Flight Data Recorder
The Flight Data Recorder is a straightforward Broker data stream recorder.
It records the data available to the Broker into a file on disk, which can
subsequently be played back to drive the same instruments and visual
generators as during the original recording.|
The FDR is not meant to provide a full PS1 video replacement. It
cannot record internal PS1 events such as exact malfunctions. Only the data
elements available to the Broker will be captured. In practice, this means
all information required to drive Markus' External PFD and ND, Standby
Instruments, and Garry's VisualPS1. Funny effects may appear on the MCDUs
connected to the system.
InstallationDownload the .ZIP file and unzip it somewhere, for example in C:\fdr. Take care that you unzip the paths, too. You need to see three directories: bin, lib, and etc, the last one initially empty (your preferences file appears here after the first run).
You may create a shortcut for the bin\fdr.exe program if you wish.
You may let Windows know that .fdr files belong to the flight data recorder:
OperationWill be extended shortly
Pretty straightforward. You can press buttons or select menus to operate the flight data recorder just as you would operate a video recorder. After you stop a recording, you will be asked to provide a file name. Cancel means 'throw away the recording'. Playback can be paused and rewound to the beginning.
With especially VisualPS1 needing some time to reposition, the FDR will pause after you load a new playback file or rewind the current file. If you don't want to have to press the Play button yourself, you can switch the FDR to Autostart mode. With Autostart, the FDR will wait 5 seconds for VisualPS1 to reposition and then start the playback.
At this moment (2005-12-28), the latest Broker (1.6) has a feature to switch off PS1 updates while the FDR plays back. This is automatic and means that you do not have to stop PS1 at all if you run Broker 1.6. However, IPC does not listen to this command yet! And with IPC and FDR both fighting over bus mastering, you can expect very, very weird effects.
So, until IPC listens to the update enable/disable commands, do not run IPC or WinPS1 together with the FDR in playback mode.
Example FDR filesWill be provided shortly
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