The Change elevation feature modifies the height of the camera during a specified transition segment. Between a starting point and an end point, the camera starts to increase or decrease its elevation. When the camera reaches the end point of the transition segment, it returns to the original elevation until there is a new change, or for the remainder of the path. Along a single camera path there can be several segments, preferably one after another.
To change the camera elevation between two points as shown below, follow these steps:
- Define a camera path by following the instructions found in the chapter Placing a Camera Path or Stationary Camera.
- Click the Change elevation button on the Movie Studio component tab.
- Move the cursor to the drawing area. A green triangle icon is attached. Upward pointing triangles indicate an increase in elevation while downward pointing triangles indicate a decrease in elevation.
- The triangle icon snaps to the camera path to indicate the segment starting point (2), and a properties box at the top left corner (4) lets you enter a new elevation.
- Left-click to set the starting point in the desired position. A second triangle icon immediately snaps to the camera path to indicate the segment end point (3).
- Left-click to set the end point in the desired position.
- A new triangle icon is now attached to the cursor. If you wish to make additional changes, repeat steps 5-6. If you do not wish to make further changes, move the cursor off the drawing area or press the Esc key on you keyboard to release the triangle icon.
After placement, you can select the segment and set the transition, i.e. how quick the transition to the new value should be at the beginning and the end of the segment.
Example: A camera path in the 2D view with 1) camera path starting point; 2) segment starting point; 3) segment end point, and 4) properties box for setting the camera elevation between the two points. In this example, the camera begins at 1.626 m, which increases to 2 m at point 2. It then remains at 2 m until point 3 where it decreases back to 1.626 m.