This week I’ve had loads of fun playing around with the all new ‘Director Mode’ feature, made available in the release of Star Citizen v2.6. In case you missed it, Director Mode is a new suite of camera controls and other extras. Besides giving the average gamer a new perspective, which I find incredibly useful when trying to part my new Drake Caterpillar, Director Mode gives content creators a powerful suite of fine control which can be used to create gorgeous photos and videos with much higher production value than previously available without cracking open CryEngine.
In addition to providing loads of new possibilities and freedom to the community, I think the decision to release this functionality now was pretty smart. The community space is literally exploding with new content that invariably demonstrates, through eyes of individual gamers, that the Star Citizen Universe is:
- Spectacularly gorgeous in terms of detail and rendering.
- Filled with content and gameplay possibilities.
I genuinely can’t think of a better way to create buzz about Star Citizen than flooding the interwebz with tons of gorgeous content demonstrating how awesome it’s becoming. Coincidentally, the reputation of each of Star Citizen’s most vocal detractors slides further and further into irreparable damage, with each new piece of content demonstrating how absurdly wrong they truly are.
Getting Started with Director Mode
To help you get started with Director Mode, I’ve compiled a list of the most important new key commands. For a more advanced look at this feature, check out the video by BoredGamerUK at the end!.
- Tap F4 to cycle through views (1st, 3rd, Director)
- Tap Z to toggle Orbit Cam
- Hold F4 & + or – to change the focal distance
- Hold F4 & * to reset the view
- Hold F4 & arrow keys to move the camera around
- Hold F4 & PageUp/PageDown to move the camera up & down
- Hold F4 & Home/End to change the depth of field
- Mouse Wheel to zoom in & out
It’s also possible to save a few presets for quickly cycliung through on a shoot. These in each case you should set up the camera view first, then follow these instructions:
Saving Camera Presets
- Hold F4 & hold 1-9 on the Numpad to save a preset
- Hold F4 & tap 1-9 on the Numpad to load a saved preset