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Releasing a free 3D camera view app for FSX

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Today I am releasing my FREE FSX cockpit camera application.

 

Now you can easily create 3D camera views.

 

You can check it out at www.EZCamViews.net

 

I made some video tutorials on my 737NGX YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/rfresh1011

 

Look on the left side for the playlist 'EZCamViews'.

 

Thanks and enjoy everyone!

 

 

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Ralph This is incredible, have watched your tutorials, very smart software, now is this or will this be also P3d compatible in the future??

 

Rick

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Hi Rick,

 

I don't have P3D so I could not test it out on that platform. In one of my EZCamViews tutorial videos I talk a bit about this. I don't think it will run under P3D because I am using a different SDK .DLL file. I don't know (yet) if P3D can load in another SDK .DLL file. So to answer your question Rick I don't know for sure if my app will run as it is now, under P3D, but I suspect it won't.

 

It's my hopes that in the future I will be able to release EZCamViews for the P3D platform. I can tell you for sure they have added to the camera SDK a lot more than MS ever did when they had the source code. Developing a camera app for P3D is a lot easier than it is for FSX.

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Hello Again Ralph, yes i was watching tutorial 5 as i wrote my original post and eventually got the details, i will try it in P3d using the Estonia Migration tool, i will keep you posted.

 

Thanks Rick

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You'll probably just need the P3D DLL.  This is a really nice tool and has some real potential.  I didn't see that you had a mouse look...probably want that.  It'd also be nice to be able to use a shift key with a button and/or a 'shift button' and another button.  That's something that's lacking from EZDoc. 

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@Gregg -- I'm just finishing up some testing that provides you with the ability to move the mouse around and change the camera view. One of my technical consultants, Paul, did the design work on this as it was a complete custom coding task. While FSX can also do it, they didn't make it part of their SDK for us camera developers to use. So, we had to code in that functionality from the ground up ourselves. But its done and it works great! I will be releasing it in a couple of days as ver 0.9.5 (0.94 is the current ver and everyone needs to be on that one for the time being).

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Update: @Gregg -- I have decided to further enhance the capability of being able to move the mouse around to change the cockpit camera position. The design and coding to replicate how FSX works is complete...but I now want to take it even further and actually provide all 6 axis of movement with the mouse. So this will take a little more time but I think it will be worth it in the end. So the 0.9.5 release will not come out as soon as I thought it would. Stay tuned.

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Just an amazing job is all I have to say. This is remarkable and i for one appreciate your contribution to the FlightSim community.

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Hi Ralph, guys, has anyone had any issues with the cams?   Maybe slowing down, crashing to desktop and the like?

 

Cheers.johngoncalves

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Hey Ralph.

Just watched your tutorial videos and it looks like a serious competitor to EzDoc which I never have gotten to work, so looking forward to try out your programme.

A couple of questions:

1 Will you be doing the outside cameras as well?

2. Is it configured so that if I set up views in 737NGX, Cessna 172, AIrbus etc.ect. it will automatically detect the aircraft/settings  when I choose it in FSX, or do I have to choose it my self in EZcam first?

3. I only have one monitor, bu do have a Laptop also. Will it be possible to connect via WIFI so I can use it on the laptop as no.2 monitor, or does FSX have to be installed on the laptop for it to work?

 

Looks great so far, so exciting to see how it develops in the future.

 

Greetings. 

Joern L.

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Update:

 

I have now tried it in FSX SE and it totally messses up my FSX. When I try to make a new view , ie. Captain in the C172, it goes outside the plane in a zoom that I can hardly get it back to normal. After trying all keys, zooms etc, I finally managed to get it set up with captains view. I then saved the view and made a new camera (FO) and again it just goes bananas like before, and even when I push the captains view, It's totally messed up again. I can't even get back to my normal views set up by FSX ie spot, tower, virtual cockpit etc. and the only way to restore them is to restart FSX. 

