Transform with screen tap controls

  • Hi JAK,

    I've made an example project for you based on the Portal template. It uses some UI buttons to move the camera forward, backward, and rotate 90 degrees left and right.

    Link to project file

     

    The basic setup is:

    Each button calls a behavior script custom trigger when pressed. Each button has a corresponding object (under Camera Behaviors) with a movement tween.

    The two rotational objects each have Behavior scripts on them that run their tweens when their matching custom trigger is called.

    The forward / back movements are a bit more tricky, since the tween doesn't let you move relative to the object rotation (just world or parent). So I made a simple helper script called RunObjectRelativeTween that listens for a custom triggers and runs a position tween in object space when called. This might be a little confusing, but you just have to set the "offset" parameter on that script to the relative movement you want the tween to do.

    Let me know if you need any more help!

    Jacob

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  • Awesome! Thanks Jacob. 

    Is there a way to prevent the portal from allowing the user to leave the portal space when using the movement buttons?

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  • You can use a script like this to limit the object position.

    // @input SceneObject object

    // @input SceneObject cornerA
    // @input SceneObject cornerB

    var transform = script.object.getTransform();

    var aPos = script.cornerA.getTransform().getWorldPosition();
    var bPos = script.cornerB.getTransform().getWorldPosition();

    var minBound = vec3.min(aPos, bPos);
    var maxBound = vec3.max(aPos, bPos);

    function clampVec3(vec, minVec, maxVec) {
    return vec3.max(minVec, vec3.min(vec, maxVec));
    }

    function doClamping() {
    var pos = transform.getWorldPosition();
    pos = clampVec3(pos, minBound, maxBound);
    transform.setWorldPosition(pos);
    }

    script.createEvent("LateUpdateEvent").bind(doClamping);

    Just put this script on a new object, then set Object to your Camera. Create two empty objects to represent the corners of your portal area, and set these as Corner A and Corner B. Position these in the opposite corners of the space you want the camera to be constrained in. Also note that this does include Y (height off the ground), so one of your corners should be high off the ground.

    As an example, in the project I uploaded earlier I can set the corner positions to: (-308, 0, -268) and (518, 265, -974). The camera is forced to stay between these points for each axis (x, y, z).

    Let me know if you have any questions about this!

    Jacob

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