May-June

 

Welcome to the Bi-monthly  newsletter.

In this issue we'll  look at using HDTVs with flight simulators and multi monitor set ups.

The  newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.

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Hello to all our followers. As we approach the middle of the year it' has been a few months since we released our  HomeFlite simulator cockpit plans. It looks like we have quite a few enthusiast who have purchased the plans, hoping to see the first completed build soon and  get some photos in the Gallery. Since the HomeFlite can support multiple monitors and separate displays I thought that  we might take a look at large screen monitors and how to set up multiple displays. Large screen displays and multiple monitors are one way to really add to the immersion element of your flight sim.

 

                               
  
HDTV for Flight Simulation

When comparing prices of the latest High Definition TVs to a computer monitor of comparable size, price wise you may be wondering if you can use a HDTV for your flight simulation gaming.

The first thing to determine is if your video card can handle HDTV. It should be able to produce a resolution of at least  1920 x 1080. Many cards have a HDMI , Digital and VGA outputs. Most HDTVs have a VGA for PC and HDMI inputs. If your card meets these standards it should work with a HDTV.

HDTVs are getting larger and cheaper and many of them can make great computer gaming monitors as long as they meet some minimum requirements. The two main requirements are resolution and latency, a bit more about that shortly.

Many simmers are now using HDTVs ranging from 30"  up to 55". These sizes really add a new dimension to flight simulation. Many prefer one big monitor as opposed to three smaller PC monitors. How about three HDTV monitors?

It seems that monitors in the  42" to 46" range produce an instrument panel that is near a real aircraft instrument panel size.

No matter what size monitor you're looking for it should be 1080p at a minimum. This is equivalent to a resolution of 1920 x 1080. 720p is equivalent to a resolution of 1368 x 720 which would be very pixilated for the larger size it offers.

Look for low latency of 6 milliseconds or less to avoid blurry images when there is a lot of movement on the screen.

A final note is that the best viewing distance for the larger TVs is around 3.5  to 6 feet depending on the size or pixilation may be noticed.

Having said all this, a computer monitor will produce a better image than a HDTV due to having more pixels per square inch and being optimized for a PC.

So given this information if you're priced out of the PC monitor market or you want big you should be happy with a HDTV connected to your PC. Enjoy!

 

Multiple Monitors

A multiple monitor setup is another way to expand the outside view in your flight simulator or add separate screens to support  instruments, radios, maps or whatever the simmer desires.

These monitors can be PC monitors or High Definition TVs. The first consideration is that you have a video card that has two outputs. The outputs can be digital, HDMI or VGA. If the computer is not equipped with a multiple output card adding another video card will solve the problem. Make sure the specs for the card meet game requirements.

The basic requirement is that in Windows XP and Windows 7 is that you are set up for two monitors. You should use the Expand My Desktop To Second Monitor choice in the advanced display setup screen.

General steps for setting up multiple monitors in FS2004:

An important note is that you can't set up multiple monitors in FS2004 running in full screen mode. You won't be able to select Undock View.

1. Start Flight Simulator 2004.

2. Use ALT +ENTER for Windowed mode.

3. You should be in the Cockpit view.

4. Click Views and then click Full Screen.

5. Go to the Views menu and select Undock View.

6. Click on the Title Bar of the view to drag it.

7. Drag the view to the monitor of your choice.

8.Set the new view to Full Screen or Windowed.

 

          
    

Also note that you will have to save the flight to keep these settings. The flight will open in the Windowed mode you will have to set the screens to full mode.

In FSX in full window mode just drag or stretch the screen to a new window. You can also click on the various items such as radios, nav equipment or whatever when they open in new window drag it to the monitor of your choice.

The guys over at Rodger Dodger Aviation have put together two great YouTube videos on this subject check them out at::

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNoyHdWXUlI  Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkQKYlkgE6w   Part 2

Giving credit where credit is due.

Another solution for multiple monitors is the TripleHead2go Digital Edition. The Matrox TripleHead2Go is a piece a hardware that allows you to span the view over two to three monitors.

The device configures up to three monitors as one monitor.

The effect is having a resolution of 3840 x 1024. If you have a video card with two outputs the other can be used with a fourth monitor for instrument display. To read more about the TripleHead2go Digital Edition check out this link:
http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/content.php?1125-Matrox-TripleHead2Go-Digital-Edition

The availability of large screens and the ability to utilize multiple monitors have introduced new levels of realism to the flight simulation game. Enjoy!

 

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