DAGE-MTI XLMC User`s manual

DAGE-MTI XLMC User`s manual
User’s Manual
DAGE-MTI
Excel Series
CCD Digital Cameras
& Exponent Software
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Purchaser’s Record
Introduction
Installation
Hardware Requirements
IEEE-1394 Card Installation (PC)
Exponent Application & Driver Uninstall
Exponent Application & Driver Installation
Automatic Camera Driver Installation
Operation
Overview
Menu Bar
Camera
View\Display Mode
View\Image Interpolation
View\Bayer Algorithm
View\Timestamp
View\Saturated Pixels
View\Toolbox Windows
Tools\Options
Pause when in Background
Tools\Maintenance
Help\About
Help\User’s Manual
Video Window
Status Bar
Trigger Mode
Integration Time
Frames per Second
Gain
Color Gain
Camera Controls via Toolbars and Toolbox
Camera Toolbar
Start
Pause
Stop
Disconnect
Camera Memory Presets Toolbar
TWAIN Interface Toolbar
Image Capture
Image Capture w/Filename Dialog
Autosave Toolbox
Enable
Filename
Format
Source
Timelapse Setup
Format Toolbar/Toolbox
Binning
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Region of Interest
Pixel Depth
Exposure Toolbar/Toolbox
Exposure
Gain
Shutter
Extended Integration Threshold
Color Toolbar/Toolbox
Manual
One Push
Auto
Histogram Toolbox
Performance Toolbox
Trigger Toolbox
Strobe Toolbox
Miscellaneous Toolbox
Auxiliary Connector
Back Focus Adjustment
Software Development Kit (SDK)
Troubleshooting
Specifications
Excel Camera Spectral Response
Excel Camera Quantum Efficiency
Excel Camera Mechanical Features
Warranty
Appendix-A IEEE-1394 Laptop Installation
Appendix-B Windows “Found new Hardware Wizard” Driver Install Method
Appendix-C Manual Camera Driver Installation
Appendix-D Updating Camera Firmware
Purchaser’s Record
Model Name:
XLVM XLVC XL16M
XL16C XLMM XLMC
Serial Number:
Dealer’s Name:
Dealer’s Address:
Dealer’s Phone Number:
Date Purchased:
P.O. Number:
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Introduction
Excel Camera Hardware
The DAGE-MTI Excel family of digital cameras are based upon the Kodak KAI series of
interline transfer, progressive scan, CCD sensors. These high performance sensors have
7.4um square pixels with microlenses to provide high sensitivity and the large full well
capacity results in high dynamic range. The XLV camera has 640x480 pixels (VGA) @ up to
75 frames per second. The XL16 camera has 1600x1200 (UXGA) pixels @ up to 16 frames
per second and the XLM camera has 2048x2048 pixels @ up to 7.2 frames per second. All
models are available with color or monochrome sensors.
The Excel cameras operate over an IEEE-1394 Firewire™ bus. For simplistic operation,
all that is required for operation is a single IEEE-1394 cable connection between the camera
and the PC. An IEEE-1394 PC card and cable are provided with each camera. Optional
IEEE-1394 PCMCIA adaptors and cables are available for use with Laptops.
The Excel cameras are IIDC version 1.31 compliant set forth by the 1394 Trade
Association. Having the cameras adhere to a defined set of guidelines ensures easier
integration and consistency for software interface and development. This also allows the
cameras to be controlled by 3rd party software designed to control IIDC compliant devices.
Full automatic and manual shuttering, gain and extended exposure modes allow for
exceptional image results even under difficult lighting conditions. Binning is available in color
and monochrome versions to provide increased sensitivity and frame rates for dynamic
images. A scalable ROI (Region Of Interest) feature allows viewing and saving of portions of
the image area needed. This also allows faster frame rates for dynamic images and smaller
saved file sizes.
An Auxiliary connector provides an external trigger input and a strobe output for triggered
capture to external events. Two General Purpose In/Out (GPIO) pins are also provided for
various features such as a Footswitch capture control.
The camera mounts to the industry standard C-Mount optics. This allows connection to
Microscopes with C-Mount ports as well as C-Mount lenses. A Nikon F-mount adapter is
available for adapting the camera lens mount to accept Nikon F lenses.
