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Select Camera

Overview

Select Camera is the first group in the script. As the name suggests, this group contains features related to camera selection. This is also the part that takes up most of the script’s interface. As mentioned in the previous section, the top right corner of the script is the System Buttons, which we will learn about in the following section.

Select Camera group.

All cameras in the scene will be displayed in the Camera List (1). The camera name will have the suffix with the resolution you assign to it, separated by “…”. With default settings, you can do the following actions:

  • Left click to select camera. Combine the Shift, Ctrl buttons or hold the left mouse button to select multiple cameras at once. If Selection Sync is enabled, the corresponding cameras in the 3ds Max viewport will also be selected.
  • Right click to enter camera view. Render Resolution, Scene State, Render Preset will also be automatically adjusted for each camera. This feature is called Normal Switch.
  • Double click has the same effect as Right click. The difference is that it will close the Smart Camera View dialog. This feature is called Hot Switch. It is similar to 3ds Max’s default Camera View.
  • Hold shift and right click to select the camera’s target. Hold shift and double click to select both camera and target.
  • All of the above actions can be customized in System Settings.

Select Function

The buttons below the Camera List are features specifically for selecting cameras. They are:

  • Select All (2): click to select all cameras in current scene. Shift and click to select all cameras and targets. Right click to unselect all cameras and refresh list. The right mouse button feature is rarely used because the script automatically updates the camera list when there are changes in the scene. It is only designed as a backup feature in case Camera List stops updating automatically.
  • Select By Name (3): click to select cameras with the same name. Right click to select next cameras group with the same name. To use this feature, you will first need to select a camera, and then click the button. The script will filter and select cameras with the same name as the first camera you select. Note that it will exclude the suffix number part when selecting. For example, cameras “Livingroom_001”, “Livingroom_002”, “Livingroom_003” will be considered to have the same name.
  • Select By Ratio (4): it works exactly like the Select by Name button, except that instead of comparing names, it compares the aspect ratio you assign to it. Note that the script only compares aspect ratio, it does not compare resolution. For example, cameras with resolutions “800×800” and “640×640” will be considered to have the same aspect ratio.
  • Select Current Active (5): click to select current active camera in current active viewport. Right click to select current active camera in Lock Viewport, which is a feature you can find in Global Switches.
  • Select Up (6): click to select the camera above current selection.Right click to select the first camera. The script will also automatically perform Normal Switch.
  • Select Down (7): click to select the camera below current selection.Right click to select the last camera. The script will also automatically perform Normal Switch.
  • Invert Selection (8): click to invert current camera selection.
  • Lock Selection (9): lock current camera selection.

Note that when using Lite Mode, the script’s interface will shrink to just the size of this Select Camera group.

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