Please give me the benefit of this forums experience on which Head Tracking Software
NeilMUK last edited by
I have just build my first gaming PC to use BMS 4.33u1. Despite having my nicely Boxed Falcon 4.0 for many years but never had a real platform to run it on…. until now.
I’m looking for information on the various Free head Tracking software that is out there. I’m sure people have already tried several to land on the one they use.
My set up:
Case Cooler-master SGC-1000-KWN1 Enforcer
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro Gaming
CPU Core i5-6600K 6th Gen
RAM Corsair Vengance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16
PSU Corsair CXM750 Power supply
Fan Cooler master RR-212X
HDD Toshiba P300 3TB 7200rpm
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Graphics MSI GeForce GTX980 4GB DDR5 RAM
Optical Samsung SH-224FB/BEBE 24X DVD Writer
OS Windows 7 Pro 64Bit
I ordered a modified USB head tracking unit and would like anyones input as to their experiences with the various free software packages out there:
Arty last edited by
take a look at my hotlist… I believe you will find what you seek there.
jasonbirder last edited by
I’ve had no problems with Opentrack software - coupled with the standard PS3 Eye Camera and 3 IR LED Headmount…(either make your own or buy for buttons on ebay)
hoover last edited by
A big thumbs-up from me for the delanclip, FaceTrackNoIR with the pointtracker plugin and the ps/3 eyecam:
You can also build the headmount for about $5-10 yourself if you know on which end the soldering iron gets hot.
All the best,
BlueRaven last edited by
Hi mate, nice rig!
+1 thumbs up for OpenTrack, I switched from FaceTrackNoIR - which is excellent software too, indeed - and was very happy with its ease of configuration and flexibility.
Moreover, at least for me it provides superior tracking quality and stability and this makes a big difference while in game.
I even have less valuable hardware than yours (I use a MS VX-800 LifeCam, worth less than 10$…) so you should attain great results with PS/3 Eyecam.
x2hawk last edited by
There are at least 3 different programs you could consider using: FreeTrack, FaceTrackNoIR, and OpenTrack. I’ve had at least some experience with all three, but I’ve only really used one for the most part.
You’ll want to stay away from FreeTrack outright, its an old program that hasn’t seen an update for a very long time and its got some quirks with the PS3 Eye and modern operating systems that make it prone to crashing, so it’s not worth trying to use it. This is the one I started out on and it was okay while I was still messing around with my set up and making it all work, but the constant random crashes was irritating and I moved onto a better solution.
FaceTrackNoIR is the one I personally use with my setup. I don’t recall having to do anything fancy to get the PS3 eye working with this one, but its been a while since I touched BMS so I could be wrong. Its got pretty much everything you’ll need for customizing your tracker, and its receiving updates, although kind of slowly last I remember. There’s also support for a ton of other kinds of tracking methods, in case you decide to switch in the future.
Actually, I didn’t know this until I just checked out their website, but FaceTrack is no longer free… they now charge 2.85 euros. Well, I guess its up to you to decide if it sounds worthwhile to purchase. I’m running an older version so I’m not sure exactly whats new in this version. But I can say the program does work well, and I like it.
OpenTrack is, as the name suggests, an open-source head tracking software. I’ll be honest, I have very limited use with this program, so my word may not be the most representative. From my experience in trying this quite some time ago, its pretty much an open-source version of FaceTrack; its got all the same features from what I can remember. I don’t know enough to say for sure how this differs from FaceTrack, but it is free and receiving updates at a good pace. Personally I had some issues in setting up my stuff using OpenTrack, and it just felt like my setup with FaceTrack was “better”. Plus I don’t play BMS very regularly, so it didn’t seem worth it to me to spend too much time trying to get OpenTrack working perfectly for me when I had a good enough setup with FaceTrack.
In any case, since FaceTrack is apparently no longer free, you may want to start off using OpenTrack and if you don’t like that, try out FaceTrack… or maybe see if you can find one of the older versions of FaceTrack that were free (I’m using 1.7). As a final note, I found that no matter what program I was using, it took a lot of tweaking the profile settings to get the head tracking motion to feel good.
DaveB last edited by
FreeTrack works well with the 32 bit F4.33u1 couldn’t make it work with 64 bit.(Yes I know about the dll file stuff) I now use OpenTrack which works great after some setup