Sensor Configuration

Welcome to Depthkit Record window! Let's start by setting up your sensor to capture. Depthkit supports a range of depth sensors including the

Each sensor has unique sensor configurations allowing you to adjust color and depth resolution. With the introduction of the Azure Kinect, Depthkit now provides a full range of manual color settings for maximum control over the quality of your volumetric video.

Read below to explore all sensor configuration options.

Sensor Selection

Select your depth sensor in the drop down menu found under Sensor Configuration. With Depthkit you have the freedom to switch back and forth between your available sensors. However, with Depthkit Record and Core, only one sensor can be used to capture at a given time.

Stream Configuration

Here, you can select your sensor color and depth resolution. This will vary based on your sensor selection. For the Kinect for Windows v2 and the RealSense D400 Series, color and depth resolutions can be selected in the Stream Configuration drop down.

For the Azure Kinect, color and depth resolutions will have their own configuration menus for individual customization of each stream.

Sensor Configuration Comparison

Depth Sensor

Color Resolution

Depth Resolution

Azure Kinect

  • 1280x720
  • 1920x1080
  • 2560x1440
  • 2048x1536
  • 3840x2160
  • 4096x3072
  • 320x288
  • 640x576
  • 512x512
  • 1024x1024

Kinect for Windows v2

  • 1920x1080
  • 512x424

RealSense D415

  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720
  • 640x480
  • 1280x720

RealSense D435

  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720
  • 640x480
  • 848x480

RealSense D435i

  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720
  • 640x480
  • 848x480

Sensor Video Settings

With the introduction of the Azure Kinect, comes a robust range of manual settings for full control over the video quality of the sensor video. Note that these parameters are only available with the Azure Kinect in Depthkit Core (formerly known as Depthkit Pro).

  • Auto Exposure: similar to camera auto exposure, this parameter will automatically set the exposure time and gain based on the lighting conditions of your surrounding environment. When enabled, the exposure time and gain values will be set for you.
  • Shutter Speed: can be adjusted to control the exposure of the sensor’s color video.
  • Gain: in combination with exposure time, gain will increase exposure of the sensor color video. Note that similar to camera gain, it may also increase noise, or grain, in the color image.
  • Auto White Balance: similar to auto exposure, this parameter will set the recommended color temperature based on the lighting conditions of your surrounding environment. When auto white balance is enabled, the color temperature slider will be set for you.
  • Color Temperature: represented in Kelvin, adjusts the characteristic of the light temperature in your sensor color video. Please note that currently, the Azure Kinect color temperature slider values are in reverse of standard color temperature camera settings.
  • Brightness: adjusts the overall brightness of the sensor color video.
  • Contrast: adjusts the overall contrast of the sensor color video.
  • Saturation: adjusts the overall saturation of the sensor color video.
  • Sharpness: accentuates fine color detail represented in the sensor color video. This may be most noticeable in high contrast areas of the image.

Advanced Settings

For more custom sensor configurations, see the following Advanced Settings. For the following parameters, we strongly recommend testing before using during recording.

  • Powerline Frequency: a parameter often changed to prevent flickering or banding seen in video that is not compatible with the AC frequency of the surrounding capture space. If you find that you have flickering in your sensor color video, you can change the sensor frequency to match the common AC frequency of your environment. Most countries have an AC frequency of 50Hz while 60Hz is most common in North America.
  • Backlight Compensation: can be enabled if you are shooting in a low or inconsistently lit environment. It can also be helpful when shooting on a green screen to compensate for dim areas on the green screen between the subject and your green background.

Preview Depth Range

The depth rangedepth range - The depth near and far planes represented as hue encoded ranges, red as the near plane and pink as the farthest plane before clipping., represented in meters, is the 3D space in which you will be capturing. For recording, this range acts as a preview only. If you reduce the depth range, the maximum sensor range will still be captured. However, it is important to be aware of your near and far planes. These represent that minimum and maximum distance that you can capture from the sensor.

You can adjust this range by setting the position of the near and far planes, represented as hue encoded ranges. Red represents the nearest plane and pink as the farthest plane from the sensor position before clipping.

There are two ways to set your depth rangedepth range - The depth near and far planes represented as hue encoded ranges, red as the near plane and pink as the farthest plane before clipping.; in the 3D preview and in the Record panel. In the 3D preview, you can see the near and far planes as seen from the sensor view frustumview frustum - The region of 3D space available for capture by the sensor.. Narrowing that range by bringing the near and far planes closer to your subject increases depth quality of the capture. Select the corners of the near and far planes to adjust this range in the 3D preview or adjust the slider in the Record Panel.

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Keep an eye on the movement of your subject so you don't clip fingers and toes when adjusting the near/far planes. It may be helpful to tape or mark your capture space so the subject has a sense of the intended capture space.

You will notice that the black and white striped areas represent areas that fall out of the view frustumview frustum - The region of 3D space available for capture by the sensor. that will be clipped. Setting your depth rangedepth range - The depth near and far planes represented as hue encoded ranges, red as the near plane and pink as the farthest plane before clipping. is non-destructive. You should set the desired range before recording. However, when you transition to the Edit & Export window, you can adjust the range again before export. More on that later.

Now you are set up and ready to hit record!