Adding a Realtime Camera
A Realtime Camera lets you define a path for the camera to
follow. You can use it instead of the mouse and keyboard during realtime
walkthroughs. You can also use it to record a movie that can be played on any
To add a realtime camera:
1. Click Add
2. Draw the camera's
path outline by clicking to add points. Press Backspace to remove the
last point. Press Esc to cancel.
3. When finished, click
the starting point to close the outline. Or, right-click to finish without
closing the outline.
In the following landscape design, a realtime camera path
has been added around the deck.
You can press F5 to take a screenshot when the realtime
camera is active. The below screenshot was taken while the camera was at the
position shown above.
Adjusting the Camera
By default, the camera will focus on the center of the
path. This is good for a starting point, but you will probably want to adjust
the camera position and angles at each point to focus on the areas you're
To adjust the camera positions and angles:
1. Select the camera
(if it's not already selected).
2. Click Edit
Points. This will allow you to edit each viewpoint.
3. Click one of the
points to select it. A camera symbol will appear at the point. A small window
will also appear showing the camera's point of view – that is, what will appear
on the screen during a realtime walkthrough or when creating a movie.
4. To move the camera,
click the selected (red) point and drag it to the desired position. Do this
until the desired viewpoint appears in the camera viewpoint window.
5. To raise or lower
the camera, adjust the Elevation property.
6. To change the
camera's up/down (pitch) angle, adjust the Angle property.
7. To change the
camera's direction angle, adjust the Direction property.
8. Repeat steps 3
through 7 for each point.
To use your realtime camera during a Realtime
Walkthrough tab. The Realtime Walkthrough settings dialog will
2. Click Automatic
(using realtime camera). This indicates you want to use a realtime camera
for the walkthrough, instead of the mouse and keyboard. If you have more than
one realtime camera in the landscape, select the one you want to use from the
3. Click OK to
begin the realtime walkthrough.
4. When you want to
exit realtime walkthrough, press Esc.
Adding a realtime camera is easiest in the top-down view.
can use the Hold time property to cause the camera to stop momentarily at
a particular viewpoint.
can adjust the Camera speed property to control the camera speed as it
moves through each point.
Normally, the camera moves smoothly from one point to another. However,
you can also make the camera jump, or "cut" to the next point. At the point you
want to cut from, set the Camera speed to its maximum value. At the point
you want to cut to, set the Hold time to the number of seconds you want
the camera to wait at that point.
you want to change multiple points to use the same value, simply select all of
the points and enter the desired value. For example, suppose you want to set the
camera speed to the same value for all points. First select the points, and then
to set the camera speed. All of the selected points will be changed. See Editing Points for more information.
can add multiple cameras to your landscape design. Both the realtime walkthrough
and movie creation features let you select which one you want to use.
Creating a Movie