I don't know if it doesn't work with FSX SE, or what the problem are, but for now it's a no go for me :-( 

 

Regards Joern

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Nice addon! I was thinking to buy Ezdok, but I will wait and test this addon with P3D.

 

Thanks Ralph, nice work.

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Ralph, thank you so much for your help last night to get my download.

I cannot think why my browsers will not let me download from the site.

I'll try again when the update is released, & will drop you a line if I have problems.

 

Cheers & thanks again,

Robin

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Been there, done that yesterday, on 2 different laptops, using Chrome, Firefox as well as Edge with no luck what-so-ever.

 

& I tried today, with a right click & it worked!

Sigh! (thank you Microsoft!)

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Great software. I use it when checking out my cockpit painting.

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Are any of you guys using FSX Steam, and do you have any problems with it?

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Using it with FSX SE but have not figured out how to save a camera yet. I hit save but when I try the plane again with the software closed the camera is not there. Does the software have to be active every time you use FSX?

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Hi Ralph, guys, has anyone had any issues with the cams?   Maybe slowing down, crashing to desktop and the like?

 

Cheers.johngoncalves

 

Are you having those kinds of problems with EZCamViews?

Using it with FSX SE but have not figured out how to save a camera yet. I hit save but when I try the plane again with the software closed the camera is not there. Does the software have to be active every time you use FSX?

Yes, you have to start up EZCamViews every time you fly. Start up FSX first, then start up EZCam, minimize all of its windows and go fly!!

 

When you say save a camera do you mean save a .cam file (from tab 1) or do mean you saving a camera view (from tab 2)?

Just an amazing job is all I have to say. This is remarkable and i for one appreciate your contribution to the FlightSim community.

Thank you very much...!!!

Hey Ralph.

Just watched your tutorial videos and it looks like a serious competitor to EzDoc which I never have gotten to work, so looking forward to try out your programme.

A couple of questions:

1 Will you be doing the outside cameras as well?

2. Is it configured so that if I set up views in 737NGX, Cessna 172, AIrbus etc.ect. it will automatically detect the aircraft/settings  when I choose it in FSX, or do I have to choose it my self in EZcam first?

3. I only have one monitor, bu do have a Laptop also. Will it be possible to connect via WIFI so I can use it on the laptop as no.2 monitor, or does FSX have to be installed on the laptop for it to work?

 

Looks great so far, so exciting to see how it develops in the future.

 

Greetings. 

Joern L.

 

1. Yes, I plan to do outside cameras!!

2. You do have to manually select your aircraft...however, the last aircraft file (tab 1) you selected will select automatically upon the next start up of EZCam. So, if you choose to fly with a different aircraft from the last time, then you will have to change your EZCam selection in tab 1. I'm trying to figure out a way to make it automatic but have not hit upon a solution yet.

3. EZCam has to be installed on the same machine you have FSX installed on. Sorry. The better solution would be for you to plug a monitor cable into your laptop and use it as a second monitor (vs using it as a second, separate PC on your network). That way, you can drag your EZCam windows to the monitor not showing your cockpit and operate EZCam from there.

Been there, done that yesterday, on 2 different laptops, using Chrome, Firefox as well as Edge with no luck what-so-ever.

 

& I tried today, with a right click & it worked!

Sigh! (thank you Microsoft!)

 Yes, Robin and I had a lot of emails going back and forth yesterday on this. Glad he was finally able to install EZCamViews.

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I have 4 additional enhancements that I am going to be adding as soon as possible:

  1. Make the mini cam positioner window resizable so that when you're using this window on a second monitor, you can resize it (drag it) vertically to show all of your camera views (so the automatic vertical scroll bars don't have to appear).
  2. Add drag and drop capability to the Cockpit Camera Matrix (CCM) window. This will allow you to re-arrange the square button camera views in real time as you use this window.
  3. Cockpit Camera Matrix (CCM) window: I'm going to add code that will look for a space between two words and then display these two words on the square buttons in two rows vs just 'word wrapping' the text breaking in the middle of a word. This will improve the appearance of two worded text labels.
  4. I'm still not happy with the 3 Cockpit Camera Matrix (CCM) sizes that are available. In using EZCamViews with my new Phenom 100 VLJ, even the 3x3 size takes up too much real estate. So, I'm going to add the option (for each of the three sizes) to display all the square buttons in one row horizontally.

