A target camera “views” the
area around the target icon that you place when you create the camera.
A target camera is easier to aim than a free camera because you
simply position the target object at the center of interest.
You can animate both
the target camera and its target to create interesting effects.
To animate both the target and camera along a path, it is best to
link them both to a dummy object, then animate the dummy.
When you add a target
camera, 3ds Max automatically assigns a
to it, with the camera's
target object assigned as the Look At target. You can use the controller
settings on the Motion panel to assign any other object in the scene
as the Look At target.
Target cameras always
face their target.
To create a target camera:
- Do one of the following:
- On the Create panel, click (Cameras), then on the Object
Type rollout, turn on Target.
- Choose Create menu Cameras Target Camera.
- Drag in a viewport. The initial point
of the drag is the location of the camera, and the point where you
release the mouse is the location of the target.
The camera is now part of the scene. It is aimed
at the target, which is a separate object.
- Set the creation parameters.
Camera Parameters for a description of
the common camera parameters.
The distance from the
camera to the target is displayed at the bottom of the Parameters
rollout. You can animate this parameter, or directly animate the target
When you rename a target
camera, the target is automatically renamed to match. For example,
renaming Camera01 to Rolli causes Camera01.Target to become Rolli.Target.
The target's name must have the extension .Target. Renaming
the target object does not rename the camera object.
Clicking the line that
connects the camera and its target selects both objects. However,
region selection doesn't recognize the link line.
If a target camera is
already selected, you add its target to the selection by right-clicking
the camera, and then choosing Select Target from the quad menu Tools1 quadrant. Or
you can hold down the Ctrl key
and click the target to add it to the selection set.