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Bechele Software V1.0

Better use te Bechele3 (Software Version 2.0)

Just the mechanical hardware does not make models move, so the really imortant part to drive the hardware is the software that can control the mechanics.

The core function of the Bechele 2 software is, to move Servos (typically model making servos) synchronous to audio speech or music data.

Therefore the movement data will be recorded according to the sound.

At publishing time these “audio moves” can be output – eventually chained with other audio moves as many times as you desire. The servos then drive some mechanical elements that shall create the “living” impression in the audience. The possibilities of the software are far beyond just animating a puppet. Here you may have some more possibilities. Always when a pre-recorded movement pattern shall run parallel to sound, this software can be used.

In the replay mode the system works independent, this means usually then there is no terminal connected. Depending on the structure of the audio data, interrupts may be contained.

Working principle: A movement set always consists of a mp3 sound file and a .svo file, that contains the movement points for the servo. Optionally a .txt file may exist in addtion, that contains textual hints for the puppet player in case dialogues are desired and the text shall not be learned fully by rote. The text will then be displayed on the terminal screen from where the replay program has been started.

In the first version of the project the positions of the joy stick have been directly passed to the servos. There the value range of the joy stick needed to coincide exactly with the servos.

This had the following disadvantages:

  • The whole movement range of the servo needed to be mechanically  possible.
  • Different servo types could not be combined when the servo parameters deviated.
  • On mechanical changes of servos or joy stick, a mechanical re-calibration was required.
  • Mechanical changes required a new recording of the concerned movement.

Therefore joy stick movements as well as servo movements will be parametrized and normalized to a range of 0 to 4096 in file If for example a mouth movement of a puppy was realized, so that 2/3 of the possible angle range of the servo was in use and after a mechanical change just the half of the angle range is needed, existing movement files can be re-used without any change, by adapting the servo parameters. The same applies if the joy stick changes. The positions of 0 to 4096 in a movement file contains the complete possible mechanical movement range of the servo in the model. In other words: The servo – despite parametrized correctly – does never try to exceed its mechanical limits in the model.

Here a screen shot of the user interface to record the movements according to the sound. The channel names are according to your settings.

Have a look at the follwing video to better understand the bechele software:


  1. Anonymous

    Hello again Rolf, how would i find the Minimum and Maximum of the Servo Motors? The Min and Max in the Config File does not look like its written in Degrees, what is it written in, and how do i specify the Min and Max?

    • super

      Hi again, to determine the min an max servo values you may use or There you just move to the point where you think the limit has reached and then you can see the value sent to the servo. and that is your limit value. Have a look into the readme files in /usr/local/bin there you find a closer description how to do the servo and joystick calibration.

  2. Anonymous

    Hello again Rolf, sorry to keep bothering you, but just remembered something, when all Servos have been recorded and saved to music, can i go back at any time and edit the same movments and overwrite the old movments with the new ones? Or will that cause issues and clash with old movments? I’m just wondering in case i want to change how a movments looks in the future. Thank you for your help again as always, Rolf!

  3. Anonymous

    Sorry after reveiwing one of my comment i realised i made a mistake in the spelling again, yes, Leon is my name. However just noticed theres no folder to put mp3 files, where do i put my speech and music on the SD card? Thank you.

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