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Exponent Camera Software
Exponent, a powerful yet easy to use software application, is provided to operate the
Excel cameras. This software provides a user friendly approach to set up and operate all the
features of the camera. Toolbars provide access to commonly used camera functions while
allowing the video display window to have maximum display area. The ToolBox area allows
precise control of available camera features and options all laid out in a logical, easy to use
menu structure keeping all adjustments handy without having to hunt through menus. The
software uses state of the art graphic design for an informative and clean appearance which
takes advantage of the “XP” look and feel that everyone is familiar with. Multiple cameras
can be used either independently or simultaneously with each having its own software
window and set of controls. This allows the user full control to view the video, make
adjustments and decide which camera is active without having those annoying floating
adjustment menus or confusion as to which menu operates each camera.
Three image viewing options are available. The image can be displayed mapping the
sensor pixels 1:1 with the monitors’ displayed pixels or fit the whole sensors’ field of view to
the display window or fit the sensors’ field of view to the monitors’ “Full Screen” view.
Camera memory presets allow the user to recall up to 15 sets of camera adjustments
plus a factory default. These presets remain in the camera memory so the camera can
switch locations and the stored presets can still be used.
A status bar indicates current pertinent information such as the displayed frame rate,
integration time, gain and trigger status.
Either the Image Capture button, TimeLapse acquisition, external Trigger or a General
Purpose Input can be set to operate the Auto Save feature. This allows images to be
automatically named, numbered and placed into a user specified folder. In addition to
capturing special events a footswitch can be used to view and capture live images while
keeping both hands free to operate a microscope or other piece of equipment. This can save
valuable time over having to click a capture, key in a name, and then finally save an image.
Camera Firmware and Drivers can all be loaded from the Tools menu. This insures the
user can update newly released camera features without downtime due to sending
equipment back to the factory.
A TWAIN driver is included which allows Exponent to import images into your favorite
applications.
The DAGE-MTI Excel family of cameras and Exponent software provide a high
performance, easy to use and versatile solution to Digital Imaging.
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System Contents:
Excel series Camera
IEEE-1394 PC Card
IEEE-1394 Cable
Exponent Software
Twain Driver
BackFocus Wrench
User’s Manual
Options:
IEEE-1394 PCMCIA Card & P/S kit
P/N: 207744-03 (Laptops w/o 1394 port)
4-6 Pin IEEE-1394 Cable & P/S Kit
P/N:207744-04 (Laptops w/1394 port)
Auxiliary I/O Cables
IEEE-1394 Cables
Footswitch Control, P/N: 207765-01
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Installation
Hardware Requirements
The Excel cameras and the Exponent application program are designed to run on a PC
with Windows XP® (SP1 & SP2). Direct-X 9.0C will be installed during software installation if
needed. Also Microsoft .NET version 1.1 may need to be installed for XP SP1 users only. An
update link is provided during software installation. Included is an IEEE-1394 Firewire™ card
for installation into a PCI bus slot of your computer. This card is recommended for use since
it has been verified to perform with the cameras. Other optional IEEE-1394 PCMCIA (CardBus) cards and cables are available for use on Notebooks or Laptop PCs. See “IEEE-1394
Laptop Installation” in Appendix-A.
Minimum PC requirements are:
x Intel Pentium 4, 1.7GHz or compatible processor
x 128MB of RAM
x Integrated or dedicated display card set to 1024x768 (or higher); 24 or 32-bit color
Optimum PC Requirements are:
x Intel Pentium 4, 2.8GHz (or faster) or compatible processor
x 512MB RAM (or more)
x Dedicated video display card (AGP or PCI-Express Bus)
Performance is dependent on whether other applications are running and video display
card performance and settings. Although the cameras will operate at other settings, it is
recommended that the display card properties be set to 1024x768 pixels @ 24 or 32-bit color
for Excel XLV camera and 1600x1200 pixels @ 24 or 32-bit color for Excel XL16 and XLM
cameras. You can usually check these settings by “right clicking” on your desktop, select
“properties” then the “settings” tab. To install the Exponent software and associated camera
drivers and IEEE-1394 hardware you will need to complete the following steps in this order:
1. Install the PCI card into an available PCI slot.
2. Remove any old Exponent software.
3. Install the new Exponent software.
4. Connect the camera to your computer.
5. Install Excel camera drivers.
6. Test the installation.
NOTE: You must install the Exponent software and device driver before connecting the
camera to your computer; otherwise your computer will not use the correct driver. If this
happens, you may need to manually install the driver.
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IEEE-1394 Card Installation (PC)
An IEEE-1394 PCI bus card is included with each camera. Installing the 1394 PCI OHCI
(Open Host Controller Interface) card is very similar to installing other PCI devices. Upon
successful installation of the card, Windows Device Manager will have an “IEEE 1394 Bus
host controller” listed.
