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MSFS Determining day and night

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Has anyone found a way to determine if it is day or night in MSFS? I have found how to do it with visual effects but would like to use the day/night cycle to start or stop animations.
 
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For those interested, there is a system variable not documented in the SDK for time of day. Digging through ModelBehavior XML, I found:

TIME OF DAY enum : 1 = Day ; 2 = Dusk/Dawn ; 3 = Night

I have not gotten it to work, yet (I'm still figuring out how to use postfix, but it does look like what I was looking for.
 

n4gix

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Code:
(E:Time of Day,enum) 3 == if{ L:Night,bool) }
(E:Time of Day,enum) 1 == if{ L:Day,bool) }
There are many other alternatives if you wish to include dusk and dawn. The simplest is to consider not-night:
XML:
(E:Time of Day,enum) 3 != if{ L:Not_Night,bool) }
Once done, simply read the L:vars status to perform your animation/visibility, or not...
 
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This is the code, I use for my glider-winch and start area:
The 3d models and animations appear only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. But if, for example, dusk starts before 6 pm, or it rains, the 3d models and animations are not to be seen.
And you can show different nodes (nodenames) with different behaviours in one glTF file.

XML:
  <Code>(E:LOCAL TIME, Seconds) 36000 &gt;= (E:LOCAL TIME, Seconds) 64800 &lt;= and (A:AMBIENT PRECIP STATE, mask) 3.0 &lt; and (E:Time of Day, enum) 2 &lt; and if{ 1 } els{ 0 } </Code>
.
 
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Hey guys!
Is it possible to make the animation started at a certain time of day? Exactly so that the object would start moving, not visibility, to appear at that time. For example at sunset would be played once, and at dawn, too, but in the opposite direction (well, or the keys to divide).
I do not understand what parameters to use for this. Most likely it is not "sim" but "standard"? Since this is not an airplane, but an object on the ground. Autoplay is also not needed, should I use random?
Should we use partinfo as before or by modern standards should it all be in the BlendTreeState part with the Value parameter? Already tried a hundred options, but never got it to work.
Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
 

connomar

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These snippets of information are great, but I am struggling to make sense of them. Please could one of you post a whole file so I can see how you are using the variables you appear to be creating?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ModelInfo guid="{2fefa58c-ba4d-4063-8e2d-449c1c33346a}" version="1.1">
<LODS>
<LOD minSize="0" ModelFile="KDYT_Beacon.gltf"/>
</LODS>

<Code (E:Time of Day,enum) 1 == if{ L:Not_Day,bool) } /Code>

<Animation name="Beacon" guid="12f9185b-10ca-48ac-b45c-da1505b947ba" type="Standard" typeParam="Autoplay"/>

</ModelInfo>

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I am trying to make the Animation only work at night, as it is an Airport Beacon which I have modelled with a rotating top.

Any help would be gratefully received.

Martin
 
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To obtain what you want you need two separate mesh in your glTF (one animated and one still)
Than, with a Simboject, you can control the visibility based upon time of the day

Some tutorial to get you started





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connomar

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To obtain what you want you need two separate mesh in your glTF (one animated and one still)
Than, with a Simboject, you can control the visibility based upon time of the day

Some tutorial to get you started





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Thank you so much, I will have fun watching them.
 

connomar

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Hi Mamu, I think I have followed your tutorial fully, yet I cannot get any activity to occur based on the parameters. I decided to cut out the animation bit to simplify things, and created a really simple Blender file which has two meshes, one says Day the other NotDay. They are text that has been converted to a mesh.

DaySign Check.jpg

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ModelInfo guid="{54cb674c-5333-444c-95f5-114a68edca85}" version="1.1">
<LODS>
<LOD minSize="0" ModelFile="DaySign.gltf" />
</LODS>
<Behaviors>
<Component ID="a" Node="Day">
<Visability>
<Parameter>
<Code>(E:Time of Day,enum) 1 == if{1} els{0} </Code>
</Parameter>
</Visability>
</Component>
<Component ID="b" Node="NotDay">
<Visability>
<Parameter>
<Code>(A:Time of Day,enum) 1 != if{1} els {0} </Code>
</Parameter>
</Visability>
</Component>
</Behaviors>
</ModelInfo>

The result never changes, both Day and NotDay meshes display. I have tried replacing the Code Statement with {1} in case this is an evaluation issue, but the meshes stay turned on. I am using the Asobo Blender Exporter and wonder if this is failing doing something strange. I have spent all day on this and got nowhere. Can you see any errors?
 
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There is a spelling error in the code,

Visability

Must be

Visibility


I have included a working Simboject sample from my LIDT scenery so you can compare yours (basically showing a lamp post to cover the Asobo orbs during the night when it was not yet possible to exclude them!)

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connomar

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Thank you so much, and English is my FIRST and only language. I'm too used to having Visual Studio correct me.
Martin
 
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Thank you so much, and English is my FIRST and only language. I'm too used to having Visual Studio correct me.
Martin
I use mostly notepad for this small snippets,
(And if you have watched the tutorial I'm making errors too!)
but sometimes I use visual studio code for .XML, there is a validation file in the SDK docs called bglcomp.xsd you can use 🤓
 

connomar

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I use mostly notepad for this small snippets,
(And if you have watched the tutorial I'm making errors too!)
but sometimes I use visual studio code for .XML, there is a validation file in the SDK docs called bglcomp.xsd you can use 🤓
I hadn't thought of using the VS Editor like that. Great idea! The correction to Visibility fixed the test file immediately. Now I have to get the beacon working correctly. I assume that this method only works with meshes, as opposed to Collections? My beacon has a light-sun in front of each lens that must spin with the beacon. I think this might turn out to be the next major challenge.
 
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Actually it is "node" based, and by node I mean the gltf node
So, if you parent your light to your mesh it is likely to work (never tried that but should be)
Also, your mesh, being a beacon, thus being rotated, should be parented to an empty because of...performance? Dunno, Asobo parent everything is moving to emptys
So you will end up with
EmptyDay
-- meshDay
---- lightDay

And your Component node will be "EmptyDay" or such


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connomar

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Actually it is "node" based, and by node I mean the gltf node
So, if you parent your light to your mesh it is likely to work (never tried that but should be)
Also, your mesh, being a beacon, thus being rotated, should be parented to an empty because of...performance? Dunno, Asobo parent everything is moving to emptys
So you will end up with
EmptyDay
-- meshDay
---- lightDay

And your Component node will be "EmptyDay" or such


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Great! That will add some more to play with. Right now, the animated beacon disappears at dusk. so a way to go. - Looking for spelling mistakes lol!
After a lot of messing around, it seems that nothing I do, including removing the entire Behavior section, will make the model animate when it is a SimObject. Make the same model a standard model in ModelLib and it spins happily. I tried the Behavior code in the non Simobject setup, but that achieved nothing. Sad, because that would be so much easier. Maybe it won't let me animate without an empty parent.

I only have 3 hangars to model and a few parking spaces to add and this project is complete, so it may have to stay rotating in the day.
Thanks for all your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Martin
 
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For the day option use < 3 if {1} els {0}
For the night option == 3 if {1} els {0}
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Another issue with the code

<Code> (A:TIME OF DAY,enum) 1 != if{ 1 } els{ 0 }</Code>
A: is Aircraft variable no good

should be

<Code> (E:TIME OF DAY,enum) 1 != if{ 1 } els{ 0 }</Code>
E: is Environment variable

ColinJ
 

connomar

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Another issue with the code

<Code> (A:TIME OF DAY,enum) 1 != if{ 1 } els{ 0 }</Code>
A: is Aircraft variable no good

should be

<Code> (E:TIME OF DAY,enum) 1 != if{ 1 } els{ 0 }</Code>
E: is Environment variable

ColinJ
Thanks Colin, I must have corrected that later and forgotten all about it.
 
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