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Chapter 14. 3D Layers > Using Camera Tools

Using Camera Tools

Camera Tools provide you with another way to easily adjust camera views. In contrast to dragging the camera from a separate camera view, Camera Tools let you change a camera's Position property while viewing the composition from the camera's point of view. Though it's harder to see the camera's motion path, you get to see the movement from the camera's perspective. You can also use Camera Tools to adjust one of the Custom 3D views (see “Viewing 3D Layers in the Comp window,” earlier in this chapter).

To adjust the view using Camera Tools:

1.
In the 3D Views pull-down menu of the Composition window, select a Camera or Custom view.

Note that you cannot adjust Orthogonal views (Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, Bottom) with Camera Tools.

2.
If necessary, set the camera's Auto-Orient option to determine how the Orbit Camera tool functions.

See the next step to learn how Auto-Orient options affect the Orbit Camera tool.

3.
In Tools, select a Camera tool (Figure 14.71):

Orbit Camera Dragging with this tool rotates the camera around its Point of Interest when Auto-Orient is set to Orient Towards Point of Interest. Otherwise, the camera rotates around its position (much like a camera panning on a tripod) (Figure 14.72 and Figure 14.73).

Figure 14.72. When Auto-Orient is set to Orient Towards Point of Interest, dragging with the Orbit Camera tool…


Figure 14.73. …rotates the camera around its Point of Interest. Otherwise, the camera rotates around its position.


Track XY Camera By dragging with this tool, you can move the camera along its X and Y axes (similar to a real-world camera dollying right or left, or craning up or down). Regardless of the Auto-Orient setting, the camera's rotation is unaffected (Figure 14.74).

Figure 14.74. Dragging with the Track XY Camera tool lets you move the camera along its X and Y axes


Track Z Camera By dragging with this tool, you can move the camera along its Z axis (similar to a camera dollying in or out). Regardless of the Auto-Orient setting, the camera's rotation remains unaffected (Figure 14.75).

Figure 14.75. Dragging with the Track Z Camera tool lets you move the camera along its Z axis.


Figure 14.71. Select the Camera tool you want to use.


4.
In the Composition window, drag the selected camera tool.

The Custom view or camera position changes according to the Camera tool you use.


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