Costume Assistant/RLV

Some routines use the Costume Assistant for outfit changes. You must enable RLV on your viewer in order to use Costume Assistant.

Enable RLV

To turn on RLV, do the following:

  1. Open Preferences (Control-P).
  2. Click the Firestorm tab.
  3. Click the Extras tab.
  4. Select the Allow Remote Scripted Viewer checkbox.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Restart your viewer.

This will create the #RLV top-level folder in your inventory. If it doesn’t, then create a top-level folder called #RLV:

When an outfit notecard tells you to create an RLV folder, create it in here.

Configure Costume Assistant

Costume Assistant allows a choreographer to send commands that will add or remove items from your avatar. This allows for clothes changes when the clothes cannot be modified to use scripted commands.

You must purchase the Costume Assistant from Marketplace or Spot On’s in-world store.

You can find it on Marketplace at: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Spot-On-Costume-Assistant/5962411

To configure it:

  1. Create a master copy of your Costume Assistant.
  2. Wear it. It will appear as a star on your screen.
  3. Right-click and edit it.
  4. In the Properties window, click the Content tab.
  5. Open the !Configuration notecard.
  6. Update the end of the notecard to use the following settings:

    # Add the user names of individuals allowed to command your HUD
    # One name per line.
    Laura Demonista
    Lanisonia Resident
    R Dismantled
    Sashajohansen Resident
    Letitia Larsson

  7. Save the notecard
  8. Then, copy and paste a link to that Costume Assistant into any routine that needs it.

When you put on the Costume Assistant, make sure that the star is gold.

And do not minimize your viewer. The Costume Assistant and RLV do not work properly if you minimize your viewer.

RLV stuff

If RLV is needed for an routine, you will need to create an RLV folder and put outfit pieces in it.

There are two ways to do this:

  • Put a full copy of the outfit pieces in the main outfit folder and put links to those pieces in the RLV folder.
  • Put a full copy of the outfit pieces in the RLV folder.

As long as you don’t have a full copy in the RLV folder and a full copy in the outfit folder, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you will wear two copies of each item and never appear to take them off in the show.

Here’s how to do the first method:

  1. Create a subfolder in the #RLV directory.
  2. Name it what the notecard says to name it.
  3. Put a full copy of the RLV-ed items in your normal outfit folder.
  4. Copy each RLV-ed item and paste a link into the new subfolder in the #RLV directory.
    • Paste links in the RLV folder, not full copies of each item.
    • You cannot use control-C and control-V on no-copy items. You will need to right-click and copy, then right-click and Paste a Link.

My stuff is missing!

If you build your outfits with the item in the RLV folder and not in the outfit folder, it won’t appear immediately.

If you build it with the item in the outfit folder and a link in the RLV folder, it will appear immediately.

After the routine

SL may re-add stuff removed or added by the Costume Assistant when the routine is done. Be ready to remove those things before the next routine starts.


Say /44 addfolder FOLDERNAME where FOLDERNAME is the name of the folder you wish to add.

Say /44 removefolder FOLDERNAME where FOLDERNAME is the name of the folder you wish to remove.


Do you use the Favorites feature in Firestorm? Drag the Costume Assistant into there so you can quickly add it.

Centering a photo tool

If you take a lot of photos, one neat trick is to put the star in the center bottom of your screen. That way, you have a visual marker for center without it appearing in your photos.