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No More Video Distortion

by scumbumbo Posted 16th Feb 2016 at 6:31 AM - Updated 16th Feb 2016 at 5:02 PM by scumbumbo : Two new mod "flavors"
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The Sim's thought bubble in the screenshot best describes my initial thoughts when I noticed the screen distortion of TVs that began occuring with the January 7, 2016 game patch. I couldn't figure out what was going wrong with my game. Tried a game repair, but that didn't help. Finally last night I searched for a solution as surely this was happening to someone else? Quickly I found that it's happening to everyone else. Lots of folks are crying for a game option to turn that junk off, but apparantly EA thinks that if the game is sped up the video should look like a low quality VCR from the '80s.

Seems to me that if the TV looks like that sped up (which mine doesn't) then so should the Sims, right?

Or even better, let's just go back to the old way. The effect is easily turned off in the XML, but that requires a separate patch to every TV object and makes it so that any other TV mods would conflict with a mod to turn off that effect. So my answer was, of course, turn to the Python script.

This script just overrides the Python that sets up that effect to always turn it off - for every TV in every game pack, modded TVs, even new TVs that haven't been made yet. The mod name says it all.

Well, almost all. A Simmer pointed out that there was also a static noise that was replacing the audio for the video. I run with sound off or my own music playing over the game typically so I hadn't noticed. So now two new flavors of the mod are available. One just turns off the static effect, and the other removes the "mute" feature entirely from video clips so the sound for them will play normally.

Installation and Compatiblity

This is a script mod, so extract the TS4SCRIPT file contained in the download file into your mods folder. It can also be placed in a subfolder, but no more than ONE subfolder deep. Once installed, it will automatically turn off the video distortion with no user-intervention required.

You must have script mods enabled in your game options in order for this script to run. Every game patch will turn your mods back off, so be sure to turn it back on!

I wrote this with the version (February 4, 2016) game patch; however, to the best of my knowledge it should work if you've only go the January 7, 2016 game patch. For earlier game versions it is, of course, not required and could possibly be game-breaking.

Due to the way the mod is coded, it should be very stable with future changes to the video scripting unless major changes are made to the VideoComponent of the game. This may be the simplest mod I've made, took all of maybe 10 or 15 minutes to write - it literally took me far more time to make the screenshot and write this description. So if you're looking for mods to take apart to learn about writing mods, don't start here - but the source is included as I always do.

Additional Credits

EA, of course, for continuing to provide me with the "WTF?" moments that inspire my mods.

Oh, and Scripthoge as usual for the script injection method used.
Tags: #tv, #video, #scrambled, #distortion, #speed

Type: Fixed

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4
Built with Game Version:

This is a multi-part download:

Use only one flavor of the mod - if you change which version of the mod you use, be sure to remove the old one!
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
NoVideoDistortion.zip | Description: Remove video distortion from objects when speed 2 or higher is selected. 2.3 KB 7,052 16th Feb 2016
NoVideoDistortion-NoStatic.zip | Description: NoVideoDistortion + Turns off the static noise 2.3 KB 5,613 16th Feb 2016
NoVideoDistortion-NoMute.zip | Description: NoVideoDistortion + Video clip audio plays normally without muting 2.3 KB 10,075 16th Feb 2016
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
No Extraction Required (Script Mods):
1. Cut and paste the .zip file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Script mods need to be placed directly in \Mods or one level below that (e.g. \Mods\Scripts) – sub-folders nested any deeper won’t work.
Extraction Required (Everything Else):
1. Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
2. Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\

Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
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