VBOX Sim Software can be found on the supplied SD card, follow the instructions below to configure the software for use with VBOX Sim Pack.
The top area of the software displays the current status of a supported game/simulator, including the name of the track the vehicle is currently on and the data rate of the telemetry being transmitted.
The full user guide for the software is available here.
Auto Start Line
The Auto start line option is selected by default and automatically detects the start/finish location from the game. Once the VBOX Sim software has completed the start/finish detection process, the start/finish location is then transmitted to VBOX LapTimer for predictive laptiming.
Please note, the start finish detection process can take up to 3 laps to complete.
This area contains output information including file location, file naming and a network output option for use with VBOX Test Suite.
The location in which the video and data files are saved to your computer can be changed using the 'Browse' button.
Selecting the 'Network Output' option will enable network streaming of live telemetry for use within the VBOX Test Suite Lap Timing plugin. Once enabled, the IP address and Network port will be displayed for input when connecting Online within VBOX Test Suite. The current number of connections to the sim PC is also shown.
It is possible to input a driver name here to be displayed at the start of the filenames. The default file naming format is 'DriverName_yyMMdd_0000'.
This area contains video capture options including configuring built in or external video capture devices. Pressing the Refresh button will update the list of available capture compatible screens and supported capture devices.
Selecting 'PC Based' will enable the VBOX Sim’s built in screen capture function. Be aware, using this method will require a lot more resources from the CPU.
If there are multiple screens, please ensure to select the centre screen from the Screen drop down menu.
Quality settings are available for video capture. If your computer is struggling for performance, try using a lower quality setting. It is also possible to change the resolution of the recorded video by using the dropdown menu.
Selecting 'External Device' will enable the VBOX Sim software to use an external video capture card. If there are multiple supported devices, these will appear in a drop down menu.
Guidance on using an external video capture card, such as the AverMedia LGP Lite can be found here.
Ticking 'No video' will disable video capture.
Factors such as computer performance may have an effect on the synchronisation of data and video, therefore an offset in milliseconds can be applied if required. Simply type in the required value or use the up and down arrows.
Use the test video button to check that the video capture is working correctly. Pressing the 'Start' button once will record a 5 second sample video to the log directory.
The Help tab provides information related to supported games, links to Circuit Tools Software and the user guide, as well as allowing you to view the diagnostic log file if there is an issue with the software. You can also view copyright and licensing information, control the game detection, delete/ use iRacing telemetry and enable VBOX Sim to use OBS Studio for video capture.
This area allows you to manually select the game you are running, however it is recommended to keep the default 'Auto Detect' option selected.
It is possible to delete old iRacing files to prevent the iRacing telemetry folder using a large amount of storage from data logging. When enabled, any files within the C:\Users\Username\Documents\iRacing\telemetry folder that are more than 7 days old will deleted.
When iRacing is detected, the 'Use iRacing telemetry' checkbox will be automatically ticked, meaning that after the session, the .vbo data file is edited to correct the position received from the game to the real world location. This ensures that the correct racing positioning information is obtained.
Enable OBS Studio Capture
To allow VBOX Sim software to use OBS Studio software for video capture, select 'Enable OBS Studio Capture'. Two new fields will be presented, the studio port value and a test connection button. The OBS Server Port text box can be changed to any value between 1024 and 65535 but must match the Server Port value that was set in the OBS WebSocket Server Settings menu.
Pressing the 'Test Connection To OBS Studio' button will attempt a connection to OBS Studio using the provided server port value, and will then disconnect. There is also the option to auto test the connection by selecting the checkbox.
With Enable OBS Studio Capture checked, the OBS Studio option will be added to Video Capture on the home tab.