Select Active Camera

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Simply selects the active camera from the current viewport (even if cameras / layer is hidden). If you've ever been frustrated because you're working full screen looking through the camera lens then need to change something about your camera, this script is for you. In that case you just run the script and bam you're able to edit camera properties in the stack or adjust keys in the time slider all with a single keystroke instead of having to hunt around in the select by name dialog...

Assign a keyboard shortcut / right click menu then activate when in a camera view - voila, camera selected.

Additional Info: 

1. Click Maxscript / Run Script and choose this file from wherever you saved it (probably your desktop)
1a. It will seem like nothing happened but that's exactly what it should do, you now need to assign a shortcut to it
2. Click Customize / Customize User Interface / Keyboard (tab)
3. Change the Category to "CG_Tools"
4. Click "Select Active Camera" and change its Hotkey to something, maybe Alt+C .Click Assign
5. Click Save and save your custom UI settings to a file, do yourself a favor and don't use the default.
6. That's it. Switch your viewport to a camera view, then press your hotkey and voila your camera will be selected.

Version Requirement: 
3ds max 6-2009
Video URL: 
cgSelectActiveCamera.mcr1.11 KB


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crystal3d's picture

very usefull one!

infact there is one command that can be short-cut but it does not work, this works very good! thank you!

drimka's picture

enhanced code

sorry for my english :)
this code detect camera type, and if this target camera (and now select camera) - select
and vice versa :) if now select - select camera


macroScript cg_SelectActiveCamera Category:"CG_Tools" toolTip:"Select Active Camera" buttontext:"Select Active Camera"
sel = $
curcam = try(getActiveCamera()) catch()
if curcam != undefined do (
camType = curcam.type
if camType == #target then (
case sel of (
(sel = curcam.Target): (
print("select [target] cam ")
select curcam

(sel = curcam): (
print("select [target]")
select curcam.Target

default: (
print("nothing selected. select cam")
select curcam

) -- case sel
else (
print("select [free] cam")
select curcam
) -- cam != undefined

kilad's picture

Hi, good idea, i have been

Hi, good idea, i have been wanting this for a while.

 I`ve been using laky`z "CamChangerFwd" for cycling through cameras, and now i put these two together: "Laky'z" "CamChangerFwd" "CG_Tools" "cg_SelectActiveCamera"

 ..and bind this to my c key.


Christopher Grant's picture

Haha. Well actually to be

Haha. Well actually to be honest I had forgotten you can select a camera by right clicking on the viewport label... Now that you mentioned it I dug through customize/ui and didn't find any pre-existing command that could be assigned a keyboard shortcut though...

In my case this script came out of wanting to take a file with a ton of cameras in it and quickly cycle through the cameras and remove ones I didn't need. This script helps because I assign it a keyboard shortcut and quickly cycle through camera views and remove unnecessary cameras.

titane357's picture

yes, it is already

yes, it is already implemented, but it is good to see how to do it by script ! :-))

CgRay's picture

Hi, do you know that this

Hi, do you know that this functionality is already in max?  If you right'click the viewport label, you can select "select camera" or "select camera target" this works with lights too.

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