on 2016-11-17 11:02 AM
I have been trying this but I get the following message all the time:
'Unable to place Camera!' Check entered data or try with different points!
I have tried many different points and it keep showing the same thing
Would someone be able to help?
Yes, there are a bunch of old (very old) threads about this back from the days when we were so excited when this new feature was introduced. 🙂
The root of this and other problems with Align VIew comes from the fact that the Archicad "camera" is perfect - there is no camera lens in the world as perfect as a 3D CAD projected view. So, the photo has to be made as close to perfect as possible....
The typical problem is the camera lens with which the photograph was taken. Lens distortion is most common (and can be extreme) with wide angle lenses. You have a few choices. The best is to take the photo with a good camera/lens combo - which does not include most cell phones. Ideally about a 50mm to 85mm lens, but a telephoto can be OK. Lens distortion is the least in the center of the frame, so take your photo in a way that you can crop all edges ... or that the model aligns with bits that are in the center portion of the image.
If you do not have the option of taking a better photograph, then take the image into Lightroom, Photoshop, or some other photo editor that has a lens distortion removal filter, distortion/alignment tools, etc to make walls perfectly vertical, etc.
In the end, I stopped using Align View because of the difficulties of getting a perfect alignment ... combined with the more important issue of getting the rendered model to have a believable atmospheric rendering for the tone of the model and image to make sense together. Additionally, resolution/grain/pixelizaiton of the model and photo will differ greatly. Thus, many of us chose for static presentation context images to get the closest alignment possible, but then to merge the model image with the photo in Photoshop where one or the other can be distorted (free transform tool) to fit perfectly, and with layer control, the model can be toned and feathered into the photo.
@ape2000 My comments above are almost identical to ones from 18 years ago here:
Use the search function of this Community and just enter your error phrase: unable to place camera