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Screenshooting: useful commands
May 17 2004 12:51pm

Odan-Wei Belouve
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Odan-Wei Belouve
Prerequisites: in order to be able to take real custom screenshots, you must at first enable the cheat mode.

Depending on what kind of screenshot you want to take, SP or MP mode are different. I would strongly recommend MP mode for screenies that are directed toward 'portraits' of your digital character. Let's say you want to take a screenie of your character, with your prefered skin and saber, it's easier to select those from the MP menu than to call the commands in the console.

Now, if you want to create 'scenes', ie pictures of something happening, implying the presence of other characters, SP mode is better because you can control the NPCs and place them where you want, in the position you want.

Alright, now I'm going to explain how I proceed to take a screenshot for portraits.


1 Portraits: screenshooting for profil pic making

There are many commands that can be useful for that: bind, cg_draw2D, cg_thirpersonangle, cg_thirpersonrange, cg_thirdpersonpitch, timescale, cg_forceregentime, notarget, b_npcfreeze, screenshot, levelshot, screenshot silent.

Okay, taking a screenshot for portrait is mainly a question of patience and trials and errors. You have first to imagine what it should look like once done. Thus you'll be able to define what camera angle you want to use, what distance there will be between the camera and your character, etc. First bind a key to the screenshot command and one to the screenshot silent command.

Before you start hitting your screenshot bound key, you have to prepare your tools, ie to bind keys to critical commands. I used several bound keys to several commands to have an ergonomic screenshooting configuration. I bound a key to the command 'timescale 0.01' which will slow down the overall game speed at 1% of it's normal speed. Everything is affected: console appearing more slowly, shaders staying longer on screen, sabers trails staying longer also... this will give you the time to observe how moves are done, and usually you have the time to change the camera angle too. This way you can try to find what the best angle to take a screenshot in a kata or any special move. I also suggest you bind the command 'timescale 1' in order to get back to normal speed whenever you'll need to. Imagine if you have to type those commands 20 times in a row, you may better bind them at first to avoid the mess I had to face at first :)

Ok, now how to define a camera angle and distance ? 3 commands are useable but I found that only 2 of them are really useful.
cg_thirpersonpitch [number] allows you to modify the position of the camera on a vertical axis while staying at the same distance. But as it stays focused on the character, you can achieve the same result by moving your mouse :P (values can be either positive or negative)
cg_thirdpersonangle [angle in degrees] allows you to modify the horizontal angle of the camera, ie whether you look at the character from behind (like in saber camera mode) or from the front or sides. This command is used with angle in degrees from 0 (back view) to 359 which means 180 for front view and 90 and 270 for the side views.
cg_thirpersonrange [number] is the command that sets the camera distance to the character. A value of 0 is possible but will not put you in first person mode. Default value is around 100 I think.

Ok, about the other useful commands, you have to keep in mind you might want to add a NPC now and then to vary your screenies. notarget will disable their eventual aggressive mood toward you while b_npcfreeze 1 will freeze them in the position they are.

Another useful command will greatly help you in saving time: cg_forceregentime 0. This command will set the Force regeneration at the fastest rate, saving you precious minutes.

Ok, now you're ready to take screenshots of your character doing whatever you may think of :D


2 Scenes: screenshooting for records, wallpapers or just for fun :P

There are many commands that can be useful for that: bind, cg_draw2D, cg_thirpersonangle, cg_thirpersonrange, cg_thirdpersonpitch, timescale, cg_forceregentime, notarget, b_npcfreeze, screenshot, levelshot, screenshot silent, npc spawn <npcname> <name>.

Now, I'm going to review the scenes making which is, in my opinion, the funniest screenshot-related activity. Lets imagine you wanna make your own wallpaper, with an in-game screenie but you dont want to take a screenie of JA people sabering/gunning each other. You want something that looks like the movies for example. Well, as far as the skins exist, it is possible to set something cool.

At first, you have to think about the scene itself, what is happening, who is there, what will be the map you'll use, etc.

Then, using the various commands reviewed on the first part, you can start to spawn NPCs and place them where you need them. This will set the scene but don't forget to freeze them to prevent them from moving/fighting.

Once the NPCs are in place, you need to find the right camera angle and start screenshooting. Remember you can also use your own character to act and thus make a cool screenie that will capture the action with all the NPCs around.

The pictures you get are in jpg format and can easily be imported into a sofware like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro if you want to modify the pic to give it another feeling, etc.

