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MySkit Tutorial #3 - Perform Skits on PLEO

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Perform Skits on PLEO!

The first tutorial introduced PLEO motion files (making PLEO move).   The second described using the sound editor. 

Editing skits is ok for a while, but the real fun is seeing PLEO perform them!   This tutorial explains preparing simple behaviors for PLEO flash cards.   It's easy & only takes a few mouse clicks.

A couple notes:

  1. This won't change PLEO's current personality at all.   The flash card behavior is temporary -- for fun only.
  2. To create a more realistic & interactive personality for PLEO, you'll need AiboPet's YAPT utility (see tutorial #4).


Our goals are:

Let's get started!


1.0 Prepare an Action Directory

(1) An "action directory" is a folder (on your PC) where you collect the skits you want placed on PLEO.

There is nothing special about this folder, other than it contain the workbooks (*.pleo) for your skits.

Generally you'll have one action directory for each PLEO personality you create.

NOTE:  If you have PLEO motion (*.umf) or sound files (*.usf) you'll need to convert them into workbooks using MySkit.   See below.





1.1 Making Workbooks from Motion/Sound files


MySkit can only write workbooks to flash cards.  

To convert PLEO motions or sounds (*.umf/usf/wav), open them in MySkit and use "File Menu -> Save As..." to create workbooks from them.





2.0 Select Flash Card

(1) MySkit currently requires an SD Flash Card (16MB or larger recommended) and flash card reader for writing it.  

To configure MySkit -- so it knows where your card reader is -- select "Setup Flash Drive" from the File Menu.  

Type in the drive path to your flash card reader.
Setup Flash Card




(2) Insert a flash card (at least 16 MBytes) into your SD card reader.   Oops, don't have one?  Any of these should work fine.

NOTE:  If your card originally came with a camera, reformat it on your PC before continuing.   Camera formatted cards use a non-standard setup that can cause problems.
SD Card





3.0 Assigning Skits


(1
Start MySkit & close any open skits.

Click on the toolbar "Write" button.




(2


Now select the "action directory" on your PC, where you've collected everything for your PLEO personality.

The picture (see right) shows selecting the Examples folder included with MySkit.




(3
)

If you've only one skit, you're done.  MySkit skips to the next section.   Your skit automatically plays when Pleo is turned on.

However, if you've multiple skits, then PMap starts.   Now you can select one skit for startup, a different one when the head is touched, etc...


PMap



(4)

Click-n-drag actions into the event slots.  You can assign skits to multiple events if you like (as shown), or leave some empty.

If you make a mistake, no worries.   Click on the event slot and drag to the correct place, or hit the DEL key to remove it.  You can't break anything here.

Once happy with your PMap assignments, click the "OK" button.

PMap





4.0 Writing the Flash Card

(1
MySkit compiles your action directory, and writes it to the flash card.

The files are quite large, so this might take several seconds.





(2)
Once MySkit displays "Done!" the flash card is ready.

If an error occurred instead, click on the "View Log" button to see what happened.

Otherwise, click "OK" to close the dialog.




(3) Turn off PLEO and insert your flash card.   Turn him back on and enjoy!

To restore PLEO's original personality, turn him off and remove the flash card.   He'll be his original self unchanged when powered back on.

After three tutorials, you can now create custom skits and watch them perform on PLEO!

Congratulations! 

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