Have you ever felt detached from your avatar?
I did, all they time since I joined SL. I never liked how the camera is somewhere high
above my avatar, not connected to it, just hovering up there. It always felt like
I am only a spectator to what my avatar is doing, opposed to “me” being the avatar.
A few weeks ago, I was so lucky to stumble over this blog post by Penny Paton. It’s
about the perspective and the standard camera placement within SL. She explains all
the techie part of it, at which I am a total looser.
I felt good knowing that I was not the only one, that had a problem with it. And I tried it
right away. I did change some settings, because it was still not what I really wanted.
I wanted a camera position that gives me the feeling I see what my ava would see, if
I could look through her eyes.
When Hogwarts opened their doors for a preview, and I was roaming the castle and
grounds, it came to my mind again, that a lot of people using SL would not see it how
I see it. And with the RP starting soon, I thought it might be a good idea to share my
settings. I truly think that these will enhance your RP experience. You will be able seeing
things like your ava does. You can walk up a corner, not seeing what is behind it, till
you actually walk around it. You will be able to talk to people and look them in the eye.
Here are some examples of how I see it opposed to how it would look with standard
You might say you will loose the oversight you got before. But when in RL do you see
everything ahead of you? To me my SL experience got so much more realistic than
before. I would never want to got back to the old settings.
And here are the settings:
For those who don’t know where to find the debug settings, you got to activate your
advanced menue with ctr + alt + d. Go to Debug settings and type or copy paste
CameraOffsetRearView change all three numbers and then type or copy paste
FocusOffsetRearView. (make sure you get the minus right!)
It’s important that you change both the settings, or you will end up with some strange
views. It is kinda strange when first changed and takes a little time getting used to it.
But you should give it a try. ;-)
And it’s easy to go back, If you don’t like the settings, just click on reset to default and
everything is back to “normal”.
Still I hope some of you find this usefull.