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As of this update, a modified form of Spectator mode can be freely used by any player! In order to use the “Modeless Spectator,” you will need to follow a few simple steps:
1. Enter a battle.
2. Find your desired position for the picture.
3. Press Ctrl + Shift + K to open the task tab.
4. Type vars.set cam_maxmove 0 and press Enter.
5. Press Ctrl + Shift + K or Escape to get out of the task tab.
6. Drive away from the screen.

Adjusting vertical camera speed

You can change the speed at which the view is changed when you press Q and E (or PageUp and PageDown) keys. To do that, enter a battle, open the console using the Ctrl + Shift + K key combination and enter the following command: vars.set cam_vspeed 0.5, where 0.5 is the desired speed. The default number is 0.7. Increasing this value will make the camera move faster, while decreasing the value will make it move slower.

Attention: For the time being, any changes in settings will only be saved until the following server change, after which they will reset to default, and need to be changed again.

Adjusting horizontal camera speed

You can change the speed at which the camera is following your turret when you turn it, by using the console. To increase or decrease the speed, enter the battle, open the console using the Ctrl + Shift + K key combination and enter the following command: vars.set cam_maxmove 3, where 3 is the desired speed. The default number is 5. Increasing this value will make the camera move faster, while decreasing the value will make it move slower.

Attention: For the time being, any changes in settings will only be saved until the following server change, after which they will reset to default, and need to be changed again.

Guide

This “Modeless Spectator” can be used for aesthetic or strategic purposes. If looking to take some cool pictures without an official Spectator Account, refer to this Guide. However, by adjusting the camera settings, you can use the modified camera speeds to gain an advantage in battles. In the case of Magnum, you simply have to go to the spot which gives you the best view of the enemy base and enter the code “vars.set cam_maxmove 0” into the task tab. Then comes the difficult part; you need to move away and find a nice place to hide. Once you establish how far away you are from the place where your camera is rotating, you can fire away at unsuspecting enemies!

Here is an example of a great use of this feature on Lost Temple:
1. Drive to the location shown below and park in the same position.

Magnum spec4.png

2. Raise your camera to the highest position above your tank

Magnum spec1.png

3. Set the camera speed to 0, and tilt the camera back to a horizontal position (Q by default).
4. Find a suitable angle and make some practice shots to see where your shots land.

Magnum spec2.png

5. Shoot the other team in their base.

Magnum spec 3.png

Keep in mind that using this technique you will be vulnerable if you start getting attacked, since you don't see your own tank or your health. In order to use this effectively it is advised to practice typing the command (or have it ready to paste in), in order to spend as little time as possible in the console menu.


More advice can be found in this episode of Pro’s Advice in V-Log #87.