instruction manual
AXB-PT10/30
PosiTrack Camera Controllers
C a me ra C on t ro l S y s te m s
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction ...............................................................................................................1
Specifications .................................................................................................................... 1
Lens Control Modes .......................................................................................................... 3
Servomotor Mode..................................................................................................................... 3
Motor Mode .............................................................................................................................. 3
Pan and Tilt Control........................................................................................................... 3
Zoom, Focus, and Iris Control ........................................................................................... 4
Sample Product Application .............................................................................................. 4
Pre-Installation ..........................................................................................................5
Configuration Settings ....................................................................................................... 5
Setting zoom, focus, and iris switches to servomotor or motor mode...................................... 6
Setting the RS-232 DIP switch (S2) ......................................................................................... 6
Setting the AXlink Device DIP switch (S5) ............................................................................... 7
Accessing the AXB-PT10 Internal Jumpers ...................................................................... 8
Accessing the AXB-PT30 Internal Jumpers ...................................................................... 9
Setting the Internal Jumper Communication Mode ......................................................... 10
Configuring An External Camera/Lens Power Supply..................................................... 11
Installation ...............................................................................................................13
Mounting the PT10 and PT30 ......................................................................................... 13
PT10 Camera/Lens Mounting and Balancing.................................................................. 15
PT30 Camera/Lens Mounting and Balancing.................................................................. 17
Wiring the Connectors..................................................................................................... 18
Wiring Guidelines ............................................................................................................ 19
Preparing captive wires.......................................................................................................... 20
Using the AXlink connector for data and power ..................................................................... 20
Using the AXlink connector with an external RS-232 control device or PC (Stand-Alone only) 21
Using the RS-232 DB-9 connector......................................................................................... 21
Preparing the PosiTrack Controllers for communication........................................................ 22
Using the lens control DB-15 HD (high density) connector.................................................... 22
Pan Characteristics ......................................................................................................... 23
Setting the adjustable pan-limit stops .................................................................................... 23
Tilt Characteristics........................................................................................................... 24
Setting the adjustable tilt-limit stops....................................................................................... 24
Programming ..........................................................................................................25
Configuration Commands................................................................................................ 25
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Channel Commands ....................................................................................................... 33
Pan/tilt functions..................................................................................................................... 33
Motor mode lens functions ..................................................................................................... 34
Preset functions .................................................................................................................... 34
Levels.............................................................................................................................. 36
Send_Commands ........................................................................................................... 36
Diagnostic error values .......................................................................................................... 39
Preset parameters and commands ........................................................................................ 40
RS-232 commands ................................................................................................................ 42
RS-232 Send_Strings ............................................................................................................ 44
Stand-Alone RS-232 Protocol ......................................................................................... 44
Response mask ..................................................................................................................... 46
Upgrading the Firmware ........................................................................................ 47
Configuration................................................................................................................... 47
Downloading the Firmware ............................................................................................. 47
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Introduction
Introduction
The AXB-PT10 PosiTrack 10 and AXB-PT30 PosiTrack 30 Camera Controllers (FIG. 1) are
camera/lens controllers used for precise camera-positioning applications. Each PosiTrack unit
supports both AXlink and RS-232 control protocols and connects directly to an AXlink network.
The PT10 and PT30 contain onboard intelligence for consistent motion and lens control.
PosiTrack 10
Dual Camera/
Lens Cradle
Assembly
RS-232
Single
Camera/Lens
Cradle
PosiTrack 30
LENS
R S-232
LENS POWER
PANJA
CAM
LENS
AXlink
LENS PO WER
PANJA
CAM
TM
AXlink
TM
FIG. 1 AXB-PT10 and AXB-PT30 PosiTrack Camera Controllers (side views)
The following table shows the PosiTrack unit lens compatibility.
PosiTrack Unit Lens Compatibility
Fujinon Lenses
Canon Lenses
MD
KTSA
BMD
RGE PZF
AMSR
R
MPX
REA
SNPY
REA-IA
MDM
REA-IA PZF
SNDS
RGE
Specifications
The following table lists the specifications for both PosiTrack units.
Specifications
Dimensions (HWD):
AXB-PT10
Camera controller: 5.79" x 5.20" x 4.92" (148.60 mm x 132.19 mm x
147.00 mm)
Camera mount: 0.65" x 2.26" x 3.23" (17.49 mm x 57.40 mm x 82.08 mm)
Cradle support bracket: 3.64" x 5.50" x 0.20" (92.52 mm x 139.68 mm x
5.13 mm)
Dimensions (HWD)
AXB-PT30
Camera Controller: 7.10" x 5.70" x 4.65" (180.34 mm x 144.90 mm x
118.10 mm)
Camera Cradle: 4.75" x 3.75" x 6.25" (120.67 mm x 95.28 mm x 158.75 mm)
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Specifications (Cont.)
Weight:
PT10
8.00 lbs. (3.63 kg)
PT30
13.05 lbs. (5.92 kg)
Angular Travel
Pan
± 174° (348° total)
Tilt
± 90° (180° total)
Speed:
PT10
PT30
• Pan
45°/sec.
• Tilt
45°/sec.
• Pan
35°/sec.
• Tilt
35°/sec.
Weight Capacity:
AXB-PT10
10 lbs. (4.54 kg) balanced lens/camera weight (maximum)
AXB-PT30
30 lbs. (13.6 kg) balanced lens/camera weight (maximum)
Repeatability
± 5 arc minutes
DIP Switches
• (S2) - RS-232 communication (baud rate)
• (S5) - AXlink communication (device #)
Presets
Stores up to 255 presets for pan, tilt, zoom, focus, and iris operations; 127 of
those presets return a status when queried.
Relays
Solid-state relays for servomotor lens mode control (zoom/focus speed/position
and iris local/auto)
Optical Centerline
Optical centerline is between 1/2" and 5" above the mounting plane of the camera/lens (this allows the mounting of the camera/lens so that the tilt axis is
capable of going through the optical axis of the camera)
Buttons
SETUP button - Runs a test procedure on the unit (left, right, up, down)
Environmental Parameters
32° F to 120° F (0° C to 48.8° C) ambient temperature range
Enclosure
Metal with black enamel and black anodized matte finish
Power supply
PSN6.5
Power consumption:
AXB-PT10
2 A @ 12 VDC
AXB-PT30
6 A @ 12 VDC
Control panel
• RS-232 DB-9 connector (300 baud - 38.4 KB communication for camera
control)
• DB-15 high density connector (lens control)
• Lens power switch (powers or isolates the camera lens)
• AXlink 4-pin connector (provides AXlink communication and power
connection points)
Battery
Lithium battery to protect preset memory (up to 10 years)
Connectors
• 4-pin captive wire (AXlink)
• DB-15 HD 15-pin high-density (female) for lens control
• DB-9 9-pin D-sub (male) for RS-232 camera control
Optional Accessories
• CC-CAM lens control cable (specify make and model)
• CC-CAM RS-232 camera control cable (specify make and model)
• Pedestal mount (PM-CAM, PosiTrack Pedestal Mount)
• Tripod mount (TM-CAM, PosiTrack Tripod Mount Adapter)
• Wall-mount /Ceiling-mount bracket (WM-CAM, PosiTrack Wall or Ceiling
Mount)
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Lens Control Modes
The Servomotor and Motor modes are two Analog Voltage Control methods available on the
PosiTrack units.
Servomotor Mode
This method is generally used in broadcast or videoconference-style lenses. The voltage range used
for servomotor style lenses is +2.5 to +7.5 VDC. These lenses can be controlled in two different
modes: positional mode and speed mode.
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Positional mode is the most common Servomotor mode. When voltage changes, the lens
moves and remains still until the voltage changes. For example, if a lens receives a
voltage of +3 VDC, the lens moves to the corresponding position and stays there as long
as the voltage remains at +3 VDC. The movement speed of the lens motor is a function of
the PosiTrack unit’s analog output. The lens servomotor receives the preset voltage when
a preset is recalled in the positional mode.
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Speed mode moves the lens when the voltage deviates from the center point of its range.
The farther the voltage moves away from the center point of reference, the faster the lens
motor moves. The lens must have POT outputs when recalling a preset in this mode,. The
outputs pass to the PosiTrack unit, and when the received voltage level matches the level
stored in the preset, the voltage returns to zero. Servomotor mode lenses not having POT
outputs do not have preset recall capability.
Motor Mode
Motor mode is used when the lens requires the motors be directly driven from an external source.
The standard voltage ranges are ± 6 VDC or ± 12 VDC with a center (no motion) of 0 VDC. Unlike
servomotor lenses, these only operate in speed mode.
The lens moves in relation to the voltage offset from zero. The farther the voltage moves away from
the center point, the faster the lens motor moves. The lens must have POT outputs when recalling a
preset in this mode, these outputs are then passed to the PosiTrack unit. When the received voltage
level matches the level stored in the preset, the voltage returns to zero. Motor mode lenses not
having POT outputs do not have preset recall capability.
Pan and Tilt Control
Presets and travel limit stops are based on encoder counts from a home position index, located at
the center of each axis’ range of motion. The SETUP button, on the rear of the unit, allows you to
run a series of pre-set movements designed to test a sample of the PosiTrack unit‘s field of motion.
The system does 10-degree tests of motion for both directions of pan and tilt, and then returns to its
center position. Refer to Configuration Settings section on page 5 for more information on the
SETUP button.
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Zoom, Focus, and Iris Control
Each PosiTrack unit delivers a low voltage pulse-width-modulated output for zoom, focus, and iris
functions for motor mode lenses. These units are also capable of receiving reference voltage rails
and sending zoom, focus, and iris control signals in response to these rails. In this setting (slideswitch configured), no active control signals will reach the lens before power (+ 12 VDC and
GND) is supplied to the lens. This motor mode applies to the control of the Fujinon and Canon
teleconferencing lenses. During preset recall operation, these outputs are synchronized with the pan
and tilt motions. Refer to the PosiTrack Unit Lens Compatibility table on page 1. Four solid state
relays are also provided to control the zoom, focus, and iris speed/position mode selection and iris
local/auto selection on the Fujinon MD series and Canon KTSA series lenses.
Sample Product Application
FIG. 2 shows a sample camera control application using the AXB-PT10.
Application #1 - AXlink
AXB-EM232
Enhanced Master
AXB-PT10
AXP-PLV
PSN6.5 Power
Supply
AXlink
PS2.8
Power
Supply
Application #2 - RS-232
AXB-PT10
PC or other
RS-232
controller
RS-232
PSN6.5 Power
Supply
FIG. 2 Sample AXB-PT10 camera product application
Use a separate PSN6.5 power supply to power each PosiTrack unit. Power to the
PosiTrack unit is supplied from the PSN6.5 power supply to the unused power pin on
the PosiTrack unit’s AXlink connector.
