MVN Remote App for iOS and Android


TUTORIAL: Getting Started With the MVN Remote App

1. Introduction

MVN Remote is an app that allows you to control MVN Analyze/Animate from your phone or tablet. The app can also record a reference video using the camera on the device. This video will be streamed to MVN Analyze/Animate and can be played back next to the motion that was recorded.
The app is available for both Android and IOS.


1.1 What's improved in this release?

This article is for the remote app 2.0, improvements can be found in the release notes, available here: Release notes

 Release notes

1.2 Features
Some features that are available from the MVN Remote app:

  • Recording controls:
    • Start/Stop recording
    • Add Marker
    • Move Character To Origin
    • Rename Session
    • Camera viewport
    • Enable/Disable Camera
  • Reference video Recording
  • Playback controls:
    • Play/Pause
    • Scrub timeline 

1.2 Minimum requirements

  • MVN Remote app: Android version 4.3, or IOS version 6.0
  • MVN Analyze/Animate 2019.2.1
  • Network connection


2 Getting Started

2.1 Download software

1. Search for "MVN Remote" in the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS)

2. Download and install the app. 

                                     Android                                                                              iOS

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2.2 Set up MVN Remote App

1. Start the MVN Remote app on your mobile device.

NOTE: The first time you open the app it will ask you if you want to allow. Allow all preferences to use the video functionality of the app.

When the app is booted up, you will see the main view window.



2.3 Set up connection

First, a connection needs to be made with the pc running MVN. Make sure that the phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer that runs MVN.
1. Click on the Settings Icon (mceclip2.png)  to set up the link between the MVN Remote app and the pc.


2. Get the IP address of the machine where MVN is running. You can do so by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard (mceclip4.png) and type "CMD"  and click Command Prompt.


4. in the Command Prompt, type in "ipconfig" and press the Enter-key to get an overview of the network settings.
5. Search for the IPv4 Address. 


2. Fill in the IPv4 address in the Connectivity window of the Remote App.

NOTE: The IPv4 address has to be something like (do not forget the dots!)



3. Press the Connect button.



After a short while, there should be a connection with MVN Analyze/Animate (mceclip14.png).


3 Record files

Before recording a file, start MVN Analyze/Animate and start a live session (Ctrl+N) and set up a connection between MVN and the remote app (see chapter 2)

1. To record files, go back to the Viewport by clicking "<". 


The viewport should now show your live avatar. 



3.1 Recording Controls

1. Recording button (mceclip19.png): Start and stop a recording
2. Session Name: change the name of your session (cannot be blank)


3. Move the character to origin: the right heel of the avatar will be defined as [x,y] = [0,0]
4. Add Marker: when pressed, a marker will be added to that frame 
5. Time: shows the current time of recording 
6. Viewport
      - ROTATE: Use single finger swipes to rotate around the character. 
      - ZOOM: Use two fingers pinch to zoom in and two fingers release to zoom out 


3.2 Reference video

1. To include a reference video, press the Enable Camera button (mceclip32.png). 



2. A preview of the camera will show in the top left corner. You can toggle the view of the camera by pressing the "<"



3. In MVN, go to the Motion Capture Configuration Window (File > Edit Live Configuration or press mceclip22.png). Press the Video Camera Icon on the left bar 



4. Turn on the Video Camera. The video from your connected remote app will be previewed below. 


After you have recorded a file with a video, the video file will be buffered to MVN. During this process, you can already start a new recording. After the buffering is done, you will have an MVN, mp4 and MVNS file. The MVNS file can be opened in MVN to show the video synced with your Mocap data side by side.


3.3 Change video settings

1. Click on the Settings Icon (mceclip2.png)  to change the video settings



On the right, in the settings menu, you can find the video settings.


Video settings

- Resolution: The resolution of the video can be changed (possible resolutions depend on the phone camera) 
- Quality: You can change the video encoding quality by adjusting the slider bar (Low - High). Please note that a higher quality setting results in a better quality video but requires more resources and may decrease performance. 
- Remove local videos after transfer: checking this will clear the videos from your phone after the are buffered to MVN.


4 Playback recorded files

Before playing back recorded files start MVN Analyze/Animate and open (Ctrl+O) a previously recorded file and setup a connection between MVN and the remote app (see chapter 2). 



4.1 Playback Controls

1. Play / Pause button (mceclip41.png): play or pause the recording 
2. Time slider: indicates the current time, can be dragged along the timeline. 
3. Time: shows the current time of recording 
4. Viewport
      - ROTATE: Use single finger swipes to rotate around the character. 
      - ZOOM: Use two fingers pinch to zoom in and two fingers release to zoom out 


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