NaturalPoint TrackIR Users Manual : Getting Started

NaturalPoint TrackIR Users Manual : Getting Started
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NaturalPoint TrackIR
Users Manual version 5.3
Complete Table Of Contents
1. Introduction
1. Forward
2. About NaturalPoint
2. How to use the Manual
1. Quick Start
2. Further Reading
3. Getting Started
1. Minimum Requirements
2. What's Included
3. Hardware Compatibility
4. Software and Hardware Installation
1. System Restore Point
2. Software & Drivers Installation
1. Windows Vista and newer
5. Hardware Placement
4. Using the TrackIR
1. Getting Started
1. Introduction to TrackIR Enhanced
2. Introduction to 6 DOF
3. Third Party Utilities
2. Tracking Types
3. Camera Status LED indicators
5. The TrackIR Software
1. Overview
1. Basic Settings
2. Advanced Settings
2. Size and Layout
3. Main menu
4. Application Options
5. Help menu
6. Information Pane
7. Basic Settings
8. Advanced Settings
1. Profile management
1. Create, Copy, and Delete a Profile
2. Profile Settings
3. Motion Curves
2. Title Management
3. Global Camera Settings
9. Visual Preview
1. 3D View
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2. Camera View (2D Tracking Data)
10. Status Bar
1. Hot Keys
2. Software Status Indicators
6. Gaming Environment
7. Limited Warranty
8. Trouble Shooting
1. Introduction
1.1 Forward
Information in this Users Manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a
commitment on the part of NaturalPoint. The software described in this Users Manual is furnished
under a license agreement and may be used only in accordance with the terms of said license
agreement.
This document is copyright 2015 NaturalPoint Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication
may be reproduced in any form, by any means, without express written permission.
TrackIR, TrackIR 4 & TrackIR 4-Pro, TrackIR 5, Vector and NaturalPoint are trademarks of
NaturalPoint Inc.
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft. All other trademarks are property of their respective
companies.
1.2 About NaturalPoint
NaturalPoint Inc. is pleased to provide you with premium optical tracking devices. We hope that
you enjoy using your TrackIR.
NaturalPoint
3658 SW Deschutes St.
Corvallis, OR 97333
Telephone: 541-753-6645
Fax: 541-753-6689
www.naturalpoint.com
2. How to use the Manual
2.1 Quick Start
We strongly recommend reading this manual before using your TrackIR gaming and simulation
controller. Of course, we know that many of you want to jump in and start experimenting as soon
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as possible. If that describes you, then you can get going by doing the following:
◊ Read the Installation section thoroughly and follow the instructions described there.
Otherwise your TrackIR may not work.
◊ Once the software is installed, connect the TrackIR directly to one of the free USB ports
of your computer.
◊ The TrackIR 5 should not be used with unpowered USB hubs.
◊ Launch the TrackIR software. There will be a shortcut for it on your desktop.
◊ Launch the supported game of your choice.
◊ Start enjoying the added dimension TrackIR brings to your gaming!
2.2 Further Reading
The TrackIR is a powerful gaming and simulation peripheral and provides a number of options to
help you achieve the best experience. It is recommended that you read through the manual
completely for a better understanding of how the product works.
3. Getting Started
3.1 Minimum System Requirements
◊ TrackIR 3 Series hardware or newer
◊ Windows Vista or newer
◊ 60 megabytes of free hard disk space
3.2 What's Included
TrackIR 5
Quickstart guide
TrackClip
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3.3 Hardware Compatibility
The TrackIR version 5.x software can only be used with the TrackIR 3 (with Vector Expansion
only), TrackIR 4, and TrackIR 5 hardware. Older versions of the TrackIR are not compatible, and
will not work with this software. The software will present a warning if incompatible hardware is
detected
3.4 Software and Hardware Installation
Note : For best results, we recommend installing the TrackIR Software before you connect the
TrackIR hardware.
3.4.1 System Restore Point
It is recommended that before installing any new hardware or software program, you set a system
restore point. Windows Vista and Windows 7 provide this feature to allow you to easily reset your
system to a previous state. After the software is installed and everything is working fine, set
another restore point. Users that get into the habit of using this feature find they have fewer
problems on their computers.
The System Restore program can be found by clicking :
Vista / Windows 7 : Start/Search restore /System Restore
3.4.2 Software & Drivers Installation
Note : The TrackIR version 5.x software does not support Windows XP or older.
3.4.2.1 Windows Vista and newer
1. Visit www.trackir.com to download the latest version of the TrackIR software.
Save the installer to your desktop.
2. Right click on the installer and select "Run as Administrator" then follow
installation instructions.
3. (Note: Windows Security may display a warning message that it can t verify the
publisher of the driver software. Click to install the driver software anyway. The
drivers WILL NOT harm your system.)
4. When installation is complete, a TrackIR icon will appear on your desktop.
5. Plug the TrackIR into a USB port on your computer. For best results, directly
connect the TrackIR into a USB port on your computer. We do not recommend
using a USB hub of any kind.
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6. Place the unit on top of your monitor with the front facing the same direction as
the monitor screen.
7. Double click on the newly created TrackIR icon on your desktop to open the
TrackIR software program.
8. Hold the TrackClip in front of the TrackIR unit. With the reflective material
facing the TrackIR unit, slowly move the vector clip back and forth in front of the
TrackIR unit from about an arm s length away. If the left green indicator light
comes on, you have installed the TrackIR unit and software correctly. If the light
does not come on, please consult the troubleshooting guide at the back of this
manual.
9. If you encounter further problems with this procedure, please consult the
troubleshooting guide at the end of this manual.
10. To ensure compatibility with recently released TrackIR Enhanced games, check
for software and game updates immediately after installation. If updates are
installed, restart the software.
3.5 Hardware Placement
Using the mounting base, you can secure the TrackIR to any computer display, including flat
panel, laptop, and CRT screens. Attach the camera to base using the magnetic connector. The
base may be disconnected from the camera as needed.
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Place the unit on your monitor facing you. Adjust the legs on the base to either clip to your
monitor or sit atop it.
Position the camera so your head is in the center of its view.
Position the device further away if you d like more room to move around. (We recommend
between 2 and 5 feet.)
When using the TrackClip PRO, position the TrackIR camera on your monitor so the TrackClip
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PRO s LEDs are in the center of the camera's view.
Once you have positioned the camera, secure the USB cable with the strain relief clip in the base.
4. Using the TrackIR
TrackIR is a head tracking input device designed for use with gaming and simulation PC titles. It is an
infrared camera that tracks the position of your head using one of two track clips. The standard TrackClip,
which attaches to the brim of a hat or visor, has three reflective markers that direct infrared light back to
the camera. The TrackClip PRO, which attaches to most PC headsets, comes with active LED markers
that send infrared light directly to the camera.
TrackIR can use either of these clips to find the position and orientation of your head and then send that
data to any of the 100+ TrackIR Enhanced games and simulations. As a result, you can control your
in-game view with your actual head movement in three-dimensional space. It is easy to use, and many
users can get up and running without ever opening the manual. However, the information provided below
can ensure that you get the most out of your investment in TrackIR.
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4.1 Getting Started
Before using your TrackIR gaming controller you should make sure to have all software and
hardware properly installed as described in chapter 3. Once the software is installed, you can
begin using your TrackIR by doing the following:
◊ Place the TrackIR on a surface directly in front of your face, and as close to level with the
top of your head as possible. This is usually best accomplished by placing the unit on top
of your computer monitor. If using a laptop, the TrackIR can be clipped to the top of your
screen.
◊ Plug the TrackIR s USB cable into any available USB port on your computer.
◊ Attach the TrackClip to your hat or TrackClip PRO to your headset.
◊ Launch the TrackIR software.
4.1.1 Introduction to TrackIR Enhanced
TrackIR is designed for use with games that are TrackIR Enhanced. TrackIR Enhanced games
enable TrackIR to work alongside traditional peripherals by controlling the in-game view with
your actual head movement. The TrackIR is intended for use alongside mice, keyboards and
joysticks and does not replace them, though it does replace the traditional function of a joystick s
POV hat switch. A list of games and simulations that are TrackIR Enhanced can be found on the
Titles tab of the TrackIR version 5.x software.
New Titles are frequently being added, so check www.trackir.com for updates.
