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Initial settings of VelociDrone: Initial startup and radio / controller settings

Here, we will introduce procedure for initial startup and radio / controller setting of Racing drones / FPV drones simulator "Veloci Drone".
In addition, how to play "Veloci Drone" in general is explained on the page of How to play VelociDrone : FPV drone racing simulator .

Connect Radio / Controller

PC Before starting VelociDrone, turn on the power of controller, connect it to your computer, and recognize it as a "HID compliant game controller" and "USB input device". For Windows, this can be seen on [Start]-[Windows System Tools]-[Control Panel]-[Hardware and Sound]-[Devices and Printers] screen.
Using OpenTX/EdgeTX-equipped radio
PC With a radio equipped with OpenTX/EdgeTX , first, turn on the radio. And connect the radio to your computer with USB cable, a menu like this will be displayed. Select "USB Joystick (HID)" to operate as a Joystick device. (Do not connect before turning on the radio if you want to recognize it as a Joystick) If your OpenTX/EdgeTX radio is not recognized by Windows, please refer to the following site.
PC For MODEL, prepare MODEL with at least both sticks assigned to CH1-CH4. You can also select the MODEL that you always use to fly FPV drones. However, since transmitter is not used, it is recommended to turn it off to reduce power consumption and prevent unnecessary transmission of radio waves. It is better to make a MODEL exclusively for VelociDrone.
Use a USB cable "For data communication"
There are two types of USB cables: "For data communication" where all terminals are connected, and "For charging" where only power supply terminals are connected. You need to use "For data communication" to make the computer recognize the controller. Please note that some cables attached to bonus of mobile phone or charger, battery are "For charging".

First launch of software / Activation

PC Open VelociDrone installation folder and double-click “Launcher.exe”. Then, a screen like this will appear, so click “Play” button.
PC If there is a new update, a screen like this will appear when the software is started, and the download of the update module will start automatically. Downloading the update module takes tens of seconds for small patches, but for large updates it takes about the same amount of time as for a new installation. You can defer the update by clicking [cancel].
PC After click “Play” button, you will see a screen like this. Enter email address and password you registered as your VelociDrone account and click “Submit”.
PC If you enter the correct email address and password, you will see a screen like this. The message “Your license has been activated” is displayed. Click “CLOSE”.
PC It takes a long time to start software. The screen will remain like this for a while. You will have to wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
PC After waiting a few minutes, you will see a menu screen like this. The first startup is completed successfully.
In addition, your total flight time is displayed at the bottom left of this screen. It takes dozens of hours of practice to be able to fly around the track freely. let's do our best.
You can also turn on / off sound effects on this menu screen (such as propeller sound of drones) each time you click speaker icon.
In my experience, after flying for about 30 hours, I managed to fly to the end on most tracks in Rate mode , aside from lap times :)

Stick settings

PC When radio / controller is recognized by PC, click "CONTROLLER" from the menu screen.
PC Name of controller recognized by Windows is displayed in upper left of the screen. In case of a radio equipped with OpenTX/EdgeTX, it seems that it is often displayed with a name such as "Taranis Joystick".
If a different controller name is displayed, click "Assign Controller" to switch. Then you will be instructed to move the stick of the controller, so if you move the stick, it will switch.
PC The bars on the left side of the screen show the status of sticks / switches, and the squares on the right side of the screen show the status of buttons. As you operate sticks / switches / buttons on your controller, they should move and react.
If particular stick / switch / button does not respond, it is not assigned to any output channel on the radio. Please review the radio settings.
Using OpenTX / EdgeTX radio
When using OpenTX / EdgeTX radio, eight sticks / switches assigned to CH1 - CH8 will appear on the left side of the screen as analog devices. 24 sticks / switches assigned to CH9 - CH32 will appear on the right side of the screen as digital switches.
PC Click “Assign Sticks” to assign stick actions.
At the top center of the screen, there are two boxes, each representing the operation of the left and right sticks. First, the orange dot in the box moves diagonally and says “Follow Sticks”. Operate the stick to match the movement of the dots.
If “Centre Tx Sticks” is displayed on the subsequent screen, move all sticks to the center position. Then the process will proceeds to the next step.
PC Then dot in the right box move to the right. So you must move right stick on your controller to the right.
After this, the dots in the right box move up, the dots in the left box move to the right, and then up, so operate stick on the controller accordingly.
PC Next, “Move Roll Stick” is displayed in the center of the screen. Move the stick you want to use to roll the drone. If you want to fly in mode 2, move the right stick left or right.
PC Next, “Move Pitch Stick” is displayed in the center of the screen. Move the stick you want to use to control the pitch of the drone. If you want to fly in mode 2, move the right stick forward and backward.
PC Then, “Move Yaw” is displayed in the center of the screen. Move the stick you want to use to operate the yaw of the drone. If you want to fly in mode 2, move the left stick left or right.
PC Finally, “Move Throttle” is displayed in the center of the screen. Move the stick you want to use to throttle the drone. If you want to fly in mode 2, move the left stick forward and backward.
Here you had completed stick settings. When you operate stick of the controller, 3DCG of drone on the upper right of the screen will move according to your operation. If you make a mistake, click “Assign Sticks” and try again.
Click “BACK” at the bottom left of the screen to save settings and return to main menu.
Direction of the stick is reversed !?
PC If the direction of the stick and movement of the aircraft are reversed, click the stick from bars on the left side of the screen. Then a window for such fine adjustment will be displayed. You can flip the direction by clicking "INVERT". See Stick / Switch Calibration for more information.
Checking the accuracy of your controller
After completing the settings, slowly move the left and right gimbals (sticks) on the controller. In low-priced products, the accuracy of the gimbal (stick) is poor, and the output value may flutter. Make sure that the dots move smoothly as you operate the stick.
And check the value in the center of the stick every time you turn on the radio, and calibrate if the center is off.

