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.
|24.0.6 (Last Patch Level)||2019-12-17|
|23.2.1 (Last Patch Level)||2019-06-14|
|All Previous Versions||2014 to 2019|
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
A. Open Settings
In the main window in the lower-right, click Settings.
B. Click Video
In the menu on the left hand side, click Video.
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.
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 🙂
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a custom size.
- You cannot open the template file directly. You need to to import the file using OBS.
4. IMPORT & ACTIVATE TEMPLATE
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.
B. Scene Collection Importer
In the window that opens, click Add.
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.
D. Import Template
The file you selected will be listed in the table below. Click Import.
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.
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. 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.
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. Restart OBS Software
- Close OBS by going to the File menu and then clicking Exit.
- Re-Open OBS
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.
D. Open Camera Properties
Right-Click on the Camera shown in the Sources panel and then click Properties
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
A. View Settings
Click the Settings button in the lower-right corner to view the viewing and recording preferences.
B. Output Options
Click the menu on the left labeled Output to view the settings specific to the recording type and location.
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.
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.