4.1.2 Introduction to 6 DOF
There are six axes of movement in three-dimensional space, three for rotation (yaw, pitch, and
roll) and three for translation (x, y, and z). These axes are collectively termed Six Degrees of
Freedom (6 DOF). TrackIR s three point tracking allows all 6 DOF to be tracked, resulting in a
precise correlation of actual and in-game movement.
4.1.3 Third Party Utilities
There are a number of third party utilities that work with TrackIR to bring TrackIR support to
non-TrackIR Enhanced games and simulations. These utilities are produced and maintained by
parties which are not affiliated with NaturalPoint, and no warranty or performance level is
guaranteed. Compatibility with TrackIR software version 5.x is not guaranteed. Find out more on
our Free Utilities page.
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4.2 Tracking Types
There are two types of tracking in the TrackIR software: one for use with the standard TrackClip
and one for the TrackClip PRO headset accessory. For information about how to change the
"Tracking Target", please see section 5.7.
4.3 Camera Status LED indicators
The TrackIR camera has status LEDs which give you visual cues about the status of the TrackIR
software. Use the following key to interpret what the state and color of the status LEDs mean:
TrackIR 5
◊ Left Green : A clip IS being tracked.
◊ Right Green : A TrackIR Enhanced Title IS running and has registered with the TrackIR
software to receive tracking data.
◊ Both Green : A clip IS being tracked, and a TrackIR Enhanced Title IS running and has
registered with the TrackIR software to receive tracking data.
◊ Both Orange : TrackIR is paused
◊ Both Off : A clip is NOT being tracked, and a TrackIR Enhanced Title is NOT running
or registered.
TrackIR 3 & 4
Front Status LED :
• Off : NO clip is being tracked, and TrackIR Enhanced output is NOT paused.
• Green : A clip IS being tracked, and TrackIR Enhanced output is NOT paused.
• Orange : A clip IS being tracked, and TrackIR Enhanced output IS paused.
• Red : NO clip is being tracked, and TrackIR Enhanced output IS paused.
• Flashing Blue or Green : Low power or stand by mode.
Blue Case LED :
• Off : There is NO TrackIR Enhanced Title (game or simulation) running.
• Glowing Blue : A TrackIR Enhanced Title IS running and has registered with the
TrackIR software to receive tracking data.
• Note : If the Case LED has been disabled in the Tracking : Settings window, it
will not turn on.
5. The TrackIR software
5.1 Overview
The TrackIR software is the interface between TrackIR, TrackIR Enhanced games and
simulations, and you. It must be running in order to use TrackIR. A list of games that are TrackIR
Enhanced can be found in the Titles tab of the software or on the Enhanced Games page of the
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TrackIR website.
Once you have determined that a game is TrackIR Enhanced, you can continue to the next step.
Verify that the TrackIR software is running before starting the simulation that you wish to use
with TrackIR. Once the game is running, it should be possible to control the view by moving your
head. Some games may require you to turn on support for the TrackIR in the game menu or
activate the virtual cockpit. If the TrackIR it does not work immediately, please consult the
game's manual or manufacturer support for more details. The Enhanced Games page of the
TrackIR website contains hints and tips for supported title compatibility.
5.1.1 Basic Settings
You can access a few global tracking settings in the Basic Settings section. These settings enable
you to quickly and simply adjust the speed, smoothing, and tracking type for all games. Basic
visual preview options are also available. For details on adjusting Basic Settings, see section 5.6.
5.1.2 Advanced Settings
Many more settings are available to further customize your TrackIR experience. The Advanced
Settings section enables you to manage profiles, edit motion curves, preview tracking and view
control, assign profiles to titles, and adjust camera hardware settings. For details on adjusting
Advanced Settings, see section 5.6.
5.2 Size and Layout
You can choose between three layouts: Panel View, Preview Window View, and the default
Panel/Preview Split View.
You can resize the software window by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner.
5.3 Main menu
Access the Software Options menu by clicking on the TrackIR logo in the top left corner of the
software.
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Minimize to System Tray
When selected, minimizing the software will send it to the System Tray instead of the Taskbar.
Check for News Updates
When selected, the software will check for news updates immediately.
Check for Software Updates
When selected, the software will check for software updates immediately.
Check for Game List Updates
When selected, the software will check for game list updates at startup.
