Download and Install Smartsuit Studio

When you receive your Smartsuit Pro, make sure to download Smartsuit Studio in your computer. You can find the latest version from the link below.

During the installation you will be asked if you want to Add an exception to the Windows Firewall. If you are using Windows default antivirus and firewall, this option will create a rule in Windows Firewall that will allow Smartsuit Studio access the local network and connect with your Smartsuit Pro. If you don't do that or you have different third party firewall software, you will have to create a firewall rule for that specific antivirus manually.

Get to know Smartsuit Studio

Introduction

Smartsuit studio is an animation software that is using live data from Smartsuit Pro to create humanoid animations. 

Demo project

When you install Smartsuit Studio, it will automatically create a demo project called SmartsuitDemo. The project is located in Documents/SmartsuitStudioProjects directory.

You can open the project by clicking on the arrow on the bottom right corner of the project.

The project now is loaded and you are in the project view of Smartsuit Studio. 

On the left side you will see the panel that contains subfolders and recordings of the project. The demo project comes with 4 recordings.
On the bottom side you can see the timeline panel, when you load a recording you can use the controls in this panel to playback the recording.
Load a recording by right clicking it, and click Open Take

Once you do that the recording will load in the 3D view and you will see a character performing the motion of the recording.

Export a recording

To export a recording you can right click the recording and click Export, or if you want to export the recording that is currently loaded and playing, you can click the Export Panel located in the bottom right of the timeline panel.

From the panel that will appear, you can select your preferred format and click the Export button.

To locate the exported file you can click the Go to exports panel, located on the bottom left corner. This will open the directory where the exported files are located in your windows explorer.

Create a new project

To create a new project you can click on the New project button in the dashboard screen.
 

Then specify the name of the project and the name of the first scene in your project. And click the arrow to create the project and open it. The project will be stored inside the %userprofile%\documents\SmartsuitStudioProjects folder by default.

Connect Smartsuit Pro with USB

To use your Smartsuit Pro you have to configure the WiFi that the Smartsuit will use, and the device that it will send data to. To connect the Smartsuit Pro to your computer with usb follow this guide:

Configure Smartsuit Pro WiFi from Smartsuit Studio

To setup the wifi of the Smartsuit Pro use this guide:

To find out the receiver IP for your computer, you can this guide:

Once you setup the WiFi and receiver IP you can disconnect the Smartsuit Pro from your computer, but make sure to keep it in the power bank. The Smartsuit Pro now should send data to your computer and you should see a character appearing that shows the motion of the Smartsuit Pro.

Controlling Smartsuit Pro from Smartsuit Studio

Now that you have your live character inside Smartsuit Studio, there are two things to consider. The first one is the Smartsuit Control panel for controlling your Smartsuit Pro. Second is creating a body profile with the dimensions of the user that wears the Smartsuit Pro, this will allow the Smartsuit Pro represent the user movements more accurate.

Smartsuit Pro Control panel

The Smartsuit control panel, also referred to sometimes as the Smartsuit diagnostics, is where the user keeps track of how the Smartsuit is performing overall and what body profile is applied to the Smartsuit. Each row is associated with the current Smartsuits visible. You expand and collapse each Smartsuit control by clicking the name of the Smartsuit.

Note that recorded Smartsuits will also appear along with live Smartsuits. This is handy when one needs to see how a suit performed in retrospect.

Starting from the top left the first thing you see is a colored ellipse. This is the profile thumbnail, and by clicking this you can access all the available profiles that exist in your Studio. The profile thumbnail is followed by the name of the profile, not the Smartsuit. Remember, the suit name is static and can not be changed (E.g. “RKK1”), and body profiles are dynamic and can be edited and they are applied to a Smartsuit. The Smartsuit ID is what is displayed just below the profile thumbnail, and is always 3 numbers long.

Local calibrate button
This will simply only calibrate the Smartsuit in question.

