Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Views and Viewports
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

Cameras

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Object Mode
Camera Mode

Using these commands, camera modes, which are normally defined in the Preferences… menu (see Camera Mode), can also be switched.

Each viewport has its own independent camera, called the editor camera. The standard camera is active by default, but you can create and activate your own cameras. Unlike the editor camera, your own cameras are shown as objects in the Object Manager.

Use Camera

To link a camera in the scene to the view so that the view looks though this camera, choose the desired camera from this sub-menu.

Set Active Object as Camera

Choose this command to view the scene from the origin of the active object. Your view will point in the direction of the object’s Z axis. This command can be useful, among other things, for checking which objects a light source can see. Keep in mind that in some display modes your view may be blocked by the active object’s surfaces.

Alternatively you can click on the corresponding camera’s icon in the Object Manager.

Default Camera

This command activates the editor camera.

Perspective

Here you choose the projection mode for the camera. You can choose from over a dozen modes. The Perspective view shows a horizon line, which corresponds to the horizon at infinity.

Perspective

The default projection mode for the viewport. It shows you the scene as though looking through a conventional camera.

Parallel

The vanishing point is infinitely distant. All lines are parallel.

Left

The YZ view.

Right

The ZY view.

Front

The XY view.

Back

The YX view.

Top

The XZ view.

Bottom

The ZX view.

Military

X:Y:Z = 1:1:1.

Frog

X:Y:Z = 1:2:1.

Bird

X:Y:Z = 1:0.5:1.

Gentleman

X:Y:Z = 1:1:0.5.

This is a popular choice for architecture.

Isometric

A popular choice for technical subjects (e.g., machinery). The X:Y:Z format is 1:1:1.

Dimetric

Diametric (right): Similar to Isometric, but with an X:Y:Z format of 1:1:0.5.