139: Profiling TrackIR Effectively

Updated: 3-Jan-2012
It is for sure that TrackIR enhances flightsim reality.    However,  it also easily causes eye fatigue and dizziness when it is not proper set.

Following is how I configure the TrackIR profile for FSX on my 30-inch monitor:

When in FSX, the focus of my eyes mostly falls within the range roughly spreading across the mid-points between the center and the edges of the monitor on both sides.    It is about 20 degrees (A) on each side from the center or 40 degrees (A+A) in total around the center  (See the image on the right).

Within this 40-degree area, my head moves very little while my eye focus changes.   Beyond that, my head starts to turn more significantly.

Based on this observation, I limit the value of rotation speed of Yaw within this range (-20 degree to +20 degree) in Motion Adjustment of my TrackIR profile as low as possible,  so as to minimize screen fluctuation and keep the display as steady as possible most of the time.

Beyond these 20-degrees, the rotation speeds start to increase faster, allowing me to easily reach both wings by turning my head to about 40 something degrees from the center to the left or to the right.    Further turning my head will let me see the rear of the plane more.

I was using the One:One Template to set up my FSX profile, and keeping Motion Control Speed and Smoothness at 1 and 50 respectively.  Also, I have the Roll function disabled.

Updated: 3-Jan-2012  —  Nearly forgot to mention, same approach to minimizing the Head Speed of the Y-Axis is also important to keep the steadiness of display.

Note that above mentioned viewing angles could vary from monitor to monitor due to differences in screen sizes.   The notion of adjustment, however, still universally applies.

All existing blog subscribers are welcome to notify me for a copy of my TrackIR profile for testing.    Further adjustment is of course needed to make it fit for a different setup.

Any other visitors who are interested to try my profile, please subscribe to this blog first and then notify me.

=====

Updated: 3-Jan-2012
Following is a comment from Seth of NaturalPoint and his note is valuable, too.

To me, I have tried many different settings and I found the one I am using now is the most comfortable to my eyes.   System configurations and personal preferences, and in particular the game itself, are important factors to the final profile of one’s own.    But still, worth a visit to Seth’s threads if you haven’t done so.

Thanks for the guide, Tom. Your readers are welcome to visit our profile sharing thread here:

http://forum.naturalpoint.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=38618#Post38618

My own flight profile is posted in that thread as well, for reference:

http://forum.naturalpoint.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=38620#Post38620

(For the most precise control, I like to run with my smoothing around 8-10 and speed at 1.)

– Seth

Advertisements

136 thoughts on “139: Profiling TrackIR Effectively

  1. Tom, I forgot to mention, I fly the A2A C172 and when I’m in the pattern on downwind I can’t turn enough to see runway at 45deg of airplane (past 90deg in head movement) and also have problems with looking 90deg right and left. I would like to have little head movement to achieve this. Wearing bi focal glasses makes it real hard to see.

    Will your trackir profile help with the problems I’m having?

    Thank you
    Gabe

    Like

    1. Hi Gabe,
      I don’t have problem with mine doing the action you said. But it may needs some adjustments on your system since I am using 3 2560×1440 monitors.
      The file has been sent to you.
      Have fun,
      Tom

      Like

  2. Hi Tom First I would like to say thanks for the research. Will this profile work for combat flight sims as well? And if you can send me the TIR file as well?

    Like

    1. Welcome joining FSX Times. My profile was created based on my own setup but others could use it as a start for their own fine-tuning. Actually, have received quite some positive feedbacks on it.
      Have sent the file to your mailbox. Feel free to try it and hope it works on your system as well.
      Tom

      Like

  3. Hi Tom, sorry to be a nuisance but Iv’e had to had to reinstall Win 7 and FSX after another disk crash. Could you please send me your TIR profile again.
    Thanks in advance.
    Best regards Phil Broadhurst

    Like

  4. Hello Tom !
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge on your blog !
    I would be grateful to receive your FSX TIR profile ( I am using the track clip).
    Thank you !
    Regards,
    JM

    Like

      1. Hi Tom !
        It’s in the box !
        Thank you very much, I tried it and it works fine for me.
        Good luck with your PC troubles and have nice flights,
        Regards,
        JM

        Like

  5. Hi Tom,

    I’m just going through all your articles chronologically.
    Can you please email me your Trackir profile?
    Thanks and regards,

    Laurent

    Like

  6. Hey Tom.
    First i would like to give a big thanks for this site. What a treasure chamber of knowledge. Many hours lay ahead for me here.

    Could you please send me your Trackir 5 profile? Does it matter whether i’m using the standard cap clip or the track clip pro?