I hope this is helpful :)


:alliance:
Odan-Wei

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Padawan and brother to SmilyKrazy :D - Adopted in the Belouve Family by Fizz and Bubu, BELOUVE ON! :D - Vladarion, you'll always be in my heart and memories - Spam-Padawan of Jacen Aratan ;) - [DJ is my beloved wife! :P - JA Family: Brothers:
Virtue, Furi0us, Vladarion, Hardwired, Janus, Axion, D@RtHM@UL, Motrec, Mike , xAnAtOs , Luke Skywalker; Little bro to SilkMonkey ; Special kind of brother to Kenyon ; Sisters in-law: Rosered, Ain-Soph Aur]
Photoshop works: click here


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May 25 2004 08:39pm

Mune
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 Mune

Why, what on earth are you two referring, too?:P
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Captain Barkeep.

May 25 2004 01:54pm

Odan-Wei Belouve
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 Odan-Wei Belouve

erm, devmapall and helpusobi 1 are SP mode commands
Devmap <mapname> works for both SP and MP.
Devmapall doesn't work in MP :D

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Padawan and brother to SmilyKrazy :D - Adopted in the Belouve Family by Fizz and Bubu, BELOUVE ON! :D - Vladarion, you'll always be in my heart and memories - Spam-Padawan of Jacen Aratan ;) - [DJ is my beloved wife! :P - JA Family: Brothers:
Virtue, Furi0us, Vladarion, Hardwired, Janus, Axion, D@RtHM@UL, Motrec, Mike , xAnAtOs , Luke Skywalker; Little bro to SilkMonkey ; Special kind of brother to Kenyon ; Sisters in-law: Rosered, Ain-Soph Aur]
Photoshop works: click here


May 25 2004 03:26am

monkai
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For cheat mod you need to devmapall <mapname> you onlu have devmapall and thats it xD:P

May 22 2004 09:59pm

Ruuk Haviser
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 Ruuk Haviser

Whew. I'm sure glad about those...um edits. Or was that the edits to the edits?

*mind spinning, sits down*

-rh
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Back from the dead...

This comment was edited by Ruuk Haviser on May 22 2004 10:00pm.

May 22 2004 04:52am

Mune
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 Mune

Up and running. Having JamesF1 edit, so it may be slightly altered soon enough.:) Now, onto the JAT interviews.

EDIT: Edits to edit are edited.
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Captain Barkeep.

This comment was edited by Mune on May 22 2004 02:31pm.

May 20 2004 01:55am

Ruuk Haviser
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 Ruuk Haviser

thx co-bro. :D

-rh
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May 20 2004 01:53am

Mune
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 Mune

I'll try and getting this up this weekend.:)
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Captain Barkeep.

May 20 2004 01:51am

Ruuk Haviser
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 Ruuk Haviser

THE HOLOCRON IS STILL ALIVE!

Rock on, bro. Good job. This is something that I think many people would love to use.

-rh
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May 18 2004 09:57pm

Smilykrazy
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 Smilykrazy

awesome odan!!! YOU RULE!!! :D
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RIP MOM 06/29/58-07/31/08 Married to Koyi Donita 4/30/11

May 18 2004 03:57pm

Odan-Wei Belouve
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 Odan-Wei Belouve

Thanks friends :D
If there is any point that need more explanation, please ask me :)

:alliance:
Odan-Wei
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Padawan and brother to SmilyKrazy :D - Adopted in the Belouve Family by Fizz and Bubu, BELOUVE ON! :D - Vladarion, you'll always be in my heart and memories - Spam-Padawan of Jacen Aratan ;) - [DJ is my beloved wife! :P - JA Family: Brothers:
Virtue, Furi0us, Vladarion, Hardwired, Janus, Axion, D@RtHM@UL, Motrec, Mike , xAnAtOs , Luke Skywalker; Little bro to SilkMonkey ; Special kind of brother to Kenyon ; Sisters in-law: Rosered, Ain-Soph Aur]
Photoshop works: click here


May 18 2004 02:22am

Mune
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 Mune

/me gets down tonight
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Captain Barkeep.

May 18 2004 01:58am

monkai
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w00t! nice! /me does a little dance

May 18 2004 12:19am

Mune
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 Mune

Thumbs up from me.
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Captain Barkeep.

May 17 2004 05:11pm

D@RtHM@UL
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 D@RtHM@UL

w000000t!
Very nice Odan, lub j00!! :D

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