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Pre-Installation
There are four SPDT slide switches in the lens control section (FIG. 3). Three of the switches
toggle the lens control selection between servomotor or motor mode hardware for control of zoom,
focus, and iris. The fourth selects between ± 6 VDC and ± 12 VDC control for motor mode lens
functions.
An SPDT switch is a Single Pole-Double Throw switch. This switch is completed at
both positions. An example is the Volt switch that is active in both the 6 and 12
positions.
Each PosiTrack unit consists of two main Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs):
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PosiTrack Processor PCB (PosiTrack Mother Board) contains the main processor, 2MB
FlashROM, and 2MB SRAM.
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PosiTrack Power Management PCB (PosiTrack Daughter Board) contains power
conditioning circuitry, control outputs/inputs to the pan/tilt drives, and zoom/focus/iris
outputs, and inputs to the lenses.
The following table shows the necessary tools when working on the AXB-PT10 or AXB-PT30.
Necessary Tools
AXB-PT10
AXB-PT30
3/32 HEX KEY
Anti-Rotation Pin
5/64 HEX KEY
Cover Screws
3/16 HEX KEY
Camera Mount Screw
1/16 HEX KEY
Bezel and Connector Screws
1/16 HEX KEY
Cover Screws and Connector
Bezel
3/32 HEX KEY
Camera Mount ADJ. Screws
5/64 HEX KEY
Tilt Arm Screws
5/64 HEX KEY
Tilt Arm Screws
3/32 HEX KEY
Camera Mount ADJ. Screws
3/32 HEX KEY
Camera Mount ADJ. Screws
Configuration Settings
Both PosiTrack units contain switches for setting the control mode, lens control voltage, RS-232
baud rate, and AXlink address. Before installing the PosiTrack unit, you must set the DIP switches,
lens control mode switches, and lens control voltage switch.
Once your settings match your systems requirements, press the SETUP button (FIG. 3) (this
procedure checks for proper lens connection). FIG. 3 shows the configuration switch access port
with AXlink LED, setup button, and lens control switches accessible on the back panel.
When pressed, the SETUP button causes the PosiTrack unit to briefly exercise a preset series of
10-degree test motions on both the pan and tilt axis; allowing the installer to verify correct
installation. You must configure the PosiTrack software to match the switch settings.
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Setup
button
AXlink
LED
S6 VOLT
6
12
S
M
S
M
S
M
RS-232
S1 ZOOM
S3 FOCUS
S4 IRIS
AXlink
FIG. 3 Lens control section (back panel)
Setting zoom, focus, and iris switches to servomotor or motor mode
Both PosiTrack units support servomotor (+2.5 to +7.5 VDC operating range) and direct-drive
motor (± 6 VDC or ± 12 VDC operating range) lens control. The table below shows how to set the
switches for servomotor mode (S) or motor mode (M). If you are using a direct-drive lens, refer to
the manufacturer's literature to set the VOLT switch for ± 6 or ± 12 VDC control.
Servomotor and Motor Voltage Switch Settings
Servomotor mode
Motor mode (+ 6 VDC) Motor mode (+ 12 VDC)
VOLT
VOLT
6
12
VOLT
6
ZOOM
12
ZOOM
S
M
FOCUS
S
M
FOCUS
S
M
IRIS
S
M
12
S
M
S
M
S
M
FOCUS
M
IRIS
S
6
ZOOM
IRIS
S
M
Setting the RS-232 DIP switch (S2)
The RS-232 DIP switch (S2) positions 1 and 2 set the stop and data bits, positions 3 through 5 set
the parity, and positions 6 through 8 set the baud rate. FIG. 4 shows the RS-232 DIP switch.
RS-232
DIP switch
(S2)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
FIG. 4 RS-232 communications parameters DIP switch (S2) (default setting)
The PosiTrack units contain one EIA RS-232C standard port for equipment that requires RS-232
control. The following communication protocols are supported:
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!
300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, and 38400 baud
!
7, 8, or 9 Data bits
!
1 or 2 Stop bits
!
Even, Odd, and None parity settings
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RS-232 control port fixed communications settings are: 9600 baud, No Parity, 8 bits, and 1 stop
bit. The following table lists the RS-232 Port DB-9 (male) pinouts.
RS-232 Port DB-9 (male) Pinouts
Pin
Signal
Function
1
N/A
N/A
2
RXD
RXD
3
TXD
TXD
4
N/A
N/A
5
GND
GND
6
N/A
N/A
7
RTS
RTS
8
CTS
CTS
9
N/A
N/A
The following table lists the RS-232 DIP switch settings.
RS-232 DIP Switch (S2) Settings
Position
1
2
Function
Stop Bits
Data Bits
3
Off
Off
2 bits
7 bits
On
1 bit
8 bits
5
6
Parity
Off
On
4
Off
Off
Off
Off
On
Off
On
On
Off
Off
Off
Off
On
Off
On
Off
On
On
On
On
None
Off
On
Off
Off
On
Off
On
9,600
On
Off
Odd
On
On
4,800
Even
Off
Off
2,400
Unused
On
Off
1,200
Unused
Off
Off
600
Unused
On
Off
300
Unused
Off
8
Baud Rates
Unused
On
7
On
On
19,200
On
On
On
On
38,400
Setting the AXlink Device DIP switch (S5)
The eight-position Device DIP switch (S5), shown in FIG. 5, must match the number assigned in
the Axcess software program. The Device DIP switch example is set to 90 (2 + 8 + 16 + 64 = 90),
the factory default setting.
AXlink
DIP switch
(S5)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
FIG. 5 AXlink device DIP switch (S5) (default value of 90)
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The AXlink device number range is 1-255. The Device DIP switch positions determines their
values, based on the following table:
Device DIP Switch (S5) Settings and Values
Position
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Value
1
2
4
8
16
32
64
128
After setting the AXlink device number, remove and reconnect the AXlink connector on the
PosiTrack unit to save the new number.
Accessing the AXB-PT10 Internal Jumpers
Jumpers J6 through J8, located on the circuit board inside the AXB-PT10, set the communication
mode to AXlink (factory default) or RS-232.
You need a 5/64" (1.98 mm) and 1/16" (1.59 mm) Allen wrench to open the unit, and a pair of nonconducting pliers to set the jumpers using the following steps.
Remove the control panel before you remove the cover, in order to avoid any damage
to the unit.
1. Discharge any accumulated static electricity from your body before removing the enclosure.
Remove the static electricity by touching a grounded metal object.
2. Unplug all connectors from the rear panel of the AXB-PT10.
3. Remove the four screws, located around the connector panel (FIG. 6), by using the 1/16" Allen
wrench. BHSC is the abbreviation for the Button Head Socket Cap screws.
BHSC screws
(two screws on top)
BHSC screws
(two screws
in rear)
Tilt-head screws (four
screws available)
BHSC screws
(five screws on each side)
LENS POWER
PANJA
CAM
Connector panel
(four screws)
FIG. 6 Pan-head screw locations
4. Carefully pull the connector panel away from the main unit until the bottom edge of the cover
clears the connector panel. Be careful not to damage the pins attached to the connector panel.
FIG. 7 illustrates how to remove the control panel.
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Pins that connect
the control panel
to the motherboard
FIG. 7 Control panel removal
5. Using the 1/16" Allen wrench, remove the 14 BHSC screws, from the left, right, top, and back
sides of the PT10.
6. Carefully pull the cover straight up from the main unit, until the bottom edge of the cover
clears the connector panel and then slide it backwards (as seen in FIG. 8).
FIG. 8 Removing cover
Accessing the AXB-PT30 Internal Jumpers
Jumpers J6 - J8, located on the circuit board inside the AXB-PT30, set the communication mode to
AXlink (factory default) or RS-232.
You need a 5/64" (1.98 mm) and 1/16" (1.59 mm) Allen wrench to open the unit, and a pair of nonconducting pliers to set the jumpers using the following steps.
1. Discharge any accumulated static electricity from your body before removing the enclosure.
Remove the static electricity by touching a grounded metal object.
2. Unplug all connectors from the rear panel of the AXB-PT30.
3. Using the 1/16" Allen wrench, remove the four #4-40 socket head screws located around the
connector panel (FIG. 9), by using.
4. Remove the 16 BHSC screws, using the 5/64" Allen wrench, from the left, right, top, and back
sides of the AXB-PT30. A sample view of the screw locations is shown in FIG. 9.
5. Carefully pull the cover straight up from the main unit, until the bottom edge of the cover
clears the connector panel, and place the cover aside (see FIG. 8).
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BHSC screws
(two screws on top)
Connector panel
(four screws)
BHSC screws
(six screws on
each side)
PosiTrack 30
BHSC screws
(two on the rear)
RS-232
LENS
LENS POWER
PANJA
CAM
AXlink
FIG. 9 Pan-head screw locations
Setting the Internal Jumper Communication Mode
1. Locate jumpers J6, J7, and J8 communication mode jumpers on the Mother PCB (FIG. 10).
The connectors and the main board are mounted onto the pan base.
2. Set the jumpers for either AXlink or RS-232 communication.
Jumper
locations
(3 pair)
J8
J6
J6, J7, and J8
communication
mode settings
Lens control
section
FIG. 10 Communication mode jumpers J6, J7, and J8 (factory default set to AXlink)
3. Set the jumpers for either AXlink or RS-232 communication.
Jumper Settings (top view)
AXlink (pins 1 & 2)
RS-232 (pins 2 & 3)
AXlink
Jumper 7
Jumper 6
Pin #s 1 2 3
10
RS-232
AXlink
RS-232
Jumper 8
Jumper 8
MOTOR
Jumper 7
MOTOR
Jumper 6
Pin #s 1 2 3
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4. Carefully place the cover back onto the main unit by sliding it over the internal gears and
motherboard.
5. Align the Control panel screw holes. Make sure the cables are not pinched in the back panel or
drive gears.
6. Insert the 14 BHSC screws and tighten securely using the 1/16" Allen wrench.
Steps 6 and 7 apply to the AXB-PT10 units where the removal of the Control Panel
differs from the PT30.
7. Carefully insert the connector panel, on the PT10, into the opening on the side of the unit and
connect it to the motherboard located inside the unit.
8. Firmly secure the control panel to the motherboard.
9. Using the 1/16" Allen wrench, insert the four BHSC screws, located around the connector
panel.