    Best regards

    Jens

    Like

    1. Hi Jens, my TrackIR profile has sent to your mailbox.
      I dare not say there will be no difference between the standard cap clip and the track clip pro since I only use the latter.
      But if you are using the standard one, I assume you could further slow down the response time. Best,
      Tom

      Like

  7. Hi Tom,

    on the search of a good profile for my TrackIR5 i found your blog and i’m pretty impressed with your work. Is it possible to get access to your profile???
    thanxs in advance

    best regards
    Aybar

    Like

  8. Hi Tom,

    Seems very gr8 trackir profile for the pmdg or FSX TO COURT. I am also interested very much and I am subscribedvto your blog.

    Regards…Marc Geerts

    Like

  9. Hi Tom, Your blog has been a great source of information for me. I have a 30″ monitor and your TIR profile is just what I have been looking for. Would it be possible to send it to me?

    Thanks in advance
    Phil

    Like

  10. Hi Tom,
    I just got Trackir and have been trying with FSX, but not really
    happy with the profile. Could I get a copy of yours and try out?

    Thanks /Matts

    Like

  11. Hello Tom,
    just installed my new TrackIR 5 system and now I am looking for a good profile. I would really appreciate if you could send me your profile.

    Great blog by the way (I already subscribed)

    Martin

    Like

  12. Hi Tom I’veonly just got the trackir 5 and would like to have a look at your profile when you have a minute (I’m trying to get something that will work well for airliners)also something you may have come across my keyboard is situated on my right hand side and I frequently have to turn away and down to type the problem is when I look back at the screen the camera is looking out the right window instead of center and pressing F12 doesn’t bring it back i have to do it with the hat switch and rotate the EZDok camera any thoughts..??? Great Blog by the way Regards Fred

    Like

    1. Hi Fred,
      I encountered similar siutation before. I usually quit FSX and then unplug and plug the TrackIR back. Normally, the problem is solved. If it doesn’t, I will reboot my computer. Seems like the TrackIR is messed up by the computer somehow. Also, check if your TrackIR setting file is intact.
      To get a copy of my TrackIR profile, you have to be a subscriber of this blog first.
      Tom

      Like

  13. Hello I’d appriciate this profile I’ve been testing a few profiles but not quite happy qith any of them. Wold love if you could share this profile.

    Like

  14. Hi Tom

    I would love to get a copy of your TrackIR profile if possible. And let me just say that you have a great blog.

    Clive

    Like

  15. Tom, I just discovered your blog and I also have an ATI card (6950 with 3 screens). TrackIR I’m not very happy with my config profile
    I would try your TrackIR profile please. Thank you.

    Your blog and excellent, a must for all fans of FSX.
    Apologies for the translation I am French and it’s done with Google.
    Good luck and good flights …

    Like

  16. Tom, je viens de découvrir votre blog et J’ai aussi une carte ATI (6950 avec 3 écrans). Le trackIr !!! Je suis pas trés content de ma config de profil
    Je voudrais essayer votre profil TrackIR s’il vous plaît. Merci.

    Votre blog et excellent , un must pour tous les fans de FSX.
    Toutes mes excuses pour la traduction je suis francais et c’est fait avec Google.
    Bonne continuation et bon vols…

    Like

  17. Found your website a week ago and enjoying the read. I would also like a copy of your TrackIR profile. Thanks for the website, Skip Ciman

    Like

  18. Hi Tom, just happened upon your blog. Great stuff here, don’t want to be a nuisance but can I also get a copy of your trackir profile. Also, have a question about my ch ecilpse yoke recently purchased, love the thing but…..I get it all setup with fsx, buttons, axes and all and click save button. Then come back next day and all settings are lost they come back as default on yoke. Any fixes for this or am I doing something wrong. Also subscribed.

    Thanks,
    Rob

    Like

    1. Hi Rob. To get all downloads (TrackIR profile) I am sharing, you have to subscribe my blog first. Please subscribe again since I don’t see your subscription notice. Seems like your email is wrong “yaho.com”?
      Regarding your control settings issue, I can’t tell without further details. But do you quit FSX after you change the buttons etc? You have to quit FSX in order to save the changes made to the control setting file — Standard.XML.
      If you are modifying your settings through the Standard.XML file under C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX\Controls folder, FSX must be off.
      Otherwise, your changes will be lost.
      Also, do make a copy of the Standard.XML file just in case something wrong happens.
      Tom

      Like

  19. Hi Tom,
    I have stopped using TRacl IR because it became a pain in the neck (literally).
    Your profile looks to be the answer. Is there some download or can you send it?
    Thanks, also for your website which is highly appreciated

    Like

    1. Hi Willem, surely can send you my TrackIR profile for you to try out. The only prerequisite is to subscribe my blog (just entering your email after clicking “sign me up”). Then you’re entitled to request all downloads I am sharing in my blog.
      Tom

      Like

  20. Tom, I just found your blog and like it very much. I like you have an ATI card and am now using your settings. I would like to try your TrackIR profile please. Thanks.

