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Old 06-30-2020, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default I'm probably alone in this, but I actually prefer the VDI from the early alpha videos

Specifically this video -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwwVwCmcvw0

I like the more digital look of the VDI in that video compared to the CRT type screen we have now. I know the cockpit in that vid was an early and unfinished version and what we have now is considered more realistic....but as far as aesthetics go, I prefer the more squarish, "cleaner" VDI with the brighter lines and text.

I know it's unlikely, but could the earlier version be made as an optional "skin" in the specials section of the DCS options menu?
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:34 AM   #2
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I will admit that from cockpit videos I’ve seen, both the HUD and VDI look quite a bit different from what we have in game. While these could simply be articfacts with the camera, overall both look much thinner and defined than in game.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:59 PM   #3
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For what it’s worth, they look exactly as I remember them.
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:27 AM   #4
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For what it’s worth, they look exactly as I remember them.
I’ll certainly take your word for it, but I’ll post some pictures I have where the lines and numbers look much thinner and defined than what we have in game.

But again I’m not saying that I am remotely correct or know, it may just be that the camera may change or distort how it looks.

Edi: Not the pictures, but this video might show what I mean. Though the brightness being turned down might be why.
https://youtu.be/DnTxXdobHFw at 1:32
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Old 07-03-2020, 10:02 AM   #5
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Edi: Not the pictures, but this video might show what I mean. Though the brightness being turned down might be why.
https://youtu.be/DnTxXdobHFw at 1:32



I think it is very hard to tell from that video what it looks like, it certainly looks blurred, which isn't exactly thinner. Be that how it may, I know what you mean, but reproducing how the CRT type screen works and would look, is what makes it look how it does, which gives it the realistic look that Spiceman remembers from real life. It's not as much as making it look like a foto, but simulating the screen so it results in how it looked (just as we did with all other screens and probably most noticeable in the Lantirn). As always, unfortunately it will not always strike everyone's taste.

This is something we'd kindly ask you not to expect to change.
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:01 PM   #6
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The only difference I see between the video and DCS, and I am admittedly not a videophile/photophile, is that the painted numbers on the VDI screen (the VDI had “fixed” images and “painted” images like the pitch ladder) are a bit large. Other than that, they look the same to me.

The other thing that would really be cool if HB could pull it off is the sloppiness of the painted images, like the little droops and smears and globs, where the electron gun didn’t stop shooting perfectly timed with moving to the next line. Like the pitch ladder numbers in the video. Looks sort of like an old typewriter with dirty hammers (or whatever those things were called). It would get worse under G as well.
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The only difference I see between the video and DCS, and I am admittedly not a videophile/photophile, is that the painted numbers on the VDI screen (the VDI had “fixed” images and “painted” images like the pitch ladder) are a bit large. Other than that, they look the same to me.

The other thing that would really be cool if HB could pull it off is the sloppiness of the painted images, like the little droops and smears and globs, where the electron gun didn’t stop shooting perfectly timed with moving to the next line. Like the pitch ladder numbers in the video. Looks sort of like an old typewriter with dirty hammers (or whatever those things were called). It would get worse under G as well.
To me, the colors from your RL picture look exactly like the colors from the early VDI (the leftmost picture in the OP).
The color tones we have now in DCS don't seem to match that.
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:07 PM   #8
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The DCS one is just a bit more saturated. That's all. A photo from the era would not reproduce the correct saturation.

You guys are basically saying make it look like the photos of the screen, instead of the actual screen.
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You guys are basically saying make it look like the photos of the screen, instead of the actual screen.



Yes that sums it up pretty nicely, I would say. Saturation wise and color wise, especially old photos, are no good comparison.

Hence we try to recreate the workings of such screens, rather than just "paint it" in such or such color. DCS lighting of course gives the whole thing its final touch, to say overly simplified, but the end result is then what you get as is.

There's also a thing where we tend to think of history as less colorful, than it actually was. Be it the white tempels of the acropolis, which back then were painted in striking and popping blues, yellows, reds and greens, or the surprise to see colorized ww2 fotos, up to the still existing belief that the "dark ages" were really "dark" (in movies always foggy with a big grey filter on) etc. So a more washed out color tone, sets the 80s mood more and so forth. It kinda makes sense, as most things tend to lose their color over time. So we remember them, as we found them, not necessarily as they have been lived in fact.
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