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CptPusheen

Ultimate Graphics Tweak

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CptPusheen

 

Ultimate Graphics Tweak

_____________________________________________________

 

 

Important:Test version of tweak compatible with patch 1.0.6.0 is available. Tell me how it works. Get it HERE

 

 

 

Presentation in HD

 

 

What is this?

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Ultimate Graphics Tweak is a little modification which allow you to enable improved post processing effects like Motion Blur and Depth Of Field.

It also smoothens dotted shadows and jaggy edges while keeping whole game sharp and clean. As a result game feels like a movie, and is

visibly smoother even at low frame rates (15-25FPS).

 

 

 

NOTE: To improve your gaming experience even more I recommend GTA4 Enviroment mod by kriller2 as a great addition to this tweak.

 

 

 

You have a choice

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To satisfy all of you I divided Ultimate Graphics Tweak into all possible combinations of particular effects so you can enjoy only those

you really like. Just look at the table below and decide which tweak suits you best. If you want to check more than one option just install one

of those tweaks and then overwrite files from another one, it's safe.

 

 

Depth Of Field
Motion Blur
Smooth Shadows
Download
Screenshot: Driving
Screenshot: Landscape
Screenshot: Shadows
YES
YES
YES
Tweak 1
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
YES
YES
NO
Tweak 2
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
YES
NO
YES
Tweak 3
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
YES
NO
NO
Tweak 4
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
NO
YES
YES
Tweak 5
user posted image
user posted image
user posted image
NO
YES
NO
Tweak 6
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11002.jpg[/img]
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11003.jpg[/img]
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11004.jpg[/img]
NO
NO
YES
Tweak 7
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11005.jpg[/img]
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11006.jpg[/img]
[.IMG]http://media.gtanet.com/gtagarage/files/thumb_11007.jpg[/img]

 

Installation

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Instruction for patch 1.0.0.0 and 1.0.1.0 users:

 

1. Unpack chosen archive wherever you want

 

2. Run MagicIV (included in archive)

 

3. Click on "validate Files"

 

4. After validation click "Apply patch" button

 

5. Go to ..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Data\ and rename visualsettings.dat as visualsettings.OLD.dat

 

6. Copy visualsettings.dat from unpacked archive to ..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Data\

 

7. There is a rage_postfx.fxc file in following folders:

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_atidx10

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_low_ati

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv6

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv7

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv8

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30

Rename this file in every folder to rage_postfx.OLD.fxc then copy file rage_postfx.fxc from unpacked archive to each of these folders

 

8. Click "Verify" button and after successful verification close MagicIV

 

9. Play the game (set "definition" to off in graphics options or just press "p" while in game)

 

 

 

NOTE: Keep MagicIV app somewhere on your disk because it's neccesary if you want to come back to original game settings

 

 

Uninstallation:

 

If you want to go back to original settings run MagicIV and click on "Recover", then just delete each of the new files you copied from

the unpacked archive, and remove the ".OLD." extension from each of the backups you made.

Instruction for patch 1.0.2.0 - 1.0.4.0 SINGLEPLAYER users:

 

1. Unpack chosen archive wherever you want

 

2. Go to ..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Data\ and rename visualsettings.dat as visualsettings.OLD.dat

 

3. Copy visualsettings.dat from unpacked archive to ..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Data\

 

4. There is a rage_postfx.fxc file in following folders:

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_atidx10

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_low_ati

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv6

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv7

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30_nv8

..\Grand Theft Auto IV\Common\Shaders\win32_30

Rename this file in every folder to rage_postfx.OLD.fxc then copy file rage_postfx.fxc from unpacked archive to each of these folders

 

5. Play the game (set "definition" to off in graphics options or just press "p" while in game)

 

 

Uninstallation:

 

If you want to go back to original settings just delete each of the new files you copied from the unpacked archive, and remove

the ".OLD." extension from each of the backups you made.

Notes for patch 1.0.4.0 MULTIPLAYER users:

 

If you want to go multiplayer with this mod applied you need an ASI loader and MP File Check Fix by Alexander Blade.

 

 

ASI loader: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=380830

 

MP File Check Fix: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=406198

 

 

Instructions, download and support available in this threads.

Credits

__________________________________________________

Belinda - For ultra-cool tips

Klanly - For a solution on how to separate static blur from DOF and MB.

Thales - For great, great screenshots.

Aru - For MagicIV and other cool tools.

Alexander Blade - For ASI loader and great asi scripts.

CharmingCharlie - For keeping it sticky.

Suction Testicle Man - For lifting pics limit in one post.

Edited by bartekxyz

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xithilinx

Trying it out now. I'll let you know the results in a bit.

 

EDIT

 

I just tried it and yes it is better than the usual blurring that Rockstar initially configured for GTAIV, but I do have a gripe about it. For one it really isn't an end all to the the fps problem since it is actually more graphic intensive than the original. I say this because I usually get around a 17-25 fps with no dips at all under that specified. Yet with this config it seems to drop into the single digits a few times during play.

 

Although don't get me wrong, It's actually a lot better since I can actually see what's 10 feet in front of me now, which it great, ha. Plus at times it does seem a bit smoother, but those dips still get me so I'd say the lower end players should probably wait for a more optimized patch from rockstar or a reworked version of this.

 

Good job though. I really do think it owns the original one... That old one made me sick with it on. Mostly since everything was big blur..

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fiik

Some before and after shots would help aye.

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MrChainsaw

It works, but doesen't give any performance boost. Somehow, it looks more realistic.

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TiRANB

 

wow.gif Looks interesting I may try it, I'll watch out for the comments...