So, for the 3x3 for example, if you enabled the 'one row' option, you'll have 9 square buttons side by side, horizontally. You will be able to move this window anywhere on the screen, but most likely you will want it at the top, out of the way.

The 4x4 option would give you 16 buttons across.

I'll have to play around with the 5x5 and see if 25 buttons will fit across the screen horizontally. I'm not sure about that one yet. I'll have to see if it fits.

 

So, a lot of enhancements coming to EZCamViews!

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A couple of questions :

 

1. I saw the videos and noticed kind of a weird movement during transition.  When transiting from the Capt's veiw to the FO view, the camera first moves right, then up a bit and then to the right again to its final position.  Doesn't it move from the start point to the end point in a straight line?  (like in Ezdok)

 

2. I am a user of Ezdok for several years but am always looking for a better solution especially because of the shifting camera problem.  The camera changing its position during flight.  Though you have mentioned about the FSX problems in your first video, do you think you have been able to eliminate this shifting camera problem with Ezcamviews?  

 

3. Do you plan to add the DHM and other dynamics that Ezdok has within their software or do you recommend any software for it?

 

Sorry for the many questions, but as a flight simmer since many years, I see the potential in your software as a payware and would love to pay for it, if it addresses the concerns that are bugging me and my fellow flight simmers for a long time.

 

Regards

 

Teddy

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A couple of questions :

 

1. I saw the videos and noticed kind of a weird movement during transition.  When transiting from the Capt's veiw to the FO view, the camera first moves right, then up a bit and then to the right again to its final position.  Doesn't it move from the start point to the end point in a straight line?  (like in Ezdok)

 

2. I am a user of Ezdok for several years but am always looking for a better solution especially because of the shifting camera problem.  The camera changing its position during flight.  Though you have mentioned about the FSX problems in your first video, do you think you have been able to eliminate this shifting camera problem with Ezcamviews?  

 

3. Do you plan to add the DHM and other dynamics that Ezdok has within their software or do you recommend any software for it?

 

Sorry for the many questions, but as a flight simmer since many years, I see the potential in your software as a payware and would love to pay for it, if it addresses the concerns that are bugging me and my fellow flight simmers for a long time.

 

Regards

 

Teddy

 

1. The transition logic is implemented entirely by EZCamViews itself because FSX doesn't open up that capability with their SDK. So the coding logic is different but gives a similar result. All camera apps have to implement this their own way so they will not all be 100% the same. There is a lot of code to make that happen but it happens quickly. I chose to 'back up' or reverse the axis movement until reaching either 0 or bumping into the new view axis at which point I stop further movement along that axis. Then start moving towards the new view along each axis. It only moves in a straight line if both axis are the same but there are 5 other axis that have to be handled. Its complex code but works in a logical manner as far as moving around all six axis.

 

If you can give a very detailed example of how you think it should work, I can take a look at the code and see if I can tweak it any.

 

2. I have not seen the shifting problem per se but I know if I manually change my zoom that may cause problems with the camera views you have created and set. This will happen to any and all camera apps because we can't fetch zoom information from the SDK (FSX). If there is something FSX is doing to the camera view, when it should not, then some camera apps would most likely see the result and that may be what you are talking about. EZCamViews uses its own camera file and does not touch or other wise bother the FSX camera file, so if FSX were to do something to the camera definitions EZCam wouldn't be bothered by it.

 

3. I wouldn't mind at all adding DHM but I have not looked into it yet. My suspicion is that there is no SDK to support it, so I would have to design it myself. So, its on my radar to answer your question.

Hello,

Where to download your camera ?

Thanks alot

Serge

 

www.EZCamViews.net and on the left side you'll see the down load menu link to take you to that page for the actual down load.

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