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A camera is a part of a SAMSON document, and each document has at least one camera. A camera is saved/loaded with a document in SAMSON file formats (.sam, .samx).

A camera provides a 3D view of visualizable objects in the document, and can be easily controlled to point to a specific location, zoom in or out, translate, rotate, etc. Basically, you may consider your screen as a camera pointing into the screen and yourself as an operator seeing through the camera.

Check the Moving around section to see how to operate with a camera.

You can have multiple cameras in one document but only one camera can be active at a time. Having multiple cameras might be useful if you want to switch fast between different views (e.g., positions, projections, close-up views, and a full view) in the same document. To switch between cameras, double-click on one or right-click on one in the Document view and in its context menu click "Set as active camera".

To add a new camera, click Visualization > Camera or use the Ctrl+Shift+C shortcut on Windows and Linux or Cmd+Shift+C on Mac. A newly added camera will have a default starting position.

Multiple cameras

You can access some of the camera's functionality through its context menu. Right-click on a camera in the Document view to apply some of its actions:

  • center the camera on the selection or on the whole document
  • activate the camera inertia which will allow for a movement with inertia
  • activate the camera orthographic projection which is useful e.g. for viewing crystals
  • set the camera as the active one
  • move the camera

Context menu for a camera

You can view and modify all the camera properties (positions, projection, inertia, etc) through the Inspector window. For that select the camera and open the Inspector.

Inspector view of a camera

See also: Moving around

Stereo view#

If you have a special glasses for a stereo view, you can activate the stereo in the Visualization menu.

The visualization menu