Volumetric capture with Depthkit is accessible to creators of any background. You can start creating immediately with just a Windows PC and a Kinect depth sensor, with no prior film, 3D, or programming experience. Check out the specifications below to learn more about what you need to begin.
We've verified several computers that are guaranteed to work with Depthkit. If you order one of these systems, you'll be set!
If you already have a PC and want to know if it will work, please refer to the next section to see the minimum specifications.
Depthkit requires the following minimum specification to run successfully:
- A dedicated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (or Type C) port for the sensor
- Intel Core i7 Quad Core+ or faster
- Memory: 8 GB of RAM or more
- Any of the following Graphics:
- Radeon Pro 555 or AMD Ryzen 5 APU or faster
- Nvidia GeForce 1060 or faster
Windows 10 with the latest updates is recommended on a PC. If you have a Mac, you can get Windows using the Bootcamp Utility.
Mac OS X Compatibility Coming Soon
Although we currently do not support Mac OS X, we have built Depthkit to be cross platform and will soon be rolling out Mac OS X Version when RealSense is upgraded out of experimental support.
It is strongly recommended to connect your depth sensor to a USB 3.1/USB-C Gen 2 port to ensure the most stable capture. Gen 2 ports have a much higher data transfer rate and will promote a more stable connection and data stream from your depth sensor.
In any computer, you will have a mixture of USB ports types and generations. Using the right port is key when connecting a depth sensor that requires a high data transfer rate. When in doubt, always use your USB-C port to achieve the best possible performance. You will need a USB-C to USB adapter to connect your sensor to this port.
Gen 2 USB ports
The importance of the gen 2 usb ports is the data transfer rates, at least when it comes to running a depth sensor. USB 3.0 (now commonly called USB 3.1 gen 1) has maximum transfer rate of 5 GBps. USB 3.1 gen 2 doubles that with a max transfer rate of 10 GBps.
USB-C is commonly associated with USB 3.1 gen 2, but it is not always equal. It is, however, a preferred port along with the USB 3.1 gen 2, as both share high data transfer rates.
How do you know which USB ports you have?
1) On a PC, go to your Device Manager and expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section. This will reveal the USB ports available on your computer.
- If your USB port name contains "Universal Host", your port is version 1.1.
- If it contains both "Universal Host" and "Enhanced Host", your port is version 2.0.
- If it contains "USB 3.0", your port is version 3.0.
2) Here you can right click on each port to learn about type, version, and location of the port.
You can also identify the ports by their icons: