The Stage View is where you edit and place Objects in the Scene. Click on an Object to select it. The edit camera can pan, orbit, and zoom. The controls vary depending upon which platform you’re using.
Navigating on Desktop
Pan: Left-click and drag anywhere.
Orbit: Right-click and drag anywhere. Alternatively, left-click + option and drag anywhere.
Zoom: Mouse scroll wheel.
Navigating on Mobile
Pan: Tap and drag anywhere.
Orbit (Horizontal): Rotate 2 fingers in unison, making a circle.
Orbit (Vertical): Drag with 2 fingers vertically, in the same direction.
Zoom: Spread or pinch 2 fingers.
The Object Controller will display when an object is selected. It contains controls for manipulating position and rotation. Click and drag on the center arrows to move the object around on the x/z plane. Click and drag the x/y/z knobs in a circle to rotate the object on a particular axis. The arrow on the left can move the object up & down.
Tip: You can right-click on one of the knobs for additional options.
Note: Sometimes objects contain special controls, like this camera contains a zoom knob making zooming in & out quick.
Tip: You can place many objects quickly (such as a bunch of trees) by clicking and dragging on the center arrow and simultaneously pressing command+d.
The Stage is where you will likely spend the majority of your time. It consists of six main sections: 3D View, Sidebar, Inspector, Timeline, Toolbar, and Viewfinder. Please see the following diagram for more details:
Fullscreen: Toggle between windowed and fullscreen mode (Desktops only).
Project Browser: Exit the Stage and go back to the Project Browser.
Save Project: Save the current project. Click and hold for Save As.
Sidebar: Toggle the visibility of the Sidebar.
Timeline: Toggle the visibility of the Timeline.
Top: Switch between Perspective and Top-down mode. Top-down mode brings up Set Designer controls.
Undo: Take back the last change. Click and hold for Redo and History.
Export: Present the Export menu.
Settings: View global app-wide settings menu.
Help: View the Help menu.
Note: You can click and drag vertically or right-click on the Toolbar to show or hide titles.
Preview allows you to watch your movie in fullscreen from start to finish. This is useful in order to get a taste of what your movie will look & feel like without waiting for an Export. To begin, click on the Preview button in the Timeline.
This image demonstrates a project being Previewed. Click anywhere to toggle the Preview Control Bar.
360°: Enables more immersion by giving you real-time control over where the camera is looking. Click and drag anywhere to look around or rotate the device on mobile.
Done: Go back to the Stage.
The Sidebar is viewed on the left side of the Stage, and consists of 5 main sections: Props, Scenes, Scene Settings, Object List, and Music Bed.
The Object List displays an overview of all of the objects in the current Scene. The Object List is useful for locating objects quickly. Objects can be re-ordered via drag and drop. Also you can attach objects to each-other by dragging and dropping one object onto another. You can right-click on an object for additional options. Click on the name of a selected object to edit.
Note: On Mobile devices, press and hold on an object for a bit to enter drag and drop mode.
Lock the object so that it cannot be modified in the 3D View.
Hide the object to de-clutter the 3D View. Has not effect on final output.
Add a Folder into the Scene. Folders let you group objects together and can help with organization.
This image shows objects organized into Folders (Cameras, Lights, etc…). This is one strategy for keeping the Object List manageable.
Toggle the visibility of all objects in the scene.