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How do I use the camera views in FS One?

Versions: V1 and V2

  • In FS One, the functions keys (F1, F2, F3, …) control the cameras. These are indicated on the color-coded keycard that came with the simulator and can also be viewed by pressing the “?” key when running.
  • The F1 and F2 views are the primary pilot views. The default F1 view should be set to the first lagged view with autozoom for the most realistic experience. With this view, the camera tries to keep the airplane in the center of the screen but there is lag. The default F2 view is a “Shifted Elevation View”. The concept here is that as the plane moves up high (to a high elevation angle), the camera is pointed a little bit down below the plane so that the plane is shown higher on the screen and therefore more ground can come into view. The default cameras for the F1 and F2 can be changed in the Options menu.
  • The F3 cycles through a series of cameras. The name of the first camera in the series begins with an ‘*’. The other F3 cameras do not include the ‘*’ in the name. So the ‘*’ can be used as cue to getting back to the first camera in the cycle. These F3 cameras include the various cameras that can be assigned to the F1 and F2 keys on the Options page.
  • F4 has field cameras. The Frasca Field flying site (a 3D flying site) is setup to illustrate how they work. Pressing F4 includes a view looking down on the airplane on the runway. Cycling through the F4 cameras goes through various cameras located around Frasa Field, in effect a loop around the site, ending back at the pilot standing position on the runway.
  • Views F5 thru F12 only work for 3D fields. Most of them move with the airplanes which is why they only work for 3D fields. In a Pano field the pilot eye can only be in one position (fixed) so only the the F1-F4 keys work in Pano fields.
  • The first three F5 views are lagged in the vertical direction and can be thought of as trying to always catch back up or down to the same level as the aircraft.
  • Views under the F6 key are chase views and aligned with the flight path of the airplane as it moves. The camera only aligns itself once the aircraft has started to move.
  • The F7 views are mouseable chase views, in other words the view direction is determing by moving the mouse.
  • The F8 views are onboard camera views – cameras fixed to the airplane.
  • F9 includes padlock views. The best way to get a handle on these is to add a recorded airplane and fly with it. Pressing the PageUp and PageDown keys will cycle through the various padlock targets (e.g. other airplanes), so if there are many recorded airplanes included the padlock will lock on to each one as the PageUp/PageDown keys are cycled.
  • As for the rest (F10-F12), explore!
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