A movie consists of one or several scenes, or camera paths. To record a scene you need to create a path that defines how the camera should move.
In the Movie Studio component tab there are two tools for setting up your movie: the Camera path and the Stationary camera.These tools are described below.
Placing a camera path
Follow the steps below to place a camera path in the 2D view:
- Go to the Movie Studio tab and select the Camera path icon:
- Move the mouse pointer to the 2D view. A line is attached to the mouse pointer.
- Click once to set the path’s starting point.
- Start moving the mouse pointer and click each time you want to make a turn:
- Continue clicking until you have created a path.
- When you are satisfied with your path, move the mouse pointer outside the drawing area, or press Esc. The Movie Editor will pop up once you have ended the tool. You can begin work in here, or close it to continue to edit the path.
- Once you have completed the camera path, the Movie Editor opens for editing and exporting the movie. You can also select a path to do some basic editing in the 2D view:
- Changing camera target
- Changing camera elevation
- Changing camera speed
- Changing the camera's field of view
Placing a stationary camera
The stationary camera is a helpful tool when creating movies in CET. It is a component that you place in the drawing and that pans around itself. It pans in one direction at a time, but the direction can easily be reversed in the properties box or by using the blue double-arrow. Other settings that you can experiment with are camera elevation, pitch, field of view, and speed.
You can place as many stationary cameras as you like. Each is a new path that is listed in the Movie Editor, where you can change the playing order before exporting the movie.
Follow the steps below to place a stationary camera in the 2D view:
- Go to the Movie Studio tab and select the Stationary camera icon:
- Move the mouse pointer to the 2D view. An arc is attached to the mouse pointer.
- Click to place the stationary camera. A new arc is now attached to the mouse pointer.
- Keep clicking to place more stationary cameras.
- When you have finished placing stationary cameras, move the mouse pointer outside the drawing area or press Esc.
- Once the stationary camera is in place, you can select it and change its settings in the properties box. You can also click the yellow snap points and stretch to change the length of the arc. Clicking the blue double arrow will reverse the direction.
- Most Movie Studio functionality is only available when CET runs in advanced graphics mode.
- When you are in the Movie Studio component tab, the Movie view mode will become available at the bottom of the 3D view. Selecting this view mode will show all the camera paths and stationary cameras currently in your drawing.
- You can place several paths in the same drawing. When playing the movie, the paths will be played one after another.
- A red dot indicates the placement of the camera when playing back a camera path. This makes it easy to know exactly where the camera is at a given moment. You can pause and restart the playback.