How to play VelociDrone : FPV drone simulatorRacing drones / FPV drones require very delicate operations compared to aerial photo drones such as DJI and Parrot. In order to fly properly, practice with a simulator is indispensable.
A software called “VelociDrone” has been released as a typical Racing drones / FPV drones / Tiny Whoops simulator. Here, we will explain the procedure from purchasing, downloading, installing on Windows 10 PC, and how to fly VelociDrone.
Table of contents
- Variations of FPV drone simulator
- What you need to play VelociDrone
- Create a new account ~ Purchase a license
- Software download ~ installation
- Replacement / change of PC / Use on multiple PCs
- First launch of software
- Controller settings
- First flight
- Screen settings
- Change flight mode
- Air mode ON/OFF : Change drone settings
- Display operation method: Help screen
- Learn how to fly FPV drone
- Introducing VelociDrone Sceneries
- Challenge the race / time attack
- Replay / save / load ghost flight data
- Compete with rivals: how to play in NEMESIS mode
- Adjust drone PID value, RC Rate, Super Rate, RC Expo
Variations of FPV drone simulatorCurrently, there are three types of famous FPV drone simulators: All of them are real and full-scale software that is preferred by drone racers. In addition, there are the following simulators.
What you need to play VelociDroneTo play VelociDrone, you need at least a computer and a gamepad. This software is compatible with Windows10, Mac and Linux (Debian / RedHat). Get a gamepad that works as a Windows 10 HID Joystick device when connected to your computer via USB. Radio controllers for Racing drones / FPV drones usually support this feature. Please check the instruction manual of the radio you have.
In addition, it is recommended to add a video card because VelociDrone uses 3D graphics. The video card must have graphics performance compatible with DirectX 11.0 and Shader Model 5. If you install a high-performance video card, you can enjoy high image quality and smooth movement.
Create a new account ~ Purchase a license
Open VelociDrone website and click “Download” from the menu.
Full Name: Enter your full name in alphabetic characters.
E-mail Address / Confirm E-Mail: Enter your email address.
Password / Confirm Password: Think and enter the password for your account. Only alphanumeric characters can be used.
Unique Player Name / Tag: Think and enter the nickname that will appear as your name during online multiplayer games.
Year of Birth: Enter your year of birth in.
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When you have filled all fields, click “Register” button at the bottom.
On this screen, select items to download and purchase. It seems that there was a free trial version in the past, but now there are only paid downloads. If this software does not support your computer environment or controller you have, you may not be able to play even if you purchase. You need to take risks in this regard.
The minimum purchase required is VelociDrone License £ 16.99 (about 22.17 USD). Press “Add To Cart” button below to enter it in “shopping cart”.
If you want to simulate Tiny Whoop, we also recommend the optional content Micro Class Quads £ 4.00 (about 5.22 USD). BetaFPV Beta75x, Tiny Hawk, CrazyBee Micro, Mobula 6, Meteor 65, Beebrain, AcroBee, ZeroGrav can be simulated, and 24 courses of scenery "Library", "NightClub", "House" for Tiny Whoop will be added.
Next, download and install the software.
Software download ~ installationThis software can be installed in any folder you like.
The size of the software itself exceeds 2GB. Make sure there is enough disk space in the installation folder. Also, the download will take a long time. Depending on the network environment, it may take an hour or even several hours. Avoid installing at night when the internet is slow, and do it when you have time to spare.
Once the software is installed, the license will be linked to the computer. If you want to reinstall it on another computer, click “Unassign License From Current Device” button displayed on this screen after installation to remove the linkage to previous computer.
Then, three files “install_readme.txt”,“Launcher.exe” and “launcher.dat” will appear in the folder “Velocidrone Windows Launcher” like this. Double-click “Launcher.exe” to start downloading and installing the software. The software will be installed in the folder where you started “Launcher.exe”.
When the progress bar reaches 50%, the download is complete, and then the decompression work is performed. In my environment it took 2 hours to download and another 30 minutes to unzip, for a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
VelociDrone is not registered in the Windows Start menu or desktop. Next time you start software, you must open installation folder and double-click “Launcher.exe” again. Or pin “Launcher.exe” to the Start menu yourself, or put a shortcut on your desktop.
Replacement / change of PC / Use on multiple PCs
If you want to use on two or more computers at the same time, you need to create as many accounts as you want and purchase individually.
