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See your Stadium in 3D on FM17

Back in June 2016 FM blogger, Keysi Rensie, found a brilliant way to view your stadium during matches, allowing you to take screenshots and potentially video capture too.

His how to see your stadium in 3D guide shows examples from some of his FM16 saves – stunning aren’t they? (If you’re playing on FM16 ignore the rest of this post and head straight over there, as this is THE way to do it in FM16) This method worked a treat and allowed people to get some beautiful imagery for their posts, particularly when showing before and after shots of stadium expansions during save games. I did this plenty of times myself (thanks Keysi).

Unfortunately, as of FM17 that workaround was no longer possible, due to changes made to the game engine by Football Manager, a hard-knock to many of us.

HOWEVER!

We’ve found another trick, which lets you do a similar thing in FM17. Unfortunately the pre-game and half time camera shots in FM17 are orientated more towards the internal view of a stadium rather than external, but, it’s better than nothing and you can still get some pretty nice images for your posts, banners etc. Here’s how to do it, it’s pretty straight-forward really:

  1. Once you reach a fixture in your save game click the ‘Start Game’ button and immediately follow that with a press of your spacebar (you’ve got to do this quickly!).
    This pauses the game during the pre-match stadium shots and loops through various different camera angles BEFORE the match starts and the skip button is displayed. Once the skip button has loaded and you see the players walking out of the tunnel its too late! You wont be able to pause the rotating image loop from this point on.
  2. At this point you can minimise all of your match day information options and maximise your window.
    This’ll help you to get as much of your stadium in shot as possible.
  3. Now you can print screen to your hearts content!
    Or try your hand at some video capture. You might be able to make some nice gifs from the footage too using some other software.
  4. Note: Sometimes this can be a little hit and miss.
    This technique has worked for me most of the time but on the odd occasion it hasn’t, which could just be down to me pressing the spacebar a little too late. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t work at half time, only at the start of a game.
  5. Top tip: If you change the camera angle to ‘reversed’ you can sometimes get a few different angles.
    You’ll have to wait until the next fixture to try this out though, since the pre-match graphics have already loaded at this point. This is a great thing to try out if the stands in your stadium look a bit different, like Craven Cottage, for example.
  6. Once you’ve finished hit spacebar again to unpause the loop so you can continue with your game.
    Keep at the ready though – you can get a few more screenshots as the players exit the tunnel and start their warm-up too!

Here are some examples that we managed to get of the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, home of Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, who we’re playing as in the God of War series:

Reverse angle shots:

Told you it was straight-forward!

We hope you find this useful and it helps you to put together some eye-catching graphics. We’d also recommend looking up your stadium on the new version of Google Earth too, which can provide some stunning shots of your stadium and its surrounding area. It can be a little hit and miss but we managed to get a couple of nice images of the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium:


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