Launch Visualize App
You should see the list of takes you just recorded. Only takes with color folders show up, so if you don't see one make sure your folders are complete. Select the take you'd like to visualize and click 'Create new Composition with this Scene.'
Assuming it's the first time loading this scene we need to create a temporal alignment by synchronizing the two data streams. You'll be glad you clapped while shooting! On the timeline on the bottom you should see two rows of thumbnails, color and depth. Scrub through them each by clicking on the line of thumbnails and dragging left or right. You'll see previews of the depth data and the RGB video as thumbnails on the top right. With your mouse over the respective timelines can use the arrow keys until you find the clap in both Depth and Color. Once you have the precise moment of the clap selected in both, press "Set Color-Depth Time" on the left. Scrub through the timeline by clicking on the bar with the yellow tickers at the bottom of the main preview pane. You should see the footage playing back with matched temporal synced.
If you make a mistake and find that the time alignment is off, you can highlight the blue marker on the 3rd track of the 'Time Alignment' tab and press DELETE to start over. It's never necessary to set multiple time alignments, so avoid duplicates by delete any preexisting markers.
Navigate to the Texture Alignment tab to tweak the X and Y Shift & Scale to align the depth and color information to perfect your alignment.
Just like in the calibrate step, clicking and dragging the mouse rotates the camera. WASD moves you like a first person video game. E and C boom up and down in space while R+Q rotate. Use the "Reset view" button when you get lost in space.
Each Take can have any number of compositions. A composition lets you render the scene in a different way, with a different in and out point, changing camera perspectives and different rendering styles.
A few tips
- To create more contrast between positive and negative space, change the 'Simplify' level in the Geometry tab.
- To subtract the background from clips, change the Z-threshold.
- The rendering styles are screen-blended onto one another. So you can get a lot of mileage out of combining points, wireframes and meshes together and varying opacities.
- If your interface is getting crowded you can nudge the timeline widths by pulling on the green stripes at the bottom. Shrink them up and the interface will snap back to the bottom giving your render window some more room.
To create a camera track, move the camera to where you'd like to look at the scene and scrub to the point in time you'd like it to be there. Press "Set camera point" on the GUI or press SHIFT+T. You'll notice a blue marker appear on the Camera timeline. You can then move the timeline and the camera to a new location and press SHIFT+T again. By selecting "Lock to Track" or pressing SHIFT+L the camera will travel along this path using your first camera point as an 'in point' and your last as an 'out point.'
You can click and drag the camera points to change their location in time. You can delete them with the Delete or backspace key. By clicking on the triangles to the left or right of the marker and pressing the up or down arrows you can have the camera movement ease in or out represented by a curved arc, or cut (blocky steps.)
The Depth of Field effect can be convincing for simulating a camera language. Draw DOF is selected in the GUI. By setting the Depth Range you can select here the focus plane is in relation to the camera - think of this like turning the focus ring on your camera. Tweak the range and blur to achieve the desired effect. Depth of field keyframes matched to camera moves can create really cool convincing effects simulation racking or tracking focus. The white rectangle on the top left acts as a focus assist by marking the area in focus in black.
Save the composition when you are ready to export or want to experiment with something else. To switch compositions, click the name of the composition at the top and select a new scene.