I’m often asked what kind of computer I run, so a while back I made a system specs page on my blog. This week I got a new computer so I just finished updating it. You can click over and see all the changes. From now on, all of my blog images and videos will be made with the computer and software listed there.
If you’re looking to purchase a new computer for yourself and you’re wondering what would work well with Second Life, make sure to check the minimum system requirements listed on the official Second Life website. UPDATE: I apologize for this phrasing as people assumed I was recommending these settings. My intention was just to remind people that there is a system requirements page and to look at that page before purchasing. The stuff listed there probably won’t even be available for sale now, hopefully, you will get something better than that. It’s why I also shared my settings. You don’t need to get what I have listed in my settings, but definitely better than the minimum requirements (and probably better than the recommended list on that page). Hope that clears it up and my apologies for the confusion.
This video was a bit jumpy at times as I’m still getting used to the new system, and I forgot to use my 3D mouse, but here are some tricks to navigating the camera in Second Life and perhaps making your videos a bit smoother:
- Use a 3D mouse. I didn’t use it in this video. I often forget to use it, but honestly, it really makes a huge difference if you want to make polished machinima. I have the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse.
- Try changing these settings in the debug menu and you’ll notice a huge difference:
- Set CameraPositionSmoothing to 9
- Set ZoomTime to 4
If you’re not sure how to find the debug menu, on your keyboard, press Ctrl+Alt+D or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D. On a Mac, press Option+Control+D. That will pop up the Advanced menu, and you’ll find “Show Debug Settings” near the bottom of the list.
Finally, just a reminder that a couple of years ago I did an extensive blog post covering loads of Second Life Vlogging & Machinima Viewer Tips. Hope you find them useful!