Our Virtual Production opens a new world of possibilities for your Smartsuit Pro. From absolute positioning to prop interaction and virtual cameras, it's a worthwhile investment! If you need help learning how to set up the Virtual Production, look no further!
The following tutorial will go over steps on how to set up your Virtual Production. We will show you all of the parts that your Virtual Production comes with and break down the process to get it working inside of Rokoko Studio. The Virtual Production Add-on in Studio allows you to integrate data from SteamVR tracking so you can work with props, virtual cameras and the absolute position of your Smartsuit Pro actor. The integration allows you to run the setup with or without a head-mounted display (HMD) and up to 15 trackers at the same time.
HTC trackers (1.0 or 2.0), Valve base stations (1.0 or 2.0).
NOTE: The 2018 tracker version works with both Base Stations 2.0 and 1.0, however, the old trackers only work with 1.0. You can recognise the 2018 edition by the blue Valve logo on top.
If using trackers on a Smartsuit Pro: a mount for the tracker going on the actors back.
You can 3D-print your own by using this design.
NOTE: We recommend having as high infill as possible if you 3D-print it to make it as durable as possible.
Screws for mounting the trackers to the back mount, camera, and props.
Rokoko Studio version 1.12.1 or higher (download here) with:
Rokoko ID (sign up through Studio)
License to the Virtual Production Add-on
License to Studio Plus, Pro or Enterprise (subscribe through Studio)
A PC with Windows 10 (Forwarding VP data to Unreal or Unity on Mac currently not supported)
Steam with the SteamVR app
Base Station & Tracker Setup
Place each of the HTC Base Stations 5 x 5 m apart from each other.
They should be placed facing each other in a way that they can create an area that you will stand in which the Base Stations can see you
If they aren’t already powered on, make sure that the Base Stations are plugged in
If your trackers are not paired to your PC, do so by:
If you see a tracker icon, you can also hover on it and select Pair Tracker
Press the Power button for around 2 seconds
The status light blinks blue while pairing is in progress
The status light turns solid green when the tracker is successfully paired
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
When all the trackers you want to use are paired, they should show up both in the SteamVR panel and in the Virtual Production panel in Studio
Before setting up SteamVR, you must install the Null driver from our Virtual Production Setup panel in Rokoko Studio. This allows you to use the trackers and Base Stations without the HMD.
To install the Null Driver:
With Rokoko Studio open, click on the Virtual Production icon at the top right
Click the cogwheel to the left of “Virtual Production”
Toggle on “Use Null Driver” so that it is green
The Null-driver is properly installed when you see an “H” icon where the HMD icon would normally be on the SteamVR panel
Next you must do a Room Setup in SteamVR. To do this:
Open the SteamVR app inside of Steam
Once the panel is displayed, click on the three lines at the top left, and select ‘Room Setup’
Perform the ‘Standing Only’ Room Setup and follow the on-screen instructions
Once Room Setup is completed, open Rokoko Studio
Smartsuit Pro Setup
Connect your Smartsuit Pro as you normally would. If you need help with this, follow this guide here.
Once your suit is connected to Rokoko Studio, attach a tracker onto one of the mounts provided (or one that you 3D print yourself)
Once attached, slide the mount inside of your top back pocket of the suit so that the tracker is sitting on top of your back
Once the tracker is attached, it’s recommended to define your floor again so that your tracker is at the correct height from the ground
After defining your floor, perform a calibration of the suit
Once this is done, you are now ready to make recordings and/or forward data to another application such as Unity or Unreal (stay tuned for tutorials on how to do this)
Rokoko Studio Setup
To enable Virtual Production:
Click the Virtual Production icon at the top right of the window
Click ‘Start SteamVR’ button
NOTE: It is best that you do not have SteamVR already open before clicking this button. If you do, close the SteamVR app first, then click this button to re-open it through Rokoko Studio.
Once Virtual Production is enabled there are several adjustable settings:
Room area - Show or hide room area, indicated by the dotted lines on the ground
Tracker Guides - Show or hide tracker icons in the 3D Scene
Labels - Show or hide tracker labs in the 3D scene
Field of view - Show or hide the fields of view for each Base Station
Delay - Set the delay between tracker data and the suits. Default: 50ms
Under “Connected devices”, you’ll see icons of all of the trackers and Base Stations currently detected by Rokoko Studio
Under “Scene objects”, you’ll see icons of different props you have in the 3D scene
If you currently don’t have any props, you can click on the “+” Prop icons at the bottom to add them to the 3D scene
You can assign a tracker to each prop by simply dragging the tracker from “Unassigned trackers” directly on top of the prop icon
You can also change the colors and offset of the trackers by right-clicking the prop icon
The “Define Floor” icon allows you to define where your floor is within the space so that the trackers/props are at the right height within the 3D scene. To define the floor:
Place only 1 tracker on the floor, in view of the Base Stations
Click the “Define Floor” icon (sometimes this might require a second click if it doesn’t define properly)
We hope this guide has helped teach you how to set up your Virtual Production. If you have any issues getting the Virtual Production to set up properly, please reach out to our support desk for assistance or email email@example.com!
For more info on the Virtual Production, click here!