Repositioning Objects

Now you have a small flock of sparrows, but they are all occupying the same exact physical spot in the Scene. You need to space them out a bit. In the Canvas, the four Sparrow Objects are all stacked on top of each other, which makes it look like there’s only one Object, instead of four. The visible Object is the one that’s on top of the stack. It can be helpful to identify which Object you’re about to move before you change its position. You can see which Sparrow is on top by hovering the cursor over the Object. 

  1. Position the cursor over the Sparrow 01 Object in the Object list.


    You’ll see that Sparrow 01 is identified by a white outline in the canvas. This mean if you have it selected in the Object list, you’ll be able to use the canvas to change its position. This is important in a situation like this where multiple Objects are stacked on top of each other.

    You can also listen to the individual sound of Sparrow 01 by soloing it. The solo button is represented in the Object List as an S Icon. 

  2. Click the Solo button for the Sparrow 01 Object and play the Scene.


    Now you can hear the individual sound of the Object you’re about to move.

    NOTE: Soloing an Object only affects the Scene during composition. There is no functional “Solo” state for an Object in a published Scene. To accomplish this, all other Objects would have to be muted or deactivated.

  3. Turn off the Solo button.


    TIP: As you move forward through the following exercises and lessons, feel free to solo an Object to audibly identify it as you see fit. You can also solo multiple Objects. You can turn off solo for all Objects by clicking the Clear Solo button represented as an S icon at the top of the Object List.

  4. Drag Sparrow 01 to the left about 1 meter and move it towards the front of the room another meter.


    Now that you’ve moved Sparrow 01, you see there’s another Object below.

  5. Drag Sparrow 04 forward and to the right the same distance.


  6. Do the same for Sparrow 02 and Sparrow 03, but move them towards the back of the Space.


    Now each of the sparrows has its own space. Currently they’re all resting on the ground. You can raise them into the air by adjusting their Z axis.
    You may also have the Listener Icon in view. Feel free to use the dropdown view options on the top right of the canvas to show or hide it depending on your preferences. For now, we’ll hide it from view.

  7. Hide the Headspace Listener.


  8. Select Sparrow 01 in the Object list and then hold Shift and select Sparrow 4.


    In the Position area, you see that X and Y values are grey, because each sparrow has differing values, but the Z axis is displayed in white because that value is common to all of the selected Objects.

  9. Drag the Z axis value upward.


    The sparrows rise into the air.

    Practice rearranging theObjects.

  10. Set Sparrow 01’s X value to -2.0m.


    Now we see some variation to our original box shape. Let’s continue to get familiar with the different methods of moving Objects.

  11. Using the canvas or the property inspector set the following values for each X axis of the Sparrow Objects:
    Sparrow 02 - X = 2.0m
    Sparrow 03 - X = 1.0m
    Sparrow 04 -X = -1.0m


    Refer to the screenshot above to verify your work so far.

    Now, imagine that the birds are resting on a wire, like a power line. You can quickly align them on the same plane, arranging them in a line.

  12. Select all four Sparrows, and using the property inspector, drag the Y value of all four Objects to a setting of -1.5 by overriding the grayed out Y value.


    Now all of the birds instantly snap inline and give the impression that they’re resting on a wire high up in the aviary.


  13. Check your progress and don’t forget to periodically save your work!


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