05-31-2017 07:33 AM
So I've been using my TPCast unit for a bit more than a week now and am really happy with it, particularly in combination with the Deluxe Audio Strap. Great improvements and pretty much Vive 1.5 in my eyes.
So far I can't, however, figure out if it's possible to use the Vive's built-in microphone when using TPCast, and if so, how to enable it.
I understand that the camera currently doesn't work due to the limitations of sending the USB signal via 2.4 GHz wifi to the proprietary router and then via ethernet to the PC, but does the same apply for the mic? If that is the case then I can't find any mention of it in the avilable documentation.
So if anyone here could clear this up for me I'd appreciate it. I'll answer any and all questions you might have in regards to TPCast and the new strap.
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05-31-2017 10:12 AM
There are a couple things to consider here:
1. Make sure you have selected the Vive microphone as the default recording device. It should work all on it's own, but if you have another recording device, it won't work.
2. If you can't get that to work, you could also use your own headset/microphone and connect it to the far right-most USB port in the HMD.
05-31-2017 12:36 PM - edited 05-31-2017 12:39 PM
05-31-2017 01:14 PMSolution
I experimented with a TPCast unit this morning and can confirm that I was unable to get the microphone to work. We'll continue to experiment and see what impact the TPCast solution has other Vive functionalities including the AUX USB port.
06-07-2017 02:51 AM
Have you made any progress on your findings?
I have tried contacting both HTC support as well as TPCast on this matter, but the only official remark I found so far is an uploadVR article which mentions that microphone support is currently lacking due to 'driver issues'.
I'd really appreciate some offical feedback on this tbh.
06-07-2017 04:51 PM - edited 06-07-2017 05:05 PM
@twack3r I've dived a bit deeper into this but have hit a bit of a limit since the TPCast kits I have are preview editions and vary from consumer editions. At the end of the day we do not have access to their backend. Based on the trade-off's that TPCast employed to get their solution to work, their solution might simply be incompatible with our internal microphone and rectifying that issue is something that their engineering team would handle since this is ultimately a third party add-on and not a product of our engineering or design teams. I will continue to monitor and test when time allows and posts workarounds if they become available. TPCast says that they are currently working on fixing the driver issue but again, that's our of Vive proper's wheel house and I can't officaly speak for them.
06-08-2017 01:49 AM
Thanks for the heads-up and your continued research. I, too, have the preview edition so it'll be interesting to see if TPCast's intended driver revisions will have a positive effect on that hardware as well.
In your original reply before editing you recommended using a bluetooth clip-on mic directly plugged into the PC. Is there a reason you deleted that part? Also, if you find it an acceptable workaround, is there a specific model you can recommend?
I'd really love to be able to use Vive for social VR again, but I'm definitely not prepared to give up my wireless setup for it.
11-21-2017 10:36 AM - edited 11-21-2017 10:40 AM
Now that the consumer version is released, we know a lot more about the TPCast and its functionality. The official firmware/software doesn't support the mic, camera, or USB at this time. TPCast says it's still something they're working on.
There exists a community software project called OpenTPCast that actually has solved most issues except the camera functionality. You can check it out here but be aware that this is 3rd party software that is totally unsupported or vetted for security (and this is not a recommendation from us to try it...)
11-21-2017 03:19 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. i took a look at it, but it seems like it requires opening the TPCast hardware and flashing an SD card. I'm not sure I'm comfortable voiding the warranty and getting that involved in it. It's a shame that TPCast hasn't added this support themselves. The mic is pretty critical for a lot of VR experiences. It's good to know that it's a solvable problem, though. Gives some reason for optimism that they will, in fact, deploy a fix eventually.