10. Use the wire tie-mount to secure connector cables.
Configuring An External Camera/Lens Power Supply
The camera/lens power switch, located between the AXlink and DB-15 connectors, regulates the
power to the camera/lens from the PosiTrack unit. The power switch, seen in FIG. 6 and FIG. 9,
Opens (turns Off) or Closes (turns On) the circuit feeding power to the camera/lens assembly. Refer
to the Wiring the Connectors section on page 18 for more information about the control panel.
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Flip the Lens Power switch to the left if you are only providing power to the camera/lens
assembly through the PosiTrack unit.
!
Flip the Lens Power switch to the right if you are providing external power to the camera/
lens assembly. By turning the switch Off, the dedicated +12 VDC stops providing
additional power to the camera/lens; preventing damage to power supplies and noise in
the video cables.
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Installation
The PosiTrack units enable pan and tilt functionality for mounted camera/lens assemblies and
provides lens control functions for teleconferencing lenses. Digital encoders are installed on both
the pan and tilt drives, allowing positional feedback for presets, and to provide accurate speed
control. Software adjustable stop limits are used on the pan and tilt drives to limit the range of
motion.
Do not mount a PosiTrack unit in any location where the motion of the camera/lens is
obstructed by any object.
Mounting the PT10 and PT30
Mount the PosiTrack units to a flat horizontal surface, either upright or inverted.
1. Select a surface that can support the combined weight of the AXB-PT10 (8.00 lbs./3.63 kg) or
AXB-PT30 (13.05 lbs./5.92 kg), PT10 camera/lens (10 lbs./4.54 kg), PT30 camera/lens
(30 lbs./13.61 kg) and control cables. Some support surfaces include the WM-CAM,
PM-CAM, and TM-CAM mounts available for use with these units.
2. Locate the external white position markers located on the pan and tilt axis. The position
markers must align with the pan and tilt axis in order to be considered in the home position.
FIG. 11 shows the camera cradle attachment in the center position.
Tilt Hub
Central tilt-axis
Camera cradle
mounting holes
Camera points this way
Position markers, located on the
outer surfaces, mark the center for
the vertical range of camera motion
Pan hub (mounting plate)
FIG. 11 Center position for the camera cradle attachment
3. Mount the PosiTrack unit to a flat surface by drilling four holes, according to the mountingplate dimensions shown in FIG. 12. Secure the unit to the surface using four 1/4" x 20 machine
bolts and lock washers. Ensure that the external white position marker, on the pan drive
hub, is inside the desired camera rotation range.
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Position marker
(on the outer surface)
Camera points this way when the pan drive is in
the center of its range of motion (Home position)
Ø 3.453"
87.7 mm
3.00 BHC"
76.20 mm
3.45"
(87.7mm)
FIG. 12 Tilt Hub (Mounting plate) dimensions
Each PosiTrack unit can be mounted to camera mounts such as the TM-CAM, WM-CAM, and
PM-CAM as shown in FIG. 13.
Cradle support
bracket
Wire tie-mount
Camera mount
assembly
Pedestal mount unit (PM-CAM)
FIG. 13 Pedestal mount
The camera/lens cradle can be mounted on either side of the cradle support bracket.
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PT10 Camera/Lens Mounting and Balancing
The camera/lens assembly should be mounted so the tilt axis is capable of going through the optical
axis of the camera, assuming the optical centerline is between ½" (12.70 mm) and 5" (127.00 mm)
above the mounting plane of the camera lens. The mounting platform (camera cradle) allows the
camera/lens to be mounted with its center of gravity on the tilt axis. The maximum weight of the
camera/lens assembly is 10 lbs. (4.54 kg). The camera cradle is mounted to the Tilt Hub (FIG. 14).
0.750"
19.05 mm
0.750"
0.00" 19.05 mm
Position
markers
0.750"
19.05 mm
0.250"
6.35 mm
Camera points
in this direction
0.00"
0.250"
6.35 mm
0.750"
19.05 mm
0.56"
39.62 mm
FIG. 14 Tilt Hub dimensions for the PT10
Do not lift the PT10 by the Camera/Lens cradle as this procedure could damage
internal components.
To mount and balance the camera/lens:
1. Separate the camera mount and the cradle support bracket by removing the two ½" screws on
the underside of the assembly (see FIG. 15) using a 3/32 Allen wrench.
2. Install the camera alignment peg to the mount at the position tat best fits the camera/lens.
3. Secure the camera/lens to the mount (at the camera attachment peg) with the screw and
fastener supplied with the camera/lens (see FIG. 15).
Cradle support
bracket
Mounting holes
(three sets)
Camera
alignment peg
Camera mount
(underside view)
Camera bracket assembly
(side view)
FIG. 15 Camera bracket assembly
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4. Determine the center of gravity for the camera by using your finger to balance the entire
camera/lens and mount. The center of gravity is the location on the long axis of the camera/
lens assembly around which the camera and mount balances.
5. Note the position of the center of gravity.
6. Place the camera/mount into the appropriate location along the camera support bracket so the
camera’s center of gravity aligns with the horizontal tilt-axis, as shown in FIG. 16.
Camera
and Lens
Camera
mount
Horizontal
tilt-axis
Center of gravity
FIG. 16 Aligning the center of gravity for the camera and mount
Make sure to mount the camera as close to the tilt hub as possible to obtain a true
center of gravity.
7. Re-attach the camera mount (with camera/lens) to the cradle support bracket using the two ½"
screws.
8. Take the entire camera/mount and cradle assembly and align the lens with the tilt hub so that
the vertical-axis intersects the center of the camera’s iris, as shown in FIG. 17.
Marker points
Vertical tilt-axis
Iris
FIG. 17 Iris alignment with vertical tilt-axis
9. Mark the position of the cradle support bracket on the tilt hub (for later attachment).
10. Remove the camera/lens and mount piece from the support bracket by unscrewing the two ½"
screws on the underside of the camera mount.
11. Secure the support bracket to the tilt hub (at the same position marked for the iris alignment)
on the PT10 with some or all of the four ½" screws and washers.
12. Secure the camera/mount to the support bracket by using the two ½" screws.
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13. Support the weight of the camera cables with a wire tie attached to the wire tie mount on the
lower corner of the face of the PT10 (FIG. 13).
PT30 Camera/Lens Mounting and Balancing
The camera/lens assembly should be mounted so the tilt axis is capable of going through the optical
axis of the camera, assuming the optical centerline is between ½" (12.70 mm) and 5" (127.00 mm)
above the mounting plane of the camera lens. The mounting platform (camera cradle) allows the
camera/lens to be mounted with its center of gravity on the tilt axis. The maximum camera/lens
weight supported is 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). The camera cradle is mounted to the Tilt Hub (FIG. 18).
0.984"
24.99 mm
0.984"
0.00" 24.99 mm
Position
markers
0.984"
24.99 mm
0.328"
8.33 mm
Camera points
in this direction
0.00"
0.328"
8.33 mm
0.984"
24.99 mm
Ø 3.500"
88.97 mm
FIG. 18 Tilt Hub dimensions for the PT30
Do not lift the PT30 by the Camera/lens cradle as this procedure could damage internal
components. To mount and balance the assembly:
1. Remove the eight 32 x ¾" (19.95 mm) screws and washers securing the camera cradle to the
pan/tilt head.
2. Obtain a camera and a balancing beam, such as a pipe. The pipe is used to balance the camera/
lens on the cradle assembly.
3. Mount the camera to the camera/lens cradle assembly (FIG. 19).
Camera/lens
cradle assembly
FIG. 19 Camera/lens cradle assembly mounting
4. Attach the camera/lens to the cradle with a fastener recommended by the camera manufacturer.
Allow the camera to slide along the horizontal grooves without sliding off.
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5. Place the assembly on the balancing beam and while maintaining the cradle centered on the
pipe, slide the camera along the cradle’s grooves until the camera and cradle remain balanced
on the beam (FIG. 20).
Tilt-axis
mounting slots
FIG. 20 Balancing the camera/lens cradle assembly
6. Mount the camera as close to the tilt hub as possible to obtain a true center of gravity.
7. Secure both the camera mounting and tilt-axis screws.
8. Take the entire camera/lens assembly and slide it along the tilt hub until the vertical-axis of the
PT30 intersects the center of the camera’s iris. Refer to the PT10 Camera/Lens Mounting and
Balancing section on page 15 for more information on alignment.
9. Mark the position of the white tilt-axis marker on the camera/lens cradle (use this position for
later attachment of the camera/lens assembly to the tilt hub).
10. Remove the camera/lens from the cradle.
11. Secure the camera/lens assembly to the tilt hub by using the lens centerline markings for the
camera as a reference (see previous step) with the eight 32x ¾" screws and washers removed in
step 1.
12. Re-attach the camera to its previous position on the cradle.
Wiring the Connectors
Each PosiTrack Controller has an RS-232 DB-9 connector, lens control DB-15 high-density
connector, and an AXlink 4-pin connector. Always provide enough cable to accommodate the
desired range of motion for the PosiTrack units and their camera/lenses. The Lens Power switch on
the control panel, removes any power noise on the incoming video by turning power On/Off to Pin
1 of the DB-15 lens control connector.
The LENS POWER switch can turn power Off to the DB-15 pin 1 when the camera/
lens is powered from a separate supply.
FIG. 21 shows the location of each connector on the AXB-PT10. The PosiTrack Controller receives
all power from the +12 VDC and GND connections on the four-pin AXlink connector. The portion
of the power directed toward the pan/tilt motors is fused to protect the PosiTrack Controller and
pan/tilt motors; the fuses reset themselves.
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AXB-PT10 (side view)
Control panel
Camera control RS-232
DB-9 (male) connector
Lens control DB-15
high density (female)
connector
Lens Power switch
Pin 1 power switch for
DB-15 connector
LENS POWER
PANJA
CAM
AXlink 4-pin (male)
connector
Wire tie-mount
FIG. 21 Control panel location
When applying power to the AXB-PT10, adjust the soft-set pan/tilt limit stops to a safe
position to prevent camera or PT10 damage.
Wiring Guidelines
The PosiTrack Controllers require local +12 VDC power (optional) to operate properly. The
maximum wiring distance between the power supply and the PosiTrack Controller is determined by
power consumption, supplied voltage, and the wire gauge used for the cable. The following wiring
table lists wire sizes and the maximum lengths allowable between the PT10/PT30 and the power
supply. The maximum wiring lengths are based on a minimum of 13.5 VDC, available at the power
supply output.
