Increasing the Field of View for a 3D Camera

Reference Number: KB-00314
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


I would like to increase the Field of View when I take a camera view so that more of my image is included.  How can I accomplish this?


The Field of View refers to a camera’s field of vision. A wider field of view makes the focal point appear further away, as more of the image is included in the same view window.

In floor plan view, the angled lines of a camera symbol indicate its field of view, and a camera’s field of view can be adjusted in the Camera Specification dialog.


To create the view

  1. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera , then click and drag out your camera view.

  2. Select Window> Tile Vertically  so that you can see how the adjustments that you make affect both the 2D floor plan view, and your 3D camera view.




To use the Camera Specification dialog to adjust the view

  1. While in the camera view select 3D> Edit Active Camera  tool to open the Full Camera Specification dialog.

    •  In the Floor Plan view you can use the Select Objects  tool to click on the camera, then click on the Open Object  edit button to display the Full Camera Specification dialog.

  2. Depending on the type of camera view selected, not all the settings in the Full Camera Specification dialog may be editable. In addition, some settings only affect some types of views.

    To change a setting, first uncheck Default, then type a new value in the text field.

    • Incremental Move Distance controls how many inches the camera moves each time you direct it to move right, left, forwards or backwards. For interior views a small number is good, but for exterior you may want a larger increment.

    • Incremental Rotate Angle defines how many degrees the camera rotates each time you direct it to. A setting of 90° would make one full rotation in four moves.

    • Height Above Floor defines the height that the camera is above the floor level for the current floor.

    • Field of View defines the camera’s field of vision in angular degrees.

      The field of view can also be adjusted while in a camera view by pressing the W key to increase the field of view or the N key to decrease the field of view.

    • Tilt Angle determines the angle the camera is tilted. The camera maintains its focal point and position in floor plan view, but if the camera is tilted, the focal point is above or below the current camera height.

  3. When you have finished making adjustments in this dialog, click OK to apply them and close the dialog.

    Pay attention to how your 3D camera view updates, as well as how the symbol in floor plan view updates to reflect the changes that you have made.

To modify the camera in floor plan view

While still in your 2D floor plan view, use the Select Objects  tool to click on the camera.

  • Drag the Line of Sight handle to change the camera angle without moving the focal point.

  • Drag the Move handle to relocate the camera while maintaining its relative angle.

  • Drag the Focal Point handle to reposition the camera, the focal point, and line of sight.

  • Drag the Rotate handle to rotate the camera’s line of sight about its center.

  • The 3D view corresponding to the camera symbol reflects changes made to the symbol in floor plan view.

Multiple camera symbols can also be selected; however, their editing options are limited to being moved, rotated, and deleted.