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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Marius_A » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:06 pm

Temporary solution here

Copy fgcamera folder to "../Data/Nasal/"
FGCamera should work with any aircraft now. However, the functionality will be limited (only one cockpit view and one external view (keys "1" and "2")).
To be able to customize/create new camera views, property "/sim/fgcamera-enabled" should be created (in aircraft's ...-set.xml file):
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<PropertyList>
   <sim>
      <fgcamera-enabled>1</fgcamera-enabled>
      <fgcamera>
         <camera1 include="fgcamera/view1.xml"/>
      </fgcamera>
   </sim>
</PropertyList>

Use dr-400_pilot_view.xml as a template for new camera views.
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby flyingfisch » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:21 am

Where should I put default_cockpit.xml and default_external.xml?
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Marius_A » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:04 am

default_cockpit.xml and default_external.xml should be in "../data/Nasal/fgcamera/"
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby flyingfisch » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:14 pm

Is it possible to edit the fgcamera_cfg.cfg to allow rotating view on the Z axis by button press?
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby imagio » Thu May 08, 2014 4:37 am

This is really cool! Greatly enhances realism. Will it be included in an upcoming release of FG?
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Hooray » Thu May 08, 2014 10:56 am

Will it be included in an upcoming release of FG?

So far, there's been no merqe request as far I know - but If it's integrated with Marius_A's missions work, it could end up in 3.2 as an optional feature.
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby HelldiverSquadron » Thu May 08, 2014 11:50 pm

Can't wait. Marius_A is a genius--just plain genius.
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Marius_A » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:50 pm

Development of FGCamera continues. The script is being redesigned to be compatible with default view system.
Upcoming version (FGCamera v1) will have new camera mode: "world-view".
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Hooray » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:02 pm

for 3.2, this is obviously now too late, but afterwards it would make sense to directly integrate your changes with view.nas and modernize the file accordingly, I think Philosopher also had some changes there - so once you have completed that, I'd just file a merge request so that this functionality can be included as an optional feature in upcoming versions.

Like we previously discussed, there are quite some overlapping features in various aircraft - and unifying the whole thing would make a lot of sense, I think we even have a few AI missiles that provide custom camera views, and IIRC there's also some helicopter-mounted camera system using its own Nasal code.

Thus, someone doing camera related work, would probably be well-advised to check out what we've got so far and see if there's any useful code that could/should be generalized and unified over time.

Another user started toying with a canvas-based view manager that renders a camera view to a canvas, this would all be property based, too - so having a generic Nasal script would be kinda useful then obviously.
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby punkepanda » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 pm

Marius_A wrote in Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:50 pm:Development of FGCamera continues.

Anywhere to test latest code? You might be wrong about the head auto angle (previous version). There is a correct way and a wrong way. My guess is that the correct way is what you are aiming at?
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Marius_A » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:26 pm

FGCamera v1 for testing purposes

Installation:
  1. Download fgcamera_v1.rar;
  2. Delete (if exist) FG HOME/aircraft-data/FGCamera;
  3. Delete (if exist) FG ROOT/Nasal/fgcamera;
  4. Copy fgcamera folder (from downloaded archive) to FG ROOT/Nasal;
  5. Use FG ROOT/Nasal/fgcamera/fgcamera_cfg as config.
Usage:
  • use number keys 0..9 to select camera views;
  • use arrow and pgup/pgdn keys to move cameras;
  • hold right mouse button to pan view;
  • goto view >> fgcamera (experimental) to create and manage camera views.
FGCamera v1 in action:

Detailed usage instructions will be added to the FGCamera wiki page later.
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Johan G » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:41 pm

Looks very smooth! 8)
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby HelldiverSquadron » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:45 pm

G'day! Looks really smooth! I love the scenery panning and whatnot. Given all of the temporary fixes in the thread, is there an all-around good download for the cam? Thanks!
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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby Milo » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:13 am

I must admit, this is what it is! Its a major step forward for FGFS.
I really love it. It gives a lot of freedom and joy to use this sim.
Thank you for such a feature that brings our beloved sim forward.

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Re: Alternative camera control

Postby HelldiverSquadron » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:39 pm

Welcome to the community, Milo! If you'd like to fly around, give me a shout at: helldiversquadron at gmail.com. Thanks!
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