The AXB-PT10 power rating is 2 A @ 12 VDC. The AXB-PT30 power rating is
6 A @ 12 VDC. These power supplies must be provided locally.
To reduce the possible effects of ground loop noise in the video, use a single-source power supply
mounted within distances specified in the following table.
Wiring Guidelines - PT10
Wiring Guidelines - PT30
Wire size
Maximum wiring length
Wire size
Maximum wiring length
18 AWG
29.34 feet (8.94 meters)
18 AWG
19.56 feet (5.96 meters)
20 AWG
18.56 feet (5.66 meters)
20 AWG
12.38 feet (3.77 meters)
22 AWG
11.57 feet (3.53 meters)
22 AWG
7.72 feet (2.35 meters)
24 AWG
7.30 feet (2.23 meters)
24 AWG
4.86 feet (1.48 meters)
Do not power the PosiTrack Controller until the wiring is complete. If using an optional
+12 VDC power supply, apply power to the AXB-PT10 only after installation is
complete.
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The PosiTrack units are both powered from an optional local power supply. The wiring distances
for the AXB-PT10 are based on a +12 VDC power supply and are capable of 2 A (continuous) with
a maximum current of 20 amps.
The wiring distances for the AXB-PT30 are based on a +12 VDC power supply and are capable of
6 A (continuous) with a maximum current of 20 amps. The PosiTrack unit provides power outputs
for the camera/lens combination.
Preparing captive wires
You will need a wire stripper and flat-blade screwdriver to prepare and connect the captive wires.
Never pre-tin wires for compression-type connections.
1. Strip 0.25 inch (6.35 mm) of insulation off all wires.
2. Insert each wire into the appropriate opening on the connector, according to the wiring
diagrams and connector types described in this section.
3. Turn the screws clockwise to secure the wire in the connector. Do not tighten the screws
excessively; doing so may strip the threads and damage the connector.
Using the AXlink connector for data and power
To use the AXlink 4-pin connector for data communication with the Central Controller and power
transfer from the PSN6.5 power supply, the incoming PWR and GND cable from the PSN6.5 must
be connected to the AXlink cable connector going to the PosiTrack Controller. FIG. 22 shows how
the power cable from the PSN6.5 is used to power the PosiTrack Controller and the GND cable is
connected onto the existing GND cable on the AXlink cable coming from the Central Controller.
Always use a local power supply to power the PosiTrack unit.
PWR (+)
Local +12 VDC power supply
(coming from the PSN6.5)
GND (-)
PWR +
PWR +
AXP/TX
AXP/TX
AXM/RX
AXM/RX
GND -
GND -
To the Central Controller
To the PosiTrack unit
FIG. 22 AXlink connector and local +12 VDC power supply wiring diagram
Do not connect the wire from the PWR terminal on the Central Controller to the PWR
terminal on the PosiTrack unit when you connect an external power supply. Make
sure to connect only the AXM, AXP, and GND wires on the PosiTrack unit’s Axlink
connector when using the PSN6.5 power supply.
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1. Unscrew the PWR and GND wires on the terminal end of the PSN6.5 2-pin cable.
2. Pair the GND wires from the PSN6.5 and the Central Controller AXlink connectors together
and insert them into the clamp position for GND on the PosiTrack unit’s AXlink connector.
3. Tighten the clamp to secure the two GND wires.
4. Place the PWR wire from the PSN6.5 into the open clamp position for PWR on the PosiTrack
unit’s AXlink connector.
5. Tighten the clamp to secure the PWR wire.
Using the AXlink connector with an external RS-232 control device or PC (StandAlone only)
To use the AXlink 4-pin connector with a PC or other RS-232 controller, wire the AXlink
connector to a DB-9 female connector, as shown in FIG. 23. Connector pins 2, 3, and 5 are used for
data and ground. For some applications requiring hardware handshaking, it may be necessary to
strap pins 7 (request to send) and 8 (clear to send) together.
PWR (+)
GND (-)
PWR +
AXP/TX
2 (RXD)
3 (TXD)
AXM/RX
5 (GND)
GND PosiTrack unit
AXlink connector
External RS-232
DB-9 connector
(female)
FIG. 23 External RS-232 control device or PC wiring diagram
To use a PC, set the internal jumpers for RS-232 communication mode and the
Device DIP (S5) switch positions 1 thru 8 to Off (down).
Using the RS-232 DB-9 connector
The RS-232 DB-9 (male) connector on the PosiTrack units connect to the camera head’s RS-232
connector. The following table shows the pinouts and pin configuration for the DB-9.
Camera Control DB-9 RS-232 Connector Pinouts
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
N/A
6
N/A
2
RXD
7
RTS
3
TXD
8
CTS
4
N/A
9
N/A
5
GND
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Pin 9
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Preparing the PosiTrack Controllers for communication
The AXlink Device DIP switch is located beneath the round cover on the back of the PT10 and
PT30. Set these switches to the desired device value based on the number of PosiTrack units being
used in a particular system. The initial unit is defaulted with a device number of #90. Any
additional units must have values that do not conflict with other PosiTrack units being used. Refer
to the Setting the AXlink Device DIP switch (S5) section on page 7 for more information.
Using the lens control DB-15 HD (high density) connector
The PosiTrack Controllers are designed to control servomotor and motor mode camera lenses. See
the Pre-Installation section on page 5 to set the lens switches for servomotor or motor mode.
FIG. 24 shows the DB-15 HD connector pin numbers.
Pin 5
Pin 1
Pin 6
Pin 10
Lens control DB-15 HD
(female) connector
wiring pinouts
Pin 15
Pin 11
FIG. 24 Lens control DB-15 HD connector (female) wiring pinouts
DO NOT connect the motor-mode outputs to servo-mode lenses. This can result in
lens damage.
The following table lists the pinouts for motor mode lenses. Pin1 provides lens power from the
PosiTrack’s own power supply when the lens power switch is set to PANJA.
Lens Control DB-15 HD Connector Pinouts for Motor Mode
Pin
PosiTrack DB-15 HD
connector functions
Direction
Lens function
1
+12 VDC
Output
Motor Power
2
GND
Output
Lens common
3
Zoom-drive
Output
Zoom motor
4
Focus-drive
Output
Focus motor
5
Iris-drive
Output
Iris motor
12
POT-REF+ (+5 VDC)
Output
POT-high side
13
POT-REF - (GND)
Output
POT-low side
14
Zoom-wiper
Input
Zoom-POT wiper
15
Focus-wiper
Input
Focus-POT wiper
Motor driven outputs are intended to drive conventional motors. These outputs can deliver up to 1 A
of current. The outputs use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for speed control. The output voltage
values are ± 6 VDC or ±12 VDC. Speed is controlled by varying the duty cycle of the output.
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Lens Control DB-15 HD Connector Pinouts for Servomotor Mode
PosiTrack DB-15 HD
connector functions
Pin
Direction
Lens function
1
+12 VDC
Output
Motor Power (see following note)
2
GND
Output
Lens common
3
Zoom-drive
Output
Zoom motor
4
Focus-drive
Output
Focus motor
5
Iris-drive
Output
Iris motor
6
Zoom-speed/position
Output
Zoom-positional/speed mode
7
Focus-speed/position
Output
Focus-positional/speed mode
8
Iris-local/auto
Output
Iris-local/auto select
Output
9
Iris-speed/position
10
VREF-A (+7.5V)
Input
VREF-A (+7.5 V). The reference voltage must be
present to operate correctly in servomotor mode.
Iris-positional/speed mode
11
VREF-B (+2.5 V)
Input
VREF-B (+2.5 V). The reference voltage must be
present to operate correctly in servomotor mode.
12
POT-REF+ (+5 VDC)
Output
POT-high side
13
POT-REF- (GND)
Output
POT-low side
14
Zoom-wiper (0-5 VDC)
Input
Zoom-POT wiper
15
Focus-wiper (0-5 VDC)
Input
Focus-POT wiper
Pin 1 is not required if the lens is powered independently. Pins 12-15 are required for
Speed mode but are not required for Positional mode.
This feature is controlled by the PANJA/CAM switch on the connector panel.
Servomotor driven outputs are intended to drive servo-type motors only. The outputs have very low
current (milliampere range) capability. DO NOT attempt to drive conventional motors with these
outputs or you may damage the output drivers. If you are not sure about the motor type, refer to the
Specifications section on page 1for more information.
Pan Characteristics
The pan drive has a maximum pan range of ± 174° (348° total). The maximum pan rate is 35° per
second. Pan travel is capable of being limited to a restricted range around the center of pan travel by
software limits adjustable by the programmer/end user. Pan limits refer to the horizontal range of
motion available to the PosiTrack unit. These limits are set via the Axcess program. The center
position marks the center of the range.
If you are using firmware version 1.01, do not set a preset at the same location as a
limit stop.
Setting the adjustable pan-limit stops
The Central Controller should be programmed by an AMX Axcess programmer before beginning.
Refer to the Specifications section on page 1 for more information on programming devices. To set
the adjustable pan-limit stops:
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1. Ensure that there is enough slack in the lens, camera, and PT10/30 AXlink cables to
accommodate the full range of pan motion.
2. Confirm that the necessary programming has been done to the system before beginning the
installation process.
3. Mount the camera controller to the desired horizontal surface.
4. Pan the unit as far to the left as desired and enter this position into the Axcess program as the
left pan-limit stop. The LEFT limit stop MUST be set left of the Home position.
5. Pan the unit as far to the right as desired and enter this position into the Axcess program as the
right pan-limit stop. The Right limit stop MUST be set right of the Home position.
6. Pan to both programmed stop positions and ensure the pan-limit stops are set correctly.
Tilt Characteristics
The tilt drive is factory set to a maximum tilt range of ± 90° (for a total of 180°). The maximum tilt
rate is 35° per second. Tilt limit stops refer to the vertical range of motion available to the PosiTrack
unit and are set via the Axcess program. The center position marks the center of the range/
If you are using firmware version 1.01, do not set a preset at the same location as a
limit stop.
Setting the adjustable tilt-limit stops
The Central Controller should be programmed by an AMX Axcess programmer before beginning.
Refer to the Specifications section on page 1 for more information on programming devices. To set
the adjustable tilt-limit stops:
1. Ensure that there is enough slack in the lens, camera, and PosiTrack controller AXlink cables
to accommodate the full range of tilt motion.
2. Mount the PosiTrack Controller to the desired surface.
3. Tilt the unit as far up as desired and enter this position into the Axcess program as the upper
tilt-limit stop. The UP limit stop MUST be set above the Home position.
4. Tilt the unit as far down as desired and enter this position into the Axcess program as the lower
tilt-limit stop. The DOWN limit stop MUST be set below the Home position.
5. Tilt to both stop positions and ensure the tilt-limit stops are set correctly.
If you have problems setting the range of motion on either PosiTrack units, you may be setting both
limits on the same side of the HOME position. Repeat the instructions in the Pan and Tilt
Characteristics sections to correct the problem.
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Programming
The AXB-PT10 and AXB-PT30 control capabilities for camera functions include:
• Pan
• Focus (servomotor; speed)
• Tilt
• Focus (motor drive)
• Zoom (servomotor; positional)
• Iris (servomotor; positional)
• Zoom (servomotor; speed)
• Iris (servomotor; speed)
• Zoom (motor drive)
• Iris (motor drive)
• Focus (servomotor; positional)
The PosiTrack Controllers are controlled with device-specific channel settings and Axcess
Send_Commands. You create the software programs with the Axcess programming software. Use
the programming information in this section, with the Axcess Programming Guide to create a
program to control the PosiTrack Camera Controllers. The program resides in the Axcess Central
Controller.
The commands for ZOOM, FOCUS, and IRIS output to servomotor or motor mode
MUST be configured to match the switch settings.
Configuration Commands
The following table lists in detail the different variables used in the Configuration Commands.
These variables consist of parameters which the commands must adhere to.
Variables for the Configuration Commands
Parameters
Description
Outputs
1—PAN
2—TILT
3—ZOOM
4—FOCUS
5—IRIS
Level
0 (lowest) to 255 (highest) or 0% to 100%
On pan, tilt, and PWM drives for zoom, focus, and iris, level 128 will be OFF.
Level 129 and above are for the forward direction. Level 127 and below are
for the reverse direction.
Time (optional)
If specified, 0 to 255 in tenths of a seconds; if not specified, at current rate.
Position
0 to 255; value of POT input. Corresponds to a position of the unit. 0 is one
end of the POT and 255 is the other end. Not directly related to an output
level voltage.
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Variables for the Configuration Commands (Cont.)
Parameters
Description
Time (optional)
If specified, 0 to 255 in tenths of a seconds; if not specified, at current rate.
Position
0 to 255; value of POT input. Corresponds to a position of the unit. 0 is one
end of the POT and 255 is the other end. Not directly related to an output
level voltage.
0 to 65535 when using the 'AD MODE x 10' command, or for pan/tilt commands. Corresponds to a position of the unit. 0 is one end of the POT and
65,535 is the other end. Not directly related to an output level voltage.
Speed
0 to 127; where 0 is the slowest and 127 is the fastest (default).
Deviation
0 to 127; where 0 is most accurate but can have some jitter. Default is 2,
meaning the position can be within + 2 from the specified position.
Distance
0 to 127; distance from the specified position.
Ramp Time
1 to 255; time in 10ms increments it takes the motor drives to ramp up to
speed.
All presets are cleared when any limits are set.
Configuration commands configure the manner in which the PosiTrack operates.
Configuration Commands
AD MODE
Sets the AD reported 8
bit levels. This is the
default value.
Syntax:
"’AD MODE <output 3-4> 8’"
Variables (See Variables for the Configuration Commands section on page 25):
output = 3 - 4
Examples:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’AD MODE 4 8’"
Sets Focus POT input to 8-bit level reporting (0-255).
AD MODE
Sets the AD reported
10 bit levels extended
to 16 bits.
Syntax:
"’AD MODE <output 3-4> 10’"
Variables (See Variables for the Configuration Commands section on page 25):
output = 3 - 4
Examples:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,”’AD MODE 4 10’"
Sets Focus POT input to 8-bit level reporting (0-65535).
BUTTON PRESS
Syntax:
Executes a series of
preset 10-degree
movements for both
directions of pan/tilt.
The PosiTrack moves up, home (stops), left, then stops at home. This is
designed to test the functionality of the PosiTrack’s field of movement.
CHAN PRESET=ON
Syntax:
Enables preset recalls
by turning ON the
preset channels 101228.
The default mode of operation for these channels is feedback ONLY.
CHAN PRESET=OFF
Syntax:
Switches back
channels 101-228 to
feedback only mode.
(default).
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SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’BUTTON PRESS’"
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CHAN PRESET=ON’"
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CHAN PRESET=ON’"
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Configuration Commands (Cont.)
CLEAR ERRORS
Clears all of the error
messages obtained by
using the DEVICE
STATUS command in
the Terminal Emulator
mode within the
AxcessX program.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR ERRORS’"
Refer to the Diagnostic error values section on page 39 for detailed information.
CLEAR HOME
Clears the current
home position and
goes to the default
setting and clears
presets.
CLEAR LIMIT ALL
Clears all of the limits
given and goes to the
default values.
CLEAR LIMIT DOWN
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR HOME’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR LIMIT ALL’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
Syntax:
Clears the tilt limit down
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR LIMIT DOWN’"
given and goes to the
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
default value.
CLEAR LIMIT LEFT
Clears the pan limit left
given and goes to the
default value.
CLEAR LIMIT RIGHT
Clears the pan limit
right given and goes to
the default value.
CLEAR LIMIT UP
Clears the tilt limit up
given and goes to the
default value.
CURRENT SPEED
PRIORITY=CHANNEL
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR LIMIT LEFT’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR LIMIT RIGHT’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CLEAR LIMIT UP’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CURRENT SPEED PRORITY=CHANNEL’"
Changes the operaDoes NOT allow pan/tilt movement from levels until these channels are turned
tional mode of channels
Off.
31, 32, 35, and 36.
Setting this priority puts the unit in CaMatrix compatible mode. The CaMatrix is
an RS232 control program that runs on a PC.
CURRENT SPEED
PRIORITY=LEVEL
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CURRENT SPEED PRORITY=LEVEL’"
Changes the operaAllows pan/tilt movement from levels even if these channels are still On.
tional mode of channels
Setting this priority makes the move at current speed channels operate like the
31, 32, 35, and 36.
other axis movement channels.
DEFAULT ACCEL
Sets the Pan and Tilt
acceleration to the
default value of 90
degrees/(second
squared).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’DEFAULT ACCEL’"
This command is issued from the Terminal Emulator mode of the AxcessX program.
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Configuration Commands (Cont.)
FIND HOME
It then goes to the "Home offset" if it has been defined, if not it goes to the
Runs a series of pan/tilt mechanical "Home".
movements to
Syntax:
recalibrate its
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FIND HOME’"
mechanical home.
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
FOCUS PRESET=POS This is applicable only if the FOCUS SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the
FOCUS switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode).
Sets the FOCUS
voltage output to recall
positional presets
(default).
Syntax:
FOCUS
PRESET=SPEED
This is applicable only if the FOCUS SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the
FOCUS switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode).
Sets the FOCUS
voltage output to recall
speed presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FOCUS PRESET=POS’"
The command for FOCUS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FOCUS PRESET=SPEED’"
The command for FOCUS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
FOCUS SIGNAL=M
This setting corresponds to the M position (motor mode) setting on the FOCUS
Sets the FOCUS output switch.
to be a motor output.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FOCUS SIGNAL=M’"
The command for FOCUS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
FOCUS SIGNAL=POS
Sets the Focus voltage
output to recall
positional presets
(default).
This is applicable only if the FOCUS SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the
FOCUS switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FOCUS SIGNAL=POS’"
The command for FOCUS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
FOCUS SIGNAL=S
This setting corresponds to the FOCUS switch in the S position.
Sets the Focus output
to be a servomotor
output.
Syntax:
FP
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
Sets the lens’ Focus
mode to positional
(default).
Syntax:
FS
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
Sets the lens’ Focus
mode to speed.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FOCUS SIGNAL=S’"
The command for FOCUS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FP’"
The FP command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’FS’"
The FS command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
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Configuration Commands (Cont.)
GET STATUS
(version 3.00 or
higher)
Displays the current
firmware version (Boot
and Download) on the
terminal along with
additional status
information.
The returned boot version is determined by checking the version in flash memory.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’GET STATUS’"
This command is issued from the Terminal Emulator mode of the AxcessX program. Besides the boot and download versions, it also displays the following
information:
• Presets - predifined camera positions
• Current speed - pan, tilt, zoom, focus, and iris speeds
• Current acceleration - a value between 0-255 on an acceleration curve applied
to the movement of the unit from one position to another.
• Mode - settings for the camera (servomotor or motor modes)
• Deviation - numeric value corresponding to how far-off from the center point of
your preset you want the camera to be when it finally stops on that preset.
• Speed Priority - whether level or channel
GET VERSION
(version 3.00 or
higher)
Displays the current
firmware version (Boot
and Download) on the
terminal.
HOME
Goes to where the
Home position is set.
The Boot version sent back is determined by checking the version in flash memory.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’GET STATUS’"
This command is issued from the Terminal Emulator mode of the AxcessX program.
If there is no Home offset, then the PosiTrack goes to the mechanical home position. If there is a Home offset then the PosiTrack unit goes there.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’HOME’"
This differs from the FIND HOME command in that HOME does not involve a recalibration of the PosiTrack’s mechanical position.
IA
Sets the lens’ Iris mode
to auto (default).
IL
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IA’"
The IA and IL commands apply only if using pin 8 on the lens control connector.
This pin determines whether the lens is in Auto or Local iris mode. The Auto/
Local option works for lenses that have iris control.
Syntax:
Sets the lens’ Iris mode
to local.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IL’"
IP
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
Sets the lens’ Iris mode
to positional (default).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IP’"
The IP command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
IRIS PRESET=POS
Sets the Iris voltage
output to recall
positional presets
(default).
This is only applicable if the IRIS SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the IRIS
switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IRIS PRESET=POS’"
The command for IRIS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
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IRIS PRESET=SPEED
Sets the Iris voltage
output to recall speed
presets.
This is applicable only if the IRIS SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the IRIS
switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IRIS PRESET=SPEED’"
The command for IRIS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
IRIS SIGNAL=M
Sets the Iris output to
be a motor output.
This setting corresponds to the M position (motor mode) setting on the IRIS
switch.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IRIS SIGNAL=M’"
The command for IRIS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
IRIS SIGNAL=POS
Sets the Iris voltage
output to recall
positional presets
(default).
This is applicable only if the IRIS SIGNAL=S command is in effect (servomotor
mode).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IRIS SIGNAL=POS’"
The command for IRIS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
IRIS SIGNAL=S
This setting corresponds to the S position (servomotor mode) setting on the IRIS
switch.
