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    Lightbulb Smooth Zoom Actor Component Plugin

    Hi.

    The Smooth Zoom Actor Component plugin allows for easy creation of smooth camera zoom on any Actor / Pawn / Character that has a spring arm and camera component. This plugin is in BETA form and could crash, but I (and others) have tested and it appears to be working fine. Once additional testing has been completed, I'll change the version to 1.00 and compile as SHIPPING. Tested on 4.14 ONLY.

    Head over to github here to download and review the Wiki for instructions on how to use: https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom

    If you have any suggestions / comments / support, please post here.

    Thanks to @VictorBurgos and @Valkrysa for testing. Special thanks to Orfeas Eleftherior for guidance on this project.

    If you need support or help with this plugin head over to my Discord channel and I can do a twitch type session to show you how it works / installed: https://discord.gg/q2T6jyJ

    teak

    PS: New version 1.3 is up here: https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom/releases <--- New Version
    Last edited by teak421; 05-13-2017 at 12:03 PM. Reason: New Version
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Can confirm, works like a charm~
    www.valkrysa.com
    A proud and noble software developer

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    Samaritan
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    Works great.
    Will prove useful.

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    Here's a screenshot... A few folks thought it would be useful to actually show it... Thanks.

    teak

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    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Please let me know if people would like to have a stream done for this... I'll set something up if needed for those folks who are the beginner side of UE4. If interested, let me know. Thanks.

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    @teak421

    I would like a stream done, that would be very effective if you can.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aumaan Anubis View Post
    @teak421

    I would like a stream done, that would be very effective if you can.

    Thank you
    Hi!

    I'll schedule something for this weekend... Thanks for you interest and also if you have any suggestions on how to improve, please let me know at the stream!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Release 1.0 is up on GitHub. Compiled as Shipping instead of Development. Please report any issues here. Thanks.

    https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    New version is up... 1.1. Removes the multiply node.... Check it out here: https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom

    teak
    Last edited by teak421; 12-09-2016 at 10:59 AM.
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Samaritan
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    Super useful, one of the things I see myself using as default - Epic should implement this into the springarm.

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    Hi all,

    Created a YOUTUBE video which talks about how its used... https://youtu.be/B7BFLj9KI8E

    Thanks.

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    edit:
    solved! just need create a c++ class in project and install plugin again.

    Hello, I was try to install this plugin but I got "plugin missing or incompatible" message, and then "failed to load because module could not be found".
    I'm using 4.14.1 version and plugin is placed in plugins folder.
    How to fix it?
    Last edited by Kenaz; 12-20-2016 at 12:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenaz View Post
    edit:
    solved! just need create a c++ class in project and install plugin again.

    Hello, I was try to install this plugin but I got "plugin missing or incompatible" message, and then "failed to load because module could not be found".
    I'm using 4.14.1 version and plugin is placed in plugins folder.
    How to fix it?
    Hi there... You did it correctly, I guess I should include that in the documentation! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! Good luck.

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    I was like. "I wonder what this is.."

    And now I'm wondering why it's not a default option or at least included in the Top-Down Template.

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    Infiltrator
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    Quote Originally Posted by teak421 View Post
    Hi.

    The Smooth Zoom Actor Component plugin allows for easy creation of smooth camera zoom on any Actor / Pawn / Character that has a spring arm and camera component. This plugin is in BETA form and could crash, but I (and others) have tested and it appears to be working fine. Once additional testing has been completed, I'll change the version to 1.00 and compile as SHIPPING. Tested on 4.14 ONLY.

    Head over to github here to download and review the Wiki for instructions on how to use: https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom

    If you have any suggestions / comments / support, please post here.

    Thanks to @VictorBurgos and @Valkrysa for testing. Special thanks to Orfeas Eleftherior for guidance on this project.

    teak

    PS: New version 1.1 is up here: https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom
    Awesome! And thank you Sir for showing us how to do this!

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    Welcome, glad you found is useful... I'm working on an update to allow for the AxisInput... I'll post when completed. Thanks!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Hello, I'm new to unreal engine and don't know how to use this. I've put the folder into the plugins folder inside of unreal engine. But what know?

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    lol i just implemented a similar thing for my game using blueprints. But since i am new to blueprints, it was good practice and i'm proud of what i did.. Nice to know there is a ready-made solution now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abeysaurus View Post
    lol i just implemented a similar thing for my game using blueprints. But since i am new to blueprints, it was good practice and i'm proud of what i did.. Nice to know there is a ready-made solution now
    What you did is the best way to learn!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord119905 View Post
    Hello, I'm new to unreal engine and don't know how to use this. I've put the folder into the plugins folder inside of unreal engine. But what know?
    Hi there...

