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Enhanced Gameplay Cameras

by Tom Duhamel Posted 26th Dec 2008 at 6:52 PM - Updated 30th Aug 2011 at 3:58 AM by Tom Duhamel : Added the Known Issue statement
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There are many camera configurations available out there, but none that I liked. Most camera settings available are made for modders, photographers or movie producers. None are very comfortable for the casual player.

These camera configurations were tweaked with playability in mind. I picked the Maxis default cameras and gave them some more flexibility without going to the extremes. I tried to keep a lot of comfort for playing and maintain the original feel of the game.

Below is a brief description of the changes I've made along with pictures.

Live Camera

This is the basic camera, the one you use while actually playing the game. I gave it more flexibility while maintaining the general feel you are used to and keeping things comfortable.

  • Zoom out further so to see the largest lots at once, without impacting playability at regular zoom level
  • Zoom in further so to see Shady's beautiful eyes
  • Camera height increased, so that at close zoom levels the view is more natural and comfortable
  • Adjusted pitch so that, at farther zoom levels, you can move the camera lower (without going to the extreme so that the camera would enter a neighboring house of hide behind a mountain) or higher (so that you can actually get a top-down view from Live mode)
  • Minimized the delay in tracking mode (when you right-click a Sim's thumbnail) while avoiding that the camera dances with the Sim

Starting with version 1.1, the distribution now contains a No Fade add-on. Normally, when zooming in close to some objects such as staircases and ceiling lamps, they fade out and eventually disappear completely. With this add-on, this effect is removed. (See Instructions section below.)

Neighborhood Camera

Maxis default Neighborhood camera is very restrictive, no wonder it's the one people tweak the most. Most authors of original neighborhoods will recommend that you use a modified camera in order to use their creation the way they intended.

  • Doubled the zoom out distance in order to view the entire neighborhood at once
  • Slightly increased the zoom in distance
  • Allowed the camera to be moved over the entire neighborhood, to the borders, instead of just two blocks from the center (you can see the end of the world)
  • Allowed pitch (vertical angle) change
  • Fixed the field of view (FOV) so that the neighborhood won't distort as you move around on some screen resolutions

Top-Down View Camera (Build Mode)

Increased the maximum viewing distance so that larger lots can now be viewed at once.

Free Camera

This is the camera used when hitting Tab. This camera is mainly used for pictures and movies, and with that in mind I made it more precise, without making it ridiculously slow. This camera is not used for actual gameplay.
  • Can now be moved to ground level (if you feel you need to take pictures of shoes)
  • Pitch increased so that you can take pictures of the grass or the sky (it's a shame that Maxis drawn stars and clouds in the sky but didn't allow you to view them)
  • In order to increase precision, the camera moves much slower than before, but is still comfortable to work with

Tip: Place the camera as close as possible to where you want it to be in Live mode before hitting Tab, since you will find that this camera now moves much slower than before.

CAS Camera

This is actually a set of two cameras, namely Create-A-Sim (CAS) and Create-A-Family (CAF)

  • When editing the face, can zoom out completely and view the whole body
  • When editing clothing, can zoom in to mid-body (instead of to the face) so that you can view details of clothes
  • Mouse wheel sensitivity improved so that you don't have to spin forever
  • Improved zooming capabilities for pets
  • CAF: Can now zoom in and get a family picture (the default zoom level is so low that it's not actually very useful)


Compatibility Notes

These files are compatible with the base game, all the way up to the latest
expansion packs (namely Apartment Life and Mansions & Gardens).

Known Issue

There exists a rare condition which causes this mod to crash the game. While this situation seems to be very rare (millions of users worldwide are using this mod without problems), I thought it would be better to warn you, so that you can work your way out.

The known problem occurs only with users who own the M&G expansion pack (no matter what other pack you have or have not), and only occurs in the neighborhood. I have not been able to reproduce the problem myself, but at one point I got the help of one user who had the problem, but despite looking and trying different possibilities, we were not able to pinpoint the problem nor find a solution. We have also determined that other custom cameras did the same problem on that same machine.

For those affected, the game will crash immediately upon loading the neighborhood view. Restoring the original file fixes the problem. The crash does not make any further damage to the game, so this problem is not permanent and not considered critical.

Though this problem is very rare, if you find that you have the problem, the solution is to restore the original neighborhood camera. The other cameras will not cause any problem and you can use them normally, but you will loose the features that I have implemented for your neighborhood. (Note: Please make a backup of your original cameras, as stated by the instructions below, in case you run into problems.)

If at any point in the future someone finds a solution, please contact me. For now, this notice is the best I can do for you.

*** Installation Instructions ***

Camera configuration files go to: "My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Cameras\" (NOT Downloads)

1. Backup all files from the Cameras folder before proceeding (I will not provide you with default files).
2. Install the files from the archive in the Cameras folder, replacing default ones. (See notes below regarding the No Fade add-on.)

You are not required to install all of the different cameras. You can only select and install those you like. Feel free to try other cameras from other authors and mix them with mine any way suits your needs.

BuildCamera.txt = Top-Down View Camera
CASCamera.txt = CAS and CAF cameras
FirstPersonCameras.txt = Free Camera
LiveCamera.txt = Live Camera
LiveCameraNoFade.txt = Live Camera No Fade add-on*
NeighborhoodCamera.txt = Neighborhood Camera

*No Fade add-on: To install the No Fade add-on for the Live camera, simply drop the file LiveCameraNoFade.txt with the others. If you don't want to disable the fading effect, do no install this file. (See Live Camera section above for more information.)

To uninstall, overwrite the files with the ones you backed up.