First launch of software
In addition, your total flight time is displayed at the bottom left of this screen. It takes dozens of hours of practice to be able to fly around the course freely. let's do our best.
In my experience, after flying for about 30 hours, I managed to fly to the end on most courses, aside from lap times :)
There are two types of USB cables: "For data communication" where all terminals are connected, and "For charging" where only power supply terminals are connected. You need to use "For data communication" to make the computer recognize the controller. Please note that some cables attached to bonus of mobile phone or charger, battery are "For charging".
The bars on the left side of the screen show the status of sticks / switches, and the squares on the right side of the screen show the status of buttons. As you operate sticks / switches / buttons on your controller, they should move and react.
Click “Assign Sticks” to assign stick actions.
At the top center of the screen, there are two boxes, each representing the operation of the left and right sticks. First, the orange dot in the box moves diagonally and says “Follow Sticks”. Operate the stick to match the movement of the dots.
If “Centre Tx Sticks” is displayed on the subsequent screen, move all sticks to the center position. Then the process will proceeds to the next step.
After this, the dots in the right box move up, the dots in the left box move to the right, and then up, so operate stick on the controller accordingly.
Here you had completed stick settings. When you operate stick of the controller, 3DCG of drone on the upper right of the screen will move according to your operation. If you make a mistake, click “Assign Sticks” and try again.
If the direction of the stick and movement of the aircraft are reversed, click the stick from bars on the left side of the screen. Then a window for such fine adjustment will be displayed. You can flip the direction by clicking "INVERT". In addition, fine adjustments such as dead zone, sensitivity, e.t.c. are possible on this screen. When you have finished making adjustments, click "DONE" at the bottom left.
After completing the settings, slowly move the left and right gimbals (sticks) on the controller. In low-priced products, the accuracy of the gimbal (stick) is poor, and the output value may flutter. Make sure that the dots move smoothly as you operate the stick.
And check the value in the center of the stick every time you turn on the radio, and calibrate if the center is off.
Button / switch settings
If you assign "Race Start" to the switch that you always use for Arm, you can start time attack with Arm switch.
Note that these 11 function assignments are not mandatory. You do not have to set anything.
Click “BACK” at the bottom left of the screen to return to main menu.
If you click "QUICK START" at the top of the menu, the flight will start immediately with the last drone and course you flew last time.
You can move the viewpoint by dragging the mouse or turning the scroll wheel on this screen. You can see the drone from various directions.
You can add multiple drones of the same model to the field on the left side of the screen by changing the settings.
Also, on the right side of the screen, parameters of the selected drone are displayed. You can change this parameter by clicking "EDIT SETTINGS".
You can add a check mark by clicking the "Favorite" field on this screen. Velocidrone has a large number of courses available. If you come across a course you like, put a checkmark here to remember.
After that, you can fly by operating stick of the controller. First of all, please enjoy your flight freely.
However, this course is too difficult for beginners. " Introducing VelociDrone Sceneries" introduces scenery suitable for beginners' practice. Please refer.
You can also start / stop time attack by clicking flag icon at the bottom of the icons on the right side of screen.
However, you must be in [Rate] mode to successfully pass through the gate and turn the flag. It is recommended that you switch to practice in [Rate] mode as soon as you get a feel for maneuvering in [Angle] mode.
If you use a computer with low graphic performance such as a laptop computer, you can reduce the quality and increase the frame rate. Also, when using a computer equipped with a high-performance 3D graphic board, you can improve the image quality and object details.
If you set "Hide Mouse Pointer" to Yes, the mouse pointer will be hidden during gameplay.
Change flight mode
Air mode ON/OFF : Change drone settingsDrones have a function called Air mode that assists attitude control even when the throttle is turn to zero. This is useful for trick flights where the throttle may be reduced to zero during flight.
On this screen, you can change many settings related to drone itself, such as camera angle and battery simulation.
Display operation method: Help screen
[PageUp][PageDown]: Move the camera angle up and down.
[R]: Move to start position or the position of the last gate passed
[End] or [\]: Store screen captures in the Documents folder
[F]: Switch to a camera from FPV or from line of sight.
[S]: Switch to a camera from spectator's point of view.
[Insert][Delete]: Change the FOV (angle of view) of the camera.
[A]: Start / abort the race.
[M]: Show stick operation.
