# Nested Dynamics for moving locators

I'm trying to dynamically draw an ellipse on the image acquired from a camera. See code below:

Dynamic[
cameraImage = CurrentImage[RasterSize -> {324, 243}];

Manipulate[
Show[
cameraImage
,Graphics[{Red, Thick, Circle[pt, Abs[pt2 - pt]*Sqrt[2]]}]
],
{{pt, {324, 243}/2.}, Locator,
Appearance ->
Style["\[CircleDot]", Red, 30]}, {{pt2, {281, 200}/2.}, Locator,
Appearance -> Style["\[FilledCircle]", Red, 16]}
]]


I'd like to have the centre of the ellipse independent from the "radius" point (if I move the external point I don't change the position of the centre), while if I move the central point I'd like the ellipse to move consistently (without reshaping), i.e. the external point has to move accordingly to the movement of the centre.

I tried to adapt Kuba's code from here: Moving a locator based on the movement of another but I'm having troubles with nesting dynamic of his code with dynamic in my code.

(I also tried Dr. belisarius answer that kind-of-works but is very laggy and not reliable)

Any suggestion?

• Damn! You got me :D – Fraccalo Aug 9 '18 at 20:19

For complicated uses of Locator within Manipulate, I usually use a LocatorPane with an explicit Dynamic update function and bypass Manipulate auto-coding.

Manipulate[
LocatorPane[
Dynamic[pts, With[{update = #[[1]] - pts[[1]]},
If[Max@Abs[update] == 0, pts = #, pts += {update, update}]] &],
Dynamic@Show[
CurrentImage[RasterSize -> {324, 243}],
Graphics[{Red, Thick,
Circle[pts[[1]], Abs[Subtract @@ pts]*Sqrt[2]]}]],
Appearance -> {Style["\[CircleDot]", Red, 30],
Style["\[FilledCircle]", Red, 16]}
],
{{pts, {{324, 243}/2., {281, 200}/2.}}, ControlType -> None}]

• Thanks a lot, exactly what I was looking for! – Fraccalo Aug 9 '18 at 20:20