Sets the Iris output to
be a servomotor output. Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IRIS SIGNAL=S’"
The command for IRIS output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be
configured to match the switch settings.
IS
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
Sets the lens’ Iris mode
to speed.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’IS’"
The IS command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
LENS=SERVO
Sets the lens settings to
servomotor mode style.
LENS=STANDARD
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’LENS=SERVO’"
This macro command sends the ZP, FP, IP, ZOOM PRESET=POS, ZOOM SIGNAL=S, FOCUS PRESET= POS, FOCUS SIGNAL=S, IRIS PRESET=POS,
IRIS SIGNAL=S commands at one time.
Syntax:
Sets the lens settings to
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’LENS=STANDARD’"
standard motor mode
This macro command sends the ZS, FS, IS, ZOOM PRESET=SPEED, ZOOM
style.
SIGNAL=M, FOCUS PRESET= SPEED, FOCUS SIGNAL=M, IRIS PRESET=SPEED, IRIS SIGNAL=M commands at one time.
PANACC
Sets the acceleration
rate of the pan axis.
Syntax:
"'PANACC <acceleration rate 0-127>’"
Examples:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’PANACC22’"
A value of zero sets acceleration to 2.25 degrees per second squared and 127
sets acceleration to 135 degrees per second squared. There is a linear relationship for values between 0 and 127. The command DEFAULT ACCEL sets both
the pan and tilt acceleration to the default value of 90 degrees/(second squared).
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READ ALL
Forces the device to read and update levels to the Central Controller.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’READ ALL’"
RUN TESTS
Runs and checks error values 244 and 245 to see if the gears are properly
aligned to their respective grooves.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RUN TESTS’"
Refer to the Diagnostic error values section on page 39 for more detailed information. Make sure there are no obstructions while the PosiTrack performs the
full range of the following movements: Up, Down, Home, Left, Home.
SET HOME
Sets a new home position.
SET LIMIT DOWN
Sets the down tilt limit
value given.
SET LIMIT LEFT
Sets the left pan limit
value given.
SET LIMIT RIGHT
Sets the right pan limit
value given.
SET LIMIT UP
Sets the up tilt limit
value given.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SET HOME’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SET LIMIT DOWN’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SET LIMIT LEFT’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SET LIMIT RIGHT’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SET LIMIT UP’"
This command is used within the AxcessX program.
This command clears all presets.
TILTACC
Syntax:
Sets the acceleration
rate of the tilt axis.
Examples:
"’TILTACC <acceleration rate 0-127>’"
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’TILTACC103’"
A value of zero sets acceleration to 2.25 degrees per second squared and 127
sets acceleration to 135 degrees per second squared. There is a linear relationship for values between 0 and 127. The command DEFAULT ACCEL sets both
the pan and tilt acceleration to the default value of 90 degrees/(second squared).
TILT CURVE=
NORMAL
Syntax:
Adjusts Tilt Up/Down
speed curves for normal mounting position.
This keeps the up and down tilts moving at the same rate for a given speed.
(Added v1.10) Sets the tilt curve to normal, for normal installation position.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’TILT CURVE=NORMAL’"
This command DOES NOT reverse the direction of the pan/tilt motors.
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TILT CURVE= INVERT Syntax:
Adjusts Tilt Up/Down
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’TILT CURVE=INVERT’"
speed curves for
This keeps the up and down tilts moving at the same rate for a given speed.
inverted mounting posi- (Added v1.10)
tion.
Sets the tilt curve to inverted, for inverted installation position. This command
reverses the direction of the tilt motor.
ZAP!
Syntax:
Initializes all memory in
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZAP!’"
the unit.
This includes speed settings, deviation settings, configuration settings, and all
presets.
ZOOM PRESET=POS
Sets the Zoom voltage
output to recall positional presets (default).
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZOOM PRESET=POS’"
This is applicable only if the ZOOM SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the
ZOOM switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode). The command for
ZOOM output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be configured to match
the switch settings.
ZOOM
PRESET=SPEED
Syntax:
Sets the Zoom voltage
output to recall speed
presets.
This is applicable only if the ZOOM SIGNAL=S command is in effect, and the
ZOOM switch is set to the S position (servomotor mode). The command for
ZOOM output to servomotor mode or motor mode MUST be configured to match
the switch settings.
ZOOM SIGNAL=S
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZOOM PRESET=SPEED’"
Sets the Zoom output
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZOOM SIGNAL=S’"
to be a servomotor outThis setting corresponds to the S position (servomotor mode) setting on the
put.
ZOOM switch. The command for ZOOM output to servomotor mode or motor
mode MUST be configured to match the switch settings.
ZOOM SIGNAL=M
Sets the Zoom output
to be a motor output.
ZP
Syntax:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZOOM SIGNAL=M’"
This setting corresponds to the M position (motor mode) setting on the ZOOM
switch. The command for ZOOM output to servomotor mode or motor mode
MUST be configured to match the switch settings.
Syntax:
Sets the lens’ Zoom
mode to positional
(default).
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
ZS
Syntax:
Sets the lens’ Zoom
mode to speed.
This command can be used only for servomotor mode.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZP’"
The ZP command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’ZS’"
The ZS command applies only if you connect pin 6 (zoom), 7 (focus), and/or 9
(iris) to the lens control connector. These pins determine if the lens is in positional or speed mode.
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Channel Commands
Use channel commands to program pan/tilt, servomotor positional, servomotor speed, and motor
mode functions.
Pan/tilt functions
Pan/Tilt Functions
Channel
State
Function
31
On
Pan right at current speed
32
On
Tilt down at current speed
35
On
Pan left at current speed
36
On
Tilt up at current speed
40
On
Pan right at maximum speed (100%)
41
On
Pan left at maximum speed (100%)
42
On
Tilt down at maximum speed (100%)
43
On
Tilt up at maximum speed (100%)
44
On
Pan right at medium speed (50%)
45
On
Pan left at medium speed (50%)
46
On
Tilt down at medium speed (50%)
47
On
Tilt up at medium speed (50%)
Servomotor mode lens functions
Servomotor Mode Lens Functions
Channel
State
Function
1
On
Iris (+) at current rate
3
On
Zoom (+) at current rate (increases output voltage)
4
On
Focus (+) at current rate
5
On
Iris (-) at current rate
7
On
Zoom (-) at current rate (decreases output voltage)
8
On
Focus (-) at current rate
10
On
Iris (+) at maximum speed
12
On
Zoom (+) at maximum speed (output minimum voltage)
13
On
Focus (+) at maximum speed
14
On
Iris (-) at maximum speed
16
On
Zoom (-) at maximum speed (output maximum voltage)
17
On
Focus (-) at maximum speed
18
On
Iris (+) at 50% speed
20
On
Zoom (+) at 50% speed
21
On
Focus (+) at 50% speed
22
On
Iris (-) at 50% speed
24
On
Zoom (-) at 50% speed
25
On
Focus (-) at 50% speed
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Motor mode lens functions
Motor Mode Lens Functions
Channel
State
Function
1
On
Iris (+) at current speed
3
On
Zoom (+) at current speed (increases output voltage)
4
On
Focus (+) at current speed
5
On
Iris (-) at current speed
7
On
Zoom (-) at current speed (decreases output voltage)
8
On
Focus (-) at current speed
10
On
Iris (+) at maximum speed
12
On
Zoom (+) at maximum speed (output minimum voltage)
13
On
Focus (+) at maximum speed
14
On
Iris (-) at maximum speed
16
On
Zoom (-) at maximum speed (output maximum voltage)
17
On
Focus (-) at maximum speed
18
On
Iris (+) at 50% speed
20
On
Zoom (+) at 50% speed (half speed)
21
On
Focus (+) at 50% speed
22
On
Iris (-) at 50% speed
24
On
Zoom (-) at 50% speed
25
On
Focus (-) at 50% speed
Preset functions
Preset Functions
Channel
State
Function
50
On
Pan is seeking POT (Encoder) preset (status only)
51
On
Tilt is seeking POT (Encoder) preset (status only)
52
On
Zoom is seeking POT preset (status only)
53
On
Focus is seeking POT preset (status only)
101-227
On
Recall preset 1–127 or currently at preset 1–127.
The unit supports presets 1–255 but only presets 1–127
can be recalled using channel On commands. Presets
128–255 must be recalled with Send_Command "RP".
There are no feedback channels for presets
128-255.
CHAN PRESET=ON Send_Command MUST be issued
to enable this feature (see page 26).
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Status Channels
Channel
State
Function
29
On
Unit is panning
30
On
Unit is tilting
95
On
Unit has found its max pan left limit
96
On
Unit has found its max pan right limit
97
On
Unit has found its max tilt up limit
98
On
Unit has found its max tilt down limit
228
On
Unit has found its HOME position
248
On
Unit is finding HOME position
The following is an example of how to use the above functions to obtain a visual status of the
movement of the PosiTrack without being in visual contact.
Example:
In the DEFINE_VARIABLE section of the Axcess program enter:
FLASH
In the DEFINE_PROGRAM section of the Axcess program type:
wait 5 Flash=!Flash
The 5 represents 1/2 a second. This causes the feedback button to blink (Flash) once every 1/2
second. FIG. 25 represents a sample command that creates a movement status button on the touch
panel.
OR
AND
Flashes the button until the
PosiTrack unit reaches the preset
number - in this case 51.
Required only once in the main line.
[TP, 81] = ([CAMBOX, 101] || (FLASH && [CAMBOX, 51]))
Channel number
Device number assigned to the PosiTrack unit
Channel number
Device assigned to touch panel or switch panel
FIG. 25 Send_Command for a status movement button
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Levels
The following table lists the Axcess levels.
Levels
Level values
Axcess level
1
Pan
2
Tilt
3
Zoom
4
Focus
5
Pan POT (Encoder)
6
Tilt POT (Encoder)
7
Zoom POT
8
Focus POT
Example of sending levels:
SEND_LEVEL 90,1,200
90=DEVICE
1=FUNCTION (ZOOM,FOCUS,PAN,TILT)
200=LEVEL
Send_Commands
The following table lists parameters for the PosiTrack Camera Controllers Positional
Send_Commands.
Parameters - Send_Commands
Parameters
Description
Outputs
1—PAN
2—TILT
3—ZOOM
4—FOCUS
5—IRIS
Level
0 (lowest) to 255 (highest) or 0% to 100%
On pan, tilt, and PWM drives for zoom, focus, and iris, level 128
will be OFF. Level 129 and above are for the forward direction.
Level 127 and below are for the reverse direction.
