After spending a few hours working with cameras I've not been able to get this resolved. On both my office and home machines I am experiencing problems when displaying the model in 3D views. As I manipulate the view orientations with 3D orbit the graphics sometimes disappear and I have to shut down and restart C3D to get them back. I've lived with this behavior for a while but for this task it is really becoming a nuisance. It may be my video cards but I'm not going to start buying hardware unless I know it will help.
Are there any known issues in this regard? I suppose I'll now have to spend time researching graphic problems.
Is SLICE an option? the C3D object would need to be converted
I think the route to take is convert c3d to mesh and use the 3dmodeling tools
I'm going to accept Tim's suggestion as a solution. Even though I haven't been able to get a satisfactory result I'll assume it is a hardware or workflow issue on my end.
It would help solidify the solution if someone could get it to work on a machine that has certified hardware.
Neil, post your data and I will produce some views for you to show it works...
Fantastic Tim. It really helped to see how the clipping planes work. I didn't realize the distance parameter was relative to the target. By intuition I thought it was from the camera, so when I adjusted them my model would disappear and I didn't understand why.
One thing I'd like to have you check if you don't mind: if you use Object Viewer or 3D orbit and start rotating, zooming and panning, do you find the graphics sometimes disappear? I was having a lot of trouble with that. I couldn't get them back unless I restarted C3D.
Thank you very much for putting all that work into this.
Neil, I am not having any trouble using Object Viewer with your data set.
BTW, another tool you might want to look at is ANIPATH. This is a very easy way to create animations (drives and flybys) and save to popular file formats.
What would really be useful to me is to be able to create a 3D PDF of my model. I can do that in Microstation but apparently not in C3D.
We don't want to use DWF for sharing our models as it requires the consumer install and learn new software.