Viewing Local Presentations

How to view Local Presentations.

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Local Presentations can be viewed on any computer using the same navigation options that are available in Twinmotion: you can move around the scenes using the same input devices, change the Navigation mode, and set your preferred viewing options in the View menu.

Local Presentations can also be explored in virtual reality (VR) by enabling VR mode and using a VR headset. For more information about viewing Presentations in VR mode, refer to the Viewing Local Presentations in VR Mode section below.

The system requirements for running Twinmotion are also recommended for viewing Local Presentations. For information on the system requirements, refer to this article.

Opening Local Presentations

To open Local Presentations, double-click the Twinmotion-Presenter.exe (Windows) or Twinmotion-Presenter.app (Mac) file.

User Interface Overview

The user interface of a Local Presentation contains three main areas:

  1. The Viewport

  2. The View menu

  3. The Media Strip and User Interface Controls

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Area

Description

1. Viewport

The Viewport is the area where the Presentations appear.

A Navigation panel appears at the top of the Viewport, offering the same options as the Navigation panel in Twinmotion. For more information, refer to Navigating in the Viewport.

2. View menu

The View menu contains the viewing options and settings that you can select. For more information, refer to the View Menu section below.

3. Media Strip / User Interface Controls

The Media Strip shows thumbnail images of all the media assets in a Presentation. Click a thumbnail to view the media asset in the Viewport. For information about the User Interface Controls, refer to the User Interface Controls section below.

User Interface Controls

Control

Icon

Description

Play / Pause

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Plays and pauses Presentations.

Show / Hide Navigation and User Interface Controls

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Shows or hides the Media Strip and the user interface controls.

Return to media strip

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When viewing an alternative version of a media asset, clicking this returns you to the Media Strip.

View list of Presentations

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Shows a thumbnail preview of all the Presentations, if the standalone viewer contains more than one. To see a Presentation in the Viewport, select it from the list.

Viewing and Settings Options

View Menu

Option

Icon

Description

Settings

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For information on the setting options, refer to the Settings ( View Menu) section below.

Time of day

time-of-day-icon.png

Sets the time of day in which to view a scene.

Speed

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Controls the speed that is used for navigating in a scene.

Options: Plane, Drive, Bicycle, Walk

Screenshot

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Takes a screenshot of the current scene in the Viewport and saves it to the desktop.

Travel Mode

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Switches between the Walk and Fly modes of movement in a scene.

  • In Walk mode, you can travel on the ground planes and be affected by physics and object collision. You can also select the eye-level height of the camera.

  • In Fly mode, you can move freely in all directions.

VR

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If a VR headset is connected to your computer, selecting this option enables the VR mode of viewing.

Rendering Styles

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Determines the rendering mode that is used to view a scene.

Options: Flat, Shaded outline, Plaster, Wood, Metal, Foam, Default

Phasing

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When there are phasing groups in a Presentation, this enables or disables the ability to view phasing by showing or hiding the phasing slider. When phasing is disabled, the phasing slider is hidden.

Options: Phasing on, Phasing off

For more information about phasing, refer to the Viewing Phasing section below.

Navigation

nav-panel-icon.png

Shows and hides the Navigation panel.

Settings (View Menu)

Option

Description

Mode

Toggles the Presentation between Windowed mode or Full screen mode.

Options: Windowed, Full screen (F11)

Viewport quality

Sets the viewing quality of the Presentation in the Viewport.

Options: Low, Medium, High, Very High, Custom quality

Vr quality

Sets the viewing quality of the Presentation in the Viewport when in VR mode.

Options: Low, Medium, High, Very High, Custom quality

Language

Specifies the language that is used for user interface text in the Presentation.

Options: English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Português, 中文, 한국어, 日本語

Time stamp

Sets how the time of day is displayed in the Time of day option in the View menu.

Options: 12h, 24h

Unit system

Specifies which system of measurement is used for the Eye level height setting.

Options: Centimeters, Meters, Inches, Feet

Eye level height

Determines the eye level height of the camera.

Safe Frame

If Media framing was enabled when creating a Presentation, this option specifies whether the setting is used when viewing the Presentation.

Options: On, Off

Viewing Local Presentations in VR Mode

When viewing Local Presentations in VR mode, you can interact with the scenes using two controllers that appear in the user interface of the Presentation. Using the left hand controller, you can select options from the Interactive VR menu. Using the right hand controller, you can manipulate the sliders, make selections, and navigate via teleporting. Teleporting lets you instantly move from one place to another in a scene, while minimizing the risk of motion sickness that can sometimes occur in a virtual reality environment.

To view Local Presentations in VR mode:

  1. Connect a VR headset to your computer.

  2. Open a Local Presentation.

  3. Click the Eye icon to open the View menu.

  4. In the View menu, click the VR icon to enable VR mode.

    select-vr-mode.png

To view Presentations in VR mode, a VR headset must first be connected to your computer before VR mode is enabled. If you connect a VR headset to your computer while a Local Presentation is open on the same computer, you must close and reopen it before you can enable VR mode.

Supported VR Headsets

Twinmotion currently supports the following VR headsets:

VR Headset

Tested

Oculus Rift S

Yes

Oculus Rift

No

Oculus Quest 1

Yes

Oculus Quest 2

Yes

HTC VIVE

No

HTC VIVE Pro

Yes

HTC VIVE Cosmos

Yes

HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite

No

Valve Index

No

Windows MR

Yes

HP Reverb G2

Yes

Viewing Phasing

Phasing is a method of showing the different construction stages of a project, or of showing a project under various settings and viewing options. You can view phasing on an image, a panorama, or a video.

To view phasing on an image or a panorama, use the phasing slider.

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Phasing slider

If phasing is applied to a video, it will automatically be shown when the video plays. If phasing is not applied, you can still view it by using the phasing slider while the video plays.

Phasing can be played from any camera position in a scene.

Phasing applied to a video

Phasing Options

If you hover your mouse over the phasing slider, you can open a dialog box and select phasing options.

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Phasing options dialog

Option

Description

Active phasing

Specifies which phasing to play when there is more than one phasing available.

Start / End

Determines the start and end dates of the phasing stages that are shown.

Refresh icon

If the start and end dates of the phasing stages were modified, clicking the Refresh icon returns them to their default values.

Viewing Alternative Versions of Media

When a Presentation contains one or more alternative versions of a media asset, in the Media Strip a duplicate thumbnail image appears behind the thumbnail image of the original version.

If you hover your mouse over the thumbnail image, you will see an As Alternative On/Off button. Click this button to view the alternative versions.

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When you are done viewing the alternative versions, click on the Return button to return to the Media Strip.

For more information about alternative versions and how to add them to Presentations, refer to Adding Alternative Versions of Media to Presentations.

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