Camera Tools


Cameras are used for viewing the scene from a specific angle.

Camera Types

There are two kinds of camera objects in Cascadeur: regular Camera and Camera with aim.


A basic variant of a Camera object. Defines a point from which the scene can be viewed.

To add this object to a scene, select Add → Camera from the Commands menu:

Camera with aim

An extended version of the regular Camera object. Works in a similar way, but includes several additional controls to make work with this type of camera more convenient.

(1) camera object
Defines the camera’s point of view.

(2) camera target point
Controls the camera’s direction.

(3) camera additional point
Controls the camera’s rotation and spatial orientation.

To add this object to a scene, select Add → Camera with aim from the Commands menu:

Just like a regular Camera, Camera with aim includes a full set of camera-related parameters.

Camera Settings

Settings for a selected Camera are available in the Outliner window, on the Camera tab:

Field of view
Sets the field of view for the selected camera.

Rotation offset
Additional camera rotation. This parameter includes three Euler angles that can be used to change camera direction without changing its transform rotation.

Aspect ratio height and Aspect ratio width
These parameters define the proportions of the image captured by the camera.

Viewing the Scene

To view the scene through a camera:

1. Select the camera

2. Click the Align to Camera button.
It can be found on the Toolbar:

...and also in the Viewport window:

Camera Controls

Camera behavior can be set using the buttons on the dedicated panel on the Toolbar:

(1) Track object with camera
If this button is enabled, the camera will follow the selected object.

The lock sign near this button is the Switch camera mode to selection option. If it is enabled, the camera will follow a selected part of an object (a controller or a mesh)

(2) Align to camera
Press this button to align the current view to a currently selected camera.

The lock sign near this button is the Camera unlocked option. If it is enabled, Viewport window that is aligned to the camera cannot be controlled (via View Cube or other means) and would always view the scene through that camera.
This option is disabled by default.

(3) Center camera
This button focuses the camera on a currently selected object. The hotkey for it is .

Animated Cameras

Cameras can be animated like any other objects: by creating keyframes and setting interpolation intervals between them.

Camera Textures

There is also an option to add a texture to a camera object:

1. Select a camera

2. On the Toolbar, click the Bind texture button:

3. Select the texture file.

4. In the Viewport, right-click the Edit Mode Switch. and turn on the Textures option:

Now, when you view the scene through this camera, it will show the texture you’ve selected as a background:

This feature can be useful when you need to use a video sequence as a backdrop to your animation (for example, to make the animation in sync with the motion on that video).

Texture Parameters

If you select the camera, you’ll see that it now has a new Texture container set of options on the Object Properties panel:

Start frame
Defines the start frame for the texture, if it has more than one.

Texture path
The path to the texture file.
If the texture consists of multiple frames, all of them are listed here.

Exporting Cameras

Just like any other object, Cameras can be exported into the FBX and Collada formats.

Exporting scenes is described on the Export page.

As of now, Collada format does not support camera animation. If you need to export camera animation, use FBX instead.


See Also

First-Person Camera



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