This video explores how to load scenes, and also how to save files in Thea Render.
- [Instructor] In this lesson, we will look at how to load and save Thea scene files. At the top left of the interface is the menu bar, and as is standard for most applications, you can go to the File menu to access Open and Save commands. From this menu, we can also create or start a new scene. When doing this, you will be presented with a dialogue to confirm that everything will be cleaned out and that you should first save your work before doing so if needed. I'll select OK to confirm.
Now to open a file, I'll go to the File menu, select Open and browse through the relevant exercise files folder for this chapter where we will find the accompanying Thea scene file. You can either double click to open it or with the file selected, you can use at the bottom right of the window the Open button. At the bottom of the viewport, there is a tool bar known as the Viewer toolbar. We'll cover this tool bar in another lesson, but from the model display menu mode, if needed, switch the viewport display to solid mode.
Now if we go ahead from within the viewport left click on the blue knot object in the center of the scene, and use the keyboard Delete key to delete the knot, what you will note is that no where in the user interface does Thea studio give you a visual indication that a change has been made to the file. What I mean by this is that many applications will have an asterisk appear beside the file name in the top status bar to indicate that the file has changed since its last save but Thea does not do that for us.
If we go to the File menu, and select Exit, Thea will ask if we are sure that we want to do this, but it does not first offer to save the file. Even after a change has been made. I'll say no for now, and if we now go to the File menu again, and select Save, Thea warns that we are about to overwrite the existing file. This may seem an annoyance, however, in practice it is actually a pretty good precaution in case you've made changes to a scene that you did not want to overwrite.
So, it is a slightly different logic from other programs that you need to be aware of. Now, don't do this, but of course, if we select OK, the file will be overwritten and changes we've made will be saved, but I'll cancel for now, and then go to the File menu again, and this time do a revert instead to load the last saved scene. Again we are presented with a warning dialogue. After reading it, I'll go ahead and select OK, and we are back to where we started.
If we now go to the File menu, and this time do a Save As instead, we can save a copy of the file to a location of our choice, give the file a name, and then either enter or select the save button at the bottom right of the screen. The saved file is now the active file loaded in Thea Studio, and we can now continue to work on the saved file instead. And back at the file menu, note that there is a Scenes sub-menu which lists a number of additional sub-menus.
What you will find here is a number of Thea scene files that come with the standard installation of Thea that can be used and referenced to further your education on certain specifics of Thea. It is a handy resource that I would encourage you to take a closer look at when you are able, and we will be using some scenes from this library during this course. So, do remember where to find it. Below these examples, there is a Favorites sub-menu that we can use to add the current open scene to.
And similarly, it can be removed. Below the Favorites, we have a list of recently opened scenes that we've worked on before for easy access. If we take a look in our Data folder, there is a subfolder named Scenes. And in this folder, you will see that the folder structure mirrors that of the scene's menu in Thea Studio. And what that means is that you are able to place your own folders and reusable scenes in this location which will then also appear within the scene's menu for easy access.
Note though that if you do this, you do need to restart Studio to see the new menu entries. All right, with that then, you should have a better understanding of opening files and how Thea Studio saves your work. Please remember to save frequently and be sure that you know when you are overwriting existing work.
- Thea Render workflow considerations
- Configuring system devices
- Loading and saving scenes
- Exploring the user interface
- Customizing the interface
- Navigating the Viewport
- Working with objects
- Lights and environments
- Working with materials
- Adding and adjusting a camera
- Animating in Thea Render