MuVIT Tutorials

Below you will find tutorials on several subjects so you can get up and running quicker and without some of the more common issues. This isn’t complete yet as some things are still in a state of flux until after the AM, we hope to see you there.

Installing the software

The installation is pretty straight forward with perhaps one exception. Depending on what malware protection you use you may get the warning shown below from Windows Defender in Windows 10. Other malware products may have different warnings but they all have the same basic issue and similar solutions if they occur.

Windows malware protection screen

It is quite possible that the Windows malware protection will try to stop the installation from proceeding. This isn’t because the software contains a virus or other malware but rather because it isn’t signed by a certificate verifying the publisher. Click on the More Info link.

Windows malware protection bypass

After you click on More Info the Run anyway button will be added to the selections. Click that and you can proceed with the installation. We recommend using the default options unless you have some specific need to do otherwise. The installation will then proceed as normal and should complete normally.

The majority of the settings are covered well in the online user manual but there are some MuVIT specific configuration items to be covered here.

VRInsight Console Tutorial

For this, we recommend the VRInsight tutorial as we are moving away from that console in favor of a more cost-effective model using a tablet and software for the buttons and 3D printed throttles which are covered below. If you are using the old VRInsight console, it will still work with the new software, you will just need to reassign the buttons.

Upgrading Virtual Sailor NG Tutorial

Keeping current with Virtual Sailor NG is pretty straightforward if you want to do it yourself. For those who want a more turnkey solution, we can offer support where we will provide the maintenance on a regular schedule.

Virtual Sailor splash screen

When you start Virtual Sailor NG you get a splash screen just like any other package and it has a few areas you should notice. The upper right of the screen has the version of the software you are currently running. Below that is a block that contains a feed of the last several news updates regarding the program. On the bottom right is a check box that allows you to turn off that news feed. Instead, we recommend just clicking it on occasionally to confirm if you need to upgrade. Clicking within the news block will take you to the Virtual Sailor Update Section where you can begin the update process.

Virtual Sailor Update tutorial of download page

Once on the Virtual Sailor Updates Section, click on Downloads then click on Download under the Virtual Sailor NG section. This will download the update(s) to your PC for you to install. Where the installation files end up is a function of your browser settings and beyond the scope of this article, but typically the browser will tell you where it is putting the file(s). You should then select and run the file vsn_update.exe by double-clicking it or some browsers allow you to execute it from within the browser itself. Use whichever you prefer.

Windows malware protection screen

It is quite possible that the Windows malware protection will try to stop the installation from proceeding. This isn’t because the software contains a virus or other malware but rather because it isn’t signed by a certificate verifying the publisher. Click on the More Info link.

Windows malware protection bypass

After you click on More Info the Run anyway button will be added to the selections. Click that and you can proceed with the install using the default options and the software will be updated within a short period. If you installed the software using non-default options initially you will have to modify the settings as appropriate but that is beyond the scope of this article.

Adding Vessels

Adding vessels is pretty straight forward particularly if you get the .exe version when they download. If you get the .zip files they can require a few extra steps which are covered below. For the purpose of this tutorial assume I created a downloads directory in my Virtual Sailor directory (C:\Virtual Sailor is the default install directory). I download the .zip file to that directory and unzip it in the downloads directory. In this case, we are working with the Mako 264 center console.

Installing a vessel step 1
Downloads directory with files unzipped

Once unzipped select the Mako264 directory and right-click and select copy. You will then paste that selection into the C:\Virtual Sailor\Vehicles directory in the usual way. This will create the directory C:\Virtual Sailor\Vehicles\Mako264

Copy The boat files image
Directory which contains all the boat files

Having copied the Mako264 directory to the vehicles directory there is one more step that would seem counterintuitive but necessary. You need to go into the Mako264 directory and then into the boats\Mako264 directory and select all the files, right-click and copy them all.

Pasted files ready to go
After pasting all the boat definition files

You then go to the directory you created earlier C:\Virtual Sailor\Vehicles\Mako264 and paste all those files into that directory. Now you can start Virtual Sailor and your vessel should show up.

Tablet Usage Tutorial

The tablet interface uses a client/server configuration. The package is called Unified Remote and the server software which runs on Windows is free. Since this is a custom remote you, unfortunately, have to pay for the full app for the tablet/phone. The good news is it costs less than $5 for each device you will install it on. There is a pretty fair amount of documentation on how to build your own remote but we did all that for you. You can take a look in the store where we list the configuration files we sell at very reasonable prices if you don’t want the hassle and just want to get going.

Whether you write your own or use one of our configurations connectivity is pretty straightforward. If your computer has Bluetooth you can simply connect and be done. Same with a USB connection. If you go the wireless network route, in general, you can just join the same network the computer is connected to and be ready to operate. In some situations where no wireless is available, we have found that using an inexpensive wireless extender configured as a repeater works well. How to configure that is beyond the scope of this article since every device is different. But, they usually come with pretty good directions. More to come.

Settings Tutorial

Throttles

The throttles are 3D printed and assembled by us, so there is a lead time to do all that. The controls come calibrated but there is also a calibration switch so at any time they can be calibrated to their center neutral position. Finding neutral is easy as at the center of travel there is a detent which you can feel as you move the throttle through its range. The housing contains a controller board with onboard software which communicates to the PC via a USB cable, in the future we may make the a Bluetooth connection if there is enough interest. The only trick with these is getting the settings correct in the simulator, which will be updated shortly. It isn’t exactly intuitive but once set it shouldn’t need to be messed with again. More to Come.