Please follow the documentation supplied with your PC for information on how to open
the case and install a PCI device. The following is a general guideline to installing the
hardware card into a PC.
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Turn off your PC.
Unplug your PC.
Open the PC case.
Use a ground strap to connect you to the chassis of the PC. This will reduce the
possibility of any damage due to static electricity.
5. Install the included IEEE-1394 card into an empty PCI bus slot in your computer.
6. Remove ground strap and reassemble computer.
7. Power up computer, the Windows operating system should recognize and install the
proper drivers automatically. You may need your Windows OS CDROM if it is asked
for during setup.
You can verify the card is installed by accessing the “Windows Device Manager”. (“Rightclick” the “My Computer” icon, select “Properties”, navigate to the “Hardware” tab and click
“Device Manager”.)
IEEE-1394 Card listing in Device Manager
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Exponent Application & Driver Uninstall
If you have previously installed Exponent software and want to install a newer version,
you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Uninstall all (attached) cameras from the system by locating the camera in the
“Windows Device Manager”, “right-click” the device, and select “Uninstall”. (To access
the “Windows Device Manager”- “Right-click” the “My Computer” icon, select
“Properties”, navigate to the “Hardware” tab and click “Device Manager”)
2. Unplug the camera.
3. Go to the “Start” Menu and open the “Control Panel”. Use “Add/Remove Programs” to
remove Exponent software from your computer. Alternatively there is an uninstall
option available if you run the setup disk used to originally install the software.
IMPORTANT: To insure correct operation of new software and drivers, the old software and
drivers must be removed prior to installing the new versions. Do not use the “uninstall” option
contained in newer versions to remove older software versions. (Use the original setup disk
or “Add/Remove Programs” inside Windows “Control Panel” to uninstall)
Exponent Application & Driver Installation
Insert the DAGE-MTI EXPONENT Installation CD into the computer’s CDROM drive. If
the Auto Run Wizard does not automatically start after placing the installation CD in the
drive, browse to your CD-ROM directory and run the “Exponent Installer.msi” file. The
Exponent Setup Wizard will be launched. Read the Warning and click “Next”.
NOTE: You must install the Exponent software and device driver before connecting the
camera to your computer; otherwise your computer will not use the correct driver. If this
happens, you may need to manually install the driver.
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Exponent is ready to be installed; click “Next”.
The destination to install Exponent software will default to “C:\Program Files\Dage
Technologies\Exponent\”; accept this designation or click “Browse” to setup a different
designation. Decide if you want “Everyone” or “Just me” as users for Exponent software, then
click “Next” to proceed.
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Click “Next” to Confirm the Installation
The file copy process will begin:
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The License Agreement for installing Microsoft DirectX 9.0c will open; read, accept the
agreement and click “Next” to proceed.
The DirectX Setup window will open; click “Next” to proceed.
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The DirectX Installation is Complete; Click “Finish”
Exponent is fully installed; click “Close”.
Exponent requires the Microsoft .NET version 1.1 (or later) framework which is included
in Windows XP (SP2). XP (SP1) users may need to install the .NET framework. The installer
will direct you to the Microsoft update link to retrieve the .NET components. if needed.
The installation automatically places a “Shortcut to Dage Exponent” icon on the desktop
and a “Dage Exponent” launch icon is also added to your “Programs” list in the “Start” menu
for starting the application.
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Automatic Camera Driver Installation
There are two methods of automatic driver installation: a built in driver install within the
Exponent software application, and the Windows Hardware Wizard. The Exponent software
driver install method below is the preferred method and should provide a foolproof install.
The Windows “Found New Hardware” wizard driver installation is also an acceptable method
which is covered in Appendix-B.
NOTE: The camera driver process must be performed for each camera used.
Exponent Software Camera Driver Install Method
After Exponent software has been installed, start the Exponent software application
before connecting the Excel camera to the computer.
Connect the 1394 cable to the 1394 PCI card and the camera. The “Found New
Hardware Wizard” may start. Select “Cancel” in order to use the Exponent Driver Install.
At this time the Exponent software application should recognize a new Excel camera.
Click “Yes” to begin driver installation.
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If for some reason the new camera was not recognized, you may manually start the
driver install by selecting “Install Drivers” within the “Tools/Maintenance” menu.
A Windows Logo Testing Warning will appear, click “Continue Anyway”.
