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

by GunMod Posted 19th Oct 2005 at 2:00 AM - Updated 28th Sep 2009 at 8:55 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: 53,135 · 11th Nov 2005
25.3 KB 53,135 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-C.zip

Size: 21.6 KB · Downloads: 39,749 · 11th Nov 2005
21.6 KB 39,749 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-B.zip

Size: 22.1 KB · Downloads: 34,321 · 11th Nov 2005
22.1 KB 34,321 11th Nov 2005
GCM-31-A.zip

Size: 22.1 KB · Downloads: 82,099 · 11th Nov 2005
22.1 KB 82,099 11th Nov 2005
MAXISCAMERAS.RAR

Size: 6.4 KB · Downloads: 73,189 · 20th Oct 2005
6.4 KB 73,189 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-C.rar

Size: 5.3 KB · Downloads: 53,581 · 20th Oct 2005
5.3 KB 53,581 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-B.rar

Size: 5.4 KB · Downloads: 48,612 · 20th Oct 2005
5.4 KB 48,612 20th Oct 2005
GCM-31-A.rar

Size: 5.4 KB · Downloads: 178,800 · 20th Oct 2005
5.4 KB 178,800 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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Forum Resident
#2 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:03 AM
This camera mod looks great

Now known as CMW15
Test Subject
#3 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:06 AM
omg, sweet, i love it
Field Researcher
#4 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:14 AM
Finally been waiting for one that works with UNI and NL!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:16 AM
Uau, it seems great! I'll give it a try. And thank you so much for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:20 AM
Looks awesome GunMod! I have a question though... you state a couple of times there "object fade removed". Are you referring to stairs, ceiling lamps, etc? And if so, is there an easy way for us to put that part back? Thanks.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#7 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:42 AM
@ Targa.
I suppose I could make a version that has the fade, but I do wonder why someone would want this?

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


Tip to Never Get Lost: Remember, No Matter Where You Go, There You Are!
Test Subject
#8 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:47 AM
So, is this like the original game view, but with a bunch of extra features, and won't "replace" anyhing already in the game?
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:50 AM
Isnt the fade in the CineCamCamera file? So if I edited my file to include the parts I want to mod..

the reason you might no want things to fade sometimes is that often you are trying to get a picture of something and something else is in the way, if you zoom in close enough that something will fade out of the way. If it doesnt fade then you have to move it out of the way, like when Uni students transition after making the phone call to go home, the phone wont fade so you have to move it to get an unobstructed picture of the transition.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#10 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:53 AM
@ Targa, second version up for you hos.

@bumpercarmonday

Not exactly, It lowers the clipping ( removing objects close to camera) extends the zoom and pitch (Pitch is up or down movement of camera) adds movement to Neighborhood cam (Default could not move up or down), adds zoom modes to CAS mode.. and a few other things.
The actual movements of the camera have not changed except in regards to some cameras have more movability than before.
So while it does extra features, it does change the default cameras.
I spent a lot of time just in testing (around 40 hours now) to make sure you dont get wierd anomilies or anything that you wouldn't want.
I could have made the cams do more zooming, etc, but that came with some costs that would take a while to explain. I hope you enjoy them, but if not, just replace them with your back ups and everything will be fine.

It DOES NOT change in anyway shape or form how the game functions.
All it does is enhance the user's visual experience.

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#11 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 2:53 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by nectere
Isnt the fade in the CineCamCamera file? So if I edited my file to include the parts I want to mod..


More than just there, but I put a version up that has the orginal fade, so enjoy

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


Tip to Never Get Lost: Remember, No Matter Where You Go, There You Are!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 3:05 AM
yeah I found the other fade in LiveCamera. Thanks for the mod, I have been waiting for a new neighborhood camera to come along!
Field Researcher
#13 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 3:14 AM
This should be great. I'm always lamenting the camera restrictions in neighborhood view. Thanks for this.

For a species that claims to be intellectually superior to all other life forms, humans do some stupid things.
The Quiet One
retired moderator
#14 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 3:45 AM
Hey Gunmod,

I moved your thread to Config Mods simply because it's not a standard download (and where you put it before would assume it goes into Downloads). There are other camera hacks in this forum already (like some of Delphy's early ones), so I thought this would be a good place to put it.

Daysies
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#15 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 3:48 AM Last edited by GunMod : 19th Oct 2005 at 4:01 AM.
hey Daysies,

I would have put it there, but with the new upload feature --cough hack spit -- there wasn't an option for such

In fact the ONLY way I could post to the modifications section was to set all my options to the old Pre V2 settings... Which I actually like better

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


Tip to Never Get Lost: Remember, No Matter Where You Go, There You Are!
Field Researcher
#16 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:08 AM
I ran into a slight problem. I can't find an .exe file in the rar file I downloaded (I got the one with the fade). There are only .txt files in there, which I assume are meant to override the settings in the camera folder?

I must not be understanding the installation instructions clearly. Are we supposed to open up the "run" feature in windows or is this supposed to be run from within the zip/rar folder itself? I'm very confused.

For a species that claims to be intellectually superior to all other life forms, humans do some stupid things.
Test Subject
#17 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:14 AM
Awesome mod i'm gonna download it right now :D
Field Researcher
#18 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:18 AM
I've been waiting for you to update this mod - my prayer has been answered :D. Thanks a lot.
Object(ive) Investigator
retired moderator
#19 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:19 AM
Just back up the folder and replace the files. Go work, GunMod.
Field Researcher
#20 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:30 AM
Thanks for the info, jaxad. That's what I thought but the instructions on this page make it sound like there's an .exe file in their that we're supposed to be using. Cool.

For a species that claims to be intellectually superior to all other life forms, humans do some stupid things.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#21 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:33 AM
For the orginal version, with fading removed, a simple exe installs the files into the right place, for the version without fading I didn't use the exe.
The exe is just a WinRAR exe and poses no threat.

- GunMod
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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#22 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:36 AM
Updated the description above for the install of the FADING ON version.

- GunMod
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GunMod's Forums


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Inventor
#23 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:41 AM
Thank you so much, hope this solves my small annoying problems I have had recently since NL with my camera's downtown. Thanks so much.

*♥.¸Here we go again .♥*
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:44 AM
Thanks so much for the "fade" version. (It's tough to find usable views on some of my tree-covered lots.) I tried editing your version 2 file, but I couldn't tell a difference. With any luck, this one will do the trick.
Field Researcher
#25 Old 19th Oct 2005 at 4:51 AM
Everything looks good, but I do have one tiny complaint. The scrolling from side to side and up and down (by use of asdw keys and edge scrolling) is painfully slow. It moves at a snail's pace and on a large lot it takes quite a while to get from one end to the other. May I ask for advice on how to change the settings to make the camera movements with asdw keys and edge scrolling go faster?

For a species that claims to be intellectually superior to all other life forms, humans do some stupid things.
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