The camera setting in space that allows the camera to follow (trail) the players ship is awesome. BUT, would it be possible to allow players to change WHERE the camera trails from?
could this possibly be a cuztomization option in the ship tailor?
the way I see this working is as follows:
you need three planes, one horizontal, two vertical.
the horizontal plane will control the up/down position.
for example, above or below the saucer section on a galaxy?
this plane could be moved by looking at the front/rear or left/right sides of a ship
the first vertical plane will be perpendicular to the horizontal plane and will move from the front of the ship to the back of the ship.
for example, on a galaxys saucer? or on a galaxys nacelle?
this plane could be moved by looking at the left/right sides of a ship
the third plane, and second vertical plane, will be perpendicular to both the first and second planes, it would control moving from the left to the right of the ship.
for example, the right or left nacelle of a galaxy?
this plane would be moved by looking at the front/rear of a ship
the intersection of these three planes would be the camera.
now I have no idea if this is possible, or if just imputting X,Y,Z coordinates would be faster/simpler. but either way being able to put the camera on the nacelle of my ship and fly it would be awesome, especially on an escort. IMO anyway.
I also support the idea of being able to do rolls / loops with ships in space. but thats for another topic.
I fully support the idea of a "Bridge cam" - in other words, I want to be able to play like I'm watching straight out of the bridge viewport. I realize there is a glitch trick to this but seriously - how hard could it be to include this in the default camera positions?
I think it is a great idea to be able to have more control over the camera. I am not asking for you to remove the current default settings, but it would be nice to be able to adjust the camera and get close ups on different parts of the ship.
Would also be nice if the camera did not automatically move to a position where you can not see the ship preparing for warp. Sometimes the camera shifts and you only see the tail end of the warp. This is sad for those ships that reconfigure themselves.
Finally what I would like the most is to be able to switch my camera to others ships. When those ships are in a certain range I would love to be able to zoom and look at it just as I am able to do with my own. After all part of playing is the ships we get and how we customize them. As it stands I have to fly my ship around and zoom out to get a view and then adjust angles and zoom to see other parts.
This would be nice on away missions as well. This would especially be helpful for taking screenshots and such that we may wish to share.
I hope this is something that the devs catch wind of and take seriously.