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    Losing custom cockpit camera view assignments after each MSFS sim update

    Searched the forums but haven't seen anything on this specifically.

    The sim updated again yesterday and again, it tossed all of my cockpit camera profiles. That's 15 aircraft times about 8 view assignments each (how impressed am I right now). These are a lot of work to set up because for most things I need views that are zoomed in a little closer than the defaults available.

    So to the question: has anyone figured out a way to save-then-restore custom view profiles that were created for a controller? In my case it's a Razer Orbweaver and after each update the sim won't recognize it until I disconnect then reconnect it. Then selecting "custom" instead of "default" will restore my views but only very rarely - that worked once. All the other times I had to redo everything from scratch.
    Last edited by Dan Morand; 20Oct2021, 15:07. Reason: Added details
    Dan Morand
    i7-7700k OC 4.8, 16GB RAM, EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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    Yes, the custom camera views are saved to files called “cameras.cfg” for each aircraft. I’ll post the file path sometime this evening…if you copy that folder to a safe place this should be the last time you have to wrestle with it.
    Matt Smith

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      #3
      On my MS Store installation, those cameras.cfg files are in PMDG DC-6A and PMDG DC-6B folders in C:\Users\I7-6700K\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimul ator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\SimObjects\Airplanes .

      I've never had a MSFS update change or over write those files. Perhaps for default aircraft you have this problem, but I've only had to preserve the cameras.cfg files for the DC-6 during early beta updates and never since then.

      This refers to the custom camera settings set with the Ctrl+Alt+ 1 2 3 ... key and then used with the Alt+1 2 3 ... keys.
      Dan Downs KCRP
      i7-10700K 32GB 3600MHz 2080Ti

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        #4
        On my STEAM install you can find the files here:

        C:\Users\Matt\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\SimObjects\Airplanes
        Matt Smith

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          #5
          I did indeed find all aircraft folders with their saved custom view camera.cfg files at that MS Store install path. So to be clear, anything I had set up custom views for wasn't deleted (that includes the DC-6 plus a bunch of other payware and default aircraft). My Razer controller is being recognized again in the Controls window but I don't have any of my existing profiles there to select.

          What happened is, when I reconnected the Razer controller (two attempts), the first time it popped up the usual choice of "keep the default profile" or "customize" I chose customize. When it went back to the controller list the Razer profile was showing as "default" - no other profiles available. The second time I reconnected I chose "default" to see what difference it would make. Again on the controller list the Razer profile showing was "default" - no other profiles available.

          So it's not losing the custom views, it's just "forgetting" what controller they're assigned to. The stranger thing is even at times where the sim updated in the past and kept the Razer in my list of controllers, it would still revert to "default", with no other profiles available (meaning no other ones to select with the left-right arrows).

          Not sure then that backing up anything is needed or would do anything if I tried to overwrite files that are already there and correct. The link between the controller and the profiles is broken so the only fix is to recreate everything manually. I think this is one of their past bugs that popped back in.
          Dan Morand
          i7-7700k OC 4.8, 16GB RAM, EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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            Originally posted by Dan Morand View Post
            I did indeed find all aircraft folders with their saved custom view camera.cfg files at that MS Store install path. So to be clear, anything I had set up custom views for wasn't deleted (that includes the DC-6 plus a bunch of other payware and default aircraft). My Razer controller is being recognized again in the Controls window but I don't have any of my existing profiles there to select.

            What happened is, when I reconnected the Razer controller (two attempts), the first time it popped up the usual choice of "keep the default profile" or "customize" I chose customize. When it went back to the controller list the Razer profile was showing as "default" - no other profiles available. The second time I reconnected I chose "default" to see what difference it would make. Again on the controller list the Razer profile showing was "default" - no other profiles available.

            So it's not losing the custom views, it's just "forgetting" what controller they're assigned to. The stranger thing is even at times where the sim updated in the past and kept the Razer in my list of controllers, it would still revert to "default", with no other profiles available (meaning no other ones to select with the left-right arrows).

            Not sure then that backing up anything is needed or would do anything if I tried to overwrite files that are already there and correct. The link between the controller and the profiles is broken so the only fix is to recreate everything manually. I think this is one of their past bugs that popped back in.
            If not mistaken the profiles for the controllers are kept on the cloud and not somewhere local on your computer. I would suggest if this keep happening every time to open a ticket with them to be looked at. You can also search in MSFS forum to see if anyone has reported something similar. There are more chances to find someone having similar issue there
            Chris Makris (Olympic260)
            PMDG Technical Support
            http://www.pmdg.com

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              #7
              They may have a copy stored in the cloud Chris (I think I read that somewhere too) but bottom line, the file are not lost they're in the right folder with all the right saved custom settings. It's just that there's nothing linking my controller to the view files.

              I always try to look for answers on other forums and this time it turns out there was one solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0fsMnAmK_A

              I haven't tried it yet but it looks like it should work. Just an option if someone had many configs un-linked after an update.
              Dan Morand
              i7-7700k OC 4.8, 16GB RAM, EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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