Minimize to System Tray
When selected, the TrackIR software will minimize into the Windows System Tray instead of the
Windows Task Bar.
Exit
Clicking this menu item will close the TrackIR software.
5.4 Application Options
Access Application Options by clicking on the wrench logo at the top left corner of the software
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Minimize to System Tray
When selected, minimizing the software will send it to the System Tray instead of the Taskbar at
startup.
Submit Error Reports To NaturalPoint
When selected, the software will automatically send NaturalPoint information about errors that
occur.
Check for News Updates
When selected, the software will check for news updates at startup.
Check for Software Updates
When selected, the software will check for software updates at startup.
Check for Game Updates
When selected, the software will check for game list updates at startup.
Run On System Startup
When selected, the TrackIR software will automatically start as soon as Windows loads, every
time you turn on or restart your computer.
Run Minimized
When selected, the TrackIR Software will run in a minimized state when it is started. It is
recommended that you minimize the software while playing games and simulations, as this will
consume the fewest system resources.
5.5 Help menu
Access the Help menu by clicking on the question mark icon in the top left corner of the software.
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About TrackIR
This menu item launches a window with information about the version of the software you are
using, and contains a link to the NaturalPoint website.
Help Manual
This menu item launches the TrackIR 5.x software manual.
Support
This menu item directs you to the NaturalPoint Customer Support web page.
5.6 Information Pane
Device
Identifies which generation of TrackIR (3, 4, or 5) is active, as well as its serial number.
Profile
Identifies which profile is currently loaded.
Title
Identifies which TrackIR Enhanced game or simulation is interfacing with the TrackIR software.
5.7 Basic Settings
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Tracking Target
Select the TrackClip button for the standard hat clip or the TrackClip PRO button for the headset
clip upgrade.
Speed
Adjust the Speed slider above 1 to multiply responsiveness on all axes. Adjust the slider below 1
to decrease responsiveness for all axes. Speed adjustments are global and will be applied to all
profiles. You can see a visual representation of the multiplier on the curve graph in the Advanced
Settings. The original curve will appear as a green line, and the multiplied curve will remain
orange.
Note : Because this multiplier affects all profiles and all axes, it is not ideal for small, specific
adjustments. Small speed adjustments for particular points or particular axes should still be
managed with the curve editor s control points on a per-profile basis.
Smoothing
Smoothing is used to stabilize head movement as it is converted into in-game view control.
Increasing the amount of smoothing will provide a steadier view, while decreasing the smoothing
will make panning the view more responsive. Smoothing adjustments are global and will be
applied to all profiles.
5.8 Advanced Settings
5.8.1 Profile management
Profiles are a collection of settings (motion curves, hotkeys, axis enabling/disabling, etc.) that
enable you to optimize TrackIR according to game conditions and personal preferences.
Primarily, profiles control how your actual head movement is converted into in-game view
control.
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The TrackIR ships with some default profiles which have been tuned to perform well for a wide
variety of games and simulations. The default profile provides a good starting point for
customizing the motion to suit your needs as you become more familiar with using TrackIR.
◊ Default
Optimized for the broadest range of genres and game play styles. It has a fairly strong
dead zone to prevent unintended head movements from being tracked. It is more scalable
than the Smooth profile, lending itself well to broad adjustments with the Speed slider.
◊ Smooth
Similar to the Default profile, but with a very minimal dead zone and more even motion
scaling across all axes. More ideal for flight and racing than first-person.
◊ One:One
All axes are unscaled, giving an exact 1:1 ratio between actual and in-game head
movement. This profile is included more for testing and comparison purposes than
in-game use, though it might be appropriate in some simulation or gaming situations.
Note : 4.x profiles can be imported into version 5.x. They will be overwritten in the 5.x profile
format upon exit of the software.
5.8.1.1 Create, Copy, and Delete a Profile
Creating New Profiles
Press the Add button (plus sign) to create a new profile and add it to the list.
Copying a Profile
Press the Copy button to make a copy of the profile that is currently highlighted in the
profile list. The new copied profile will be added to the profile list with Copy of added
to the beginning of the profile name. You can change the name of this profile by editing
the Name field.
Deleting a Profile
Press the Delete button (minus sign) to delete the profile that is currently highlighted
in the profile list. Before the profile is deleted, you will be prompted to confirm deletion.
