Log with a Wii™ Remote

Facilitators with only one computer, or those who are working alone, can mark important moments during the session easily and quickly using a remote to set markers and start or end tasks without disrupting the participant. This frees up staff-time, allows for faster analysis, and doesn’t require network privileges at remote testing sites.

See the following topics for more information:


  • Wii Remote
    You must purchase a Wii Remote to use this feature. Currently, the Wii Remote is the only supported remote device. Wii Remotes can usually be purchased for around $40 from many major retail, toy, or online stores.
  • Bluetooth Capability
    To use a Wii Remote to log tasks and create markers, your computer needs Bluetooth capability. Many laptops have Bluetooth functionality; most desktops will require a Bluetooth adapter of some kind.

Connect the Wii Remote

  1. To make the Wii Remote findable by your computer, push and hold both the "1" and "2" buttons on the Wii Remote. The blue LED lights on the Wii Remote flash, indicating the Wii Remote is ready to connect.
    Make sure to hold down these buttons until you get a notification the device was successfully installed.
  2. Open Bluetooth Devices located in the Windows Control Panel (click Classic View in the Windows Vista operating system to find this more easily.)
  3. Click Add on the Devices tab.
  4. The Bluetooth Device Wizard displays available devices. Select the Wii Remote, which should show up as a Nintendo device and click Next.
  5. Select Don’t use a passkey and click Next.
    Windows gives a notification when it has connected to the Wii Remote. You can now release the buttons.
    The lights on the Wii Remote will continue to flash until you start Observer.
  6. Start Observer. Observer automatically connects to the Wii Remote. A battery indicator appears in the Recorder status bar.

If Observer is unable to connect to the Wii Remote, an error message is displayed. Close Observer and attempt to connect the remote again.

Reconnect the Wii Remote

Anytime your computer or the Wii Remote is turned off, you will need to reconnect the Wii Remote before you can use it again. Follow the same instructions given above to connect the Wii Remote.

How to Log With the Remote

You can use the remote to log in one of two ways, depending on which computer you want to log on.

  • Computer running Morae Recorder
    When logging on the computer running Recorder during a screen video-based session, you will not see any feedback on the screen. The Wii Remote lights flash to show that you logged a marker or task. Before logging a session, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Wii Remote Configuration available in Recorder. Go to Modify Study Details > Marker Definitions > Configure Wii Remote to access this dialog.
    If you want to log on the computer while recording camera video-based session, the remote interacts with the logging interface in Recorder in the same way as described below for Observer.
  • Computer running Morae Observer
    When logging with Observer, you use the remote to interact with the log. To view the remote configuration to see what buttons set which markers, go to View > Wii Remote Configuration. The buttons on the remote work in the same way as using hotkeys. To log a marker or task, push the corresponding button on the Wii Remote, as defined in the Wii Remote Configuration dialog box.


  • The Wii Remote does not appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices to choose from:  The Wii Remote is not broadcasting.  Make sure that it has batteries installed.  When you hold the 1 and 2 buttons down, some or all of the LEDs should begin flashing.  If they do not, consult the manual that came with your Wii Remote.  The LEDs must flash during the entire connection process.
  • A dialog appears asking me to restart my computer:  This occurs if you have Morae open when connecting to the Wii Remote. Windows cannot replace drivers that are currently in use by Morae to talk to the Wii Remote. You should select the “Restart Later” option as it is not necessary to restart your session.
  • A notification with a red X appears telling me the drivers could not be installed and the Wii Remote then turns off:   This may happen if Morae is already open.  Close Morae and then follow these steps.
    1. Open the Bluetooth device dialog.
    2. Select the Wii Remote from the list of peripherals and then select properties.
    3. Press and hold the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wii Remote as above, then select “Services” from the dialog.
    4. Select “Drivers for keyboard, mice, etc.” and select “Ok”.
    5. If a notification appears with a green check saying that the drivers were installed, you may release the buttons on the Wii Remote and start Morae.  Otherwise, you should start the connection process from the beginning.

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000 - Getting Started 1: Morae Overview Getting Started I Video
001 - Getting Started 2: Recorder Getting Started I Video
002 - Getting Started 3: Observer Getting Started I Video
003 - Getting Started 4: Manager Getting Started I Video
004 - Analyze Session Data Analyze I Video
005 - Audio Notes Share III Written
006 - Change the Communication Port in Observer Observer III Written
007 - Choose and Designate the Task Logger Setup II Written
008 - Choose the Recorder Computer Name or IP Address Observer II Written
009 - Configure Wii™ Remote for Logging Setup III Written
010 - Connect Observer to Recorder Observer II Written
011 - Convert Morae Recording Files (RDG) to AVI or WMV Share III Written
012 - Create a Custom Graph Analyze II Written
013 - Create a Highlight Video Share II Written
014 - Create and Organize a Project Analyze II Written
015 - Create a Report with the Add-In for Word Share II Written
016 - Create a Table of Contents Share II Written
017 - Create a Test Recording Setup II Written
018 - Create Session Handouts Setup II Written
019 - Create Video Clips Analyze II Written
020 - Customize Observer for Your Session Observer II Written
021 - Define Recording Details Setup II Written
022 - Define Study Details Setup II Written
023 - Deliver Surveys with Observer Surveys II Written
024 - Documentation Documentation I Written
025 - Export to PowerPoint Share II Written
026 - Export Videos to Screencast.com Share II Written
027 - Finalize Observer Session Observer II Written
028 - How to Choose the Recording Compression Record III Written
029 - Log in Observer Log II Written
030 - Log in Recorder Log II Written
031 - Log with a Wii™ Remote Log III Written
032 - Marker Logging Log II Video/Written
033 - Merge Studies Analyze III Written
034 - Normalize Storyboard Audio Share II Written
035 - Record Automated Sessions with Autopilot Record II Video/Written
036 - Recorder Start and Stop Options Record II Written
037 - Record More (or Less) than the Main Monitor Record II Written
038 - Search for Data in Recordings Analyze II Written
039 - Search Profiles Analyze II Written
040 - Select Video and Audio Sources for Recording Record II Written
041 - Set Recorder Preferences Setup II Written
042 - Set up an AutoPilot Test Setup II Written
043 - Share Highlight Videos Share II Written
044 - Tasks in Manager Analyze II Written
045 - Task Logging Log II Written
046 - Template Study Configurations Setup II Written
047 - Troubleshooting Observer to Recorder Connection Issues Observer II Written
048 - Using Chat to Communicate with Stakeholders Observer I Written
049 - Video Delay in Observer Observer III Written
050 - View Search Results in the Chart View Analyze II Written
051 - View Survey Answers Analyze II Written
052 - View Your Notes and Markers Following a Session Observer II Written