Multiple cameras' views and their rotation

Previous tutorial: Adding cameras' view


The previous tutorial showed how to create a cameras' sandbox containing a single view. However there is more to say about cameras' views than that. In that tutorial there was a question about which view layout to use for 6 cameras - 2x3 layout with all cameras of the same size or 3x3 layout with 5 small cameras and 1 bigger. However, why not to keep both view layouts and switch between them when needed? And actually the view configuration page allows to do this - to define more than one layout. This can be done either when creating a sandbox or later by editing it.

To add additional view layouts it is required to use Add View button - the button just on the right from the available views drop down list. Up 9 views in total can be added and each of them can be configured independently to get the required view sizes and layouts. When the sandbox is then opened, it will show its default view and also show view buttons which allow switching between all configured views. Note: the opened sandbox will sort view buttons in alphabetic order and assign hot keys (from Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9) to them in the same order. A sandbox configured with multiple views may look like the one below.

The sandbox properties form provides few more options related to multi view sandboxes. The most interesting of them are the properties which allow automatic views rotation when user is not active. When this option is switched on, the application will monitor if user is active or not (if user moves mouse pointer within the application's window). And when it detects that user was not active for the last X number of seconds, it will start rotating views doing so every Y number of seconds (where both X and Y values are configured on the sandbox settings page).


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