PowerBeatsVR Level Editor 2.0 – Now With Live Recording Feature
With the PowerBeatsVR level editor, you can map workouts to your own music from the comfort of VR and see directly how they are going to be.
With the new live recording feature, workout creation has never been easier in a VR fitness app. Just move and box to your music and the editor builds the according layout:
Since the app is constantly evolving, some features we’d like to add are not yet available, among them simple in-game sharing. Right now, if you want to share, just send the files to your friends or share your layouts in the #community-maps channel of our Discord server. Please note that uploading songs for which you have no permission is not allowed there. Always respect the copyright of the individual song.
Here is how to use the VR level editor with the current version:
Official vs. Local Songs in the Game
The main menu has three lists of songs: “VOLUME 1”, “VOLUME 2” (both contain our official songs) and “LOCAL”. You can switch between the lists with the tabs above the song lists. The “LOCAL” tab gives you a file browser showing you your local music files.
When you switch to the “LOCAL” tab, you can select one of your local music files and see the “ADJUST / EDIT” toggle button appear above “START”. Clicking on “Edit” will launch the editor.
Changing Existing Layouts
If you want to change an existing local layout simply select that layout in the “LOCAL” tab. Then click on the “EDIT” button above “START”. You will now be able to change it. Any changes you make will be reflected back to that file, and thus, when playing the game, you’ll be playing your own layout.
Creating New Song Layouts
If you have a song for which you would like to make a layout from scratch, just select the song and the difficulty you want to layout for and press the “EDIT” button above “START”. That’s it.
How to Exchange Community Maps
Custom song layouts will be loaded from within a special PowerBeatsVR directory.
This directory can be found here:
on Steam: …/steamapps/common/PowerBeatsVR/PowerBeatsVR_Data/Layouts
on Oculus: …/Oculus/Software/five-mind-creations-ug-haftungsbeschr-nkt-powerbeatsvr
on Quest: …/Quest 2/Internal shared storage/Android/data/com.FiveMindCreationsUGhaftungsbeschrnkt.PowerBeatsVR/files/Layouts
on Viveport: Unless you selected an individual location in the Viveport settings the default folder is …/HTC/Vive/ViveApps/90b80d5b-2375-4cbd-9e8f-07d2f362d551/1608035605 <— the number of this last folder can vary. If there are more than one check which one contains *.json – files and you should have found the right one…
If you want to exchange layouts with your friends, you just need to send them your layout files (*.json), and they have to put them in their respective folder.
Important: The .json-file has to be named exactly like the corresponding song file you want to use it with (eg.: songname.json –> songname.mp4).
We are planning to make sharing and downloading of community maps easier in the future, but right now you have to do that manually. We encourage everyone to share manually mapped workouts within the #community-maps channel on our Discord server.
In the editor, you will see a lane that shows your layout for the selected song. Right in front of you, there is a grid, on which you can manually place objects for the currently selected beat. To move to a different beat, you can use the controls as shown in the images above.
Above the grid, there is a window that gives you all the information about the current beat, the song, the beat count you selected, and the song spectrum to better let you plan your layout sections. The lanes on the floor indicate the next possible area of manually placing objects according to the selected beat count mode.
Next to you, you have a control panel that contains all settings, placeable objects, and functions like the live workout recorder you can use to create your layout.
The SONG panel contains the settings for fine-tuning the song regarding BPM & Offset, as well as major functions to save or revert your steps or to exit the editor.
In the ITEMS panel, you have all the placeable objects that you can simply take out by pressing the trigger button while touching the related icon. This panel is your way to manually place those objects on certain beats.
Note, that you can remove any object from the given layout by grabbing it and letting it go a few inches away from the grid.
The EDIT panel contains functions that help you to build your workout faster, such as copy functions or the possibility to use pre-designed patterns instead of creating them on your own. You can also remove a certain range of objects, the entire layout at once, or just a stream with the functions on that panel.
The RECORD panel contains our newest and fastest way to create your workouts: Basically, you can create an entire layout by just playing the song and moving and boxing to its rhythm.
You can set the detection sensitivity of how your movements get converted into objects, the type of objects that you like and where those objects can be placed (1/1, 1/2, or 1/3 beats).
That’s it! If you need further assistance, feel free to chat with us or the community.
We are excited to see what you are going to create with the VR editor. Make sure to share your experience and creations in the #community-maps channel on our official Discord server. Please note that uploading songs for which you have no permission is not allowed there. Always respect the copyright of the individual song.