    Like

  21. Hello Tom,
    I just discovered your excellent blog recently. It is a must-read for all FSX fans. I would also like to try your profile, as I’ve purchased TrackIR and am not too happy with it at the moment.

    Thanks,
    Tom

    Like

  22. Hello Tom,
    I would like to try your profile as well.. since what you said was bang on about eye fatigue and dizziness…

    thanks
    Dwayne

    Like

  23. Tom got IR tracker this week and have been tinkering with it. Reckon a good profile is very welcome and would love to try yours. Thanks in advance

    Like

  24. Hallo Tom,

    I follow your blog now during the past 2 months and I find it very usefull.
    Please can I try your IrTrack profile(s) as well ?

    Thanking you in advance,

    Kind regards and keep the good work up !

    Henk

    Like

  25. Hello Tom,

    I am suscribed from now !
    Great job you make by this blog !!!
    My name is Dominique, living in France close to LFCW
    I know your blog since a week, and i read and re-read your improvements about FSX.
    Would you please send me your Track ir 5 profiles, i am using my own and i’d like test yours, with helo !!!

    Many thanks Tom

    Dom

    Like

      1. Thanks a lot Tom for your profile !
        I need time to test it and see what’s hap’ !!!
        Track Ir is a very good product, and i understand more about it with your explanations.

        Your blog is very helpful to unsderstand more and more about FSX !!!

        Thanks again

        Like

  26. Hi there Tom

    Please can you send me your TrackIR profile too? I’m mainly flying PMDG’s 737ngx, would like to see how it feels.

    Regards,
    Chris.

    Like

    1. Surely no problem, Chris. But could you subscribe my blog first? Don’t worry. There’ll be no spams or junks from me, just a way of identity and encouragement.
      Tom

      Like

  27. First of all I wish you a Happy New 2012.

    I would like to thank you for this blog and all the things I’ve learned and discovered here that helped me to get the best of my FSX.

    Can you please send me a copy of your TIR profile?

    I use EZDok and TIR for flying the PMDG B-737 NGX, I’ve tested my own settings but I want to try with yours.

    Thanks again and best regards from Spain,

    Paco

    Like

    1. Surely no problem, Paco. My TrackIR profile is being sent to you by email. You should receive it in 5 mins.
      Let me know if it is good for your system.
      Happy New Year to you, too.
      Tom

      Like

  28. Many Thanks Tom. All received. Will try it out today and report back. The FSX Switcher your working on seems fantastic ,right up my street. Many Thanks again.
    Pete.

    Like

  29. Hello Tom. This blog is brilliant. So much stuff to read about..Love it. Have just purchased Trackir and wouldn’t mind a copy of your profile if possible. Have subscribed by the way.
    Cheers
    Pete

    Like

  30. Thanks for the guide, Tom. Your readers are welcome to visit our profile sharing thread here:

    http://forum.naturalpoint.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=38618#Post38618

    My own flight profile is posted in that thread as well, for reference:

    http://forum.naturalpoint.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=38620#Post38620

    (For the most precise control, I like to run with my smoothing around 8-10 and speed at 1.)

    – Seth

    Like

    1. Thanks Seth for your links and feedback.
      I tried many settings and I found the one I am using now is the most comfortable to my eyes. System configurations and personal preferences, and in particular the game itself, are important factors to the final profile of one’s own as well. Anyway, your note is valuable and I have put your comment up to the end of my post so that people could visit your threads.
      Best
      Tom

      Like

    1. Surely no problem, Riccardo.
      It is on its way to your mailbox. Just put it under the Profiles directory of NaturalPoint (For example, C:\Program Files (x86)\NaturalPoint\TrackIR5\Profiles). It will show up when you start TrackIR.
      Let me know if it’s good on your system.
      Tom

      Like

  31. Hey, Tom.
    This looks like a great profile, I’d like to give it a try.

    By the by, your FSX blog has been a great discovery for me. It’s well done graphically and has lots of good info.

    Thanks,
    Bill

    Like

    1. Hi Bill,
      Thanks for subscribing my blog. The TrackIR profile is sent to your mailbox.
      Just put it under the Profiles directory of NaturalPoint (For example, C:\Program Files (x86)\NaturalPoint\TrackIR5\Profiles). It will show up when you start TrackIR next time.
      Just as I mentioned in my post, you may need to adjust it a little due to difference in monitor screen size.
      Let me know if it’s good on your system.
      Tom

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s