[Bf-committers] Camera Guides

Damir Prebeg blend.factory at gmail.com
Tue May 10 08:03:59 CEST 2011

This feature is great but without ability to orbit camera without
leaving camera view it has limited functionality. And no, I don't use
fly mode, because I get airplane sickness.
Let's imagine that real life cameraman has to leave his cam and walk
around some scene to see it from a different angle. When he finds
perfect shot he presses CTRL+0 to tell his helper to bring him his

On 10 May 2011 05:14, Campbell Barton <ideasman42 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM, Bassam Kurdali
> <bkurdali at freefactory.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2011-05-10 at 00:28 +0000, Campbell Barton wrote:
>>> Agree they are unrelated (except the case where Camera images could be
>>> made to force foreground and overlay some reference).
>> Not completely but it *is* close: images will suffer due to scaling
>> (especially if you don't intend on making a new one for each aspect
>> ratio) while procedural guides can be drawn at one pixel width
>> regardless of the resolution/aspect ratio- and now you'll have an added
>> dependency for your files. But it's a poor-man's solution for users who
>> don't want to apply a simple patch.
>>> I only mentioned it because the topic came up on this thread.
>>> There is still a case for having this feature, Michael and I just
>>> disagree on how it should be done, in fact Ton also disagrees :), he
>>> suggests camera BG images to have a FG option.
>> Well, that's ok :) I'm not personally in a rush, and people who need
>> this right now can patch, graphicall, hack their own - it's not like
>> this is going to result in any major compatibility issues. I hacked my
>> own a while ago, no problems.
>>> Bassam, can you give an example screenshot of how you use this?
>> sure:
>> http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=12124
>> I use it to compose shots! as you can see, the one pixel dotted line is
>> fairly unobtrusive, and it works 'right' regardless of focal
>> length/aspect ratio. In this image even though she's coming down the
>> escalator towards us, her eyes are always on the top third line of the
>> screen. Other images would have a center of interest on one or more of
>> the thirds intersections, etc. Pretty standard stuff really.
>>> Also, anyone can still work on adding camera overlay presets, its a
>>> good beginner task.
>> Yup, this is a very easy hack! though, not so easy to get it approved I
>> guess ;)
> Composition guide presets committed r36590. see the camera display panel.
> Maybe I missed some useful preset, easy to add others.
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