Saving a Profile
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You can save changes to a profile by pressing the Save button. Unsaved profile
changes can be kept or discarded by responding to the prompt that appears upon state
change or shutdown.
Note: Profiles are stored in the directory "%AppData%\NaturalPoint\TrackIR 5\Profiles".
5.8.1.2 Profile Settings
Name
To change a profile name, type the new name and then press enter.
Exclusive Load
When selected, the profile is locked as the only global profile. All TrackIR Enhanced
games will load the exclusively loaded profile. Note that as long as the Exclusive Load
feature is active, the auto loading of other profiles will be disabled.
Hotkeys
Hotkeys allow you to map keys or buttons on other input devices to perform functions in
the TrackIR software. You can select the keys to be used, turn the hotkey on or off,
enable toggle mode, and trap the hotkey. Select the hotkey you wish to edit (Pause,
Center, or Precision) from the dropdown menu.
• Pause
The Pause hotkey allows you to control whether head tracking data is being sent
to the TrackIR Enhanced title. You can pause head tracking to keep the in-game
view fixed, even while your head is moving.
• Center
The Center hotkey allows you to re-center your in-game view. Every time the
Center hotkey is pressed, it re-defines your current head position as the new
center.
• Precision
The Precision hotkey enables precision mode, which temporarily steadies the
view by increasing smoothing. When precision mode is disabled, smoothing
settings return to the normal profile preset. Precision mode is commonly used in
combat flight simulators when tracking an enemy in your sights to keep the view
as stable as possible.
• Key Button
Use to map the hotkey. Clicking these buttons brings up a dialog box that allows
you to change the key assigned to the function listed next to the button. You can
assign keyboard keys, joystick buttons, or mouse buttons as hotkeys.
• Enable Checkbox
Turns the associated hotkeys on and off.
• Toggle Checkbox
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Toggled hotkeys are enabled by a single key press and disabled by a second key
press. Non-toggled hotkeys require the key to be held down for the hotkey to be
enabled and released for the hotkey to be disabled.
• Trap Checkbox
Trapped hotkeys will not be available to any other programs. Untrapped hotkeys
will still perform the hotkey function within the TrackIR software, but can also be
simultaneously used in other software that is running alongside TrackIR.
• Note : Hotkey settings are stored on a per-profile basis.
Axis Checkboxes
Check to enable head tracking for each particular axis. Uncheck to disable.
TrueView
TrueView takes virtual rotation (yaw, pitch, roll) into account when applying physical
translation (x, y, z) movements. This allows you to turn your head to one side, lean
toward the monitor, and have your in-game view zoom in the direction you are virtually
facing. Disabling TrueView results in physical translation superseding virtual rotation, so
that moving toward the monitor physically always moves the in-game view straight
ahead, making it impossible to zoom in any direction other than straight ahead.
5.8.1.3 Motion Curves
Each axis can be adjusted to have a faster or slower response to your actual head
movement. The TrackIR software uses motion curves to amplify your real head
movement, allowing complete control of the in-game view with varying degrees of head
movement. Changing the motion curve for an axis allows you to fine-tune the amount of
head movement used to control your view. It can also be used to create a dead zone,
which helps negate small, unintentional head movements when the view is centered.
Select Axis for Editing
Select the desired axis for editing from the Axis dropdown. Once selected, the current
motion curve will appear in the preview window below.
Using Control Points for Curve Editing
The control points on the graph allow you to change the shape of the curve by clicking
and dragging the points. You can manually enter values or fine tune with the arrow keys
in the adjustment boxes above the curve.
The X value of a control point represents where your head is in actual 3D space. So, a
control point with an X value of 15 would represent actual head movement of 15 degrees
(rotational) or 15 cm (translational).
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The Y value of a control point represents its multiplication. So, a control point with a Y
value of 4 would multiply your actual head movement by 4 at that position. A control
point with a Y value of 1 would result in 1:1 head/game movement at that position. A
control point with a Y value of .5 would reduce your in game movement to 50% of your
actual head movement. A control point with a Y value of 0 would result in no in-game
movement at that position (a dead zone ).
