Viz Artist

Version 3.9.0 | Published December 13, 2017 ©

Built Ins

In Built Ins there are a standard set of Viz Artist installation plug-ins.

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Most plug-ins can be added to Containers, except, for example, Scene plug-ins. Because Viz Artist uses an open interface for the plug-ins, new geometries can either be obtained or created and then installed with Viz Artist. Also, most plug-ins have a properties editor. When a plug-in is applied to a Container in the Scene Tree, a plug-in icon will be added to the target Container.

The Built Ins button on the Main Menu gives access to the various plug-ins:

This section contains information on the following procedures:

Content Tabs

The Built Ins are contained under various tabs and in folders.

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Click on a Built In tab to open its panel and folder list. Double-click a Built In tab to open its panel and go to the default folder in the folder list. Default folders are:

  • Geometry plug-ins (GP): Default

  • Container plug-ins (CP): Global

  • Shader plug-ins (SH): Default

  • Scene plug-ins (SP): Default

  • Media Assets (MA): Channel

Plug-in Context Menu

A right-click on a plug-in icon to open the plug-in context menu.

This section contains information on the following procedures:

Geometry, Container and Shader Menu

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  • Add to Container(s): Add the selected plug-in to a Container(s).

  • Add as Favorite: Add the selected Texture to the Favorites Bar.

  • Delete from Favorites: Delete the selected Texture from the Favorites Bar.

Scene Menu

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  • Add to Scene: Add the selected plug-in to a Scene.

  • Remove from Scene: Remove the selected plug-in from a Scene.

Media Asset Menu

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  • Add <Media Asset> as Texture: Add the selected Media Asset to a Scene (automatically adds a new Container).

  • Add <Media Asset> as DVE: Add the selected source as DVE.

  • Show settings of <Media Asset>: Show the settings of the Media Asset, if it has been added to the scene and the Scene Tree is in Texture or DVE view.

  • Add as Favorite: Add the selected source to the Favorites Bar.

  • Delete from Favorites: Delete the selected source from the Favorites Bar.

For the Background and Foreground media assets, the context menu shows the Favorite options only.

View and Search for plug-ins

All plug-ins can be dragged straight into the Scene Tree (except Scene plug-ins). Double-click a folder tab to go to the Default folder for that plug-in category.

This section contains information on the following procedures:

To View plug-ins

  1. Select Built Ins.

  2. Select the appropriate plug-in category, either:

    • From the drop-down menu that shows above the plug-ins view, or

    • Click on of the tabs, or

    • <Ctrl+1>: Geometry plug-ins

    • <Ctrl+2>: Container plug-ins

    • <Ctrl+3>: Shaders

    • <Ctrl+4>: Scene plug-ins

    • <Ctrl+5>: Media Assets

The All folder in the left panel, offers an uncategorized view of all plug-ins. Pressing a letter on the keyboard to jump to a plug-in which starts with that letter.

To Search for a plug-in

You can drag plug-ins from the search results to the desired destination.

  1. Select Built Ins.

  2. Open the plug-in search panel, by opening the Built Ins drop-down menu and selecting Search..., or pressing <Ctrl+F>.

  3. Enter a search string and click on Go (4), or press <Enter>.
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Add Plug-ins to Containers

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Most plug-ins can be dragged to a target Container(s) in the scene tree (1), the Properties Panel (2) or the Scene Editor (3). Each plug-in also has a context menu where a plug-in can also be added to a Scene.

This section contains information on the following procedures:

To Add a Geometry plug-in

A Container can only contain one Geometry plug-in at a time. If a new Geometry plug-in is added the fist one will be removed from the Container.

  1. Drag the Geometry plug-in icon to either:

    • A Container or multi selected Containers

    • The scene tree area (creates its own container)

    • The Scene Editor area

    • The Container Editor area
      or

  1. Highlight the target Container(s)

  2. Right-click the plug-in icon and select Add to Container(s) from the plug-in context menu

To Add a Container plug-in

  1. Drag the Container plug-in icon to either:

    • A Container or multi selected Containers

    • An object in the Scene Editor (only some container plug-ins will do this, when they will the object becomes active when the icon is moved over the object.

    • The Container Editor area
      or

  1. Highlight the target Container(s)

  2. Right-click the plug-in icon and select Add to Container(s) from the plug-in context menu

To Add a Shader

A Container can only contain one Shader at a time. If a new Shader is added the fist one will be removed from the Container.

  1. Drag the icon to either:

    • A Container or multi selected Containers

    • An object in the Scene Editor

    • The Container Editor area
      or

  1. Highlight the target Container(s)

  2. Right-click the plug-in icon and select Add to Container(s) from the plug-in context menu

To Add a Scene plug-in

  1. Open the Scene plug-in tab:

    • Click on Scene Settings -> Plug-in

    • Click on the Scene plug-in icon (1). When a scene plug-in has been applied to the scene, this icon will turn to orange images/download/attachments/27788120/manage_elements_sp_icon_2.png .

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  2. Drag the Scene plug-in icon to the Scene drop area.
    or

  1. Right-click the Scene plug-in icon to open the plug-in context menu.

  2. Click on Add to Scene...

To Add a Plug-in to Multiple Containers

  1. Highlight the required Containers.

  2. Drag a plug-in icon to a highlighted Container

  3. Release the plug-in icon.
    or

  1. Drag a plug-in icon.

  2. Hold the plug-in icon over a Container.

  3. Continue to hold the left-click and do a right-click to drop the plug-in icon on the Container.

  4. Continue to hold the left-click and repeat for each required Container

To Add a Plug-in to Favorites

  1. Right-click the icon to open the plug-in context menu.

  2. Click Add as favorite...

You can also add plug-ins as favorites from the search panel.

To Open a Plug-in Properties Editor

Click on the Media Asset icon, in the Container or the in the Properties Editor.