    Load the editor and go to PLUGINS under FILE and select the plugin and make sure its active....

    If you are having trouble, head over to discord and hit me up... We can do a remote session too and I can help you get started. https://discord.gg/rhuxY

    Thanks!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Awesome! really very helpfull and simple, good work!

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    A new version has been released with some minor improvements to the code...

    https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom

    Thanks.

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Hello and thanks for this plugin!

    Since this is my first plugin to install i was not able to do it.

    I downloaded the Binaries/Win64/UE4-SmoothZoom-Win64-Shipping.lib File.

    In my Game Project folder i was not able to find a Plugins folder. So i made a new Folder called "Plugins".

    I moved "UE4-SmoothZoom-Win64-Shipping.lib" inside the new Plugins folder.
    I restarted the Game Editor and looked in Edit>Plugins.

    The SmoothZoom plugin does not show up.

    I also did the same steps with the "C:\Program Files\Epic Games\4.14\Engine\Plugins" path.
    No success.


    What am i doing wrong?

    My project is a 3rd person Blueprint project.

    Thanks!
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by C3D View Post
    Hello and thanks for this plugin!

    Since this is my first plugin to install i was not able to do it.

    I downloaded the Binaries/Win64/UE4-SmoothZoom-Win64-Shipping.lib File.

    In my Game Project folder i was not able to find a Plugins folder. So i made a new Folder called "Plugins".

    I moved "UE4-SmoothZoom-Win64-Shipping.lib" inside the new Plugins folder.
    I restarted the Game Editor and looked in Edit>Plugins.

    The SmoothZoom plugin does not show up.

    I also did the same steps with the "C:\Program Files\Epic Games\4.14\Engine\Plugins" path.
    No success.


    What am i doing wrong?

    My project is a 3rd person Blueprint project.

    Thanks!
    Chris
    Hi Chris...

    Join this Discord channel and we can chat about what's going on... It can be a bit tricky, but if I show you on the screen that should help... I'm normally around if I'm not cleaning the house (its the weekend!), playing games with the kids...or shopping. <grins>

    Thanks!

    teak

    https://discord.gg/q2T6jyJ
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    @c3d -- I looked at your portfolio, quite nice!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Nice work, i've been testing it in my project and work like a charm.
    https://youtu.be/EsPxjygMoE8

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    Can someone tell me how to install this? I put it into MyProject/Plugins/ and named it "SmoothZoom", clicked "Create plugin" then i restart it and got tons of errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianToczek View Post
    Can someone tell me how to install this? I put it into MyProject/Plugins/ and named it "SmoothZoom", clicked "Create plugin" then i restart it and got tons of errors.
    After the walkthrough on the Discord channel, you are good...correct?

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    New version v1.3... No new functionality, just better crash protection...

    https://github.com/teak421/SmoothZoom/releases

    teak
    Last edited by teak421; 05-13-2017 at 12:18 PM.
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Hello @teak421, hello @Community

    I've learned to love your Smooth Zoom plugin. But with the latest compilation of the Unreal Engine (Nvidia / Gameworks Fork) there are problems. I get an error as soon as I connect the Node Event BeginPlay to the Set Spring Arm component. Do you or someone have an idea?

    Error: Can not pass a read-only variable to a reference parameter (Screenshoot).

    Many Thanks. Jan.

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    Luminary


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    Exactly what the error message says. Assigned Spring Arm must take a reference, but you are passing it a copy.

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    ...yes this is the error message, but how i can solve this Problem and change to a Reference? thx, Jan.
    Last edited by Azzuriel; 06-13-2017 at 07:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azzuriel View Post
    ...yes this is the error message, but how i can solve this Problem and change to a Reference? thx, Jan.
    Hi there... I don't think it has anything to do with fork you are using but I did add some checks with 1.3 to ensure that a spring arm was indeed connected. If not, the client would crash on play. Might be easier if we chatted, head over to the support discord channel: https://discord.gg/tbQK4G and let's chat. Heading to work in a bit, but I'll see what I can do to break away.... thanks!

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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    Hello Teak, thanks for your offer. I'll try to reach you the days. I usually have the most time in the evening from 8 pm. Gladly also with Teamviewer. Many greetings from Hamburg, Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azzuriel View Post
    Hello Teak, thanks for your offer. I'll try to reach you the days. I usually have the most time in the evening from 8 pm. Gladly also with Teamviewer. Many greetings from Hamburg, Germany.
    Sounds good! And greetings from ...... Fresno! <grins>

    teak
    "A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men..."
    -- Willy Wonka

    twitter: @teak421 -- Smooth Zoom Camera Plugin for 4.14+: here.
    Source Build with Optional Plugin Tutorial: here.

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