Combining the X and Y values into one coordinate determines how much motion scaling
will occur at various points of your actual head movement. For instance, a control point
coordinate of (15,3) would result in your in-game view control being 3x your actual head
movement when your head is at 15 degrees. So, 15 degrees of real life movement would
result in 45 degrees of in-game movement.
Note : You can zoom in on any area on the graph by hovering over it with your mouse
pointer and using the scroll wheel to move in and out or left-clicking and dragging over a
region. Click the scroll wheel to reset zoom. You can resize the graph by increasing the
size of the entire window or the settings pane
Mirror
Deselect the mirror checkbox to manipulate control points on the graph independent of
their mirrored value. This can be especially useful in optimizing the pitch and zoom axes.
Invert
Check to reverse tracking for each particular axis. Reversing the Pitch, Roll, X, and Z
axes allows for placement of the TrackIR camera behind your head.
Limit
Check to enable 180 degree view limits on rotational axes.
Point
Manually enter values to precisely adjust the selected control point on the graph.
Curve
If you wish to save a curve that you have created as a template for use with other curves
or profiles, click the + next to the Templates dropdown. This will add the curve
template to the list. To change the template name, type a new name in the field and then
press enter.
Note : Shifting the curve down to 0 will flatten it, causing it to lose shape when shifted
back up.
Templates
If you wish to save a curve that you have created as a template for use with other curves
or profiles, click the + next to the Templates dropdown. This will add the curve
template to the list. To change the template name, type a new name in the field and then
press enter. Remove a template by pressing the Delete button (minus sign). Stock
Templates include One:One, Deadzone, Smooth, Fast, and Slow.
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• One:One
Adapted from the One:One default profile, this template is completely unscaled,
giving an exact 1:1 ratio between actual and in-game head movement.
• Deadzone
Inspired by the Default profile, this template has moderate speed of motion with a
large dead zone. When head movement is relatively stationary, in-game view will
not move. Movement will slow when crossing the mid-point of axes.
• Smooth
Inspired by the Smooth profile, this template has moderate speed of motion with
a very slight dead zone. Actual head movement must be more stationary to keep
in-game view still than with a dead zone, but movement will be smoother when
moving across all axes.
• Fast
Adapted from the Smooth template, this template has aggressive motion with a
very slight dead zone. In-game view control will require less actual head
movement, but actual head movement must be very stationary to keep in-game
view still. Movement will be smooth when moving across all axes.
• Slow
Adapted from the Smooth template, this template has gentle motion with a very
slight dead zone. In-game view control will require more actual head movement,
but actual head movement does not need to be as stationary to keep in-game view
still. Movement will be smooth when moving across all axes.
Apply Curve Template
Apply a curve template to the desired axis by selecting it from the Templates.
5.8.2 Title Management
The Titles section displays a list of all TrackIR enhanced Titles, allows sorting by genre, and
enables you to assign a profile to a TrackIR Enhanced title so that the profile will be loaded
automatically when the title starts.
In order to associate profiles with titles, click on the drop-down list on the right-hand side and
select a new one from the list of available profiles. Keep in mind that the profile will not be
loaded until the title is started.
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To isolate a specific group of titles (either by genre or your favorites list), select the category from
the Filter dropdown menu.
Note : You can add/remove titles on your favorites list by highlighting the title and clicking the
+ or
button. Click the X button to clear your favorites list.
5.8.3 Global Camera Settings
Status LEDs Enabled
Turns the camera status LEDs on or off.
Status LEDs Brightness
Adjusts the brightness of the camera status LEDs. Adjustments do not affect tracking. This feature
works with a TrackIR 5 camera only.
Light Filter Threshold
Used to control how much light TrackIR can see. A higher setting will result in more light being
filtered out. If TrackIR is used in areas with bright or harsh lighting, the slider may need to be set
to a higher value to filter out unwanted reflections caused by these lights. Increasing light filtering
too high may reduce tracking precision.
Note : Make sure that Camera View is activated in the preview display to monitor how much light
is being filtered.
IR Brightness
Adjusts the brightness of TrackIR s infrared lights. When the light filtering threshold option is
increased to filter out unwanted reflections from ambient light, you can also increase TrackIR s
IR light brightness. Doing this will make the reflective markers on the TrackClip easier for the
camera to track.
