Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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The following guide explains how to install and setup Motec for rFactor 2.

MoTeC's i2 data analysis software has been developed over a number of years with valuable input from professional race teams worldwide. It delivers an extensive package of powerful analysis tools and innovative data management features, whilst maintaining a simple and intuitive user interface.

Designed from the ground up for speed and flexibility, the i2 environment can be customised to specific user requirements. Any number and combination of graphs, gauges and reports can be analysed simultaneously. User settings, screen layouts and maths are stored with each project, making it easy to deal with multiple vehicles or motorsport categories and to share data in a team environment.

Before continuing, you must first download the plugin files for rFactor 2 from here.

Telemetry Plugin Installation

Note: These steps assume you have "Hide extensions for known file types" un-checked from the Windows Folder Options View.

If you run rFactor 2 on 32-bit mode, do the following:

1) Extract the file and navigate to the "Plugins" folder.

2) Copy both the "MotecPlugin" folder and "MotecPlugin.dll" file.

3) On a separate Windows Explorer window, open your "rFactor 2\Bin32\Plugins" directory.

4) Paste the files you copied on step 2.

If done correctly, you'll have the MotecPlugin.dll sitting beside the TrackIR_rF2_Plugin.dll that comes with rFactor 2. If not, try it again.

If you run rFactor 2 on 64-bit mode, do the following:

1) Extract the file and navigate to the "Plugins" folder.

2) Copy both the "MotecPlugin" folder and "MotecPlugin_x64.dll" file.

3) On a separate Windows Explorer window, open your "rFactor 2\Bin64\Plugins" directory.

4) Paste the files you copied on step 2.

If done correctly, you'll have the MotecPlugin_x64.dll sitting beside the TrackIR_rF2_Plugin.dll that comes with rFactor 2. If not, try it again.

If correctly installed, when you run rFactor 2 the plugin will create a new LOG folder to store the logs, a MotecPlugin.ini file for setting various options, and by default will log the default channels at the standard rates.

To change the options, quit out of rF2, find the MotecPlugin.ini file which should be in your main rFactor 2 folder, if not there, check in "C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\rFactor2\MotecPlugin.ini" and check out the available settings.

Telemetry Plugin Usage

By default, logging is active on startup, which means all your driving will be logged. When you jump into a car you'll hear beeps indicating the current logging status:

'Upwards beeps' = logging on. 'Downwards beeps' = logging off.

To toggle between logging on & off, hit Ctrl-M (or your own defined key) while in the car.

Note: In the current version of rF2 a red plugin icon appears when you jump in the car; this is normal and doesn't mean anything has gone wrong. However, plugins are not active until this icon disappears again (currently less than a second), so if you have logging active you won't get logged data for this period, and if you try to switch it on you won't be able to until the icon disappears.

When logging is finished, either through switching it off or by exiting the car, you will hear the beeps indicating the log has finished being built (converted from the temp file) usually after a short pause. You can then open it up in i2Pro as you wish.

If you log a lot of data then try to immediately exit rF2, it might pause on a blackscreen for a short period. A driving stint of several hours should only take 5-10s to finish converting. (longer stints or higher data rates will take longer)

Motec i2 Data Analysis Installation

1) Now that you have installed and tested the plugin, it's time to download a tool for data analysis, in this case, we'll download Motec's i2 (Standard or Pro, whichever version you prefer).

2) After you've downloaded Motec's i2, follow the installation wizard that will help you install the tool.

3) After you've installed Motec's i2, open it. The first time you open it, it will show a welcome screen prompting you to watch a demo video, you may choose to watch it or not.

4) Next comes the"New Workspace Wizard" where the tool will guide you with setting up a workspace. You'll be presented with 4 types of profiles: Circuit, Drag, Engine, and Rally. For demonstration purposes, we'll select "Circuit" as we mostly race on them.

/images/Motec_i2_Pro_Setup_1.PNG

5) After selecting your workspace profile, you'll need to name it and pick a location for it. After this, you can click on Next and then Finish.

6) Once you finish with the wizard setup, you should be presented with something similar to this:

/images/Motec_i2_Pro_Setup_2.PNG

7) You can then open a log file by clicking on File then Open Log File...

8) Navigate to the directory where the telemetry plugin saves the logs and then open it.

You are done! Now you can start playing with the tool and your workspace so that it suits your needs.


Janos Magasrevy
SRH Founder and Director

6 years ago
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Here's how my MotecPlugin.ini file looks like:

// MotecPlugin Parameters file

[MotecPlugin]
Log dir = "M:\Users\Jancsi\Google Drive\rFactor2\Telemetry\LOG\" // Directory to log to; relative to rFactor root if not absolute (e.g. "C:\Log files\")
Use class subfolder = 0 // Log to a subfolder equal to the vehicle class; 0 = no, 1 = yes
Logging on = "Plugins\MotecPlugin\LoggingOn.wav" // Sound file (wav) to play when logging is switched on
Logging off = "Plugins\MotecPlugin\LoggingOff.wav" // Logging switched off
One log built = "Plugins\MotecPlugin\OneLogBuilt.wav" // Sound to play when a log file has been built, with more pending
All logs built = "Plugins\MotecPlugin\AllLogsBuilt.wav" // Sound when all pending log data has been built
Error = "Plugins\MotecPlugin\Error.wav" // Sound when an error occurs
Idle log cycles = 25000 // Log build cycles to perform per frame when idle (at monitor)
Duty log cycles = 2500 // Log build cycles to perform per frame when busy (in-car, driving)
Active on startup = 1 // Sets whether logging is active by default; 0 = no, 1 = yes
Activation key = M // Key to press to (de)activate logging; single character (0-9, A-Z) or key code (eg 0x4D)
Key modifier = 2 // Modifier to be pressed with activation key; specify ONE of: 0=none, 1=shift, 2=ctrl, 3=alt
Realtime building = 1 // Whether to start building logs while still in-car; 0 = no, 1 = yes
Use local timezone = 1 // Converts the log time to your local timezone (otherwise uses UTC); 0 = no, 1 = yes

[Channels]
Data rate = 0 // Telemetry capture rate; Enter a value from -2 (useful minimums) to 2 (100Hz all channels)
Extra tyre temps = 1 // Log tyre carcass and inner rubber temperatures (Build 660); 0 = off, 1 = on
Inputs mode = 1 // Log unfiltered or filtered controls input; 1 = unfiltered, 2 = filtered, 3 = both
Aerodynamics = 1 // Log rF2s extra aero info (drag, front/rear downforce, front wing height, front/rear rideheights; 0 = off, 1 = on
Contact patch = 1 // Tyre contact patch channels (ground and patch velocities); 0 = off, 1 = on
Engine info = 1 // Extra engine channels, incl. torque and boost values; 0 = off, 1 = on
Vehicle info = 1 // Various vehicle status channels, plus vehicle pitch/roll/orientation; 0 = off, 1 = on
Tyre info = 1 // Extra tyre/wheel channels; 0 = off, 1 = on
Weather = 1 // Extra weather info (cloud/rain/wetness/wind - most not currently active or are obsolete in rF2); 0 = off, 1 = on

Notice I output the logs to my GoogleDrive, this is for convenience in case I want to check my telemetry on different computers, I have it all in the cloud. Good for sharing with your teammate too.

Janos Magasrevy
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6 years ago
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My rFactor 2 crashes when I have the plugin in 64-bit, so all I do is to run rF2 in 32-bit mode, it's more stable that way too.

Janos Magasrevy
SRH Founder and Director

6 years ago
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It doesn't work for me. I see a LOG folder but no file and no .ini file
6 years ago
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Which folder are you looking at Sean?

Janos Magasrevy
SRH Founder and Director

6 years ago
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Well I see the log folder wasn't created either it was an old log folder. I looked everywhere I can think of, and even did a search for the .ini file with no luck. By reading the instructions it should be the in main rFactor2 folder. I have one in Programs(x86) and one under my user name/documents....blah blah :) It's in neither place. I will say this install has gone further than any other attempt, as I can hear the beeps now when I push CNTRL M. Any suggestions?
6 years ago
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LOL I found in that hidden app folder motec has been logging stuff for 2 years, I just couldn't find it.
6 years ago
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hahaha nice! well at least you know it's been working all this time hehe!

Janos Magasrevy
SRH Founder and Director

6 years ago
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Hi Janos,
I got everything to work until I go to open a log file with the pro version. I get an error that reads "This version of i2 only supports Pro Logging enabled files."
Is there a setting somewhere that I need to change?
Thanks,
Gerry
6 years ago
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Gerry Sweetland wrote:

Hi Janos,
I got everything to work until I go to open a log file with the pro version. I get an error that reads "This version of i2 only supports Pro Logging enabled files."
Is there a setting somewhere that I need to change?
Thanks,
Gerry

I had the problem too, I had 1.0 installed and the files open in that pro, just not the 1.1 pro.
6 years ago
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Exactly, it just works with that version of i2Pro.

Janos Magasrevy
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6 years ago
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OK, thanks fellas.
one more favor, I tried googling for the the pro ver. 1.0 but all could find were various ver. 1.1.xxx.
Does any one have a link to ver 1.0 pro?
Thanks,
Gerry
6 years ago
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There is a way in the one of the menu bar items. At work so don't have it in front of me. It's somewhere under VIEW, LAYOUT, or ADD I believe.
6 years ago
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I think you have to do a log with several lap and Motec should be able to recreate the track.

Janos Magasrevy
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6 years ago
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I'm curious about camber angle. Motec has channels for it but the data doesnt appear. Is it possible to see this data?
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I think the current plugin for rF2 doesn't support that channel yet, I'm sure there's even one for brake wear too!

Janos Magasrevy
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5 years ago
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Last night I scrambled to reinstall a fresh install of W7. After a long night and busy morning I have one glitch. I'm not recording the same laps times in Motec as the server. I've set my Motec.ini up proper so its not that. Any ideas guys?
Thanks
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I've had that problem and honestly I think it varies from track to track, is not really something that you should go crazy about trying to fix it hehe. I'm not sure why it even happens.

Janos Magasrevy
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5 years ago
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It didnt happen at this track before I re installed.
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And you are running the same version of Motec i2 as before?

Janos Magasrevy
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5 years ago
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Has someone a link to motec pro v 1.0
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