Learn how to fly FPV droneVelociDrone's official YouTube channel publishes many tutorial videos. By watching the videos that start with the name "Flight Training", you can learn how to fly from the basic operation.
Flight Training - part 1
Watch on YouTube
Watch on YouTube
Introducing VelociDrone SceneriesVelociDrone has a large number of scenery / courses, but beginners are wondering where to start because there are no indicators such as difficulty. Here, we will mainly introduce scenery that is suitable for beginners' practice.
It is a simple course with gates and flags arranged at intervals in the vast grassland, and is recommended for beginners' first practice. Here you can practice basic turns. However, the course is wide, so be careful not to overspeed. There are two 360-degree turns of the flag, you can not turn at high speed unless you combine the throttle, rudder, aileron, and elevator exquisitely.
There are several other courses in the scenery [Countryside] that beginners can fly. In particular, the course [HDR-Trainer-LEVLE1]-[HDR-Trainer-LEVLE5] is set so that the difficulty level increases step by step.
Also, from [level 01 pylons] to [level 15 Lets race] of the scenery [Empty Scene Day], there is a simple course similar to this scene that beginners can practice step by step. Please try it.
15 courses from [level 01 pylons] to [level 15 Lets race] of the scenery [Empty Scene Day], start with a simple course as shown in this figure, are courses beginners can practice various obstacles that appear on race course step by step.
However, it is difficult to master up to [level 15 Lets race] at once, so I think it is good to go back to this course and step up from time to time while enjoying the other courses below.
Here you can fly along the kart racing course. This is the best course for early practice in Rate mode. You can enjoy it as if you were playing a race car game. You can also fly inside the house standing beside the course.
There are several 3D gates on the high speed course here. If you fly after getting used to Rate mode to some extent, you can learn more precise course taking. It is a fun course to fly with a sense of speed and difficulty that is suitable for beginners.
It is a course that flies in the subway of New York (?) That is realistically reproduced. Fly through the tunnels between the three stations. Be careful not to hit the wall as the tunnel is dark.
As the course name suggests, this is a course where you can take special training for split-S (turning 180 degrees in the vertical direction). After passing through the brown gate in the figure,  Roll 180 degrees for back flight.  Pull elevator quickly for pitch up to turn 180 degrees in the vertical direction.  Press the elevator and throttle to shift to level flight. perform in an instant. You have to push the elevator immediately after pulling it, which makes it difficult to get the timing. I think it's best to practice at a high enough place at first.
By the way, the turn that first makes a 180-degree vertical turn and then returns to horizontal flight with a 180-degree roll is called an Immelmann turn. If you fly in the opposite direction on this course, you can get a special training on the Immelmann turn.
This is a three-dimensional long course constructed using the entire stadium. Even if you fly slowly, it is difficult for beginners to reach the end, but it is a course that is as fun as riding a roller coaster. After diving two blue triangular gates near the ceiling (visible on the right side of the figure), you will reach the goal and return to the starting point.
You can learn precise course taking not only in the horizontal direction but also in ascending and descending.
[Basketball Stadium]-[Rebound_one] is a similar course, but with two vertical dives.
It is a course set in the port. There are many courses in [Coastal], but the first [HDR-Cargo 1.8.6] is the easiest and for beginners. There is one place that requires a 180 degree vertical turn. Let's go through with Split-S.
[Dynamic Weather] has a lot of spectacular scenes with detailed. Especially [Boners] series are all well designed. Since you can not understand the flight course in free flight mode, let's fly with time attack mode rely on gate navigation.
Also from [Dynamic Weather], this is a short course where you can pursue speed. The course is easy to understand and even beginners can enjoy speed.
Also from [Dynamic Weather], this is a course where you can thoroughly practice the flight of the three-stage gate (Ladder) that turns round and round, which often appears on the competition course. Turning the 3-stage gate is a hassle, but it is a technical course that makes you desperate when you start flying. Anyway here you have to turn around many times. Be careful not to over rotate your eyes.
[Empty Scene] series has a simple background, so you can enjoy it even on a low-performance computer. And there are many different types of courses. This [FMR Sky High] is a course built in the air and has a thrilling and open feeling. The course is relatively easy to understand and even beginners can enjoy it.
Another speed course from [Empty Scene Day] series, which is relatively narrow and has many curves. Beginners will enjoy this course as the time will be shortened each time they fly. In one place, the collision detection of the flag shown in the figure is strict, and it is difficult to take the course.