Button / switch settings

PC You can assign 11 functions from “Race Start” to “Fire” lined up in the center of the screen to buttons or switches on your controller. First, click function button in the center, and then click button or switch you want to assign sticks / switches / button list from left and right of the screen. Do this for each function you want to assign.
If you want to unassign it, double-click the function button in the center of the screen.
Note that these 11 function assignments are not mandatory. You do not have to set anything.

Description of functions for buttons / switches

Race Start
Each time you turn it on, race will start or stop.
You can also click flag(flag) icon or use keyboard shortcut [A] key.
Camera Angle
Increases or decreases the angle of drone's FPV camera according to the input value. It is recommended to assign it to Pot (dial) instead of switch.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts [Page Up] / [Page Down] or [-] / [=] keys.
Camera FOV
Change the field of view (FOV) of FPV camera according to the input value. When [True Lens] in [QUAD SETTINGS] menu is [true], lens is switched, and when [false], FOV is changed. FOV is usually around 115 to 127 degrees. It is recommended to assign it to Pot (dial) instead of switch.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts [Insert] / [Delete] or [[] / []] keys.
Screenshot
Each time you turn it on, game screen will be captured and saved in PNG format under the Documents folder. However, menu screen cannot be captured.
You can also use keyboard shortcut [End] or [\] key.
Reset
If you turn it on before start of race, drone will move to starting grid. If you turn it on when you crash during a race, drone will move to the last gate it passed.
You can also use keyboard shortcut [R] key.
Recharge Battery
If you turn it on while battery simulation is enabled, battery will be fully charged. However, this feature cannot be used during race.
You can also use keyboard shortcut [B] key.
Custom Reset Position
If you turn it on, custom reset point will be set at the current drone position. Then press [R] key, or switch assigned [Reset] described above, and drone will come back there. This custom reset point is cleared when you switch scene or return to home screen. This is useful when you want to practice specific part of a track repeatedly.
You can also use keyboard shortcut [L] key.
BetaFlightProfile
Each time you turn it on, BetaFlight profile will switch to Profile1 - Profile2 - Profile3.
Arm Motors
If you turn it on, [ARMED] will be displayed on the screen and motor will be turned on (Arm). If you turn it off, [DISARMD] will be displayed on the screen and motor will be turned off (Disarm).
This function is effective when "ARMING" is specified as "Manual" at the start of the race.
Flip After Crash
If you turn it on while disarming, drone will be in turtle mode. After that, when you turn Arm on, [ARMED + FLIP ON] will be displayed on the screen, and you can operate stick to raise the drone that has been turned over. To turn off turtle mode, disarm and then turn this off.
This function is effective when "ARMING" is specified as "Manual" at the start of the race.
Fire
Fire a weapon in Combat game mode (optional content).
You can also use keyboard shortcut [Spacebar] or [X] key.

Stick / switch calibration

PC Click sticks and switches on the left side of the screen or buttons on the right side of the screen to display the screen as shown in the figure. You can calibrate (adjust) the clicked stick or switch.
Indicator
At the top of this screen, there are two triangle marks that move in conjunction with the clicked stick / switch operation. Orange triangle below shows the input value from the radio. White triangle above shows the output value to VelociDrone. Red vertical bar indicates the center position of the radio input, and white vertical bar indicates the center position of the output to VelociDrone.
Zero (center position)
PC First adjust the "Zero" value.
Drag the Zero slider left or right to move the red vertical bar on the indicator left or right. Specifies which stick / switch position to treat as zero (center). Adjust so that the red vertical bar overlaps the orange triangle when the stick / switch is centered (when you release your finger).
Dead Zone (Range to ignore)
PC Then adjust the "Dead Zone" value.
Drag the Dead Zone slider left or right to display red bands to the left and right of the red vertical bar. This specifies a range where the radio input is ignored (treated as zero). If the orange triangle vibrates (jitter occurs) when the stick / switch is centered (when you release your finger), you can ignore it. Adjust so that the red band surrounds the vibrating range.
Sensitivity
PC Finally, adjust the "Sensitivity" value.
Drag the Sensitivity slider left or right to change the amount of movement of the white triangle when you move the stick / switch. This specifies the output range to VelociDrone for the radio input. Adjust the white triangle to move exactly in the range -1 to 1 on the indicator when you move the stick / switch all the way up or down or left or right.
Invert
PC You can invert the stick / switch input by clicking the Invert button. If the direction of the stick / switch and the direction of movement of the aircraft are reversed, click this.
PC Click the "CALIBRATE" or "DONE" button when the adjustment is complete. If you want to discard the adjustment result, click the "CANCEL" button. Click the "DEFAULT" button to return to the default value determined by VelociDrone when assigning the stick / switch.

Drone's flight is strange !? Stick broke !?

When using OpenTX/EdgeTX -equipped radio, if you feel drone is behaving strangely, or if you feel stick is broken, first check the main screen below. Check these screens to find out where the cause lies. Try stick calibration .
Transmitter output value : Output Monitor
PC In this "CHANNELS (MIXERS) MONITOR" (Output Monitor) screen, value of each channel output from the radio (transmitter) is displayed as a bar graph. You can see the actual output value of each channel processed and synthesized on MIXES screen of "MODEL menu".
Make sure bar graph moves smoothly as you move each stick.
Stick input value : Input Monitor
PC In this Input Monitor screen, one of the main screens, current input state of sticks and switches recognized by radio is displayed as an illustration.
Make sure illustration moves smoothly as you move each stick.