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GunMod's Camera Mod 3.1 -- All Game Versions --

by GunMod Posted 19th Oct 2005 at 1:00 AM - Updated 28th Sep 2009 at 7:55 AM by -Maylin-
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UPDATED to 3.1 Please Re-download and reread the functions.

GunMod Presents: Camera Mod 3.1

Features:
  1. Neighborhood Cam - UPDATED
    Go to the far edges of your neighborhood to place lots and objects.
    See a TOP DOWN view of your neighborhood by rotating camera.
    Zoom in or out farther than before.
    Improved movement speeds, rotation
  2. Live Mode Cam - UPDATED
    Lower camera angles with no ground clipping
    Object Fade enhancement. Comes in two versions. (See Below)
    Clipping enhanced to allow extreme close ups without objects "disappearing".
    Top Down view available in Live Cam mode by rotating camera.
    Improved movement speeds, rotation
    Be warned, the way Maxis designed the Live mode cam, it WILL slow down
    on the highest zooms and the closer to the ground you are (Not nearly as slow as before though). This mod zooms in much closer than Maxis ever intended so this side effect is something that can not be totally removed.
    In way this is for your benefit as if the camera moved as quickly as it does
    full zoom as when its zoomed out you wouldn't be able to control it.

  3. CAS Mode Cam
    Zoom in when in any mode!
  4. Free Mode Cam - UPDATED
    This should now be considered High Detail Camera.
    No Fading, No clipping in either version.
    Very slow movement. This done on purpose with this cam.
    The purpose of this cam is for story telling, screen-shots, and movie grabs.
    Refined movement speeds, rotation
    If you follow the usage instructions below you will find this camera can be very powerful for these modes. This camera is NOT intended as a play camera. Movement is slow, zoom is slow, and placement is slow.
    But you can get very exact shots and movies this way.
  5. Cinema Cam - UPDATED
    The Cinema Cam is the camera the game switches to when events happen.
    You no direct control over this camera
    (Like getting married, woohoo, etc) Fading and clipping removed
  6. Tracking Cam - UPDATED
    This is the camera that is started when you are in Live mode
    and RIGHT CLICK on a Sims icon.
    It tracks the player movement until you move the mouse away from
    the Sim.
    Enhanced tracking. Camera now acts more like a TV cam in the way it moves
    with every little movement the sim makes.
    If the Sim is moving body back and forth, cam will move back and forth.
    I tweaked it so that it doesn't do it too much, but does it enough to be convincing.
    Higher Zoom Modes.

Installation:

Back up your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Cameras folder with either WinZIP or WinRar. if you have Mod 3.0, just extract over it.

Open the RAR file and extract contents into:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Cameras folder
Allow files to overwrite.

Usage (Very important!)

When in Neighborhood View:
To tilt camera up, down, left or right - Hold middle mouse button down (Mouse wheel)
and move mouse up or down
To Zoom Use Z or X or your Wheel Mouse
The farther you zoom in, the slower the camera.
To enter Free Mode: Hit the Tab key. Camera now works like a First Person Camera.

First Person Camera or Free Cam mode (Live and Neighborhood Views)
Remember this camera, by design is SLOW. This is done on purpose.
To Enter Free Mode: TAB
To move forward: W
To move backward: S
To Move left: A
To move right: D
To move down (lower altitude): Q
To move up (raise altitude): E
To zoom in or out: Z or X
To exit Free Mode: TAB

CAS Mode Camera (Does NOT work in Body Shop, only in-game character creation)
To Zoom Use Z or X or your Wheel Mouse
To reset zoom: Switch to different subset (from face to clothing etc)
All modes are zoom-able!

Live Mode Camera:
To tilt camera up, down, left or right - Hold middle mouse button down (Mouse wheel)
and move mouse up or down
To Zoom Use Z or X or your Wheel Mouse
The farther you zoom in, the slower the camera.
To enter Free Mode: Hit the Tab key. Camera now works like a First Person Camera.


TIPS -NEW-

How to best utilize the Free Mode Cam (TAB key)

The best way I found to use the camera is as follows:
If there is a certain scene you want to capture, be it screen-shots, or movies,
1) Use the Live Mode Cam to position the camera close to where you want it.
2) Hit TAB and enter Free Mode.
3) Now using the proper keys, position the camera where you would like it.
Very quick presses of the movement keys will result in VERY small movements or zooms.
Longer key presses will result in slightly quicker movement.
Zooming out farther will result in slightly quicker movement (not much)
Raising the camera higher will result in slightly faster movement (again, not much)
The Camera can go as close to the ground as possible without going "through" the ground.
However, If you are on a floor that has a foundation, the camera CAN go below the foundation.
Roads do not have much clipping force, so if you are on a road piece, be aware that sometimes the camera can be placed below the actual road.
Camera can now rotate all the way up (Toward the sky), and all the way down (directly under you).
The clipping has been reduced from 3 feet (Maxis default) to ONE INCH
So if you want to get REAL close, get close.
Remember, use the live camera to first get in an ideal place, then use this mode for fine tuning.