In addition, courses that name begin with [HDR-] that follows this corse are all like race car game, mainly only horizontal turns are required. So these are easy courses for beginners.
This course is similar to [Football Stadium]-[FPV Dutchman Insanity]. However, the guides lined up under the course get in the way, so more severe maneuvers are required. I think this course is the easiest to fly in the scenery [Empty Scene Night].
It is a scenery with motif of abandoned factory. Anyone who has practiced so far will be able to fly any course in this scenery relatively easily. Each course is narrow and requires more delicate operation than ever before. First [Industrial Flag Race] is the easiest I think.
It is a course to fly outdoors and indoors in a large abandoned building. You need to fly fast and technically. A well thought out course is a lot of fun to fly. The next course [VRL-Bando-Jungle] is also a fun course.
Scenery River 2 is a scene reminiscent of medieval Europe. A large river flows through the vast undulating scenery, and old castles are built in the mountains. All courses are relatively easy to fly, but I recommend this course and TBS-Live-Race-8 at the end of list.
This is a perfect scenery for scenic flights, with beautifully crafted near-future sci-fi details. Course is still simple, but feel free to fly off the course. This hanger has 3 floors. Find a way to go up to the 2nd and 3rd floors from inside the building. You can enjoy it just by flying leisurely and looking at it. Due to the large number of polygons, video cards with low video memory can cause image corruption.
There is another large building in the vast field of [Future Hanger]. A spaceship(?) is parked here. Course is set outdoors, but once inside the building, there are bathrooms and bedrooms in the building, and drink packs are placed on the desks, elaborate scenery!. You can only enter the building from the entrance. If you try to enter through the window, you will crash :). It's also fun to fly in the desolate scenery outside the building.
Courses for TinyWhoop
From here, we will introduce courses for TinyWhoop. Use a smaller 65mm Whoop, such as Meteor 65 or Mobula 6. Unlike courses introduced so far, you need more delicate control by operating throttle lower and slowing down speed. Fly slowly and carefully at first, as you would when flying in a house. Also, devise how to hold the radio and how to support the stick.
The one that says "TinyWhoop exclusive scenery" is included in the optional content "Micro Class Quads".
This is TinyWhoop exclusive scenery, fly a fashionable studio apartment with a loft. The course is simple. For those who usually fly Tiny Whoop indoors, I think it's a relatively easy scenery.
[Indoor GoKart] is a scenery with indoor go-kart motif. All of them have easy-to-fly courses, but this is the only narrow course for Tiny Whoop. I think this course is the most difficult in [Indoor GoKart] scenery.
This is 4-story underground(?) car park. The feeling that the ground is wet is well expressed. The ground is wet, and Gate Sound and Voice Announcements are echoed, giving an indoor atmosphere. Due to the low roof, this scenery mainly focuses on horizontal turns. We're introducing first courses here, but they're all about the same level of difficulty.
This is TinyWhoop exclusive scenery, like a university library. Unfortunately, there aren't many courses that take advantage of the details of this library. However, each course requires more delicate stick operation than any previous course. I think the course [Speed Reading] is the most fun to fly.
It is a course to fly in a burning subway car. The accuracy of course taking is more important than speed. Trains have a large number of polygons, so a video card with low video memory can cause image corruption. Following this, [Micro Lobby Run - Bouser FPV] and [Micro Rush Hour] are also courses for Tiny Whoop.
It is a scenery with a gymnasium motif, and all are narrow courses for Tiny Whoop. If you want to participate in TinyWhoop race, you want to win all the courses. Unfortunately, there aren't many fun courses to fly, but this MICROGYM is a maze-like and interesting course.
This is TinyWhoop exclusive scenery with the motif of a luxury night club. Only 4 courses have been set yet. It's good to hone your skills with a time attack along the course, but it's also fun to fly around the nightclub freely. In addition to the main dance floor with psychedelic lighting, there are several small floors, a VIP room separated by magic mirrors, a bar, and even a toilet. Please enjoy the realistic details. Due to the large number of polygons, video cards with low video memory can cause image corruption.
First 7 courses of Scenery [Bando] are for Tiny Whoop. All are courses that fly around in abandoned buildings. I think the first [Betafpv 2s Power Finals] is relatively easy to fly.
This is a course for low-power drones that flies over a small fort in the mountains. MICRO_medieval in the same scenery is also a narrow course set in the same fort.
