Patrick Quirk wrote:
I'm currently a computer science researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill and
we're using Flightgear as a proof of concept application in our
http://www.cs.unc.edu/Research/ootf/Projects/wav.html ). The short
version is that we have a master fgfs node and 4 slaves which drive
projectors. These projectors produce a large panoramic display that
looks great in the cockpit view. I have two questions that someone
here could probably answer in a few minutes and save me hours of time.
1. In the cockpit view, we need to change the view according to our
own usual positition, look at, and up vector specification which works
fine now in terms of matching up what is drawn on the projectors.
However to do this we modified the OpenGL projection stack directly
and bypassed any SSG stuff, which is a big nasty hack. This makes
FlightGear think that each of the slave nodes is looking straight
ahead when we're actually looking off to the left or right or
whatever. Consequentially there is a large amount of clipping in the
nodes that aren't looking close to straight ahead. How can I use SSG
to do this instead? Or even just rotate the SSG frustum approximately?
Have you played around with these properties (setable from the command
line, or ~/.fgfsrc file.)
I *think* you can adjust these properties in real time if you need to,
but typically you set these once for a particular monitor configuration
and you simply send over the position and orientation to the slave
machines and everything happens automatically. The configurable numbers
are offsets from straight ahead.
If you need to model your view point changing relative to your monitors
(head tracker?) and need to fiddle with your frustums and view direction
offsets in real time, then that's a bit more difficult. I'm not aware
of anyone doing this, but it shouldn't be all that much additional
effort to add support for this sort of thing.
2. It would be really nice if we could change the view (cockpit,
chase, etc) of the slave nodes using the master node, or even in the
preferences files. Is there a way to do this without using the
keyboard of the slave computer?
Hopefully that was halfway coherent, and I look forward to any help I
Most of these things (view parameters, weather, time of day, etc.) are
configurable via the property system. For things like weather and view
selection which don't change rapidly, you can send over new property
values using the "telnet" interface. For things that could change
rapidly (like view position/orientation) you probably want to blast over
udp packets at 60hz or whatever your screen refresh rate is.
Curtis Olson http://www.flightgear.org/~curt
HumanFIRST Program http://www.humanfirst.umn.edu/
FlightGear Project http://www.flightgear.org
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