Announcing CameraControls! (PC only for now - working on the Mac version)
CameraControls provides tighter user control over camera positioning by providing sliders and direct numeric entry for pan, tilt, and roll, through a webDialog.
The dialog also responds real-time to changes in the view (activating a scene tab or using the SketchUp-native camera manipulation tools).
To use CameraControls, select Camera Controls from the Camera menu in SketchUp. CameraControls is also compatible with Organizer.
Last edited by RickW on Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:12 am, edited 1 time in total.
Cool, thanks Rick. I'll be looking at it shortly!
Hey Rick, its not working for me. It just gives constant errors to the console. This is the first of them
Error: #<NoMethodError: undefined method `atan' for #<CameraControls:0x8e8fb98>>
C:/Program Files/Google/Google SketchUp 7/Plugins/cameracontrols.rb:153:in `set_angles'
C:/Program Files/Google/Google SketchUp 7/Plugins/cameracontrols.rb:216:in `onViewChanged'
C:/Program Files/Google/Google SketchUp 7/Plugins/cameracontrols.rb:153
Strangely it works fine for me - although I can't find the script that's defining 'atan' as a Math function !
Try adding Math:: in front of atan in line 153 - I did and it still works for me - so it might then work for you ?
Also Rick: if you run the tool in 'parallel projection' then the 'fov' returns errors at lines 72/97/121 [linked to 79/104/139 as the optional 'perspective' and 'fov' are NOT applicable to pp] - it all shows in the Console - these can easily be trapped in the 3 locations... I have already 'fixed' mine...
Thanks for another great tool by the way...
TIG: Thanks for the note - I forgot about parallel projection
I'll also add Math::atan to (hopefully) fix Chris's problem.
[EDIT] New version uploaded to Smustard
We have a winner! That solved it all for me Tig, thanks!
Works great now Rick, very cool!
Which page? The Smustard page or the webDialog?
the Smustard page
I had to use Chrome to get to it in the end...Fire fox complains about the loading and locks out.
My FireFox goes in just fine. I don't have any of those ad removel apps installed, just vanilla FireFox.
actually it wasn't an ad removal problem at all.. (btw the Firefox version is 3.5.2 the latest)
it's Videolan, my video player. it's having a problem with the embedded video on that page.. working on it..
Thank you very much for the tool! I loved.
A thing that could be implemented would be the possibility to arise or to go down the camera, to change the zoom, or to alter the vision field, or Pan by slide.
Ah, sorry about that. I'll see about embedding a YouTube video instead.
Nice job Rick!
I discovered a few things, not sure if they are bugs or not. See attached file.
Could you have vertical lines (or tick marks) at degree intervals (ie., 45, 90, 130, 180, -45, -90, etc.) in the dialog background so you can align the sliders to them (or perhaps snap to them?)?
Could you have a Camera Dialog devoted solely for "Dolley" movements (moving camera along a striaght path) which would perform the following:
1- Move along each of the colored axis (including user defined axis if possible) similar to the script you had for doing tutorials that jumb to "Iso snap-shots" from Scene to Scene.
2- Move left to right [Truck] and top [Pedestol]to bottom across the screen.
The user could input distance values for the DOLLEYs.
[UPDATE: Pardon me if I am not using the correct terminolgy here; it seems like there are mixed terminologies between applications (SU Pan tool does what I'm describing here, and SU's Look Around is similar to the PAN in your dialog). ]
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Last edited by JClements on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:02 pm, edited 5 times in total.
The 90-degree issue is (I think) an internal SU thing due to the desire of the camera to not look straight down - you can see this when manually orbiting, and I suspect it carries over to dynamically moving the camera in Ruby. Either that, or it's a by-product of my (necessary) assumption that when looking straight down, the positive y-axis is zero roll. Not sure.
As for the second issue you described in your model, I don't quite understand the issue - I didn't have any problem getting 90 degrees for the magenta(?) and green boxes. I'll try to get with you later to get more input.
I cant get it to work.
I get a window with three sliders but nothing happens when I drag them.
Should there be more things visible in that window?
If not I suggest you make it a lot smaller.
It takes up a great deal of space IMHO.
Ahh yes, agreed. The window initialy starts quite large for just the three sliders.
Jan, is it giving errors to the webconsole? I had a problem described earlier in the thread where the atan function needed to be specified as Math::atan on line 153. Did you already fix that one Rick?
Ok. I added the Math::atan and now it works. Still the window is huge!
I really like the way it works in realtime but please make the window much more compact.
It would also be nice with a small reset button for each slider.
Also would it be possible to have these as well:
For these maybe some logarithmic/non linear curve for the slider so when sliding a little it would be small values and when sliding towards the extremes it would be larger/faster movement.
Just a thought.
Interesting, on my work computer, the window was HUGE also. But on my home computer, it was tiny tiny. Resized as absolutely small as possible, I almost didn't see it because it just shows the red x, minimize and maximize buttons.
You can manually resize it though, which works fine. And for me it remembers its size and location between SU sessions. So try to resize it and see if SU rememeber's its size.
Good suggestion, Pixero.
Moving sliders with the mouse with any accuracy has often been an issue for me (ie., in Goggle Earth dialogs).
Perhaps Arrow keys could be active. Shift-Arrow = large movement, Ctrl-Arrow small movement, and what I have available in a 2D app for closeup work, Alt-Arrow = One Pixel no matter what the zoom level is. Getting a bit complicated isn't it.
I like the idea, and if is possible to store some values, is fantastic.
Pixero: Not sure when you downloaded, but the current download has the corrected script (though I see you did get yours fixed).
John: Yes, I was using more "conventional" (as far as I could find) terminology for camera motion, rather than corresponding SU terminology. Also, I added text entry so you don't have to rely solely on slider accuracy - if you get it close and find the approximate angle, you can type the one you want.
All: I can add a preset size for the window to get it a bit smaller at startup, though as noted above, it can be resized and should remember that size in the future. Also, I'm noting the requests, and will see what can be added.
Thanks for the reply, Rick.
One thing. I did notice that you can NOT "swipe" the values in the dialog; you have to click and use the Delete Key or Backspace Key first, then type in new values.
Any chance to allow "swiping"?
Last edited by JClements on Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.