Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week - Skyrim ENB Tutorial

Seb and Cam run you down on how to install an ENB for Skyrim; everything you need from ini files to bug fixing! Be the envy of your friends with stunning depth of field! Be the coolest kid in school with sun rays! Date all the girls with sweet bokeh effects!

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sinik_87
sinik_87

Not a fan of ENBs. And most graphics overhauls rid Skyrim of it's signature frigid wasteland look anyway. Which is what Skyrim is supposed to look like... I'm all for using sensible mods but turning Skyrim into a tropical paradise like some have is retarded. 

_Judas_
_Judas_

Awesome! I finally downloaded, installed and applied Realvision ENB along with Climates of Tamriel and ROL (Realistic Lighting Overhaul).Visited that shady site (enbdev.com) and sought out the tiny download button. Started up Skyrim and awe! What a masterpiece! Game looks amazing!! I can't believe how the textures suddenly seem to epic! It's gotta be something with the DoF focus/unfocused contrast? Only trouble is... after applying the Realvision mod, my FPS plummeted from a healthy 30'ish FPS to a catastrophic 9.5 FPS !!?! I uninstalled my 2K HD texture packs, and managed to stutter my way up to 10.8 FPS.

The game looks fabolous, but at 10 FPS, it is unplayable *sigh* Maybe because I have so many other mods cluttered in my NMM? Maybe I'll do like you guys -- start a clean, new vanilla Skyrim game, add the Realvision ENB, and check it out. If it is decent, I'll slowly start adding other mods.  Do you have any suggestions of mods to stay away from?

Anyway, I found this tutorial very educational, thanks @cameronrobinsonand @ReadySebbyGo  :)

merrimant
merrimant

Ok, dumb question time: After I installed the ENB and do the Shift+Enter to pull up the menu, the mouse is still tied to in game movement and controls. How do I turn that off? 

RuthlessRich
RuthlessRich

You haven't paid for WinRar? Shame on you ;)

parzival1423
parzival1423

this gamespot website has a higher FPS on the video than Youtube, almost speeding up at times...did you guys know that?

waelse1
waelse1

Thanks for the tutorial, I'll have to take notes. I've tried installing ENBs without bothering to read all the instructions, and I've never gotten your results.

Tricked03Hemi
Tricked03Hemi

Remember when modding a game thats a few years old was cool?.............me neither.

Rid this site of mods of the week and you losers who are still playing this game by yourself move out of your moms basement and get some sunlight.

kilocar911
kilocar911

Robinson&Ford.....crack out a Rob Ford mod!

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

I recommend avid modders switch from NMM to Mod Organizer. It's extremely flexible and doesn't install any mods directly into your skyrim data folder rather it installs it into a virtual directory. This means you can cleanly install and uninstall mod without your skyrim folder being cluttered with crap. Did I mention this program comes with profiles. Say if one likes a certain mod for one playthrough but not for another, they can switch mod profiles that allow them to do that. 

illmatic87
illmatic87

Great video guys.


You can always go to steam and select "Browse game files" instead of going through the folders and making a shortct. OR you can do it though a mod manager, too.


On thing you're missing is implementing ENBoost settings in your enblocal.ini. This is pretty important for older enbs that stopped support for more recent ENB binaries.

Have a read here: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/38649/?tab=1&navtag=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nexusmods.com%2Fskyrim%2Fajax%2Fmoddescription%2F%3Fid%3D38649%26preview%3D&pUp=1


In your enblocal.ini ensure you have:


[MEMORY]

ExpandSystemMemoryX64=true

ReduceSystemMemoryUsage=true

DisableDriverMemoryManager=false

DisablePreloadToVRAM=false

EnableUnsafeMemoryHacks=false

ReservedMemorySizeMb=512

VideoMemorySizeMb=0

AutodetectVideoMemorySize=true


Or you can input your VRAM manually and remove the last option. Using a 2GB VRAM video card as an example


ReservedMemorySizeMb=512

VideoMemorySizeMb=1920


Oh and ELFX > RLO :P, ELFX is more compatible with alot of ENBs that use their own lighting systems.

Also you should try switch over to LOOT, it's the successor to BOSS. But BOSS still works fine.

forkandplate
forkandplate

What will my fps be using a gtx 770 with realvision installed?

ginobili1
ginobili1

Great episode guys. Why do you guys keep making me want to install this again? I don't want to get loose my life in this addictive game again. :(

pongley
pongley

Cam has some missing hair textures.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@_Judas_ As a general rule of thumb, if you're looking to save on performance when modding TES games, the stuff you should look to cut down on after graphical mods is script heavy stuff. That tends to be your more complex mods that adds a bunch of new features and systems that constantly run in the background firing off complex scripts to keep track of things. If you have a lot of that stuff it taxes your system heavily, resulting in lower performance as well as just general instability if your game is trying to do too much at once.

That means you're going to have to bite the bullet and stay away from any major overhaul type mods that you might like, or bite the bullet and not use an ENB.

_Judas_
_Judas_

@merrimant haha, I know. That sucks...I didn't know how to fix it so I opened up the console (tilde key) to keep my character fro hitting npc's.

razrabbit
razrabbit

@Tricked03Hemi Yes, we get it.  You're an edgy contrarian who hates everything that other people enjoy.

I also remember that angsty phase of my life.

Don't worry, it gets better!

Some day you'll cheer up and learn that its okay that other people like something you don't!  :)

illmatic87
illmatic87

@SoulScribe Yeah, I switched over recently for my recent playthrough. It's abit tricky to use at first and I'd only reccommed it to advanced modders who know what they're doing (eg. they know what a bashed patch is, a reproccer and have TES5EDIT) and it's prefrred if you're using ALOT of mods. But it's great, you have more control over what you're overwriting and what mods to prioritize.

awesome_al360
awesome_al360

@SoulScribe It looks way easier to manage your mods for multiple saves and different character types with that. 

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

@forkandplate I have a 4gb 770 I get 50-60fps with 200 additonal mods with that enb. Though I prefer the more intensive cinematic ENB's as the battlefield style high saturation/contrast hurts my eyes.

illmatic87
illmatic87

@forkandplate Alot of the popular ENB mods are performance friendly. You should be good with a GTX770. You can always tweak the ENB settings to your liking to gain performance too.

_Judas_
_Judas_

@Lambchopzin @_Judas_ I tend to only add "simple" stuff that require very little scripting (I think), like weapons and armor. Got the Immersive Armor mod going which drains a bit, I guess. Gots lots of single file armors and weapon mods.

I tried some other enb-mods and got a healthier result, but not quite there yet. I'll keep tweaking and fixing. The mod called "I can't believe it's not an ENB" is brilliant, but it lacks that extra oomph provideed by the full-blown ENB's. As you might know by now I really want an ENB to work with my setup :p maybe I'll try and tweak the ENB?

merrimant
merrimant

@_Judas_ @merrimant Haha, I ended up doing the exact same thing. On looking closely at the video, it appears that Cam plays with a controller so maybe that has something to do with it? 

JRHT
JRHT

@illmatic87 @forkandplate I've only got a 2GB GTX670 and I remember my frame rate dying when using an ENB...  although this video makes me want to try again... so pretty....

StHapns247
StHapns247

@pongley @StHapns247 I think they used the wrong settings when exporting because there is no reason why their desktop capture should have been interlaced.