Quick Start Guide for Multiple Depth Sensors Configuration

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Video Tutorial

Jimer Lins’ tutorial (motion capture for SFM)

Note: This tutorial is for Version 2. New tutorials are under construction
For the Impatient

Get Hardware

  • Get the depth sensors.
  • Get computer with DirectX 11 videocard
    • For Microsoft Kinect 2 (or Kinect for XBOX One with PC adapter):
    • For Microsoft Kinect, ASUS Xtions and PrimeSense Carmine:
      • At least two USB 2.0 or 3.0 controllers are required. Each sensor should be connected through its own controller.




  • Find a suitable space: not less than 8 by 8 feet (2.5 by 2.5 meters).
  • Connect sensors to a PC, point it at the actor and use iPi Recorder to record your performance.
Note: Two sensors cannot be connected through one and the same USB 2.0/3.0 controller.
  • Point all sensors to the center of capture area. Actor should be fully visible in all sensors in capture area.
    • For two depth sensors the angle between them can be in the range 60-90 degrees, or near to 180 degrees.
    • Three depth sensors ideally should be placed at apexes of equilateral triangle with sides equal to about 6 metersю

Record Calibration Sequence

  • For calibration, use Mini Maglite flashlight (or similar) as a marker, and use iPi Recorder to record calibration video
  • Move the marker slowly through your entire capture volume (front-top-right-bottom-left-back-top-right-bottom-left). Start from top and move the marker in a descending spiral motion.

Record Action Sequence

  • Actor should be dressed in casual slim clothing, avoid shiny fabrics.
  • Record video of actor's performance. Please ensure that the whole body including arms and legs is visible during the performance in both sensors. Start from a T-pose. Then goes actor’s performance.


For more details see User Guide for Multiple Depth Sensors Configuration.