How To Get Started
Setting up an account
- After applying for the beta you should receive an email invitation within a week.
- This email is your guide for getting started using Move. Read through and follow the instructions.
- Make sure that WiFi and Bluetooth are turned on in the phones settings.
- Having an internet connection will allow you to log into the app.
- Click on the app.
- Login to your account
To learn more about the iPhone setup click here
- Create a new session by pressing Host Session. This phone is now your host device.
- Create a session and project name.
- Pick a name that's relevant to session and project.
- Now its time to connect the capture devices.
- Make sure WiFi and Bluetooth are switched on.
- Having an internet connection will allow you to upload your videos.
- Click on the Move.ai app.
- Click on Join Session.
- The iPhone will now connect to the Host.
- When connected the iPhone will give you a preview of the camera.
- This iPhone will be assigned a number.
Repeat these steps again to connect all capture devices.
- When all capture devices are connected you should get a preview on the Host device.
- Each preview will display the battery percentage.
Positioning your Cameras
- Position your cameras around the actor depending on the optimal camera setup.
- Check the link below to learn more about capture volumes and camera placement. https://docs.move.ai/capture-volumes
- The capture volume is the available space for the actor to move around in whilst being tracked by the system.
- Use the host device preview to mark out the capture volume. Walk towards a camera checking how close you can get whilst keeping your entire body in frame. Mark this point out on the floor.
- Repeat the step above for each camera in your setup. This will give you a marked out capture volume.
- Now you can start filming.
Recording your Calibration
You are now ready to record your calibration for your first shoot. Calibrating is the most important step in achieving high quality motion capture data. It's worth noting that you will need to know the actors height which will be used when processing the calibration.
- Start the recording by pressing the circular white button on the screen.
- Actor needs to standing in the centre of the volume.
- Clap 3 times above your head as loud as possible.
- Stand in the Y-pose in the centre of the volume.
- Begin to calibrate the volume by walking towards each marker in the Y-pose. Its important to return to the center before repeating this step for each camera.
- Remain in the Y-pose with your arms above your head for the whole calibration.
- Once finished stand back in the centre of the volume standing in the Y-pose.
- Press the button end the recording
For more information on how to record your calibration click here.
Recording your Takes
You are now ready to record your take for your first shoot. This is your time to get creative.
- Click on New Scene
- The screen below will pop up.
- Give your scene a name and press Apply
- Your chosen scene name can be seen at the top of the screen
- Start the recording by pressing the circular white button.
- The Actor should be standing in the centre of the volume.
- Clap 3 times above your head as loud as possble.
- Stand in a T-pose for atleast 2 seconds.
- After this has been complete you are free to perform your movements inside the volume.
- GET CREATIVE
- End the recording when you've captured your movements by pressing red square.
Once you have finished all recordings you can now upload the videos to the web app.
- To start press the Finish recording at the bottom of your screen
- After pressing this button it will ask you 'Do you really want to finish your recording session?' Press Finish session.
- When you have done this the 'Manage session' screen will appear displaying your Calibration and your created scene name.
- At the bottom of the screen you have multiple different options to choose from. Exit Session, Save to Host and Upload all.
- Press Upload all. This will upload all of the videos in this session. Each take will start uploading to the web app which is demonstrated by the blue loading bar.
- Once the blue bar disappears the videos will be uploaded to the web app. From here you can press Close and exit session.
- From here we are finished with the iPhone app. Now its time to use the Move web app.
Click Here to open the Move web app
- Before we can do anything we need to login to the web app. The login details are the same ones used for the iPhone app.
- Click Projects.
- Click on your Project. It will be at the top of the list.
- Click on your Session on the Project overview page
Firstly press the +Calibration button.
- Select the calibration video for the camera. This will auto select the other cameras based on your selection.
- Look through the calibration and note down the clap and action times.
- Press Save
- Make sure each video is the identical calibration take.
- Press Confirm
- This will take you to the Calibration Details.
Title: Give your calibration a title. For example 'Calibration_1'
- Actor name: Give your actor a name or choose an existing profile.
- Actor Height in metres (m): You must do this in order for the system to accurately extract a person's bone lengths - this information is required in metres (i.e. 1.88m)
- First clap start time: This is the time in the calibration when the clap for syncing starts - this helps to sync all the cameras
- Last clap end time: This is the end time of the clap - this will help the system synchronise more easily.
- Calibration start time: This is the start time of the calibration. This should be inputted when the actor is standing in the Y-pose after the clapping.
- Calibration end time: This is the end time of the calibration sequence. This should be inputted when the actor is standing in the Y-pose after calibrating the entire volume.
- After this is complete press Save & Run
- The calibration will begin processing. The processing time depends on the length of your calibration and the number of cameras.
- Once completed you will see a Green tick below Status. This means your calibration is successful.
- If you have a Red cross below status. This means your calibration has failed.
- Contact email@example.com if your calibration is unsuccessful.
- Now we can create our takes.
Press +Take button
- Select the take videos.
- Look through the take and note down the clap and action times.
- Click Save
- Make sure each video is the correct take.
- Press Confirm
- This will take you to the Take Details.
- Scene: Create a New Scene.
- Title: Give your Take a Title.
- Actor Number: You must tell the system how many actors are in the take, as this ensures it tracks all actors.
- Prop: Here you can select if you have any props in the scene you would like to track. Currently the platform only supports the tracking of a single football.
- First clap start time: Input the time when the first clap starts.
- Last clap end time: Input the time when the last clap ends.
Time take action starts: This is the start time of the action in your take. Always start your take when the Actor(s) in the video are clearly visible, holding the t-pose and not occluding each other.
- Time take action ends: This is the end time of the action in your take, or when you want your animation output data to finish.
- Press Save when everything is inputted correctly.
- Select the calibration you want to use. This should be for the same camera positions as the Take you are about to process.
- Fingers: ON or OFF. Depending if you want finger tracking on your data.
- Rigs: Select the Rig you want to retarget to. For this example we're using the Move.ai_Male_rig_v3
- Click 'Run' and your video will now start processing.
- Once the take has been processed the status will get a Green tick if its successful.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. They will help with failed takes.
- From here click the session. This will give you four options.
- Info: The settings chosen for this motion capture.
- Result Preview: Gives a preview of your motion capture.
- Sync: Allows you to check the clap synchronization.
- Download: Gives you download options for your data.
- Select which output option to download.
- Click here to learn more about output options
- Enjoy the Motion capture.