TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Section 1: Forenote
Section 2: The Camera
- > Why you need it
> How it'll work
> Storing/Displaying Pictures
- > Crafting one
> How it'll work
- > Afterthoughts
FORENOTETo begin with, I would like to thank all of you who inspired me to make this idea more in depth and creative. It makes me happy to know that there are others out there who have good, original ideas.
THIS JUST IN!!!
I have gotten an offer from a talented modder who wishes to take on this project! thePalindrome and I are already working out any concept kinks and the project will be underway soon! So everyone if you could please thank him and give him your support! I'm sure this task will be a little tricky, and he might even need some help.
We are on our way to making the Camera a reality!
Don't forget about the Mod Request Thread! Continue to show your support all over the forums!
Thank you very much!
- Why you need it
A Camera is an essential part of sharing good times. And that’s what online play is about in Minecraft: having fun with your friends, surviving, and taking care of each other (Sometimes in the way of “The Godfather”) But currently, there is no function to allow you to take pictures from Minecraft to show to your friends, other than a Screenshot function from your computer. But even then, you would only be able to show that picture OUTSIDE of the game! How much easier would it be to simply take the picture and pass it around to your friends in-game, where they’d all be-- rather than giving them a link to a webpage on the internet.
An Alternative made by Awesome Holtzy
- How it'll work
The camera must be as simple as a real one. Just a nice, clean, idiot proofed "Point and Click" camera. No unnecessary Picture Development phase, no need to hook it up to Redstone Wires, levers, pressure plates, etc. All you do is hold the camera and right click to take a picture! Just the same as any other tool that has a secondary function.
Like many tools in Minecraft, the Camera would not require any sort of film in order to work, but instead have a lifespan. After a set amount, perhaps somewhere between 32 and 64, the camera would break and you would need to replace it with a new one. The reason I figure it would not require film is because it should be a Pick-Up-And-Go thing, just like those Kodak Cameras your parents used to give you when you went to the Zoo! Sure, those had film in them, but there was no point refilling it. It's a disposable camera for you to make memories from. My other reason on giving it a lifespan is because it will limit the ability to spam pictures. I imagine that it can and will be used as a form of Greifing which could pose catastrophic to a server's functionality.
Now, how the camera would register the picture is not unlike the way you would take a screen shot. Using the camera automatically filters out the HUD, as if you held the F1 key in game. The difference here is that the camera would store the picture into the server alike the way Signs hold text IN-GAME, rather than onto a Clipboard to be posted in an outside host. Although I am unaware of this exact process, in theory it would pose suitable and stable, and with minimum stress on the server.
Once saved onto the server, a collectable picture item would drop from the camera with it’s own unique ID Code, which would be displayed as the pictures name. For the sake of argument, the ID code would be a 5 digit number, the first two numbers correlating with the player, and the last two are the number of picture that has been taken by said player. In Example, the Server Owner takes his first picture: The ID would be 01001. And then on a later date, he takes another; 01023. The 23rd picture taken by the first player in the server. With the new roll-over hot tips added in the Beta update, each picture would be labeled as “PICTURE (ID)” This way, players would be able to identify who took what picture, giving them a sense of organization.
- Storing and Displaying Pictures
Once a picture is taken and collected, you would have a couple options as to what you can do with it. Firstly, you can craft a Picture Frame (seen below) and place it in for display anywhere in the Minecraft World, or you can place it within a Book, to change it into a Picture Album.
Both are simple processes:
Like with a Sign, hold a picture frame and right click to place it. Again, alike the sign, a small Menu would pop up, allowing you to drag and drop a picture into a single open slot. A full-scale preview would be shown above it, allowing you to make sure it is the picture you want to display, and then a "Done" button would finalize it. Once you do so, the picture would be scaled down into a smaller Painting-like image, kind of like a Thumbnail. If you right click it again, the menu will NOT include the ability to place/replace the picture in the slot, but will still give you the full scale image. The only way to get your picture back is to destroy the frame, in which would drop both a Frame and the Picture.
As of yet, Books and Bookshelves have no use. But it won't stay that way forever! They way I think it will be implemented, right clicking a Bookshelf will give you a menu similar to Chests (albeit with less space) and have Books in it, ready to be written in. If you take one, you can right click again to open a menu that allows you to write in it, and possibly a few different, basic text options (Bold, Italic, Underline, etc) as well as your inventory at the bottom. If you drag and drop a picture into the book, the picture will appear on one half of the page allowing you to place 2 pictures per page. If you do choose to place a picture in a book, it will become an Album. In the way I see books, once finalized you will be unable to change the text within it. The same will not go for Albums. You will be allowed to interchange the pictures in it, should you choose to.
- Crafting one
Okay, due to "popular"demand, I'm cutting my losses and adding in a Craftable Tripod stand for you to place a Camera on. Since there is no other way to place a camera on a surface, due to the Right click function being used to take pictures, the only way to achieve this is to craft them together.
First, Craft a Stand:
  
(This is temporary until I get a render, which is being made! )
Once you have yourself a Stand, you simply take that, and cram it in a workbench with a camera on top...
  
** = Camera =Stand
AND VIOLA! you have a Camera-Tripod.
- How It'll work
Placing a Camera-Tripod is like placing stairs in SMP (as of current). It'll face you, and in order to turn it, it has to be broken and replaced. So make sure to face it the right way! Anyways. Once crafted onto a stand, The camera will work a bit differently. For starters, you'll be able to hook Redstone Dust up to it and make a remote/delayed time picture, as by popular demand; And an obvious use: if you place a pressure plate and hook redstone from the camera to it, you can create a Security camera. In order to keep your pictures safe, the camera will no longer drop your pictures. Instead, you must go to it, and right click it. That will instead make all the pictures taken to date drop to the ground for you to collect and view.
That's simple. Please keep it that way?
I got the idea for the camera when I was considering all of the original and creative ideas others have suggested in this forum. So many of them I wished could be implemented, and I thought to myself, "Boy. I wish I could think of something that people would love just like those!" So over the next couple days, I ran through the forums, looking for some inspiration... but nothing came. All the bases seemed to be covered and little was excluded... So I took a look around my room. A radio? A Lamp? A clock? All suggested before. But then I noticed my camera sitting in the corner of my desk! "No one has thought of that one yet, right?" I said. And I was right. So I spent another couple days working it over in my head before I posted it up. Even then, It seems that I missed out on a lot. And that's when I have to thank you here in the forum:
Vilborg, Telekrus, and Imacds: You brought up the point that the Camera can be used as a Greifing tool, as well as the impending Storage and Recognition problem. Through your ideas, you helped me rethink the cameras limitations and inspired me to look at the current game for the solution.
Kdixon24, Kwickgamer, Matterstorm, and Cornshot: Your ideas about specific ways to display and store the pictures helped develop the camera into a more dynamic and useful tool.
PheonixBrave: Through your critique, I was able to solidify the differences between Screenshots and the Camera, giving it a distinct use In-game.
AwesomeHolzy: For the awesome [I The Camera] Banner! I love it!! Seriously. Thank you SO VERY MUCH! (Edited. She got a new account)
Futil: For the amazing Camera and Tripod renders! Thank you very much C:
thePalindrome: For accepting the Camera Project and helping this dream become reality!
And to everyone else who simply supported this idea.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
And to all of you who ignored my message about hating Redstone Dust, who bugged me and annoyed me and pleaded for the ability to use my wonderful idea as a stupid trap.... I hate you, please get blown up by creepers
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