The Change target feature gives the camera directions on what to look at during a specified segment of the camera path. Between a starting point and an end point, the camera turns to look at the set target. When the camera reaches the end point of the transition segment, it turns back to look in the direction of travel until there is a new change, or for the remainder of the path. Along a single camera path there can be several segments, either nested or one after another.
To change the camera target between two points, 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 target button on the Movie Studio component tab.
- Move the mouse pointer to the drawing area. A blue circle icon is attached to the mouse pointer.
- Move the mouse pointer to the camera path. The circle icon snaps to the camera path to indicate the segment starting point (2), and an input field at the top right corner lets you enter a new camera target elevation (5).
- Click to set the starting point in the desired position. A second circle icon immediately snaps to the camera path to indicate the segment end point (3).
- Click to set the end point in the desired position. The end point snaps to the camera path and a target symbol is attached to the mouse pointer.
- Move the target symbol to the desired target point (4). Dotted lines connect the target point with the starting point and the end point.
- Click once to set the target point.
- A new circle icon is now attached to the mouse pointer. If you wish to make an additional target change, repeat steps 5-8. If you do not wish to make further changes, move the mouse pointer off the drawing area or press the Esc key on you keyboard to release the circle icon.
After placement, you can select the segment and adjust the camera target elevation or the camera angle (pitch) in the properties box. You can also adjust the elevation in the 3D view by dragging the yellow node.
Use the black arrows inside of the segment to adjust the progression of the target change.
Example: A camera path in the 2D view with 1) playback starting point; 2) segment starting point; 3) segment end point:4) target point, and 5) property box for setting the camera target elevation. In this example, the camera is going to turn towards the target point at 2, and then turn back towards the direction of travel at 3.