Note: When installing a new EP/SP, the install process overwrites the camera files with fresh ones. Therefore, you need to re-install this mod after installing an EP or SP.

Copyright Notice

The International Copyright Law does not extend to the point as to cover simple configuration values. However, since tweaking these values required that a lot of Sims be tortured, I invite you to kindly follow the usual rules.

Additional Credits
Paint Shop Pro 9 for screenshots and picture editing
And as always, the incredible Notepad

No animals were shaved during the production of this mod.

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
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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
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Test Subject
#126 Old 27th Jan 2016 at 4:23 AM
Since I noticed this is still being downloaded with good comments. I'm giving it a try, especially since the install instructions are quite clear. Thanks
Lab Assistant
#127 Old 3rd Dec 2016 at 4:42 AM
Apparently I am one of those rare few for whom this makes the game crash. As you said though, once I took it out my game was fine. Thanks for your work anyway, it looks like it's a great mod for those who can use it.
Meet Me In My Next Life
#128 Old 7th Dec 2016 at 1:11 AM
Thanks you for this Camera and for sharing.
Test Subject
#129 Old 21st Mar 2017 at 6:06 PM
I just wanted to say thank you, so much for this camera mod for the game!

I'd really wanted to try my hand at chronicling a Legacy (and a brand new town peopled by the Legacy Founder's descendants as well!), but had always been stymied in the past, by how limited the in-game camera is, at taking good pictures. Your camera mods are AWESOME, and so far they're JUST what I needed to work with. Something that provides much better shots, while at the same time still easy enough to figure out and to use! I also loved being able to see, for the first time, the ENTIRE map of the town! I'm using the Bluewater template, and found an interesting little something (I honestly don't know what it is) atop the mountain of that map. I'm adding it into the story of my Legacy/town, and I'm already thinking ahead of fun things to write out for some of the descendants to find out the mystery of what's up there!

I don't know any technical stuff, but whatever you did, whatever you may have had to really work on and tweak at to make it all work, I'm sure it WAS work. But so gratefully appreciated. Again, thank you!
Test Subject
#130 Old 4th Jun 2017 at 2:20 PM
One of my favorite mods, to this day. Great to have again as I jump back to TS2 after almost a decade.
Test Subject
#131 Old 12th Oct 2017 at 11:53 AM
Test Subject
#132 Old 23rd Dec 2017 at 12:40 AM Last edited by Kerachismeh : 23rd Dec 2017 at 1:10 AM.
It's a great mod, I've already used it with lots of pleasure but now I'm stuck with the same crash problem. I'm going to try to fix it anyways because otherwise my neighbourhood will be mostly unplayable but for those who are interested: it is worth it!
EDIT: I fixed it with the neigbourhood camera mod from TheJessaChannel which you can find here , the other files should work properly
Gosh, I'm so happy now!
EDITEDIT: Apparently the LiveCameraNoFade can also give you crashes
But my game is now still working
Field Researcher
#133 Old 9th Aug 2020 at 5:28 PM
Fantastic mod camera, is perfect, thank
Test Subject
#134 Old 29th Aug 2020 at 11:13 PM
I found a fix for the crash that happens to a select number of people including myself. I only tested this out with the LiveCamera, but I'm sure it can work with the others as well.
Simply copy the zoom setting from the enhanced gameplay camera's text document. Which should look like this.
zoom 7 (150 100 75 60 45 35 25 15 8 2)
fov (45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45)
pitch (20 20 20 20 20 18 15 10 5 0) (85 85 80 80 75 75 70 70 65 65)
clip (1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1) (2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000)
The original game's camera options looks like this:
zoom 1 (45 40 25 15 8 3)
fov (45 45 45 45 45 45)
pitch (0 -1 -1 -3 1.5 2.5) (87 87 87 87 87 87)
clip (1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.1) (2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000)
Open up the original games camera text document and delete the existing zoom settings (as shown above) and paste in the zoom setting from the enhanced gameplay camera.
This if you forgot:
zoom 7 (150 100 75 60 45 35 25 15 8 2)
fov (45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45)
pitch (20 20 20 20 20 18 15 10 5 0) (85 85 80 80 75 75 70 70 65 65)
clip (1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1) (2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000)
and save.
Then you're done! No more crashes!
Lab Assistant
#135 Old 8th Oct 2020 at 2:23 PM Last edited by mariajoaobarata : 8th Oct 2020 at 3:30 PM. Reason: further info, confirmed compatibility
As a quick note, these values also work for the Sims Castaway, and should work for the other Stories spinoffs, if that's why you're here. I manually edited the files to match the ones in your camera, since some sections were in different order and I feared it would bork things up, but it works like a charm. Especially since with wider resolutions the face gets obscured by the UI, this allows the face to be above th UI, therefore sort of fixing the problem. I also edited the neighbourhood camera to match yours, apart from the constrain, which has two lines instead of one and I'm afraid of breaking it, but I'll report back if it is necessary to change that.
Edit: after editing the Live camera to match yours, it had several "zoom" lines, which I simply replaced with the one "zoom" line from your Live camera, and there seemed to be no problem whatsoever, so I went ahead and changed the "constraint" of the neighbourhood camera as well. There should be no problem.
Test Subject
14th Jan 2021 at 6:08 PM
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Test Subject
#136 Old 14th Jan 2021 at 10:09 PM
Thank you very very much! Made my day!
Test Subject
#137 Old 15th Jan 2021 at 1:07 AM
Thank you very very much! Made my day!
Test Subject
#138 Old 21st May 2021 at 5:27 PM
We need this for sims 3!!!!!!
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