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FI.Snaphoo
09-09-2004, 12:17 AM
Are there two options to save one? Obviously there is the option at the beginning or by hitting the ESC key when in the game to "begin recording." But at the end of a mission (or when it fails if you're me), there is always a "save track" button, or something similar next to the button that I'm getting this from. Is that a last chance to save your success/failure to go over again and again?

I ask, because I am constantly saying to myself "I wish I had started recording" when in the big middle of a dogfight, and it's a little tricky to go hitting escape when in the middle of a furball. If this is actually possible, then it might mean some much needed feed back for me when I complete an online session.

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FI.Snaphoo
09-09-2004, 12:17 AM
Are there two options to save one? Obviously there is the option at the beginning or by hitting the ESC key when in the game to "begin recording." But at the end of a mission (or when it fails if you're me), there is always a "save track" button, or something similar next to the button that I'm getting this from. Is that a last chance to save your success/failure to go over again and again?

I ask, because I am constantly saying to myself "I wish I had started recording" when in the big middle of a dogfight, and it's a little tricky to go hitting escape when in the middle of a furball. If this is actually possible, then it might mean some much needed feed back for me when I complete an online session.

Thanks in advance for the help. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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RedSpar
09-09-2004, 12:36 AM
You can keymap/joystickmap a record track button in your setup. Turn it on and off at will at your leasure.

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clint-ruin
09-09-2004, 01:14 AM
One will give you a record of the entire flights joystick input + other queues the game uses to make things happen - the end of flight 'quit' screen one. These are .trks. Because it seems to mainly just store the joy/key/mouse input streams and uses those to make things happen in the game the same way as they did before, these .trks are not compatable between FB versions - any difference in how that input is translated into on-screen action makes them bugger up.

If you record a track in the middle of the mission using quick record, you are making an ntrk, a packetised log of plane movement [not just joystick movement]. Tends to be much bigger, can't use arcade mode on them directly, but they're compatable between FB versions assuming other resources [2.01 art etc] is present. You can however play an ntrk and then record that as a .trk at the end of the flight.

Usually recording an ntrk in the middle of a fight disables the .trk save at the end - or I think it does.

Remember to set your network rate [in IL2setup] reasonably high if you want to get flawless .ntrk recording and playback.

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Tully__
09-09-2004, 02:05 AM
There are several options to save a track, and two different types of track file.

First the two types of file:

1. Offline only tracks are saved when you exit a mission and click on the "Save Track" button. These files are saved with a .trk extension and contain the contents of the mission file for the mission just flown and a record of your control inputs. When played back they start the mission as normal and play back your control inputs. Should anything cause any of the recorded inputs to be played back at a different time or change the aircraft reactions to those inputs, the mission may not play back as originally recorded, so this format doesn't play back properly in a different patch version, if you've used time acceleration or pause during the recording, or if your computer is subject to frequent pauses or stutters during play.

2. So called "Online" tracks (which also work offline) are recorded using the control which you can assign in the controls screen ("Start/Stop Quick Record" IIRC) or using the Start Recording button which is available in the ESC menu during a mission. These files are saved with a .ntrk extension and record speed/attitude/location/damage/weapon fire for all objects in the mission. The file size is consequently larger, however the resulting recording will play back on any machine with the same patch or later and is unaffected by the use of pause or time acceleration.


If your machine will reliably play back the .trk file recordings you can always use the Save Track button once the mission is finished, then play them back and use the "Quick Record" keyboard control to save the bits you forgot to record when you originally flew the mission. This option is not available though for missions flown online.

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