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Transcript of kinecthacks
It looks much better fullscreen. Unless, of course, all this zooming is making you feel nauseous.
Don't worry, we promise to be restrained and not over-use this effect. If you got your kinect as part of an xbox 360 bundle, you won't have been given a USB/Power cable which is required to connect it to a PC.
They can be purchased direct from microsoft from this link, but only if you live in the US. Because we have to record a full HD desktop at the same time as running all this software, our webcam won't work in grand VJ. http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/buy/pageType.product/externalRefID.9A4CFC08 Before connecting the kinect, it's important to install the correct drivers and software. If you have any previously installed kinect drivers (OpenKinect/libfreenect or Code Laboratories CL NUI), uninstall them before starting this guide One last thing before we get stuck in. This has all been successfully tested on a windows 7 (64-bit) PC with a GTX-275 graphics card. We've managed to get it to work on an intel dual-core laptop winning win7 (32), but the poor onboard graphics card meant we couldn't run the physics engine in MMD, which sucked.
We also tried to run this on an apple laptop running windows XP, but various drivers failed and bailed.
We've done our best to make this all painless, but with so much of this software being hacked, free or simply requiring too much from tired old hardware there's always a possibility something will fail. We will try and supply links to sources of help wherever possible. Download and install OpenNI Get it from this page http://www.openni.org/downloadfiles/openni-binaries/21-stable If you have any problems with OpenNI installation you can get help from their google group user forum. http://groups.google.com/group/openni-dev Download and Install the kinect drivers https://github.com/avin2/SensorKinect/tree/master/Bin Direct Download link or Get it from this page download and install the file SensorKinect-Win32-5.0.0.exe (found in the /bin directory) Download MikuMikuDance Direct Download link or Get it from this page http://mohawkmedia.co.nz/MikuMikuDanceE_v730.zip This version has the mogg project drivers pre-installed, which adds neck, waist, wrist and ankle articulation to the motion capture.
We've acheived our best results with the ankles turned off. We have also added green and blue background screens to help with chroma-keying and this awesome extra model. More about her later. To install, extract the contents of the archive to c:\program files\ and make a shortcut to c:\program files MikuMikuDanceE_v730\MikuMikuDance.exe http://www.geocities.jp/higuchuu4/index_e.htm You will need to download and install the directX version of MMD and if you want better joint articulation, go to the mogg project site and download the replacement openNI driver. One more driver you may need... We didn't notice this until we tested on a virginal Windows 7 installation, but Windows 7 doesn't ship with DirectX9 installed. We nearly missed this as we're keen gamers here at the g33k show and many games install this for you by default.
We found out that the version required is the release from march 2009, and can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616 This is where the fun really starts It should look like this The following video will show you how to prepare MMD for luma-keying One last thing on MMD.... Within the /data folder of the MMD installation is a program called MoggDxOpenNIConfig.exe that configures the Mogg project drivers. We get our best results by turning the ankle joints off. Load a model (start off with Miku_Hatsune.pmd) then deselect the bones, turn off the grid & shadow in the display & set the background to black.
Change the colour of the edge of the cartoon shader to a dark grey and increase the edge thickness to make this edge stand out.
To start motion capture turn on the physics engine then turn on the kinect driver and assume the calibration pose. Recap: http://bit.ly/dQKGqF Click here to see this in HD (you may have to change the youtube clip settings to 720 HD) The Hymelyoff Labs VH Screen Capture toolkit has been around for several years. It is a free, robust and speedy screen capture driver that does some amazing and very useful things. In this case, it outputs to a web-cam style driver that can be seen by other software as an input.
It's downside is that it's not particularly easy to use for beginners, and it's about to be replaced by it's commercial derivative, XSplit.
To keep things consistent, download and install the same version as we use from this link here: http://mohawkmedia.co.nz/VHCapture_inst.exe Run VH Multicam Studio Download & Install NITE http://mohawkmedia.co.nz/NITE_keycode.txt it's in this text file, to save you some typing Download the appropriate driver from this page: You can download all of these drivers (32 bit versions), and MikuMikuDance in this archive: http://mohawkmedia.co.nz/mikupack32.rar