# MEL - Angle of View

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 02 February 2013 Limbus Respect The Architect   portfolio Florian von Behr 3D Artist The Scope GmbH & Co. KG Bremen, Germany MEL - Angle of View Hi there, is there any way to read the Angle of View (instead of the Focal Lenght) of a camera via MEL or and expression? It seems there is no getAttr or setAttr for it. If this is not possible, how would I calculate the AOV from the Focal Length? Cheers, Florian share quote
 02 February 2013 Nyro Lurking   portfolio A. D. Vertex Slinger Munich, Germany Sure: You need to known factors: the focal length f and the size of the camera aperture d (actually the film/ccd sensor size, but in Maya this would be the effective aperture). By default, aperture is equal to a 35mm image. While there are actually 3 angles of view (vertical, horizontal and diagonal), Maya only shows us the horizontal angle, as calculated by the following formula: angle of view = 2 x atan(d / (2xf)); In MEL: `````` float \$d = 35; // film width float \$f = 50; // focal length float \$ratio = \$d / (2 * \$f); float \$a = 2 * atan(\$ratio); // angle in radians \$a = rad_to_deg(\$a); // angle in degrees`````` In Python: ``````import math def aov(d,f): a = 2 * math.atan(float(d) / (2*float(f))) a = math.degrees(a) return a a = aov(35,35) print a`````` Note that Maya seems to use some rounding internally, so the resulting values are not exactly identical. __________________ aweControlPicker (GUI Picker for Maya) share quote
 02 February 2013 Limbus Respect The Architect   portfolio Florian von Behr 3D Artist The Scope GmbH & Co. KG Bremen, Germany Vielen Dank. Gonna try it tomorrow. Cheers, Florian share quote
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