NEW: How to Setup a Trigger for Remote Recording via a UDP Listener in Hand Engine (DOC-5038)


This document will take you through the steps of setting up a trigger for remote recording in the Hand Engine software via a UDP Listener.


Changing the UDP Port Hand Engine is Listening to

  1. Launch Hand Engine and navigate to Settings → Preferences.

  2. From the Remote Trigger box, input the UDP port recording is being broadcasted and turn the trigger switch to On.

    NOTE: You can also choose whether you would like Hand Engine to save the recorded data in the same file location where your chosen software saves its recordings.


Below is a list of different MoCap software and the default UDP port they broadcast on when recording is triggered.


Qualisys: 8989


OptiTrack Motive: 1512 (or 1510 in Motive 3.0 Beta)

Please note: For OptiTrack Motive remote triggering will need to be on in the Data Streaming Pane (see image below).

More detailed info you can refer to here: OptiTrack Remote Triggering Wiki


Vicon Shogun/Blade: 30

Please note: For Vicon Shogun/Blade make sure that the ‘Broadcast message’ checkbox is ticked under the capture tab (see image below). More detailed info here: Shogun UDP capture broadcast/trigger Doc

  1. Hit the Apply button to save your changes

  2. Open Hand Engine and now if you set up your gloves and hit capture in your software of choice then Hand Engine recording will be triggered simultaneously as long as it is listening to the UDP port corresponding to the correct broadcast message from your software of choice.

Xsens - MVN

To properly send a message from MVN, go to Options > Network Streamer, and add a stream to the computer running Hand Engine.

Type the IP address of the computer running Hand Engine in the “host” field and make sure that the port number matches what you chose in the Hand Engine Remote Trigger box.

In the stream, the only box that should be checked is the “Network Sync XML”. The stream settings will automatically save when you click close. 

When the proper settings are ready and both systems are calibrated, press the record button in MVN to simultaneously trigger Hand Engine. Data start and stop times will match as well as the naming convention and take a number.


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Added Xsens instructions.



Updated images, new workflow for UDP listener setup.



Added images and links for external software



Initial version.