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kbps
It works, but doesen't give any performance boost. Somehow, it looks more realistic.

yep, the same for me

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spanket

motion blur sux hairy elephant ballz

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mikemax12

It looks much better than the original motion blur, and somehow it looks more smooth, no fps loss or gain for me, though its more smooth smile.gif

 

Thanks a lot smile.gif

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-TheStig-
It works, but doesen't give any performance boost. Somehow, it looks more realistic.

yep, the same for me

and me

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CptPusheen

Movies are recorded at 24fps and looks extrasmooth because of motion blur so I made the same magic with GTA. Now I must find out how to activate frame limiter, better have constant,fluid 25 fps supported with motion blur than choppy variable framerate

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kbps
blush.gif Edited by kbps

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CptPusheen

I'm happy to see it helps anybody

Edited by bartekxyz

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qwertz123

i don't get it. motion blur, depth of field and bloom are three totally different things and to be honest: gta4 has only a bloom filter for the cut scenes.

 

anyway: judging by the sheer amount of problems related to this "magical" tool i would think twice before making the decision.

 

http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtop...ic%20batch&st=0

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Lutra78

Does this "hack" also solves the problem with "p" on, that close objects are blured way too much?

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CptPusheen
Does this "hack" also solves the problem with "p" on, that close objects are blured way too much?

Blur on nearby objects is less visible but still exists. I will try to find value to completely turn it off

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qwertz123
Does this "hack" also solves the problem with "p" on, that close objects are blured way too much?

 

gta4 has only a bloom filter

 

i think nope. watch crysis for getting a clue what motion blur or depth of field could "theoretical" mean, not this stupid 2003 bloom effect.

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Brawly

Good going. This made the stupid bluryness go down a bit. Looks much better now thanks.

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CptPusheen
Does this "hack" also solves the problem with "p" on, that close objects are blured way too much?

 

gta4 has only a bloom filter

 

i think nope. watch crysis for getting a clue what motion blur or depth of field could "theoretical" mean, not this stupid 2003 bloom effect.

True,Crysis has really great post-process algorithms,motion blur and depth of field there looks ultra realistic and movie-like. I wish to see the same rendering quality in GTA

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ArKTisK

when I run the magic file it just instantly crashes. I'm on vista 32 bit

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RuWarlord

Someone post a pic with this "tweak" on.

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kbps
Someone post a pic with this "tweak" on.

user posted image

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p7ast1k

???

that looks more realistic? mercie_blink.gif

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mikemax12
???

that looks more realistic? mercie_blink.gif

Its not possible to see the difference with this tweak on in pictures, you have to try it out and see it in motion.

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Flaii

I like the tweak and using it atm, gained no performance but I like how it looks and feels.

 

I like how the motion blur gets brutal when you get shot by someone (Maybe this was before also, never bothered to play with 'p' before)

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ArKTisK

anyone have any idea why the magiciv file crashes instantly after I run it? I've been waiting for this particular fix since I got the game

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kakarot_9

Looks like the regular game without using P.

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CraZyLiLbOy69

this tweak doesn't make any difference at all

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Tomzibad

I made 2 screenshots... and to be honest I see no differens.. Is there anyways to turn it down a bit more ?

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kbps

if you want to see Bloom enabled/disabled ingame, look this

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Vicetopia

It makes a few changes in the MISC section of visualsettings.

The Magic installer is just a mod enabler.

 

BEFORE:

 

# Misc Values   

misc.DOFBlurMultiplier.HD 1 

misc.DOFBlurMultiplier.SD 0.5 

misc.Multiplier.heightStart 100 

misc.Multiplier.heightEnd 250.00 

misc.Multiplier.farClipMultiplier 2 

misc.Multiplier.nearFogMultiplier 0.5 

misc.3dMarkers.FrontLightIntensity 10.00 

misc.3dMarkers.frontLightExponent 32 

misc.coronas.WaterMultiplier 5 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.HD 10 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.SD 10.00 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.SD.ps3 5.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.RimLight 0.70 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.GlobalEnvironmentReflection 1.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Gamma 1.15 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.MidBlur 1.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Farblur 1.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.SkyMultiplier 1.05 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Desaturation  1.29 

misc.HiDof.nearBlur 1 

misc.HiDof.midBlur 0.20 

misc.HiDof.farBlur 1 

misc.cutscene.nearBlurMin 0.2 

misc.HiDof.nearBlur 1.00 

misc.HiDof.midBlur 0.20

 

 

AFTER:

 

# Misc Values   

misc.DOFBlurMultiplier.HD 0 

misc.DOFBlurMultiplier.SD 0 

misc.Multiplier.heightStart 0 

misc.Multiplier.heightEnd 0 

misc.Multiplier.farClipMultiplier 2 

misc.Multiplier.nearFogMultiplier 0.5 

misc.3dMarkers.FrontLightIntensity 10.00 

misc.3dMarkers.frontLightExponent 32 

misc.coronas.WaterMultiplier 5 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.HD 10 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.SD 10.00 

misc.BloomIntensityClamp.SD.ps3 5.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.RimLight 0.70 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.GlobalEnvironmentReflection 1.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Gamma 0.0 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.MidBlur 0.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Farblur 0.00 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.SkyMultiplier 1.05 

misc.CrossPMultiplier.Desaturation  1.29 

misc.HiDof.nearBlur 0 

misc.HiDof.midBlur 0.00 

misc.HiDof.farBlur 0.00 

misc.cutscene.nearBlurMin 0.0 

misc.HiDof.nearBlur 0.0

misc.HiDof.midBlur 0.0

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CptPusheen

"post your tweaks here"...is it name of that topic? No! So would you kindly stop messing it with other tweaks?

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