Who knew that Sims 2 has 2 moons?

A Riddle: Inside the face, lies the tools to devour


CREDITS:

I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback on 3.0, and esp. to xylune for pointing out a very glaring "bug"



VERSION TYPES:

I have included 3 versions, Here are the ONLY Differences:

GCM-31-A.RAR : No Fade No Clip Version.
In this version, Fade does not exist.
Clipping reduced for great close ups. (I prefer this version)

GCM-31-B.RAR : No Fade Default Clipping Version.
In this version, Fade does not exist.
Clipping is at Maxis defaults.

GCM-31-C.RAR : Maxis Live Mode Version.
In this version, Fade exists as Maxis default.
Clipping is at Maxis defaults.
This means you can zoom closer, but watch the clipping (See riddle

Please download the one you want.
You can of course, always try another mode by installing over the previous.


As a goodwill gesture, I have also included:
MAXISCAMERAS.RAR
This is just the backed up default cams in case (gasp) you forget to back them up. Just hope Maxis doesn't turn me into the the RIAA


Enjoy!

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

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MAXISCAMERAS.zip

Size: 25.3 KB · Downloads: 52,689 · 11th Nov 2005
25.3 KB 52,689 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-C.zip

Size: 21.6 KB · Downloads: 39,439 · 11th Nov 2005
21.6 KB 39,439 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-B.zip

Size: 22.1 KB · Downloads: 34,116 · 11th Nov 2005
22.1 KB 34,116 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-A.zip

Size: 22.1 KB · Downloads: 81,201 · 11th Nov 2005
22.1 KB 81,201 11th Nov 2005
MAXISCAMERAS.RAR

Size: 6.4 KB · Downloads: 72,987 · 20th Oct 2005
6.4 KB 72,987 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-C.rar

Size: 5.3 KB · Downloads: 53,455 · 20th Oct 2005
5.3 KB 53,455 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-B.rar

Size: 5.4 KB · Downloads: 48,500 · 20th Oct 2005
5.4 KB 48,500 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-A.rar

Size: 5.4 KB · Downloads: 178,197 · 20th Oct 2005
5.4 KB 178,197 20th Oct 2005
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 download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
4. CEP Required: The CEP is necessary for this download to work. Make sure that you have the newest version of the CEP installed. Get it here: The Official CEP Download.


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Test Subject
#301 Old 18th Mar 2007 at 2:25 PM
Hmm...I did and it does not work for me. Oh man.
Field Researcher
#302 Old 19th Mar 2007 at 5:37 PM
Hey, just wanted to say thanks. These cameras are a bit beyond my simming powers usually. I just wanted the better neighborhood view. So I opened up your zipfile and just put that one in. Works like a charm. Also, it is really really great of you to have the maxis one also available for download.
(I have all expansions)
Test Subject
#303 Old 23rd Mar 2007 at 2:43 AM
AwesomE!
Field Researcher
#304 Old 24th Mar 2007 at 8:48 PM
Magnificent
Thank you, GunMod' I’m really jazzed about trying out your Gun Mod’s Camera.
I went with GCM-31-A.RAR : because you } prefer this version.
What is so terrific about you gunmod is the extraordinary fact you have made it
possible to try out different version of your camera.
You must be quite knowledgeable in the understanding of `Maxis game functions.
Again - Thank you so very much`

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Test Subject
#305 Old 25th Mar 2007 at 7:52 PM
This is great. I love it.

However, I was wondering if there's any way to, or if you know any way I could change the controls for tilting the camera up and down. For some reason I am unable to use the standard "click middle button/mouse wheel" and move mouse. It was the same with the original cameras. I'd be very happy if you could help me.


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Test Subject
#306 Old 26th Mar 2007 at 4:21 PM
I had this downloaded before & had to format my system. I redownloaded it today with seasons installed & it makes my game crash. I really like it alot & I was hoping for an updated version? Any thoughts on when it may be out, if at all? Thanks again & I hope theres a compatible version soon!
Test Subject
#307 Old 27th Mar 2007 at 11:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mylove61304
I had this downloaded before & had to format my system. I redownloaded it today with seasons installed & it makes my game crash. I really like it alot & I was hoping for an updated version? Any thoughts on when it may be out, if at all? Thanks again & I hope theres a compatible version soon!


I just did a clean install of all ( I think I have them all) the eps and the first custom thing I installed was this camera mod and it worked fine so perhaps your crash problem is due to something else or a combination of this mod and something else.
Test Subject
#308 Old 3rd Apr 2007 at 8:30 PM Last edited by mrscrockett : 4th Apr 2007 at 1:52 AM.
Has anyone had any problems with this in Seasons? I'm curious because I had created a custom hood and when I went in, I was able to scroll sideways briefly, tried to zoom out and it wouldn't budge. It was like the hood was 'jumping' side to side by about an inch. I have no idea if this is a problem with the cameras or something else going on just figured I'd post here first.

My apologies if this has already been asked. I clicked to go to last page but apparently it didn't. I'm going to read the most recent posts and see if there is an answer there, but leave the original post in tact in case there isn't.

Ok to update for anyone else thats having trouble. I had been using version C. I changed to version A and its working perfectly for me now!
Test Subject
#309 Old 5th Apr 2007 at 12:19 PM
hi i just got seasons does this mod work with seasons?
thanks donna
Forum Resident
#310 Old 5th Apr 2007 at 4:18 PM
Gee, did you read the thread?

Some folks are having problems with seasons and some of them are not. Try using version A of the camera because it seems to work for most people. Or the C version that works for other people. There seems to be no clear pattern here. Otherwise you can follow the above advice and alter the "constrain" values to .20 each instead of the .35 that is default by going into the camera.txt files and searching for the line.

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Instructor
#311 Old 6th Apr 2007 at 3:47 AM
thanks man. this is my favorite download in the whooooole entire world. and now i love you.



my kitten is warm.

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Test Subject
#312 Old 10th Apr 2007 at 2:22 PM
Does anybody have glam life installed? The reason i ask this is because when i installed glam life, the gunmods cameras didnt work, and that was about six months ago..

I really ready to install it and it anybody has any suggestions on how to get the gunmods camera to work, your help would be greatly appreciated.

*goes and blows the dust off of Glam Life Stuff Pack...literally*

If You Are An Addict...Check Out My Sim 2 Rehab Thread For more information:

http://www.sims2community.com/showt...3516#post183516
Forum Resident
#313 Old 11th Apr 2007 at 5:32 AM Last edited by dewshine : 11th Apr 2007 at 5:42 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by RabidAngel
for some reason with glamour life, it overlooks the user camera directory (in my documents) so what I ended up having to do, for the time being, was backup all of my cameras in the glamour life "game" folder, and just replaced the modified neighborhood camera that way. I've altered the actual game folder, so if you do this, be SURE to make a backup that you can easily revert back to if ever you have to update with an expansion pack or a patch.
I'm only using the neighborhood camera, but if you're using all of the cameras in this mod, you should have to back up all the cameras in the glamour life game directory. All I did was create a zip file and name it "original GLife Cameras" then you can just unzip and replace them if you need to.
Just thought I'd let people know what I did to get it to work.
Hope that helps!


Yep, I have (and so have others) glamor life, and this works. Once you install a expansion that has a later date (like pets or seasons) then the cameras work as posted by gunmod. If for some reason you are playing glamor life with the base game or with university then RabidAngel's solution is the way to go.

note: this solution replaces the camera.txt files in ProgramFiles/EAGames/GlamourLifeStuff/ TSData/UserData/Cameras

I cannot stress enough: backup the txt files before using this mod with glamour life!
Don't forget to make a backup of those camera files before you overwrite them!

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Lab Assistant
#314 Old 15th Apr 2007 at 9:40 PM
Cool, I really like it

