Thursday, August 30, 2012

ProtoSphere Tip of the Week #3: Enabling the Free Camera View

The ability to control your view of the 3D environment in ProtoSphere is important, however we’ve designed it so that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. We’ve employed simple interactions, such as hitting the V key on your keyboard to toggle back and forth between 1st and 3rd person views, enabling the scroll wheel on your mouse to do the same, or allowing you to right-click and drag your mouse in order to look around the space. But did you know there’s another view in ProtoSphere that gives you a lot more flexibility in where you position your camera, called the “Free Camera View”?

To enable this view, hit CTRL + SHIFT + C on your keyboard. You’ll notice that your camera appears to detach itself from your avatar. While in this mode you can use either the left or right click actions and drag your mouse to change the angle of the camera. You can also use the following keys to move the camera around:

W or Up Arrow
Moves the camera forward
S or Down Arrow
Moves the camera backward
A or Left Arrow
Pans the camera left
D or Right Arrow
Pans the camera right
Moves the camera up
Moves the camera down

While in this mode, you’re moving your camera around, not your avatar. But you can still interact with objects, such as clicking on a chair, or zooming into a Media Board.

To return your view back to what it was prior to entering this Free Camera View, simply hit CTRL + SHIFT + C again on your keyboard.

The video below shows what this looks like:

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