Camera manipulation with plugin development

No matter how I seem to go about it, setting the camera position seems to be impossible with plugin development. I also cannot post in a good portion of the boards, so if this belongs somewhere else, I can’t post there, so I don’t know what you want me to do about that.

I’m making a viewmodel animation plugin for my CFrame based animations, and as you can see, you can’t clearly see all of the arc handles to rotate the arm, so I need to be able to get out of the set “Camera position”, make changes, and then reset the camera to the proper location so I can visualize how it will look when in use. The problem is, my camera reset function seems to work about 10% of the time and other times it will look off into nowhere. And when it does set itself properly, if i move even a fraction of an inch using default studio tools, I shoot off to where I was before. I assume this is because studio stores information about the camera’s coordinateframe somewhere outside of the camera object?

Anyways, here’s my code and a screenshot of the plugin so far. Any assistance is appreciated.

local toolbar = plugin:CreateToolbar("Redux Animator")
 
local loadRigButton = toolbar:CreateButton("LoadRig", "Create an arm-set", "rbxassetid://3394625851")
local resetCameraButton = toolbar:CreateButton("ResetCamera", "Re-position the camera in the rig.", "rbxassetid://3397520948")

local PluginOpen = false


local DefaultRightArmCF = CFrame.new(.55,-.8,0) * CFrame.Angles(math.rad(90),0,0)
local DefaultLeftArmCF = CFrame.new() * CFrame.Angles(math.rad(-20),0,math.rad(10))


local ActiveWeapon = nil
local RightArm = nil
local LeftArm = nil
local CorePosition = nil
local CameraPosition = nil

local function LoadRig()
	if not PluginOpen then
		PluginOpen = true
		ActiveWeapon = game.ReplicatedStorage.ActiveWeapon:Clone()
		ActiveWeapon.PrimaryPart = ActiveWeapon.RightHandle
		ActiveWeapon.Parent = game.Workspace
	
		RightArm = game.ReplicatedStorage.RightArm:Clone()
		RightArm.Parent = game.Workspace
		
		LeftArm = game.ReplicatedStorage.LeftArm:Clone()
		LeftArm.Parent = game.Workspace
		
		CorePosition = game.Workspace.CurrentCamera.CFrame * CFrame.new(0,0,-.5)
		CameraPosition = game.Workspace.CurrentCamera.CFrame
		RightArm:SetPrimaryPartCFrame(CorePosition * DefaultRightArmCF)
		ActiveWeapon:SetPrimaryPartCFrame(RightArm.Hand.CFrame)
		LeftArm:SetPrimaryPartCFrame(ActiveWeapon.LeftHandle.CFrame * DefaultLeftArmCF)
		
		
		local RightArmRotate = Instance.new("ArcHandles", game:GetService("CoreGui"))
		RightArmRotate.Adornee = RightArm.PrimePart
	else
		PluginOpen = false
		RightArm:Destroy()
		LeftArm:Destroy()
		ActiveWeapon:Destroy()
		ActiveWeapon = nil
		RightArm = nil
		LeftArm = nil
		game:GetService("CoreGui"):ClearAllChildren()
	end
end

local function ResetCamera()
	game.Workspace.CurrentCamera.CFrame = CameraPosition
end

loadRigButton.Click:Connect(LoadRig)
resetCameraButton.Click:Connect(ResetCamera)
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I’m not sure if this is a feature request or asking how to manipulate the camera, so here are two options:

How to post a feature request

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Manipulating the Camera

Try setting the mode to Enum.CameraType.Scriptable, so you can override default behavior.

workspace.CurrentCamera.CameraType = Enum.CameraType.Scriptable
workspace.CurrentCamera.CFrame = newCFrame
workspace.CurrentCamera.CameraType = Enum.CameraType.Fixed

Not what I needed, but thank you for the information in the first part. I adjusted my system to work with viewportframes and a reset button that moves the arm/gun instead of the camera. Works perfectly.

Huh, that is a smart solution. I guess you can move the camera or object. Have a good day.

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