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OpusFSX Live Camera vs EZDok

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Since EZDok isn't fully working under P3D v2, I was curious to know if the developers will continue making improvements to the live camera system? It's the closest thing I can find next to EZdok cam. I really want to know if you can somehow add a feature to pan around in the virtual cockpit by pressing and holding the middle mouse button while moving the mouse? This is a feature that I very much miss from EZDok. Another thing is having transitions between different camera views. This would make it a lot better. It's already a great weather injector, now only if there can be improvements to the built-in camera system.

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Yes we have improvements planned for Live Camera.

 

At present you can pan using either Live Camera Control (using a game controller, or the arrow keys on the LCC dialog, or assigned shortcut keys), the standard hat switch, FSX Mouse Look or TrackIR. 

 

FSX uses the hat switch as standard for panning views around, this panning is fully compatible with our camera control and effects. If you have disabled your controllers in FSX and are using FSUIPC then you can enable mouse wheel button panning and that also re-enables the hat switch on the joystick.

 

FSX Mouse Look conflicts with TrackIR so you need to disable TrackIR (F9) prior to using Mouse Look. To use Mouse Look try the following methods;

 

• press the space bar whilst holding down the left mouse button

• hold down the middle wheel button whilst moving the mouse around

• press shift-O then move whilst holding down the left mouse button, press shift-O again to exit mouse look

• program the wheel button to shift-O in your mouse driver.

 

You can alter the transition speed between views. The Camera Transition Speed value allows smooth transitions between virtual cockpit (VC to VC) and 2D scenic views (2D to 2D). A value of 0 is used for instant camera transitions, otherwise the speed can be set between 1 (fastest) to 100 (slowest). Different aircraft can have different VC panning rates. 

 

Cheryl

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FSX Mouse Look conflicts with TrackIR so you need to disable TrackIR (F9) prior to using Mouse Look.

 

If it's more convenient, you can also add one or more camera views that have TrackIR configured as disabled (just tick the Disable TrackIR box in the camera view config). Such camera views work OK with either LCC control or Mouse Look.

 

Opus camera support seems pretty complete and feature-packed already, though I also sometimes use FSRecorder camera views as well, or even default camera views. It's great that Opus does not conflict with these other options.

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you can also add one or more camera views that have TrackIR configured as disabled (just tick the Disable TrackIR box in the camera view config). Such camera views work OK with either LCC control or Mouse Look.

 

Good point. Thanks Barry.

 

Cheryl

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Cheryl & Barry. I greatly appreciate your help. I am still learning how to use the live camera system. I guess I will have to re-read the instructions again and go through all the settings. I don't have TrackIR. I just basically want to be able to pan around like I did with EZCA, by holding down the middle mouse button. Somehow it didn't use the built-in FSX/P3D panning system because it's a lot smoother and more responsive. I'll go ahead and give your method a try to see the results. If it brings up a cross hair then I know it's still using the default panning system which I don't like at all.

 

Does the Live Camera mode allow me to freely roam around the 3D world? Lets say I'm parked at a gate at the airport, and when I'm viewing the plane externally, can I use the keyboard arrow keys to freely move about on all the axis (X and Y)? Same goes when I'm flying, can I use arrow keys to move around, zoom in and out, go higher and lower? It would be very useful for the perfect screenshot.

 

As you mentioned about the transitions. Are they smooth like EZCA? Is there perhaps a youtube video showing this in action so I can see and compare how well it works. 

 

Excellent work with OpusFSX and I look forward to your hard work in making this an awesome add-on for P3D v2!

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If you pan with the mouse it uses the default FSX mouse look since we don't reassign the standard FSX mouse or keyboard functions.

 

You can freely roam around with Live Camera Control http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/opusfsx_user.htm#Live Camera Control using either a game controller, or the arrow keys on the LCC dialog, or assigned shortcut keys. You can't use the keyboard arrow keys since we don't reassign the standard keyboard functions and those keys are not available to us but you can use other keys/buttons etc.

 

Just try setting a transition speed for a camera view and you will see what it is like on your system for the selected aircraft, different aircraft sims will look better with different transition times.

 

Cheryl

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FSUIPC allows you to use the middle mouse as a freelook, I just use it.

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Has Opus the capability to create world cameras like EZCA, I'm a bit confused about this point. Many thanks in advace.

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BTW why OpusFSX is not released as a single camera package, like EZCA? I'm an ASN user and I only need camera addons. This would be an idea and suggestion for OpusFSX developer.

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BTW why OpusFSX is not released as a single camera package, like EZCA? I'm an ASN user and I only need camera addons. This would be an idea and suggestion for OpusFSX developer.

 

Better value for the user perhaps? 

 

My only suggestion now would be for the camera add-on to be a separate.exe file for those that only want to use the camera/weather limiting the amount of memory usage OPUS will take up. 

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Better value for the user perhaps?  My only suggestion now would be for the camera add-on to be a separate.exe file for those that only want to use the camera/weather limiting the amount of memory usage OPUS will take up.

 

I completely agree with you, let's user choose if purchase addon camera or bundle with weather engine.

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I'm tring the demo mode, works fine! But if I want to create an external camera to see aircraft from exterior I can do it whitout problem, but if I want "walk" around the aircraft, or move back or forward I can't use arrow keys like in EZCA, is it possible to use this funcion? or maybe add in a future release?

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We don't have world cameras.

