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. Map Camera Sources
  6. Setup Recording Options

1. INSTALL OBS SOFTWARE

A. Download

Browse to the OBS Download page and download the file that matches your operating system (eg. Windows/Apple).  They even have support for Linux & Chromebooks!

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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

Find Screen Resolution in OBS_2_A

A. Right-Click Scene

Find any scene in OBS and right-click on the scene name to open an additional menu.

Find Screen Resolution in OBS_2_B

B. Click Fullscreen Projector

Click the menu item Fullscreen Projector (Scene) to open an additional menu.

Find Screen Resolution in OBS_2_C

C. Identify Resolution

In the menu pop-out, you will see an entry for each of the attached displays and their resolution:

  • Display 0: 800×600 @ 0,0 

The resolution is the two numbers separated by an “x”, which in this case is 800×600 as seen here:

  • Display 0: 800×600 @ 0,0 

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\’ll 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.
  • 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.
  • For all operating systems – You cannot open the template file directly.  You need to to import the file using OBS.
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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.

Import Scene Collection C2

B. 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.

Import Scene Collection D

C. 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

D. 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. MAP CAMERA SOURCES

In order to connect the software to your goggles and additional webcams, a mapping 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 mapped.  After mapping, 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-map the cameras manually.

Plug In Cameras

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.

Restart OBS

B. Restart OBS Software

  • Close OBS by going to the File menu and then clicking Exit.
  • Re-Open OBS
Select Left Scene

C. Confirm functionality of Left, Right, and Room Scenes

Open each the following scenes by clicking on the scene name in the Scenes panel:

  • 1 – LEFT
  • 2 – RIGHT
  • 4 – ROOM

Did you see video?

  • Yes – Great!  Check the next scene in the list
  • No – Continue to next step for each scene that does not work.
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D. Open Camera Properties

Right-Click on the Camera shown in the Sources panel and then click Properties

Select Device

E. Select Device

Click the dropdown for the Device selection and then select the camera name from the list that should be mapped to this source:

  • Camera 1:  Left Eye
  • Camera 2:  Right Eye
  • Camera 3:  Room Camera*

Once you select a camera from the list, a live preview window will appear showing a thumbnail of the video source.  Confirm this is the correct camera before clicking Ok.

*The Room camera name can vary from computer to computer, so use the preview window to confirm the camera you want to use. Note that it is the 3rd of 3 cameras but the 4th scene (scene 3 is both left and right cameras for dual eye viewing).

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 🙂