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Camera Rotation
Choose the correct rotation of the TrackIR unit if you have clipped the unit to any part of your
monitor. If TrackIR is upright, then the rotation should be set to 0. If the unit is positioned on its
left or right side or is upside down, then the rotation should be set to 90, 270 or 180 degrees
respectively.
Video Processing Mode
◊ Standard
Standard mode is intended for use with TrackIR 3 or 4. It should only be used with
TrackIR 5 under extremely bright lighting conditions when the tracking screen is
flickering and tracking is highly unstable. Please consult technical support before using
this mode with TrackIR 5.
◊ Precision
Precision mode is intended for use with TrackIR 5 and cannot be used by previous
generations. It offers superior resolution and tracking stability.
5.9 Visual Preview
5.9.1 3D View
The 3D preview window provides instant feedback on what impact speed and smoothing and
curve adjustments will have on your in game view control. You can customize the camera
position, load panoramic backgrounds and wireframe grids, view third person head previews, and
toggle the HUD on and off.
Perspective
◊ First Person
First person view offers a visual representation of what your view control will look like
within the first person viewpoint of a TrackIR Enhanced title.
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◊ Third Person
There are many third person viewpoints available, and you can manipulate each by
left-clicking and dragging to change the angle or using the mouse wheel to zoom in or
out. Preset viewpoints include: Front, Top, Left, Right, and Rear. The smooth rendered
head model represents your real-life head movement, and the wire-frame overlay
represents the in-game view control.
Show HUD
Toggles the HUD (all windows on the 3D View Preview Window) on and off.
Show Pano
Use to display a 2D panoramic image to the wireframe sphere. These are helpful for previewing
your current settings in a game-like environment.
Load Pano
Load custom panoramic images by selecting a bitmap in TrackIR 5\Data.
Show Pano Grid
Select to remove the wire frame sphere to see just the panoramic image or reapply the sphere after
it has been removed.
Camera Window
The Camera Window shows a 2D image of what the TrackIR camera is tracking, and what is in
its field of view. This helps you adjust the position of yourself and the TrackIR camera to get the
best range of motion and tracking results. Undesired light sources in the camera s view can also
be identified using this window.
Left, Top, and Front Heads
The Left, Top and Front preview windows show a third person view of the head model. They
represent in game view control, giving you instant feedback on how your current settings will
translate in game.
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This shows the raw head tracking data that TrackIR is detecting.
5.9.2 Camera View (2D Tracking Data)
The Camera View is a larger version of the Camera Window. It shows what the TrackIR camera
is tracking, and what is in its field of view. This helps you adjust the position of yourself and the
TrackIR camera to get the best range of motion and tracking results.
Undesired light sources in the camera s view will also be exposed in this window. Green objects
are being tracked by the camera while red objects are not. Other important tracking data (frame
rate, tracking mode, and number of tracked objects) is located at the top right corner of the
window.
5.10 Status Bar
5.10.1 Hot Keys
The hot key buttons display the key that is currently assigned to each function. The buttons can
also be individually clicked to achieve the function.
5.10.2 Software Status Indicators
◊ Green On : Camera connected and detected.
◊ Green Off : Camera not connected.
◊ Yellow On : Camera is tracking a marker.
◊ Yellow Off : Camera is not tracking any markers.
◊ Blue On : A TrackIR Enhanced title is running and recognized by the TrackIR software.
◊ Blue Off : No TrackIR Enhanced title is recognized by the TrackIR software.
6. Gaming Environment
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Distance between the TrackIR and the user
The optimum distance between the user and the TrackIR is 24-36 inches. Using the TrackIR within this
range will achieve the best balance between range of motion and tracking precision. We recommend
having no more than 4 feet between the reflective target and the front of the TrackIR.
Lighting
We recommend turning off or dimming lights in the room and removing any highly reflective materials
that are directly in the view of the TrackIR s camera. You can easily check what the TrackIR s camera is
seeing by opening the Camera View.
7. Limited Warranty
NaturalPoint warrants to the original consumer or other end user that this product, the NaturalPoint
TrackIR, is free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of
purchase. During the limited warranty period, and upon proof of purchase (in the form of product
registration) this product will be repaired or replaced at our option, without charge.
