[HOW-TO] Using the Drone Cam, Tips & Tricks

Intro

You have seen those fancy pictures from the sim, but you’re wondering how those were taken? Look no further, because in this guide I’ll explain how to use the Drone Cam (or Showcase Mode), and I’ll also give you some tips & tricks. As a real life drone pilot, this mode is like second nature to me.

To get started in using the drone cam (or Showcase Mode), either press INS, or go to the camera menu and select Showcase. In this menu you’ll find some settings that you can change, I’ll go over them below. For each setting I’ll also list the most important shortcuts you might need, both for keyboard and Xbox controller users.

Showcase Camera Settings Window


Controlling the Drone Cam

To control the drone camera, I highly suggest using a controller (both PS4 and Xbox controllers will work fine). By using a controller you can use the thumbsticks (or joysticks) to translate forward, backward, left and right. By using the triggers you can increase or decrease the height of the drone cam.

For people using a DualShock 4 controller, I highly recommend using DS4Windows because then the simulator will see your DS4 as an Xbox controller, giving you the same default bindings.

To reset the drone cam to its default position, press 5 (NUMPAD), or click on the RESET POSITION button at the top of the drone cam menu.

Important: to regain control over the aircraft when in drone cam mode, press C.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Translate Drone Forward W Left Joystick up
Translate Drone Backward S Left Joystick down
Translate Drone Left A Left Joystick left
Translate Drone Right D Left Joystick right
Translate Drone Up R RT
Translate Drone Down F LT
Pitch Drone Up 8 (NUMPAD) Right Joystick up
Pitch Drone Down 2 (NUMPAD) Right Joystick down
Yaw Drone Left 4 (NUMPAD) Right Joystick left
Yaw Drone Right 6 (NUMPAD) Right Joystick right
Roll Drone Left 7 (NUMPAD) LB
Roll Drone Right 9 (NUMPAD) RB
Drone Top Down View CTRL + SPACE X + Y
Reset Drone Cam 5 (NUMPAD) X + A
Reset Drone Roll SPACE RB + LB

Drone Follow Mode

Drone Follow

The Drone Follow Mode can toggle between following a target, or remaining stationary. When this setting is turned on, the camera will follow your aircraft as if were attached to it. You can easily switch which aircraft to follow by pressing CTRL + Page Up (next target), or CTRL + Page Down (previous target). Leave this off if you want to record your landing or take-off, without having the camera moving with your aircraft.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Toggle Follow mode TAB RS
Follow Next Target CTRL + Page Up /
Follow Previous Target CTRL + Page Down /

Drone Lock Mode

Drone Lock

Next up we have the Drone Lock Mode setting. Enabling this setting will cause the drone cam to lock onto a set target (to your own aircraft by default). This means that the drone cam will always be looking at the center of the target, no matter how you move the camera. This is perfect if you want to create those typical real life “orbit” drone shots. You can manually set a target by pressing X + LS on the Xbox, there is no default binding for the keyboard. Toggling this setting can be done by pressing LS or CTRL + TAB. Lastly, you can also move to the next target (in most case another player) by pressing A.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Toggle Lock mode CTRL + TAB LS
Set Target / X + LS
Lock to Next Target A /
Lock to Previous Target SHIFT + A /

Drone Focus Mode

Drone Focus Mode

The Drone Focus Mode will allow you to adjust the focus, enabling you to have blurry backgrounds. There are 3 settings: DISABLED, AUTO and MANUAL. This mode is perfect for those “bokeh” loving people out there (myself included).

In the AUTO mode the cam will automatically focus on what is in the center of the frame.

In MANUAL mode you have full control over where to place the focus. Adjust focus by pressing F2/F3, or B + RT/B + LT.

Drone Focus

To adjust the focus without using shortcuts, you can change the slider above. 100% means infinite focus, 0% will focus very near.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Toggle Depth of Field F1 B + Y
Decrease Depth of Field F2 B + LT
Increase Depth of Field F3 B + RT
Toggle Auto Focus F4 B + LS

Drone Rotation Speed

Drone Rotation

This setting will adjust the speed at which the drone cam will rotate. You can change it by dragging the slider or using shortcuts.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Increase Rotation Speed F4 X + LB
Decrease Rotation Speed F3 X + RB

Drone Speed

Drone Speed

This setting will adjust the speed at which the drone cam will move. You can change it by dragging the slider or using shortcuts.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Increase Drone Speed F2 X + LT
Decrease Drone Speed F1 X + RT

Drone Zoom

Drone Zoom

With this setting you can zoom in or out. You can change it by dragging the slider or using shortcuts.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Increase Drone Zoom + Y + RT
Decrease Drone Zoom - Y + LT

Free Camera

Free Camera

The free camera option is the default mode of the drone cam. In this mode you can freely change the position of the camera.


Fixed Camera

Fixed Camera

The Fixed Camera mode allows you to switch between pre-defined views. In this mode you can’t move the camera. To access this mode, either use the camera menu or press END (while already in the drone cam mode).

This is the go to mode if you want to have one of those nice looking wingviews.


Miscellaneous Settings

Exposure Setting

While not listed in the main settings menu, there is also the possibility to change the exposure of the drone cam.

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Toggle Drone Auto Exposure CTRL + F4 Y + LS
Decrease Drone Exposure CTRL + F2 Y + LB
Increase Drone Exposure CTRL + F3 Y + RB

Drone In/Out

The last setting of the drone cam, are the in and out points (bookmarks). With this setting you can create dolly like movements of the drone cam.

You start by placing two bookmarks (the IN and OUT point). After you have set those, you can transition between the two (PLAY and REWIND).

Important shortcuts:
Name Keyboard Shortcut Xbox Shortcut
Set Drone Bookmark IN / A + LB
Set Drone Bookmark OUT / A + RB
Drone IN / OUT Play / A + LT
Drone IN / OUT Rewind / A + RT

Tips & Tricks (coming soon)


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