Time (optional)
If specified, 0 to 255 in tenths of a seconds; if not specified, at
current rate.
Position
0 to 255; value of POT input. Corresponds to a position of the
unit. 0 is one end of the POT and 255 is the other end. Not
directly related to an output level voltage.
0 to 65535 when using the 'AD MODE x 10' command, or for pan/
tilt commands. Corresponds to a position of the unit. 0 is one end
of the POT and 65,535 is the other end. Not directly related to an
output level voltage.
Speed
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0 to 127; where 0 is slowest and 127 is fastest (default).
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Parameters
Description
Deviation
0 to 127; where 0 is most accurate but can have some jitter.
Default is 2, which means the position can be within +/- 2 from the
specified position.
Distance
0 to 127; distance from the specified position.
Ramp Time
1 to 255; time in 10ms increments that it takes the motor drives to
ramp up to speed.
The following table lists parameters for the PosiTrack Camera Controllers Positional Commands.
Positional Commands
GAS
This command can be used for motor mode and servomotor speed modes.
Sets the output to slow
down within the specified distance of the
specified position for
future 'GxLxxx' commands.
Syntax:
"’G<output>A<distance>S<speed>’"
Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
G - output = 1 - 4
A - distance = 0 - 127
S - speed = 0 - 127
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’G1A5S20’"
Sets PAN to speed 20 when within 5 of the specified position for future 'GxLxxx' commands.
GD
This command can be used for motor mode and servomotor speed/positional modes.
Sets the current maximum position deviation for future position
('GxLxxx') commands.
Syntax:
"’G<output>D<deviation>’"
Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
G - output = 1 - 4
D - deviation = 0 - 127
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’G1D4’"
Sets PAN deviation to 4 for future 'G1Lxxx' commands. Output will stop when it is
within 4 of the specified position.
GL
This command can be used for motor mode and servomotor speed modes.
Turns on the specified
output at the current
speed until the specified position (as read
by the Pan or Tilt
encoder) is reached.
Syntax:
"’G<output>L<position>’"
Command forces output to go to a preset position using the POT input as a
reference.
Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
G - output = 1 - 2
L - position = 0 - 65535
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’G1L32000’"
Sets PAN to search for position 32000 as referenced by the Pan or Tilt encoder.
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Positional Commands (Cont.)
GL
This command can be used for motor mode and servomotor speed modes.
Turns on the specified Syntax:
output at the current
"’G<output>L<position>’"
speed until the speciCommand forces output to go to a preset position using the POT input as a
fied position as read by
reference. (Positions 0-65,535 are available using the 'AD MODE x 10' command.)
the POT input is
Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
reached.
G - output = 3 - 4
L - position = 0 - 255 or 0 - 65535
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’G3L100’"
Sets ZOOM to search for position 100 as referenced by the ZOOM POT input.
GS
This command is used for motor mode and servomotor speed mode applications.
Sets the current speed
for future and current
Send_Commands and
channel commands.
Syntax:
"’G<output>S<speed>’"
Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
G - output = 1 - 5
S - speed = 0 - 127
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM, "’G1S64’"
Sets PAN to speed 64 (50%) for current and future commands.
The G1 and G2 commands are used for all modes. The G3, G4, and G5 commands
are for the Motor mode ONLY.
PLT
This command can be used only for servomotor positional mode applications.
Ramps specified outSyntax:
put voltage from cur"’P<output>L<level >[T<time >]’"
rent level to a specified
Variables
(See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
level or percentage at
P - output = 3 - 5
the current rate or
optionally in a specified
L - level = 0 - 255 or 1 - 100%
amount of time.
T - time = 0 - 255 (in tenths of a second)
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’P3L50%’"
Ramps zoom output to 50% (mid-voltage) at current rate.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’P4L255T30’"
Ramps FOCUS output to 255 in 3 seconds.
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PR
This command can be used for servomotor positional mode applications.
Sets the ramp rate of
Syntax:
the specified output
"’P<output>R<time>[U|D]’"
voltage where time is
the time to ramp the full Variables (See Parameters - Send_Commands section on page 36):
P - output = 3 - 5
range both down to up
and up to down or
R - time = 0 - 255
optionally just down to
U\D = Up or Down
up or up to down.
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’P3R50’"
Sets zoom ramp rate to 5 seconds full range for “down to up” and “up to down.”
"’P4R75U’"
Sets the Focus ramp rate to 7.5 seconds full range for Down to up. This command
can be used for motor and servomotor positional mode applications.
"’P5R25D’"
Sets the Iris ramp rate to 2.5 seconds full range for up to down only.
Diagnostic error values
In the Terminal Emulator, of the AxcessX program, you can use the Device Status command
to diagnose any problems with the PosiTrack Controller. The following is an example of how to
diagnose problems using the DEVICE STATUS and CLEAR ERRORS commands to obtain error
values that can help you better track any problems.
1. Turn the PosiTrack Controller On and make sure the proper connections are plugged into the
unit. Open Terminal Emulator in the AxcessX program.
2. Type DEVICE STATUS (device 90) in the Terminal Emulator. The 90 used in this example is
the Device Number assigned to the PosiTrack. The same process can be sent in Axcess using
SEND_COMMAND CAM, <camera #>, "‘GET STATUS’". Refer to the GET ERRORS
Send_Command for more information.
3. Give the Emulator at least 30 seconds to respond with an error value, if any exists.
4. If there is an error present, the emulator displays the number 230 and other values, listed in
the Error Values and Descriptions table on page 40, that correspond to particular problems
encountered during the diagnostic cycle.
5. Type SEND_COMMAND 90, "'CLEAR ERRORS'" to clear the errors in the PosiTrack unit
after the problem is resolved. This command clears all the error messages that may have
appeared while you were diagnosing problems.
6. Turn the PosiTrack Controller Off and fix the problem.
7. Turn the unit On once the problem has been fixed.
8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 until the problem no longer exists.
When using version 2.04 firmware or higher, the PosiTrack stops all pan and tilt
operations if an internal error is logged. Correct the source of the error and cycle
power on the unit to resume operation. The error channels remain On until a CLEAR
ERRORS or ZAP! command is sent.
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The following table lists the error values you can get when diagnosing any problem.
Error Values and Descriptions
Error
Description
230
Shows there is an error on the system. This value always appears in conjunction with another number. It acts as a precursor to any other error messages, as an announcement that an error has
been found and the following values are the errors found.
240
Shows that there is a problem with the Pan Encoder on the PosiTrack. The encoder is a device that
counts the revolutions of the pan motor.
241
Shows that there is a problem with the Tilt Encoder on the PosiTrack. The encoder is a device that
counts the revolutions of the tilt motor.
242
Shows that there is a problem with the Pan Optical reader on the PosiTrack. The reader is a device
that detects the home position of the pan gear.
243
Shows that there is a problem with the Tilt Optical reader on the PosiTrack. The reader is a device
that detects the home position of the tilt gear.
244
Shows that there is a Worm ECC error (pan) on the system. This error occurs when the worn gear
is not fitting properly along the pan’s gears.
245
Shows that there is a Worm Eccentric error (tilt) on the system. This error occurs when the worm
gear is not fitting properly along the tilt’s gears.
246
Shows that the pan stalled. Occurs when the pan motor locks up.
247
Shows that the tilt stalled. Occurs when the tilt motor locks up.
If there are any errors found, the 230 error value displays that there is an error, and is then followed
by another number to indicate the precise problem. For example, a problem with the Pan Encoder
will return the message: 230, 240.
Preset parameters and commands
The following table lists the preset parameters.
Preset Parameters
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Preset
1-255
TIME: (Optional)
If specified, 0 to 255 in tenth seconds. If not specified, at
current rate. Used for voltage outputs. Used only for recall
preset.
SPEED: (Optional)
0 to 127. 0 is slowest and 127 if fastest. If not specified, at
current speed. Used for Motor Drive outputs, including
pan/tilt control. It is used to Recall Preset only.
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Programming
The following table lists preset commands.
Preset Commands
Command
Description
CANCEL PRESET
Examples:
Immediately stops any
active preset recall in
motion.
SEND_COMMAND CAM, "’CANCEL PRESET’"
CP
Syntax:
Clears a preset from
memory.
Variables:
"’CP<preset>’"
preset = 1 - 255
Examples:
SEND_COMMAND CAM, "’CP1’"
Clears Preset 1.
SEND_COMMAND CAM, "’CP100’"
Clears Preset 100.
RP
Recalls a stored preset.
Optional parameters include ramp time for servomotor positional presets, motor
mode, servomotor speed mode, and inclusion (+ default) or exclusion (-) of iris in preset.
Syntax:
"’RP<preset>[T<time>][S<speed>][I<- or +>]’"
Variables:
RP - preset = 1 - 255
T - time = 0 -255 (in tenths of a second)
S - speed = 0 - 127
I - iris = decrease or increase
Examples:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RP1’"
Recalls preset 1. Same as turning on channel 101. If any are in servomotor positional
mode, the current voltages for zoom, focus, and/or iris will be ramped to the preset
voltages at the current speed. If any are in servomotor speed mode, the motor drive
outputs for zoom and/or focus outputs will run at their preset-defined speeds until the
preset positions are reached on the POTs. Regardless of the preset type used, the
pan/tilt drives will run at their current speeds until the proper positions are reached on
their POTs. Channel 101 is turned On.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RP1I-’"
Recalls preset 1. Same as turning on channel 101. If any are in servomotor positional
mode, the current voltages for zoom, and /or focus iris will be ramped to the preset
voltages at the current speed. If any are in speed mode, the motor drive outputs for
zoom and/or focus outputs will run at their preset-defined speeds until the preset
positions are reached on the POTs.
Regardless of the preset type used, the pan/tilt drives will run at their current speeds
until the proper positions are reached on their POTs. Channel 101 is turned on.
The iris signal will be excluded from the preset recall and will not be included in displaying feedback as to whether the preset has been completed.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RP10T100’"
Recalls preset 10. If any are in positional mode, voltage outputs for zoom, focus, and/
or iris will ramp to position in 10 seconds. If any are in speed mode, the motor drive
outputs for zoom and/or focus outputs will run at their preset-defined speeds until the
preset positions are reached on the POTs. Pan/tilt outputs use current speed. Turns
on channel 110 when preset 10 is reached.
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Programming
Preset Commands (Cont.)
Command
Description
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RP10S64’"
Recalls preset 10. If any are in positional mode, the current voltages for zoom, focus,
and/or iris will be ramped to the preset voltages at the current speed. If any are in
speed mode, the motor drive outputs for zoom and/or focus will move at half speed
(64). Pan/tilt outputs will move at half speed. Turns on channel 110.