This is a small course built in a corner of the basketball stadium. Although it is for TinyWhoop, it has a large height difference ascending and descending, and difficult to clear unless you are accustomed to flying in the vertical direction.
Fly in a coal mine-like scenery. The whole course is narrow and intricate. In addition, there are many bumps on the ground, so once you crash, you will crash again without doing anything during restoration, and it will be difficult to proceed. It is a tough course that requires almost no crash to fly to the end.
This is a course using playset in the park. The course is short, but you have to fly up, down, left and right in narrow space accurately. It's quite difficult.
This is TinyWhoop exclusive scenery that imitates a typical Western suburban mansion. Great for practicing flying through the house. However, it takes a considerable amount of practice time to be able to fly freely in this narrow scene in Rate mode. There are many rooms from the basement to the second floor. Try go around all the rooms.
Challenge the race / time attackOnce you get used to the flight to some extent, try the race / time attack. In Time Attack, you make a fixed number of laps on a fixed course and measure the flight time. You can also upload your flight time to Veloci Drone's Race Results Bulletin Board: LEADER BORD and you can compete with your past lap times (ghost drones).
Gate Navigation set to "Yes", arrow and drone icon will indicate the position of next gate to go to.
Indicator Color you can choose the color of drone icon that indicates the next gate to go to from four colors: White, Yellow, Cyan, and Orange.
Lap Time Announcement you can select how to display the time when you finish one lap of the course from Lap Time or Lap Delta Time.
Single Player Race Countdown allows you to specify how to count down at the start of race.
Voice Announcements set to "Yes", the time will be read by voice aloud after each lap of the course.
End of Race Statistics you can choose how to display the results after race.
|Race||Crashes are not penalised. Competitor allowed to continue in the race.|
|Event||Crashes result in competitor being red flagged at next gate and removed from the race. Competitor can continue flying and will be prevented from colliding with other competitors.|
|Open Class||All quad setup parameters are allowed.|
|Single Class||Drag sliders are all set to a single defined level for all competitors in the session. Battery simulation is forced on. PID controller settings are allowed and all other quad modifications are allowed.|
|Laps||The one who finishes the set laps in the fastest time is the winner.|
|2 Minutes||The one who completes the most laps is the winner. If two or more players complete the same number of laps then it's the fastest time to complete those laps that wins.|
Click the clock icon, which is the second icon from the bottom on the right side of the screen, to make settings related to saving race records.
Each time you click [TIME ATTACK TOGGLE], it switches between [None]-[BEST LAP]-[PREVIOUS LAP].
In [BEST LAP], your best lap flight path will be displayed as a ghost, and in [PREVIOUS LAP], your last flight path will be displayed as a ghost drone at the next race. You can compete with your past lap times. When competitors are displayed, race gets hot.
Note that the [TIME ATTACK TOGGLE] setting is reset every time you start the game or switch scenery (it becomes [None]). If you want to save / play your past flights on each course, reset them before flight.
You can start race by clicking flag icon at the bottom of icons on the right side of the screen, or by turning on the switch assigned "Race Start" on the controller.
By the way, you can interrupt the race by clicking this icon during the race.
Replay / save / load ghost flight dataYou can replay, save, and load flight data that you have flown in the past.
Compete with rivals: how to play in NEMESIS modeIn NEMESIS mode, you can compete with other players' data uploaded to VelociDrone's LEADER BORD. Data on three players close to your time will be downloaded and you can race with them.
For scenery / courses that you play in NEMESIS mode for the first time, your time will be measured first. Please perform the time attack alone normally.
After that, when you start the race for the second time, the data of your nemesis player will start downloading as shown in this screen. The download may take a few minutes.
Adjust drone PID value, RC Rate, Super Rate, RC ExpoVelociDrone also simulates PID profile, which determines the flight characteristics of the drone, and Rate profile, which can adjust the response of radio to stick operations. If you have a drone with Betaflight firmware, you can enter exactly the same values as the actual machine and simulate.
Three types of profiles can be stored, just like the actual machine. You can switch between three profiles by clicking arrow to the right of "Profile: 1" at the top left of the screen.
After entering or changing values, click "Save" at the bottom right of the screen to reflect it. If you do not want to change the value, click "Exit".
For information on how to adjust the PID profile and Rate profile, information on each site below will be helpful.