Manipulators

 

Manipulators are tools used for adjusting character poses. They can be selected on the dedicated panel on the Toolbar.

Panel for selecting Manipulators on the Toolbar

1. Translate (Hotkey: )

An example of Translate manipulator being used for moving an object across the scene

Used to move the selected object along coordinate axes. To move an object, place a mouse pointer over an axis (doing so will highlight the axis yellow), hold  and move the pointer.

The square between two axes represents the coordinate plane formed by these axes. Use it to move the object along the corresponding plane.

Place mouse over the circle at the center of the tool and hold  to freely move the object around the screen space.

2. Rotate (Hotkey: )

An example of Rotate manipulator being used to change the spatial orientation of a scene object

This manipulator is used to rotate selected objects across coordinate axes. Axes are represented as circles.

To rotate an object, place a mouse pointer over a circle representing corresponding coordinate axis, hold  and move the pointer.

Rotation is performed across a pivot point which can be set manually. By default, the center of the selected object is used as a pivot point (if multiple objects are selected, a pivot is assigned to the one with the highest position in the object hierarchy).

3. Scale

This tool changes the scale of the selected objects.

During scaling, Cascadeur tries to preserve distances between selected objects as with any other kind of editing.

Scaling is performed in relation to a pivot point that can be set manually.

Scale manipulator is often used for editing object Trajectories

Local and Global Mode (Hotkey: ~)

Translate manipulator in Local (left) and Global (right) modes

Every manipulator described above can operate in either Local or Global mode.

In the Global mode objects are moved, rotated or scaled in relation to the world coordinates that are always the same for every object in the scene.

In the Local mode, changes are applied to objects in relation to the object's own local coordinates that depend on the current position of the object.

This mode is applied to every manipulator simultaneously.

Tail Mode (Hotkey: Ctrl + Alt + Q)

This option adds "tail" effect to object rotation: when an object is rotated, all its child objects rotate with it, like a tail.

The tail mode can be set to Global or Local independently from the rest of the manipulators.

To change a pivot point of rotation:

  1. Select every object that you want to rotate
  2. Click a point controller with the  to move rotation pivot to it

Using Manipulators

  • Selecting

Using , you can select any part of a manipulator - an axis, a coordinate plane or the circle at the center - but only one at a time.

  • Using

When the manipulator is selected, hold  and move the mouse pointer across the Viewport window to move selected objects. If an axis or a coordinate plane is selected, the object will move along it; if the central circle is selected, you can move the object freely in the screen space.

  • Slowing Down

Holding    while using a manipulator on an object will make the object move ten times slower than normal. This can be used to position objects with greater precision.

  • Resizing

You can also adjust the visual size of the manipulators in the Viewport window. To do this, drag any part of the manipulator while holding  and .

  • Switching Off

To switch off manipulators, choose the Select mode or press hotkey Q

Interval Edit Modes

Manipulators can be used to make changes either on one frame or on an interval. This subject is described on the Interval Edit Mode page.

 

See Also

Key Frames

Interpolation

Interval Edit Mode

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