Local focus and follow
Similar to the global focus and follow button this will focus only on the given Smartsuit in the scene.

Restart suit
This will restart the suit, should the sensors need a re-initialization. This might be necessary from time to time if sensors are red and are performing poorly.

Broadcast vs. Unicast
Unicast means that the given suit will only transmit data to your computer. Broadcast means the Smartsuit will send to all computers, on the same network running Smartsuit Studio. The default is unicast.

Update firmware trigger
Clicking this will prompt the modal from where you see the current version of the firmware, and when one is available, update to a newer version.

Create profile

  • Body height: The distance between the top of your head and the floor when you are standing up straight.
  • Foot length: The distance between the end of your toe to the back of your heel.
  • Arm Span: The distance between fingertips when your your arms are spread.
  • Shoulder height: The distance between the center of either shoulder and the floor when you are standing up straight.
  • Shoulder width: The distance between the centers of each of your shoulders.
  • Hip height: Find the point on either side of your pelvis where the bone sticks out forward the furthest. Roughly one hand width below that point your should feel where your thigh bone starts. Measure the distance between that point and the floor when you are standing up straight.
  • Hip width: Find the two points on either side of your pelvis where the bone sticks out forward the most. Measure the distance between those points.
  • Ankle height: The distance between the middle of your inside ankle bone and the floor.
  • Heel offset: The distance between the middle of your inside ankle bone and the end of your heel.

In short the body dimensions profile tool takes user measurement inputs and places them on the neutral character, to achieve the most accurate virtual version of the person in the suit.

Measurements
Nine measurements are needed to have a complete a body profile. These have been carefully selected to create a character that best recreates the user’s dimensions. When creating a profile, one has to input at least total height (with or without shoes). The closer you get to your real size and proportions in Smartsuit Studio, the better result you will get when recording your Smartsuit’s data, so we recommend inputting all measurements. Some are definitely easier and more familair than others, but watch our little how-to video on how to make a body profile, and you will find that it’s actually not that hard.

Body profiles colors
Apart from the measurements a body profile has a color associated with it. The color is there so it's easy differentiate the Smartsuits from one another in the scene.

The header

Smartsuit Studio extra options

Clicking the Smartsuit Studio icon in the header prompts a dropdown, from which you can see information of the current version of Smartsuit Studio, access the advanced settings and quit the Studio. The advanced settings allow you to change the graphics quality of Smartsuit Studio, change the floor used, enable or disable the sounds, and finally change the port number the Smartsuit Studio will listen for Smartsuits. The port number needs to match the one the Smartsuit will use when configure the WiFi settings of the Smartsuit.

Click the four squares icon will take you back to dashboard and you can switch between projects.

The header control buttons

The center header buttons all have a global effect, meaning they control all characters and affects the whole scene and camera.

Calibrate button
Clicking this will improve your position and data. Once pressed a count down will start from 3… 2… 1… and on “Go!” you’re calibrated.

Focus and follow
Clicking this button will focus the camera on the characters in the scene. If only one is present, the camera will look at the center point of this character. If more than one character is in the scene, camera will find the combined center of all characters. Once clicked the icon turns green, and the camera will find it’s focus and follow the character(s), until broken. Breaking the focus and follow happens once the user pans around the scene. Break settings ought to be set from advanced settings.

Mirror
By clicking the mirror button one flips the scene. This can be particular useful when one needs to follow exact movements and is dependant on seeing and coresponding to his / her own motion – as if looking into a mirror. The scene is “mirrored” when the button is Rokoko green.

Reset scene
This button resets all characters and the camera position to zero. If there is more than one character in the scene the characters will be placed as follows:

When two characters are present the mutual center point will be placed in zero (0, 0, 0). With three or more characters the same will apply, however the center point will always snap to the character closest to the actual shared center point. All characters will be offset each other by two meters.

Reset camera
This resets and aligns camera to deafult position, which is 0, 0, 10*? Clicking it twice will bring the camera back to where it came from.

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