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    Default Not an ADDON/API expert, so tell me - can this even be done?

    What I desperately miss from CITY OF HEROES, more than anything else, was the /demorecord feature.

    To clarify what this did, it created a sort of snapshot text file detailing EVERYTHING that was happening in the zone you were in at the time - the PCs and NPCs, powers, emotes, in-game time, FX, EVERYTHING - from the time you started the recording until the time you either stopped it or zoned elsewhere. This text file could then be played back via the client - it changed NOTHING about the game, could be done OFFLINE, and replayed exactly what it had recorded... but the file was EDITABLE.

    For example, if I demorecorded Sanctum, I could swap out Cyril Kalmar with Asha Catari... I could rearrange where all the NPCs were... I could put the River of Souls sky in instead of the regular sky... I could turn all the guards Defiant. And so on and so forth.

    As for the player characters, I could make them perform ANY emote or movement that existed in the game... give them any armor or weapons I chose... stack as many FX on them as I wanted.

    And camera control was entirely separate, so if I wanted to create some of those awesome swooping shots you see in certain RIFT ads (for example, that flyby zigzag over Moonshade from the 1.3 Waves of Madness trailer), I could. (There was a guy I knew in the CoH community who actually wrote a program for me where I could input coordinates and it would map out the xyz coordinates for the camera to use in the demofile.)

    And once I had my demofile, I could either play it back via the client and FRAPS it, or better yet, render it frame by frame as JPGs which I then compiled via VirtualDub to make a 60fps smooth-as-silk rendition.

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    Now... ALL this being said... is there ANY way that something like this could be created as an add-on for RIFT?

    (FYI - for those who want to see exactly what something like this made possible in City of Heroes - visit the YouTube link in my profile and look at any of my CoH vids, especially the later ones. I do stuff in those vids that was physically impossible to just FRAPS in the game.)

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    Not even remotely possibly in Rift, and definately not possible via the AddOn API.
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    Was that an add-on in CoH? That sounds like it was created with the client. I will answer with a no

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semele View Post
    Not even remotely possibly in Rift, and definately not possible via the AddOn API.
    *sighs* Damn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xamot View Post
    Was that an add-on in CoH? That sounds like it was created with the client. I will answer with a no
    It wasn't an addon, it was in fact part of the client. Given that it doesn't currently exist with Rift's engine (I don't think), I was curious if something like this could be DONE via addon. But it sounds like it's not.

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    Nope. Addons are very carefully isolated from any hint of the 3D world, all we can ever find out about is the UI.

    Last I heard, the consensus among a couple of rendering types was that there are some engine designs where a feature like this is pretty much completely trivial because there's a single clearly defined flow of things being handed to the rendering side, and you can just record that or replay it, and there are others where the engine is doing a lot of the planning and generation and such on the fly, so there's no simple event stream you can pick up. And Rift is of the latter sort.
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    Damn it. Oh well, thank you to them's that answered.

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