Working with Scene States

An overview of using scene states.


Scene states can be used to create multiple versions of the same scene under different parameters, or to view each phase of a construction project by showing each phase sequentially from start to finish. As the name implies, scene states show the state of a scene in Twinmotion. Each one reflects the visibility status of the elements in the Scene graph to illustrate a particular state or a variation in a scene, or a phase in the construction process.

For example, the video below shows how you can use scene states to view different versions of the same scene.

Scene states can be applied to images or panoramas, or to the keyframes and parts of videos. You can create multiple images and panoramas that show each scene state, or create time-lapse videos that show each scene state one after the other.

In Twinmotion, scene states are created with the Scene graph and the Scene States tool. You use the Scene graph to modify the visibility status of elements in the scene, depending on what you want to view in a particular scene state. Once you've set up the scene as you want it to look, you use the Scene States tool to save the status of the scene as it is reflected in the Scene graph.

The Scene States Tool

The Scene States tool is located in the lower portion of the Scene graph panel, which is divided into three sections: the search bar at the top, the Scene graph in the middle, and the lower portion that contains the Scene States tool, BIM information, Transform tools, and Statistics.

Scene States tool

Location of the Scene States tool in the Scene graph panel

Each scene state that you create is added and saved in the Scene States tool. You can create as many scene states as you need, and rename and organize them in the Scene States tool. Scene states are not static; once a scene state has been created, you can modify it and update it as needed.

Scene states

Scene states in the Scene States tool

The Scene graph

The Scene graph contains all the elements that comprise a scene such as objects, lights, and vegetation. Each of these elements is listed in the menu on its own separate layer, and can be organized into groups that are expandable and collapsible.

When creating scene states, you use the Scene graph to show or hide the elements in a scene. Once you've set up the visibility status of the elements with the Scene graph, you save an instance or snapshot of the scene by creating a scene state.

Scene graph

The Scene graph

Viewing Scene States

Images, panoramas, and videos that contain scene states can be exported locally or added to and viewed in Local or Cloud Presentations.

To view scene states in a presentation, you must disable Phasing in the settings of the presentation if either of the following is true:

  • The presentation contains media that uses scene states and also media that uses phasing.

  • The scene states were created in a Twinmotion file that contains phasing.

To disable phasing in a presentation:

  1. Open the View menu by clicking the Eye icon in the upper-left side of the presentation.

    Eye icon

  2. Click the Phasing icon, and select Phasing off.

    Phasing off

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