Playing With Revit Camera


After creating your 3D model in Revit, of course you want to show off your model. Why not? It’s easy. You may already have several cameras in your project right now!

In this post, we will discuss about placing and fine tuning our camera. And we will also discuss how to create a 3D section by controlling the section box.

Placing Camera

You can place camera by activating it from your ribbon, View tab, Create panel. Click the small arrow near the 3D view, and click camera button on the drop down menu.


Then you can define the camera by two clicks: the camera position and target position.

After you define the camera, Revit will automatically open a new view. This view will show you what your camera see. Mostly we need to modify the view. Make sure modify is active, click the view boundary. You will see the blue grips on the rectangle sides. You can resize the boundary by dragging the grip.

You can fine tune moving your camera around by holding [shift] + mid button.

Bird Eye Elevation View

That’s how we can place the camera. Pretty easy, I guess. But sometimes we want to get the ‘wow effect’ by placing the camera in high or low angle. Try to place another camera, but before you define the position, look at the option bar. We can define the camera height. By default the offset is 1750mm (for metric) above active level.

camera placement option

So if we want to see from high angle, we can set the from level to the highest floor level. And high value in offset field.

Moving Camera Position and Target

We can move the camera position by using [shift] + mid button. But that’s not easy. An easier way is dragging the camera position and target. We can open 3 views (plan, elevation, and the 3D perspective) and work on those views. Click tile in Views tab, Windows panel.

tile views

Now find your 3D perspective view in your project browser. Right click, and select show camera from context menu. Now you can see your camera in plan and elevation view.

tiled views

You can move your camera and target by clicking and dragging it. Vertically on your elevation view, and horizontally on your plan view.

move camera move target

Now, can you create a low angle camera?

Tips: You may need to turn off crop view if your camera is outside the clipping boundary

Creating 3D Section

Now create a new 3D view. It can be perspective or standard 3D view. Right click anywhere inside the view, and click view properties.

Find the section box option under ‘extents’ section. Activate it.

You will see a the section box. Resize it until cut your model. Click and drag the arrow.


Here is mine.

3D section box

And this stair 3D section.

stair section 

Can we render the 3D section? Why not!

rendered stair

If you decide to play around with perspective view, it might be quite difficult to control. You better try with parallel projection first!

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  1. says

    Hey Edwin,

    When creating renders with section box, i see that the sun does not use the building parts that are not visible in the section ? Can you please confirm this ? If so how can i provide an accurate section render to show how the sun actually effects that part of the building ?

  2. says

    Rimacoca,Thank you for notifying me. There is a big chance that some of my posts are similar with posts in another blog. The most important thing is it still can be useful to our readers, isn't it? :)

  3. Edwin Prakoso says

    Rimacoca,Thank you for notifying me. There is a big chance that some of my posts are similar with posts in another blog. The most important thing is it still can be useful to our readers, isn't it? :)