Author: Hillin (Tank Inspector developer)
Hello again everyone,
Here comes the second part of the Tank Inspector PRO Sneak Preview series. This time, we will take a look at the model viewer.
The picture above shows the model viewer in Tank Inspector PRO. An Inspect Model command could be found in the context menu of any tank entry, it will open a tab page to bring out this view.
On the top-right is the Turret Controller panel, Tank Inspector users should be very familiar with it. You can rotate the turret and elevate or depress the gun with this controller just by moving the pointer(black dot) around. It also gives an intuitionistic idea of the overall elevation/depression level of a tank.
On the bottom-right is the Camera Controller panel.
In this panel, you can setup camera parameters precisely so to position it absolutely. Tank Inspector PRO uses a trackball-style camera, just like it is in Tank Inspector and the in-game garage. The pitch rotation is unlocked, so you can see the bottom of tanks.
Model View Toolbar
As you can see, Tank Inspector PRO will support camouflage and mod assets. More modder-oriented features like UV texture exporting and realtime mod preview are also planned for the model viewer. We will cover these features in the future.
Customization Configuration Panel
In Tank Inspector 1.3.2, we introduced the Snapshot function, which allows you to take hi-resolution tank photos with transparent background. This feature is quite useful to present new tanks, so it’s instantly favored by many fansites. In Tank Inspector PRO, this feature is also greatly extended.
The image above shows the static snapshot capturer. By moving and resizing the cropping rectangle, you can exactly compose your shot. The selected region will be rendered into a lossless hi-resolution picture, which could be as large as 4096*4096. The picture will have a transparent background, so you can blend it into any background. There is also a Shade option to tell the renderer which color of background should it optimize for, making the picture less aliased. The rendering speed is also improved, on my low-end computer (with a Radeon HD4270 level graphics card), it takes less than 3 seconds to take a 4096px width snapshot.
Here is a photo of T-55 A captured with it (1920*1080).
Yaw Animation Capturing
Yaw Animation Capturer
In the Yaw Animation Capturer, you can specify the framerate (the higher the smoother) and the rotation speed. The capture process lasts for several seconds and you will get an animated GIF file.
Ru 251 Yaw Animation
Visual Changes Capturing
Visual Change Capturer
Powered by the multi-game-client support, you can create a visual change animation by specifying a rival edition of the current tank. You can also tell the capturer to make watermarks of version information on the animation.
Visual Changes of StuG III Ausf G
That’s all for this part of sneak preview. In the next part, we will talk about the armor inspection features.
Thanks for reading!