Vive Mars is a camera tracking product developed by HTC. Some of the hardware used in Vive Mars is derived from HTC's Vive virtual reality headset tracking technology. However, while the Vive headset hardware can be used for tracking with Aximmetry, Vive Mars provides additional capabilities and features beyond what the Vive headset hardware can offer.
This page will discuss how to set up Vive Mars in Aximmetry. On how to set up Vive Mars hardware visit HTC's own documentation.
To set up tracking with HTC's Vive virtual reality headset, head over to the HTC Vive Setup page.
First, on the Mars dashboard, tap Settings and check your Software version. Make sure you have Mars Software version 2.03.999.1 or later installed.
Then on the Mars dashboard, tap Network (or tap the Mars IP when the network is active), and then tap .
Turn on FreeD and enter your computer's IP address.
Open Aximmetry's Manage Devices.
In the Manage Device, select Free-D under Camera Tracking, and then click Add.
In the UDP port field, enter the Port number that appears on the Camera tracking protocols screen of the Mars dashboard.
Set the Camera ID to your Vive Rover's ID:
Now, Aximmetry is ready to use Vive Mars's tracking as a Tracking Device in camera compounds, modules, and in the Camera Calibrator.
Genlock and Timecode
If you have an external sync generator connected to Vive Mars's REF input, then the genlocked status is displayed here:
NOTE: In our example, the system is genlocked to 29.97 frames per second.
More on genlocking here: Syncing and Genlock
Timecode displays the timecode from a connected camera or sync generator: