide a higher
quality. However, higher resolutions will run slower on older systems. If the
Full Screen option is not checked, then the Screen Resolution option will not be
available because the resolution will be automatically determined by the size of
Click the Environment Settings button to access options that
affect the appearance and sound of your Realtime Walkthrough. For more
information, see Environment Settings.
create a movie rather than walking through your design in realtime. See Creating a Movie for details.
Click the OK button to accept your walkthrough settings. The following dialog
Depending on the walkthrough settings you have selected,
the walkthrough will take a few moments to generate. To stop the walkthrough
from generating and return to design mode, click the Cancel button. After
the calculations finish, your screen will switch to the Realtime Walkthrough.
Press the Esc key on your keyboard when you are ready to return to design
Realtime Walkthrough controls are different than the controls used when editing
your landscaping. Simply use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move your “feet”
while moving your mouse to move your “head”. See Realtime Walkthrough Controls for
Taking a Screen