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MobileCamera Example
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January 21, 2018, 06:25:40 AM
This is an example, of using a MobileCamera, which is provided as a ready-made Actor, within the AnimationLab plug-in.

View the animation here:

https://youtu.be/nH-27T1zCNk

Regards Tim
« Last Edit: January 21, 2018, 06:45:36 AM by Tim Stewart »

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Using Win 10 with Designer 2017 and TurboCAD Pro. Plat. 2016/2017/2018 + Lightworks (64-bit versions) + AnimationLab.

January 26, 2018, 05:06:05 PM
Thanks Tim this is gunna help so much with finishing my animation projects. Just been real busy with other stuff and design mods.

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Daz
TCW V21, 2016-2019 PP, Animation Lab V5, TurboPDF V2-V3 & LightWorks Rendering Engine mostly.

February 10, 2018, 09:37:52 AM
I thought I would add a few pointers, on how I achieved the above example
Animation, before I forget!

1. Inserted a Dot, on the workplane, snapped to the centre of the column.

2. Exploded the Dot once.
It now becomes a zero length 3D Polyline.
I did this, so that it's location shows up under Selection Info Palette.
The X, Y coordinates are copied into the X,Y parameter boxes, for the
command CameraLookAt, within AnimationLab.

3. Draw a circle to any desired size.
You can always scale the completed path later.

4. Draw a line from your desired start point, to the desired finish point.
The midpoint of the line was snapped to the circle, so that it lies at a
tangent to the same.

5. Draw a 3D Spline By Fit Points, starting at the start point of the line
and snapping at suitable intervals until the midpoint of the line.
Continue snapping around the circle at suitable spaces, say 15°, until a
rough circle has been completed.
Complete the spline, by clicking until the end-point of the line.
You can now delete/hide the circle and line.

6. Make an actor of the spline, then use the commands, as illustrated in
MobileCamera.tcw, attached above.

7. That should be enough, to get you started . . . there are other ways.

Regards Tim

« Last Edit: February 10, 2018, 09:46:00 AM by Tim Stewart »

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February 10, 2018, 02:38:18 PM
Thanks Tim so much, fwiw Ive got a number of designs done that I need to use this information, for me this just fills in the blanks on my knowledge of using AniLab. Im sure I will get enormous value out of the what & why info.

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Daz
TCW V21, 2016-2019 PP, Animation Lab V5, TurboPDF V2-V3 & LightWorks Rendering Engine mostly.

February 13, 2018, 12:03:07 AM
Tim these samples would they be backward compatible to TurboCAD V21PP?

As Im running the xp notebook with tcwV21 to render the animations.

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Daz
TCW V21, 2016-2019 PP, Animation Lab V5, TurboPDF V2-V3 & LightWorks Rendering Engine mostly.

February 13, 2018, 03:13:06 AM
Hi Daz,

yes, the principles are just the same, for v21PP and, versions further back.
Have fun!

Regards Tim
« Last Edit: February 13, 2018, 10:02:46 AM by Tim Stewart »

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February 26, 2018, 04:30:55 AM
Hi all,

as I had nothing better to do, I thought I would post a small variation on the above, which may be useful.

This uses the CameraLookByPath command.

As you can see in the attached file, 3 small circles are placed at different heights, along the axis of the column, giving a different perspective when animated.
This method is far more flexible and very easy to manipulate for any required scenario.

Regards Tim

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February 26, 2018, 03:49:46 PM
Tim thank you for your generous contributions here and there always welcome.

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Daz
TCW V21, 2016-2019 PP, Animation Lab V5, TurboPDF V2-V3 & LightWorks Rendering Engine mostly.

February 27, 2018, 01:52:38 AM

You're welcome.

Regards Tim

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