I’m designing a bracket for a camera. I’d like the bracket to be angled so that the center of the view is close to the desired aim point.
The camera is mounted 9’ above the floor. The camera can be easily tilted down to view the floor at the correct spot. Then, the camera needs to be panned to pick a spot a few feet to the left as the center of the image. I need the pan angle required to design the bracket (don’t need the tilt as it is easily adjusted).
So, I set all this up in sketchup with the camera at the desired spot I use down arrow in Camera Tools to tilt the camera down until the camera is aimed correcly in the “up/down” direction. Then I use the left arrow to pan the camera to the left.
I expect the viewpoint center (cross hair) to move horizontally when I do this, but instead it moves in a circle–maybe with radius of the camera height?. (see gif)
What I want to do is rotate the camera about its vertical axis–I thought this was what a pan was.
Maybe somehow there’s an interaction between what happens when panning based on the tilt angle of the camera. But, as I sit here, it seems to work ok as I pan my phone camera with it tilted. The center of the image traces a straight line.
Am I using the tool wrong, or am I just “geometrically handicapped”?