In this thread I was talking about a tool to help create cameras and other things for the GE.
Well, there we are: it’s called VRT for Virtual Reality Tools, because its main purpose is to facilitate the creation of virtual reality simulation scenes, but it could also be used to create games.
You can find it here.
This version is based on the patch I made (not based anymore on ashsid’s plugin). It’s not yet in the SVN, but I’ve uploaded some of my builds so you can have a look at it anyway:
What does it do?
It creates 3 types of cameras: free camera and constraints camera (see below for their controles in GE).
It also creates object called ‘cameras switchers’, which, while in the GE, will change cameras when pressing a specific key.
You can edit those cameras and switchers with VRT.
How can I use it?
Download the script, and put the “vrt” folder in Blender script directory (.blender\scripts).
In Blender, go in the Script Windows, then Wizards, then VRT. You should obtain the VRT interface.
I think the interface is pretty clear, I won’t elaborate on this ; if not, tell me.
When you have created your cameras and switchers, you can quit VRT, and continue your scene development or launch the GE.
Cameras controles in the GE:
What I call a free camera is “Blender 3D view movement like” camera:
- MMB grabbing: rotation of the camera around the target
- LMB grabbing: rotation of target around the camera
- Wheel : zoom (get closer to the target)
- Shift + MMB: translation on camera’s plane
- Ctrl + MMB: zoom bis (get closer to objects, the target comes with the camera)
- Shift + Wheel or Ctrl + Wheel : translations on specific axis
Other types of cameras you can create are only regressions of this one.
With VRT cameras you can easily navigate into a scene while in the GE, just like if it was in Blender. Could be useful for preview, etc.
Example of scene made with VRT:
It’s a simple scene with 3 cameras and a switcher. You change of camera with Tab. The first camera is a static one (you can’t do anything with it), the second one is a free camera, and the third one is position constrained camera (you can only rotate around camera’s center). Download it here.
I hope you’ll enjoy it ^^