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Craft SoftMotionCam

›› Using Craft SoftMotionCam
›› Input Settings
›› Configure
› General Modes
› Camera Parameters


Craft SoftMotionCam is comprised of two parts: a FollowCam and an AttachedCam. FollowCam follows the AttachedCam with a slight delay. The AttachedCam is first bound to an animated object: When the recording starts, Craft SoftMotionCam begins to follow the object with a delayed reaction.

Craft SoftMotionCam is a passive camera tool. It is controlled in real time by being bound to either an animated object or another (active) camera (for example Craft ObserverCam). When Craft SoftMotionCam bound to another camera, both cameras must be selected in the camera tools list before pressing record so that they both record simultaneously.

The translation and rotation response factor determines how smooth the translation and rotation should be. They are alterable in real time. As with the response factor parameters, the field-of-view (zoom) can be changed in real time through any supported input device while recording.

Craft SoftMotionCam Details

Using Craft SoftMotionCam

Warning Optimizing the scene
It's wise to optimize the scene before starting to record the animation. The scene is optimized by decreasing the amount of polygons shown during the recording. This is achieved by hiding objects not crucial to the part of the scene that you are currently animating. Another tip is to use Craft Bounding Poly, which temporary lowers the amount of polygons for selected objects and allows for a smoother recording.


  1. Create a Craft SoftMotionCam.
    Craft SoftMotionCam
  2. Position SoftMotionCam_AttachedCam on a moving object.
    SoftMotionCam positioned
  3. Link/Parent SoftMotionCam_AttachedCam to the moving object. The SoftMotionCam_FollowCam does not need to be attached to any object.
  4. Change view to SoftMotionCam_FollowCam.
  5. Press Record to start the recording. You can also use Resimulate as a quicker way of creating the animation for the camera.
    • If the recording is not satisfactory drag the timeline back to any position, re-configure the Craft SoftMotionCam's configuration and continue to re-record from there. The values can be changed during recording to easily get the perfect configuration.
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Input settings

Input settings

Spinner...

Spinners enables the change of parameter values with an input controller in real-time.

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Configure

configure

General Modes

Re-Initialize
Resets the initially recorded state to the current state.

Hide AttachedCam
Hides the AttachedCam.

Hide FollowCam
Hides the FollowCam.

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Camera Parameters

Translation Response Factor
A value for how fast this function will react to its parent's movement. A value of 1 yields instant reaction and a lower value will add a fade in for the reaction.

Rotation Response Factor
A value for how fast this function will react to its parent's orientation. A value of 1 yields instant reaction and a lower value will add a fade in for the reaction.

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