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    Lightbulb Customizing the default head position

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    When reading posts on ED and Reddit I get the feeling a lot of people don't know about the "Save Cockpit Angles" command in DCS. It's fairly easy to set-up (required only once) and will most likely fix the majority of head position issues. Gone are the days of manually tweaking values in the snapviews.LUA or touching the monitor with your nose and re-center Track IR to generate a somewhat reasonable viewpoint.

    Here goes:

    1. Temporarily disable head tracking. With head tracking enabled a number of view controls used in the next steps are disabled.
    2. Press the View Center command followed by the Zoom Normal command, both found in the View section, to make sure that you're looking at the vanilla view settings. In e.g. the A-10 the normal zoom is at a level that's probably not really usable for most people but don't worry, you'll get to correct that in the next step.
    3. Use the keyboard commands to reposition your head in terms of pitch, vertical shift, forward/aft shift, and zoom level. The commands you will need in the View section are:

    • View Down Slow
    • View Up Slow
    • Zoom In Slow
    • Zoom Out Slow

    And the commands you will need in the View Cockpit section are:

    • Cockpit Camera Move Center
    • Cockpit Camera Move Forward
    • Cockpit Camera Move Aft
    • Cockpit Camera Move Up
    • Cockpit Camera Move Down

    4. Press the Save Cockpit Angles command, found in the View Cockpit section. From now on this is your new default head position unless the mission designer pushes specific snapview settings.
    5. When starting a new mission you will now notice that you will be zoomed-out compared to your new head position. Hit the Zoom Normal command and your head position will be back at what you've set as normal zoom level in your new default head position. Pro-tip: map the Zoom Normal command to the same key or button that you use to re-center your head tracker.

    NOTE: I suggest using the pitch and zoom commands from the View section instead of the View Cockpit section as the former offers 'slow' commands, gives a more precise control.

    NOTE2: The center detent point of your analog zoom axis will never be adjusted and will always use the DCS vanilla zoom level. Again, e.g. the widely known extreme zoom-in of the A-10. If you use the analog zoom axis you will either have to calibrate it to match the default zoom level of your choice or use the Zoom Normal command.

    Good luck!

    Last edited by Oliver; 3 Weeks Ago at 15:55.

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    Guide is updated for the new 2.5.1 zoom behavior.

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    #Lateral - I was going through various forums to get a sense of who's working on what and ... came across this tasty chunk by accident, or at least not by looking for it directly.
    Would material like this not go into the Tech Support sub-forum?

    /dks

    p.s. greets!

    Addendum: I see that Tech Support appears as a branch off of Public Affairs. Is that intentional? (Eeek! live links don't shows themselves. Since we invented this stuff, links have always / traditionally been underlined and in a contrasting color.)
    Last edited by Dawks; 2 Weeks Ago at 00:04.
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    It’s intentional. All public forums go in Public Affairs. Everything else goes in one of our private sections. Could be in tech support but Oliver put it here and we (admins) only really moderate posts if they go way off topic or become unpleasant.
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