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Step 2 – Setup Software

This step will help you configure your computer to connect with the infrared video goggles.  Here are quick links to each key step:

  1. Install OBS Software
  2. Find Screen Resolution
  3. Download Template
  4. Import & Activate Template
  5. Link Cameras
  6. Setup Recording Options

1. INSTALL OBS SOFTWARE

Note:  If you are installing on MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) or above, please follow the directions on Installing OBS for MacOS and then return to these instructions.  Windows users can follow the steps below.

In order to maintain a stable working environment, Vestibular First rigorously tests all versions of OBS prior to approving for use with the Insight Infrared Video Goggles.  Please review the below table for supported versions of OBS per platform.

Using versions of OBS not confirmed by Vestibular First is not recommended and can lead to unexpected results.

 Date ReleasedWindowsMacOS
27.2.42022-04-40
26.1.22021-01-08
25.0.082020-04-26
All Previous Versions2014 to 2019

A. Download

Browse to the OBS Download page and download the file that matches your operating system (eg. Windows/Apple/Linux)

Install OBS 2 262 3

B. Install

Make sure you’re an administrator on your computer (or know someone who is) and then click “next” through all the default settings.

Note:  If you are unable to install software on your machine for security or other reasons, take a look at the OBS Software Alternatives for Non-Administrators page to see other options available to you.

2. FIND SCREEN RESOLUTION

Settings

A. Open Settings

In the main window in the lower-right, click Settings.

Video

B. Click Video

In the menu on the left hand side, click Video.

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C. Identify Resolution

In the top of the video settings, click the drop-down next to Base (Canvas) Resolution.   In the list of options, choose the highest value.  In this example, it is 3840×1600.  

Click Ok to save any changes.

Note:  If you are unable to do the above steps, please follow the alternate screen size finder page to get your resolution.  Return to this page when complete.

3. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE

In order to import the template, you must download it to your local computer by accomplishing the following steps:

  • Click on the Download link below at the intersection of your computer’s Screen Resolution and your Operating System (Window or Apple)
  • Save this file to a known location like your downloads folder or the desktop.  You will need to know for the next step 🙂

NOTES

  • If you are using Safari, you must right-click the file, then click “Download Linked File” to save the template.
  • If you are using Internet Explorer, you must right-click the file, then click “Save Target as…” to save the template.
  • The below templates are not compatible with Windows 8 or 8.1.  We do not recommend OBS for this version of Windows due to severe limitations of the software.
  • If you cannot find your resolution, please email support@vestibularfirst.com to request a custom size.
  • You cannot open the template file directly.  You need to to import the file using OBS.

Note:  You cannot open the downloaded JSON file directly.  You must import into OBS using the steps below.  If you try to open the file directly, you will just see text.  Follow the below directions to import your file.

Screen ResolutionWindowsApple
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4. IMPORT & ACTIVATE TEMPLATE

Import Scene Collection B

A. Click Scene Collection…Import

The menu is along the top of the screen.  Once in that menu, click Import.

Note:  If you are using OBS v.24, please skip steps B and D.

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B. Scene Collection Importer

In the window that opens, click Add.

Import Scene Collection C2

C. Browse for Template

A window will pop-up browsing your local file system.  Browse for the file you downloaded in the section above.  Once you find it, click it once to highlight it, then click Open.

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D. Import Template

The file you selected will be listed in the table below.  Click Import.

Import Scene Collection D

E. Activate Scene Collection

Activate the the newly imported scene by clicking Scene Collection, then by clicking the item on the menu starting with Vestibular First… followed by your screen resolution. Eg. Vestibular First 800×600 as seen in our example.

Import Scene Collection E

F. Confirm Imported Scenes

You should now see in the Scenes panel a list of the new scenes available to you for your viewing of the infrared video goggles.

5. LINK CAMERAS

In order to connect the software to your goggles and additional webcams, a link must be created between them.  Most of the work is done for you in the template, but this is a “last mile” connection that is custom to your computer.

General Note:  Depending on your operating system, some or all of the cameras need to be linked.  After linking, you will not need to redo this step unless you reinstall the template.

Apple Users: You must plug the goggles into the exact same ports on the computer/hub each time or the video signals could get swapped or broken and you will need to re-link the cameras manually.

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A. Connect All Cameras

In order make sure OBS can see all of the connected devices, plug in the goggles and optionally an external webcam if you are using a camera not built-in to your computer.

B. Open Link Camera Scene

In the Scenes panel in the lower-left, please left click the scene labeled:  9 – LINK CAMERAS

OBS-Link-C - Open Left Camera

C. Open Properties of Left Eye Camera

In the Sources panel, double left-click on Camera 1 (Left Eye) to open the properties window.

OBS-Link-D - OBS Virtual Camera

D. Select OBS Virtual Camera

In the Device dropdown menu, select OBS Virtual Camera from the list.

Note:  If you do not see OBS Virtual Camera on this list, please install the latest version of OBS.

OBS-Link-E - Left Camera

E. Select Left Eye

In the Device dropdown menu, click Left Eye from the list.  You should see the camera feed in the preview window.

Click Ok to save the settings.

OBS-Link-F - Right Eye

F. Open Properties of Right Eye Camera

In the Sources panel, double left-click on Camera 2 (Right Eye) to open the properties window.

OBS-Link-D - OBS Virtual Camera

G. Select OBS Virtual Camera

In the Device dropdown menu, select OBS Virtual Camera from the list.

Note:  If you do not see OBS Virtual Camera on this list, please install the latest version of OBS.

OBS-Link-H - Right Eye

H. Select Right Eye

In the Device dropdown menu, click Right Eye from the list.  You should see the camera feed in the preview window.

Click Ok to save the settings.

OBS-Link-I - Room Camera Source

I. Open Properties of Room Camera (Optional)

In the Sources panel, double left-click on Camera 3 (Room) to open the properties window.

OBS-Link-J - Integrated Camera

J. Select Room Camera

In the Device dropdown menu, select your room camera from the list.  It is usually called either Integrated Webcam or Facetime Camera.

Note:  The camera name name can vary and also can include the name of the manufacturer (eg. HP Webcam).  Try them all until you find the right one–you won’t break anything 🙂

OBS-Link-K - Final Setup

K. Confirm All Cameras are linked

Congrats! Your cameras should now be all linked to OBS and will be visible in this setup scene.  You can confirm that the scenes work by clicking through any of the scenes 1 through 7.

6. SETUP RECORDING OPTIONS

Recording Settings Settings

A. View Settings

Click the Settings button in the lower-right corner to view the viewing and recording preferences.

Recording Settings Output

B. Output Options

Click the menu on the left labeled Output to view the settings specific to the recording type and location.

Recording Settings Change Location Browse
Recording Settings Change Location Select Folder

C. Saved Recordings Location

If you wish to change the location of where the stored recordings are kept, click the Browse button and then click Select Folder when you have decided on the new location.   This is optional to change and can be adjusted at any point in the future.

Recording Settings Recording Format

D. Recording Format

OBS allows an extensive list of output formats like MP4, MOV, etc. and can be changed at any point.  We suggest the following formats based on your Operating System to maximize compatibility:

  • Windows:  MP4
  • Apple: MOV

Click the Recording Format dropdown and then click the format you require, followed by OK.

Step 2 Complete 🙂