"What are you waiting for, a one liner!?" - Sam "Serious" Stone
Instructor
#315 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 2:13 PM
I have a small question...well, I think anyhow. I dled this earlier and placed it in cameras, just as instructed and then when I went into the game, I could not type anything in boxes. IE: trying to type a lot name or naming a Sim. I tried restarting the game a couple times and it wouldn't work still. I reinstalled the Maxis original cameras again and they work fine. Is there another hack that may be conflicting or something? I would LOVE to be able to use these cameras, as Maxis ones get annoying and are frustrating sometimes. I only have the base game and University so far.
Test Subject
#316 Old 25th Apr 2007 at 6:59 PM
I'm having a problem with this mod. Everytime I strat the game while waiting for the neighbourhood to load it crashes, all because I downloaded your mod. What should I do? because I really need this.
Test Subject
#317 Old 25th Apr 2007 at 10:46 PM
I love the mod. I have a nice neighborhood I created in SC4 and the camera is the only way to play the entire neighborhood. However, I am experiencing an issue, that after some research, appears to be linked to your mod. I have a system with 4GB of RAM and when I use the mod, there appears to be some sort of memory leak. I am running Seasons. When I revert back to the original cameras, the memory hovers around 35%, but when I use the mod, it spikes up to 80% as soon as I open the neighborhood. And after awhile the app crashes. Is there an update to this mod for seasons? Or has anyone else experienced this issue?
Field Researcher
#318 Old 26th Apr 2007 at 8:56 AM
I wonder whatever happened to Gunmod. He sure was good at what he did. Does anyone know?
Test Subject
#319 Old 29th Apr 2007 at 5:05 AM
Hi and Thank You for this!!

I play on a laptop and don't use an external mouse (my mouse is a touch pad), so are there keystrokes for tilting the camera?

Thanks again,
Michelle
Forum Resident
#320 Old 29th Apr 2007 at 6:19 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlwalton13
Hi and Thank You for this!!

I play on a laptop and don't use an external mouse (my mouse is a touch pad), so are there keystrokes for tilting the camera?

Thanks again,
Michelle


hit tab, then raise and lower the camera from there. it's crude and it's not perfect but it's better than nothing.

PS, I believe that gunmod moved on to other things. I know his wife had a baby and it was a difficult time for his family. Perhaps eventually he'll come back, or another modder will step in and pick up his work.

Anyone having problems with the neighborhood camera should try using the default neighborhood camera with the following changed:

constrain .2 .2 .2 .2 (suggested elsewhere in thread)
or
constrain .15 .15 .15 .15 (I'm using this setting)

This will allow you to see the entire hood without altering the rest of the camera ablilties.

Heck, I'll .rar up my neighborhood camera.txt file and add it here...
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar NeighborhoodCamera.rar (444 Bytes, 139 downloads)

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Test Subject
#321 Old 30th Apr 2007 at 6:47 AM
does this enable u to let ur sms go to the far edges of the neighborhood too?
Forum Resident
#322 Old 30th Apr 2007 at 8:40 AM
Sims can 'go' where ever there are roads.

For example: the default downtown has a road the heads toward the river, loops down along the water then back up and over following a bridge.

Normal Sims 2 neightborhood camera does not allow the player to pull back enough to see this.

Changing the constrain value expands the view of the neighborhood. If you can see further, you can place lots along the road, and have sims move into those lots.

The major limitation to any neighborhood is the roads.

I found that using the constrain changes was a good compromise. I can use all of the other camera.txt files that gunmod has provided and get wonderful closeups, but for my neighborhood I really didn't need that.

Again, yes in a way it does enable the player to expand out to the edges of the neighborhood, along the roads.

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Test Subject
#323 Old 1st May 2007 at 12:00 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dewshine
hit tab, then raise and lower the camera from there. it's crude and it's not perfect but it's better than nothing.

PS, I believe that gunmod moved on to other things. I know his wife had a baby and it was a difficult time for his family. Perhaps eventually he'll come back, or another modder will step in and pick up his work.

Anyone having problems with the neighborhood camera should try using the default neighborhood camera with the following changed:

constrain .2 .2 .2 .2 (suggested elsewhere in thread)
or
constrain .15 .15 .15 .15 (I'm using this setting)

This will allow you to see the entire hood without altering the rest of the camera ablilties.

Heck, I'll .rar up my neighborhood camera.txt file and add it here...



Well thank you so much for stepping in and answering my question, best wishes to GunMod (just throwing it out there in the universe for what it's worth)

Cheers,
Test Subject
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3rd Jun 2007 at 1:04 PM
This message has been deleted by fallenangelohio. Reason: I put the camera mod in, but my game keeps crashing! It's probably me, so what did I do wrong? I followed the instructions.
Forum Resident
#324 Old 3rd Jun 2007 at 3:38 PM
fallengelohio,

The neighborhood camera causes some systems to experience a memory leak. If your game was crashing in the neighborhood screen that might have been the cause.

Seeing as you deleted your message I have very limited information to go on with my attempt to assist you.

Like Pitch Black and CoR?
Visit GM_Andy's. My Home on the Web! My Sims2 stuff and files I'm caretaker of can be found here

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