A frame time based camera path tool. BauerCam Mod 1.11/1.10.2 allows you to create smooth camera paths and use them to record cinematic videos with Minema.
- When starting you specify a number X. The player will then move along the predefined points with X steps. Each step is done when another frame is rendered, no matter how long an individual frame takes.
- Other mods will create a camera shot guaranteed to last for a timespan. This mod will create a camera shot guaranteed to be X frames long.
- When you assemble these X frames into a video with a fixed framerate you are guaranteed to preserve a smooth cinematic shot without slowdowns/speedups.
Basic setup of a camera path:
Use the button ‘p’ (or set the keybinds to something different in the settings) to add a point. To start a recording you must at least have two of them, of course. The path will be interpolated between these points with a cubic interpolation.
Use the least amount of points possible to create the path and avoid U-Turns and sudden direction changes! These paths do not look good because they may partially get very slow and then accelerate heavily!
- Tip 1: Use the ‘J’, ‘K’ and ‘L’ buttons to tilt the camera for additional immersion. (Points remember the value when setting them)
- Tip 2: Use the ‘U’, ‘I’ and ‘O’ buttons to adjust the FOV beyond Minecraft’s capabilities. Use it in motion to make dolly zoom effects or just to zoom in and out. (Points remember the value when setting them)
Use the ‘/cam‘ command. This will display all commands BauerCam supports as an overview. You can delete, replace and insert points. You can go to points or you can set targets that the camera path will be focused to, you can use the inbuilt helper to create circular paths or you can save and load paths. There is quite some stuff.
Starting the path:
Use ‘/cam start‘ and specify a number of frames. Example: You want a video to last for 10 seconds which should have a fixed frame rate of 60fps. Multiply these numbers and you get 600 frames.
BauerCam is specifically made for Minema. This is a part where it also becomes obvious: You could only guess this number if you would not use Minema.
Tips for Happy Recording:
- Use gamemode spectator to not stutter when intersecting with blocks and to let your shadow disappear (if you use a shader via optifine)
- You have to have the permission to use the ‘/tp‘ command. The mod will execute the command when jumping great distances which otherwise might result in desync.
How exactly does it work?
In order to understand this mod you should understand how game engines work. Normally you want a game engine to run all the physics, how the NPCs move and all that stuff independent from the graphics rendering. You do not want to have your game suddenly running faster when you get more FPS. Especially in multiplayer games. (but that is a bigger story) Sometimes a game engine’s game loop is poorly written and can lead to embarassing result like in Fallout 4 where your game actually runs faster when you get more FPS. But there are also examples like the original Space Invaders which did not uncouple graphics from physics and could use that effect. As the number of enemies decreased the amount of work to shift the enemies around decreased. The game became faster thus becoming harder.
The only way to create smooth cinematic videos is by giving each individual frame and step on a camera path enough time to render. This mod does that. But your minecraft’s physics will be ahead of time. (Unless you own a VERY strong computer that maintains a higher framerate than in the resulting video while recording)
- Option 1: You use minema and use it’s game engine synchronizing feature
- Option 2: It does not even matter if you just want to record a static environment (without mobs etc.)
Why does recording in real time not work?
Read the section above! Take your time and think about the physical process! You should really understand it yourself at this point!
(Answer: Recording in real time might fix minecraft’s physics being ahead of time altogether, the far more concerning issue is: You end up getting less frames when a scene is ressource demanding and vice versa, composing a video will suffer from slowdowns/speedups)
How to install:
- Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge and Minema Mod.
- Locate the minecraft application folder.
- On windows open Run from the start menu, type %appdata%.minecraft and click Run.
- On mac open finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for Minecraft.
- Place the mod you have just downloaded (.jar file) into the Mods folder.
- When you launch Minecraft and click the mods button you should now see the mod is installed.
BauerCam Mod 1.11/1.10.2 Download Links:
For Minecraft 1.8.9
For Minecraft 1.9.4
For Minecraft 1.10.2
For Minecraft 1.11