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RP10T100S64’"
Recalls preset 10. If any are in positional mode, voltage outputs for zoom, focus, and/
or iris will ramp to position in 10 seconds. If any are in speed mode, the motor drive
outputs for zoom and/or focus will move at half speed (64). Pan/tilt outputs will use
current speed. Turns on channel 110.
SP
Syntax:
Store preset.
"’SP<preset>’"
Variables:
SP- preset = 1 - 255
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’SP1’"
Stores current values to Preset 1.
RS-232 commands
The following table lists the RS-232 commands.
RS-232 Commands
B9MON
Enables the special 9
data bits with 1 stop bit
mode, and overrides
the DIP switch settings
for data, stop, and parity bits.
The baud rate is locked on at the current DIP switch setting upon issuance of this
command.
Syntax:
"’B9MON’"
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’B9MON’"
Sets the special 9 bits with 1 stop bit mode, and overrides the DIP switch settings on
the device.
B9MOFF
Syntax:
Sets data bits mode to
normal with DIP switch
setting (default).
Example:
"’B9MOFF’"
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’B9MOFF’"
Resets the data bits mode back to the DIP switch settings on the device.
CHARD
Syntax:
Sets the delay time
between all transmitted characters to the
device.
Variables:
"’CHARD-<time>’"
time = 0 - 255 in 100 microsecond increments
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CHARD-10’"
Sets 1 ms delay between all transmitted characters.
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Programming
RS-232 Commands (Cont.)
CTSPSH
Syntax:
Sets the delay time
between all transmitted characters to the
device.
If CTS is high, channel is On.
"’CTSPSH’"
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’CTSPSH’"
Enables pushes, releases, and status information on channel 255 for CTS hardware
handshake input.
HSOFF
Syntax:
Disables hardware
handshaking (default).
Example:
"’HSOFF’"
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’HSOFF’"
Disables hardware handshaking on the device.
HSON
Enables hardware
handshaking.
Syntax:
"’HSON’"
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’HSON’"
Enables hardware handshaking on the device.
RXCLR
Syntax:
Clears characters wait"’RXCLR’"
ing in the receive buffer Example:
pending transmission
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RXCLR’"
to the Central Controller.
Clears the characters in the receive butter waiting to be sent to the Central Controller.
RXOFF
Syntax:
Disables the device
"’RXOFF’"
from passing received
Example:
characters to the CenSEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RXOFF’"
tral Controller (default).
Disables the device from sending incoming (received) characters to the Central Controller.
RXON
Enables the device to
send incoming
(received) characters
to the Central Controller.
Syntax:
"’RXON’"
This command is automatically sent by the master when a 'CREATE_BUFFER'
program instruction is executed.
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’RXON’"
Enables the device to send incoming (received) characters to the Central Controller.
TXCLR
Syntax:
Clears characters wait"’TXCLR’"
ing in the transmit-out Example:
buffer, and stop transSEND_COMMAND CAM,"’TXCLR’"
missions.
Clears characters waiting in the transmit-out buffer, and disables all transmissions by
the device.
XOFF
Disables software
handshaking (default).
Syntax:
"’XOFF’"
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’XOFF’"
Disables software handshaking on the device.
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Programming
RS-232 Commands (Cont.)
XON
Enables software
handshaking.
Syntax:
"’XON’"
Example:
SEND_COMMAND CAM,"’XON’"
Enables software handshaking on the device.
RS-232 Send_Strings
PosiTracks have special Send_String escape sequences. If any of the three-character combinations
listed below are found anywhere within a Send_String program instruction, they are treated as a
command and not the literal characters.
RS-232 Send_Strings
"'27,18,0'"
Clears the ninth data bit to 0 for all subsequent characters to be transmitted. It is used
in conjunction with the 'B9MON' command.
"'27,18,1'"
Sets the ninth bit to 1 for all subsequent characters to be transmitted. It is used in
conjunction with the 'B9MON' command.
"'27,19,<time>'"
Inserts a delay before the next character to be transmitted.
Variable:
time = 1 - 255 in 1 millisecond increments
"'27,20,0'"
De-asserts RTS hardware handshake output high.
"'27,20,1'"
Asserts an RTS hardware handshake output low.
In 485 mode, if the delay escape code characters are the last in the Tx buffer, the 485
Tx output will tri-state at the beginning of the delay.
If you need to send a string containing sequences "27,17," "27,18," "27,19," or "27,20," use two
Send_String commands. The first containing characters up to and including "27", the second
beginning with "17", "18", "19", or "20", and all subsequent characters.
To send the string "$1B,'C',0,27,17,13", use:
{
SEND_STRING <dev>,’"$1B,'C',0,27"’
SEND_STRING <dev>,’"17,13"’
}
Stand-Alone RS-232 Protocol
The stand-alone RS-232 protocol (in the General Format table) is the AXlink-to-PC Comm Port
Interface (AXB-PCCOM) protocol, with the inclusion of the device byte of the protocol being fixed
at 0.
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Programming
General Format
Byte No.
Type
1
Attention Byte
2
Command #
3
Data
Last
RS-232
Levels
Checksum, sum of all bytes Mod 256
Level
0
PAN
1
TILT
2
ZOOM
3
FOCUS
4
PAN_POT
5
TILT_POT
6
ZOOM_POT
7
FOCUS_POT
RS-232 Levels that are valid <LEVEL NO> are 0-7.
The following table lists the request functions sent to PosiTrack units.
Request Functions Sent to the PosiTrack Unit
Functions
Syntax
Channel On/Off
'*' <1>
<0> <CHANNEL> <STATUS> <CHECKSUM>status 1 ->
turn on channel status 0 -> turn off channel
Set level (byte)
'*' <3>
<0> <LEVEL NO> <LEVEL> <CHECKSUM>
Send string
'*' <4>
<0> <# BYTES> <STRING> <CHECKSUM>
Send command
'*' <5>
<0> <# BYTES> <STRING> <CHECKSUM>
Get channel status
'*' <6>
<0> <CHANNEL> <CHECKSUM>
Get level status
'*' <7>
<0> <LEVEL> <CHECKSUM>
Get bus status
'*' <8>
<CHECKSUM>
Get device(s)
'*' <9>
<CHECKSUM>
Set response mask
'*' <10> <MASK1> <MASK2> <CHECKSUM>
Send all on channels
'*' <11> <0> <CHECKSUM>
Send all levels
'*' <12> <0> <CHECKSUM>
Set level (word)
'*' <13> <0> <LEVEL NO><LEVEL_H><LEVEL_L><CHECKSUM>
Stand alone baud rate
'*' <14> <0 or 1> <CHECKSUM>
A value of 0 sets the rate to 9600. A value of 1 enters a baud rate of 38.4 KB.
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Programming
This table lists the return/response strings from the PosiTrack units.
Return/Respond Strings from the PosiTrack Units
Function
Syntax
Channel status
'&' <1> <0> <CHANNEL> <STATUS> <CHECKSUM>
Status 1 = Turn on channel
Status 0 = Turn off channel
Change level (byte)
'&' <2> <0> <LEVEL NO> <LEVEL> <CHECKSUM>
Receive string
'&' <3> <0> <# BYTES> <STRING> <CHECKSUM>
Function
Syntax
Receive command
'&' <4> <0> <# BYTES> <STRING> <CHECKSUM>
Bus led status
'&' <5> <STATUS> <CHECKSUM>
Bus status
'&' <6> <STATUS> <CHECKSUM>
When AXlink is reset, BUS STATUS is sent without being queried.
When AXlink goes back online, BUS STATUS is sent again.
Device list
'&' <7> <# DEVICES> <DEVICES> <CHECKSUM>
Change level (word)
'&' <8> <0> <LEVEL NO> <LEVEL_H> <LEVEL_L>
<CHECKSUM>
Response mask
Data is automatically sent if the PosiTrack units receive a change request. The response mask
should be disabled if the change request data is not used. Bits in the response mask
(the Return/Respond Strings from the PosiTrack Units table) turn data off.
(1=ON)
DATA SENT
(0=OFF)
DATA NOT SENT
Response Mask
Bit
Data Controlled
Default
7 (msb)
RECEIVE STRING
1
6
RECEIVE COMMAND
1
5
CHANNEL CHANGE
1
First byte (MASK1)
4
LEVEL CHANGE
1
3
BUS LED
0
2
(future)
0
1
(future)
0
0 (lsb)
(future)
0
Second byte (MASK2)
46
7 (msb)
(future)
0
6
(future)
0
5
(future)
0
4
(future)
0
3
(future)
0
2
(future)
0
1
(future)
0
0 (lsb)
(future)
0
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Upgrading the Firmware
Upgrading the Firmware
Your PC must be connected to the PROGRAM DB-9 connector on the Controller or camera control
unit connector using a Programming Cable in order to upgrade the firmware in the panel.
If power is lost during the download process, the unit powers up with the same set of code it had
prior to the download. There is a small window during which a loss of power can be catastrophic. If
power is lost between the erase of flash memory and the completion of copying the new boot code
from RAM to flash memory, the unit will not operate at all when power returns.
If you have not already installed the SOFTROM program, do so by following the steps contained on
the AMX Control Disc.
Configuration
To configure the communication setting for the SOFTROM program:
1. Press F1, the Configuration screen appears.
2. Using the up/down arrow keys, select the communications port you are using to interface with
the controller and press ENTER.
3. Using the right arrow key, move to the BAUD RATE column. Then, use the up/down arrow
keys to select the interface communications speed and press ENTER. Be sure the BAUD
RATE selections match the setting on the Controller.
4. Press F10 to save the communication settings and to exit the CONFIGURE screen.
Downloading the Firmware
To download the firmware:
1. Press F5 to acquire the list of online programmable devices.
You can press F2 to select all ONLINE programmable devices and F3 to clear all devices.
2. Using the up/down arrow keys, select your firmware versions listed in the Firmware column of
the screen, and press ENTER.
3. Using the Tab key, switch to the ONLINE MASTERS list.
4. Using the up/down arrow keys, select the device to be programmed.
5. Press ENTER for each device as it is selected
6. Press F4 to program the selected device; a loading message appears.
7. Press F5 to refresh the screen. Verify that the selected device has the correct firmware version.
If any devices still appear with an old firmware version, repeat steps 3 - 5 until it appears with
the correct version
Firmware can be downloaded to multiple device numbers automatically. If multiple devices are
selected, the bottom half of the loading bar indicates the percentage complete for the selected
devices.
8. Press F10 to exit the SOFTROM program.
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