If you Zwift on PC or Mac, it’s possible that Zwift’s automatic “springy camera” may be a bit overly springy. This is due to how your device is set up (refresh rates, framerates, etc) and how Zwift works.
Here’s an example of an overly springy view – notice how the view of my avatar is bouncing forward and backward:
If you’d like a less springy view, Zwifter Steve Clogg recently shared a little hack with the ZPCMR (Zwift PC Masters & Riders) group on Facebook for disabling the springy camera on PC or Mac.
Editing Config Files
Turning off the springy camera requires a simple edit to your Zwift config file. (The hardest part of the edit is finding and opening the file. This can be a bit confusing if you’ve never done it before.)
- On Windows these are located under:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Zwift\data\configs
- On Mac OS they are located under:
You’ll need to edit the config file corresponding to the graphics profile Zwift is auto-assigning to your machine (basic, medium, high, or ultra). And you’ll need to have administrator privileges on your machine to do so.
Not sure which profile Zwift is using? Drop your log.txt on http://zwiftalizer.com
- On Windows, the logs are located under:
- On Mac OS, the logs are located under:
Changing Springy Camera Option
To turn off the springy camera, add this line to your config file:
To turn the springy camera on, change the line to this (or just remove it entirely):
Sample Video with No Springy Camera
Watch a clip with the springy camera disabled:
Notice how the actual camera angle is different, as well as perfectly stable. Perhaps not the preferred view for everyone, but if you’ve got an overly springy setup on your Mac or PC, this may be just what you’re looking for.
More Graphics Hacks
If you’re on a PC or Mac, there are lots of tweaks you can make to these graphics config files which may improve your game experience. Read “Zwift Config File Graphics Tweaks: 2019” for ideas.
Questions or Comments?