This warranty shall be voided if the product is modified, tampered with, misused, or subjected to
abnormal working conditions. This warranty does not cover physical damage to the surface of this
product. This warranty does not apply when the malfunction results from the use of this product in
conjunction with accessories, other products, or peripheral equipment.
Repair or replacement as provided under this warranty is the exclusive remedy of the purchaser.
THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS OR SUITABILITY FOR A PARTICULAR
USE OR PURPOSE, AND NATURALPOINT INC SHALL IN NO EVENT BE LIABLE TO
PURCHASER FOR INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR
CHARACTER.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation or incidental or consequential damages or allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply
to you.
In order for NaturalPoint to honor your return, you MUST receive an RMA number by calling or emailing
NaturalPoint, and the return the entire TrackIR package, including all accessories and software to:
NaturalPoint
Attn: RMA #####-####
3658 SW Deschutes St.
Corvallis, OR 97333
8 Trouble Shooting
If you are still experiencing difficulty after trying the suggestions in this trouble shooting guide, call
1-541-753-6645 or visit our main website at www.naturalpoint.com or our online forums at
forums.naturalpoint.com for advanced customer support.
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8.1 Problem : Software loads and runs, but LED indicator light on unit does not come on; OR you receive
a message saying, The system cannot find the file specified or the software could not connect with the
TrackIR device
Possible Causes
1. Improper software/ hardware installation.
2. Improper unit alignment. (for solution, see placement instructions in section 3.5)
Solutions
If you connected the TrackIR unit before installing the software, do this:
1a. Shut down the software and wait 30 seconds. Unplug the TrackIR unit from your USB port.
Then plug the TrackIR back into your USB port, wait another 30 seconds and restart the software.
1b. Right click on My Computer. Go to Properties. Go to the Device Manager. Double click on
NaturalPoint Devices. If you see a device listed as TrackIR 3, 4, or 5 then this is not the problem.
1c. If you see a device listed as unknown or has a yellow and black ? next to it,
remove/uninstall that device. Disconnect the TrackIR unit and reboot. After system restarts,
unplug all extraneous USB devices except the keyboard and mouse. Uninstall the NaturalPoint
software.
Reboot two times. When the system restarts the second time, install the software again.
Reboot. After the system comes up, reconnect the TrackIR unit. The camera should now be
recognized and the Found New Hardware Wizard should start. Install the software drivers
accordingly
Additional Solutions - System Restore
If step (1c.) did not work, then you can try restoring your system to an earlier time period.
If there are no unknown USB devices in the device manager, unplug the camera and then uninstall
the software; otherwise, remove the unknown USB device first, then unplug the camera and
uninstall the software.
Perform a system restore to a time before you had your problems. This will clear your registry and
reset your system to that day. Any installations of software or hardware since this date will need
to be reinstalled again. Once the restore is done and system reboots, unplug all extraneous USB
devices. Leave Mouse and Keyboard plugged in.
Reboot a second time.
Now begin the installation of the TrackIR from scratch.
Install the software first. Use the latest version from the download section of our website.
Plug in the TrackIR unit. The found new hardware wizard should start. Follow the installation
instructions at the beginning of the manual.
8.2 Problem : Erratic tracking, the in-game view jumps instead of panning smoothly.
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Possible Causes
Interference from another light source.
Solutions
1. Click Display then Camera View.
2. You should see three green dots in the window. If you see more than three objects in this
window, check for highly reflective items or direct light sources in the background. Move these
objects, move the camera, increase the light filtering on the Camera tab, or reposition your
monitor.
8.3 Problem : All or some of my Hot Keys will not work.
Possible Causes
Conflict between selected key function and other system properties, or key already selected as a
different Hot Key.
Solution
Select a different key for this function.
8.4 Problem : None of the speed settings for view control feel right.
Possible Cause
Incorrect speed settings.
Solution
See sections 5.7.2 and 5.8.1.3 for information about how to adjust the speed for a profile.
8.5 Problem : In-game view control feels jittery.
Possible Cause
Not enough smoothing.
Solution
Increase smoothing slightly. See section 5.7 for information on how to adjust the smoothing for a
profile.
8.6 Problem : In-game view control feels mushy.
Possible Cause
Too much smoothing.
Solution
See section 5.7 for information on how to adjust the smoothing for a profile.
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