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Why I fly #12: Orbital Mechanics


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I've waited for years to have a machine that could record and edit game/flight videos and the time has finally arrived. Every time I saw someone adding to the FSX sticky "How do you keep FSX interesting?" I wanted to share my experiences but couldn't really except by maybe copying over one of the in-flight "recordings" (.fsr file). Now I have an alternative... videos fill the bill and, yes, I am having fun.


This "Why I fly #12: Orbital Mechanics" offering will probably always be one of my favorites and one of the more unusual.


Orbital route from N California area, across Nevada, Utah, Ariz, N Mexico and Texas. Visible are Lake Powell and reservoirs on the Colorado River near Page; the San Juan R., Sante Fe and the Valles Caldera; Albuquerque and White Sands far to the south with Austin TX somewhere ahead as the sequence ends.


choose either link






Sim - Prepar3d 2.5 (1920 x 1080 30fps)

Aircraft - Shuttle by Andy Johnston (shutxaj.zip) available in Flightsim.com file library


capture software - OBS

titles created in Gimp

editing software - Blender (final mp4 at 720p)


music - "Impact Lento" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0



Hope you enjoy


Hooked since FS4... now flying:

self-built i7-4790 at 4 GHz; GA-Z97X mobo; GTX 970; 16GB gskill;

quiet, fast and cool running.

Win 7/64: 840 EVO OS; 840 EVO (500G) game drive;

Win10/64: 850 EVO (500G) for OS and games

A few Flightsim videos on YouTube at CanyonCorners

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