Why do I need to "capture" my model's starting position?

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In the BioDigital Human, a model’s position is defined as its location in the 3D space or “canvas” at a given moment. And every chapter in a model or tour has a default starting position, or the position the model is in when the chapter first loads.

If you are customizing a model in Human Studio, you may need to modify its starting position to make sure the most relevant parts of the model are visible to the learner when the chapter first loads. When you do, it's essential that you capture your newly modified starting position so it gets saved to your model.

For example, when you open the Female Cardiovascular System in Studio, the cardiovascular system is visible from the knees up, and the heart and surrounding blood vessels are fairly small and difficult to make out.

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However, if you want your model to focus on the heart and pulmonary circulation, you might remove extraneous systems and structures using the Anatomy Tree and then center the model using your mouse, keyboard, or 3D controls. Now the anatomy you want your learners to see is larger and the details easier to make out.

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If you were to save this model without capturing its new starting position, the model would revert back to its default starting position the next time you opened it, and this is what it would look like to the learner:

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On the other hand, if you capture your new starting position before saving your model, this is what it will look like to the learner instead:

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Fortunately, it's easy to capture your starting position in Studio. See Create and modify positions in my model for step-by-step instructions.