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Jun 13, 2017, 04:04 PM
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The ultimate helicopter simulator

With a 9 year old monitor & 7 year old PC, the pressure has mounted to do yet another upgrade. A modern monitor would have twice the resolution & much better color, for a lot less money. The pictures you see would look a lot better, rather than having erratic black levels & dull colors. The graphics card is 11 years old but was top of the line for it's time.

Besides the definite improvements available in picture quality, modern processors claim massive gains but no clockspeed increase. The 7 year old PC is a 3.2Ghz quad core AMD overclocked to 3.8Ghz. What does newegg show as the top end but 5 year old 4Ghz chips. The benchmarks show the Intel quad cores 3x faster & AMD octocores 2x faster than the old AMD, but benchmarks don't easily correlate with video playback.

The Macbook which runs Cinelerra 10% faster than the PC is only a 2.5Ghz Intel. 4k video editing on the top end Macs in the Apple store looked pretty slow. Performance gains may depend heavily on memory speed, which is independent of CPU speed. The 2.5Ghz Macbook may be very close to the 4Ghz top end, because of memory speed. Because of the amount of 4k video showing up, modern systems must be able to play it without hardware acceleration, at full resolution & bitrates. The old PC can decode the full 4k but only blit it to a reduced resolution window & decode it from a reduced bitrate. Heavy changes in detail make it studder.

Part of the upgrade would be returning to Windows. For 20 years, there was a shift away from windows until the latest PC had no windows installation of any kind. Now, pressure has moved back to dual booting windows natively. More applications have abandoned Linux & virtualbox has never fully emulated the hardware. USB on virtualbox has been hopeless. The only place to find software which accesses the hardware's full potential is Windows. The modern world of Netflix, gaming, web browsing, & embedded development is Windows only. Even software development tools on Linux have retreated to just web applications.

The new PC would have to be much quieter. To recover more of the investment in a new PC, there has been a desire to make some kind of high fidelity helicopter simulator out of it. High end simulator parts are super expensive, but maybe there's a way to swap electronics from cheap joysticks into custom movie props.

The last joystick was a 1985 model which just had 4 digital directions & a fire button. A cheap Logitech has the full analog yaw, cyclic, & collective all exposed. A fully actuated seat is quite unaffordable. For someone worth $7 million who owns a house, yaw & pitch could be achieved with giant semicircular wheels & VR goggles.
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Jun 18, 2017, 10:10 AM
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I've heard good things about xplane+oculus+puma pro flight trainer.

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