 

We don't ask you to reassign the standard FSX key assignments and hence don't use keyboard arrow keys to pan, you can walk around the aircraft using the Live Camera Control (using a game controller, or the arrow keys on the LCC dialog).

 

If you don't enable certain features within OpusFSX then they wont be taking up any extra CPU resources, so no problem there.

 

Remember, before disabling 3rd party camera packages their configuration utility must be run and the "Restore" function selected to restore all camera views to FSX default, otherwise 3rd party camera definitions are not removed from the aircraft config files and can cause problems.

 

Cheryl

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We don't have world cameras. We don't ask you to reassign the standard FSX key assignments and hence don't use keyboard arrow keys to pan, you can walk around the aircraft using the Live Camera Control (using a game controller, or the arrow keys on the LCC dialog). If you don't enable certain features within OpusFSX then they wont be taking up any extra CPU resources, so no problem there. Remember, before disabling 3rd party camera packages their configuration utility must be run and the "Restore" function selected to restore all camera views to FSX default, otherwise 3rd party camera definitions are not removed from the aircraft config files and can cause problems. Cheryl

Thank you very much

Cheryl.

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Aircraft Walk Around ...

 

As an alternative to using LCC with a dedicated 6-axis game pad controller to perform an aircraft walk around or a fly around in flight ...

 

(I use a dedicated Sony DualShock3 game controller but have also used this method)

 

1. Create a series of external aircraft views, each view taking you around the aircraft on a walk or fly around.

2. You can use the up/down arrow keys in the Select Camera View list to reorder the views and keep them together as a group in your camera list. Name them all appropriately as an aid memoir, such as NGX Aircraft View 1 etc.

3. Assign a joystick button to the first view, and the exact same key sequence (e.g. shift X) to each of the aircraft views, including the first. The joystick button will then select the first view in the sequence. After which the assigned key can be used to cycle through each view in turn.

4. Assign a high (very slow) Transition Speed parameter to all the aircraft views in this sequence.

 

Don't forget to use the Save All Cameras.

 

Now you can press the button to commence the walk around and press the shared key (e.g. Shift X) to cycle the views, resulting in a slowish walk around the aircraft.

 

Stephen :-)

 

I should also have pointed out if you order the aircraft views carefully then you could simply assign the same button or key to all of the views, the first view in the list will be selected first. Remember you can reuse the same button or key sequence over and over again since all view cycling is aircraft specific. So shift X for example could be used for all walk around sequences on all aircraft, the correct sequence should always be selected.

 

Stephen :-)

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The latest Beta Version 3.46.4 has just about finalised all the above and allowed the walk or fly arounds to be conducted at a walking pace. I will post Beta Version 3.46.4 as a release version very soon.

 

Thanks to everyone that has provided helpful comments, feedback, and of course friendly suggestions.

 

Stephen :-)

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So, in my search for a "realistic" head shake/movement mod for P3D v2, I came upon this thread. I'd like to agree with others here who said a seperate Live Camera program for both FSX and P3D would do well. I would be entering my credit card info as I type if it were available. As it is now, looks like I'll be waiting to see what comes of EZDok.

 

I would seriously consider the seperate Live Camera. It would probably "fly off the shelf" so to speak.

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As I personally use only the camera features from OpusFSI, I agree that it has the potential to "fly off the shelf" if it were a separate product.

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I have a feeling that this may be unlikely as their DHM (camera shake and head movement) effects are closely tied in to the their weather engine for turbulence effects etc.

 

Daz

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IMO the live camera utility is reaching maturity now. Camera transitions with trackIR will shortly be as good as ezdok, and with a good imagination, the new camera panning options give the flexibility to produce some stunning possibilities. The only downside when compared to ezdok I can see is the lack of world cameras. K

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Near as I can tell, much of the world camera functionality can be had using FSRecorder tower cameras.

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OpusFSI has the new Panning Sequences allowing users to configure very creative view sequences, various walk and fly arounds, VC head movements to look left, right, check out the views, perform instrument scans etc.. World camera views will be added at some future date.

 

Live Camera also has the excellent Live Camera Control feature with support for GanePad controllers, and of course real world DHM based on actual real world captured 3D accelerometer data on board real aircraft, it's as real as it gets.

 

There would be no point in separating Live Camera from Live Weather and especially not Live View of course. You would not end up with a low cost camera program (if you want that then buy OpusFSX). The costly ongoing software development and support doesn't really allow for that. You should really think of the various features as added extras and not something you are having to pay extra for. The product is also designed for those who wish to achieve max realism in the sim. This means it is always best to combine Live Weather with Live Camera with its RW DHM, intelligent DHM turbulence that is coordinated and controlled in real time by the LWE. The primitive meteorological data within the sim is far too crude to compare and provide such control.

 

Stephen :-)

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Near as I can tell, much of the world camera functionality can be had using FSRecorder tower cameras.

Thanks for that I'll take a look :) I was NOT going to contemplate switching between Opus and EZdok repeatedly!!! :O

 

Cheers K

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Is this geared toward fixed wing aircraft or does it work (camera views) equally well in rotary aircraft? Can I also ask if you can have the option of banking to port side and the head tilts over and vice verca?

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Applicable to all aircraft types including rotary, there's also a DHM option for Rotorcraft, and AHM provides useful automated head motions. OpusFSI also includes excellent Panning Sequences which can be used for all sorts of motions including looking left/right, instrument scans, walk arounds, etc..

 

Stephen :-)

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