The “Installing Driver” window will appear and finish the installation, and then the
camera will begin operation.
Installation Notes
The camera driver installation must be performed for each camera installed on your
computer. Multiple cameras can be connected to your computer simultaneously.
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Operation
Overview
After installation, the Exponent application software creates a shortcut icon on the
desktop. There also is a “Dage Exponent” launch icon added to your “Programs” list in the
“Start” menu. The default Dage Exponent application executable is located in “C:\Program
Files\Dage Technologies\Exponent”.
The Dage Exponent software provides access to all of the camera’s various features.
When multiple cameras are used on the same Firewire interface, each camera has its own
software window and set of controls.
The Title Bar at the top of the application indicates the name of the software and allows
the standard windows minimize, maximize, and close options. In addition, a user defined
“Camera Name” is displayed when provided by the user in the Miscellaneous Toolbox. If the
user has not supplied a name, the software defaults to the Dage Model and Serial Number.
The Exponent application provides the following functions:
x Live display and capture of image data.
x Camera control for:
o Shutter Speed and extended exposure control
o Gain Control
o Exposure Level
o Extended Integration Threshold control
o 8-bits or 16-bits per pixel selection
o Region Of Interest (ROI); size and location
o Binning mode for color and monochrome cameras
o Black Level Offset
o White Balance; manual, One Push, and Auto
o Sensor Bayer pattern processing algorithm selection
o Trigger input support
o Strobe output support
o General Purpose Input/Output support
o User Defined Camera Name (stored in camera)
x File format support of TIFF, BMP, JPG, PNG and GIF.
x Full screen image view, Fit to Window and 1:1 mapped viewing choices
x Image Interpolation selections for viewing resized image data
x TWAIN Interface for import into applications
x Auto Save to disk feature
x TimeLapse Image Acquisition
x 15 Camera User Presets (& factory default) for storing and recalling settings
x Camera selection bus support allowing multiple cameras
x Histogram graph for viewing exposure
x Performance graph for viewing frame rates and computer performance
x Informative Status Bar
x Saturated Pixel Viewer
x Software control of downloading and installing Camera Firmware updates
x Built in Camera Driver Installation from software
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Dage Exponent Software Main Window
CAMERA
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MENU BAR
TOOLBOX
TOOLBARS
VIDEO
WINDOW
STATUS BAR
Menu Bar- Allows access to the various software & camera functions via drop down menus.
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Camera- Shows and gives access to the cameras on the Firewire network. Selecting
another camera will start another instance of Exponent software with the selected
camera. Each camera will have its own window and set of adjustments.
Note: The IEEE-1394 bus bandwidth may be exceeded when running multiple
cameras. This may cause image “tearing” or “breakup”; to alleviate this problem set
all cameras to “Pause When in Background” in the “Tools\Options” menu or manually
pause cameras. Also increasing the Shutter time may use less bus bandwidth.
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View\Display Mode- Controls the video window display mode choice of “1:1”, “Fit to
Window”, “Full Screen”, and “None”. This menu can also be accessed through a right
mouse click in the display window.
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1:1- The video is displayed with a 1:1 pixel-to-pixel relationship between the
camera and the display. Scroll bars are placed (if needed) on the Right and the
Bottom of the display allowing navigation within the video window.
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Fit to Window- The cameras’ full field of view is displayed so that it takes up the
entire available video window. In this mode, the video may look distorted as the
video is stretched or compressed to fit the available space. The image
interpolation algorithm selected in the “Tools\Options\Image Interpolation” dialog
is used to remap the camera’s image to the computer screen.
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Full Screen- When placed in this display mode, the cameras’ full field of view
takes up the entire monitor display. In this mode, the video may look distorted as
the video is stretched or compressed to fit the available space. The image
interpolation algorithm selected in the “Tools\Options\Image Interpolation” dialog
is used to remap the camera’s image to the computer screen. To return to the
software, strike any key or click the mouse.
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None- No video display is rendered. Images can still be saved.
View\Image Interpolation- Allows the choice of various interpolation algorithms for
the displayed image when using “Fit to Window” or “Full Screen” display modes. It
should be noted that these algorithms can slow the video update display rate of the
image. Algorithm acceptability depends on the amount of resizing used and the
needed update speed. The Interpolation selection is used for displayed images and
has no bearing on actual saved images.
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Nearest Neighbor- This algorithm uses the closest neighboring pixel to
determine a missing pixel value. The fastest and least computational.
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Bilinear- This algorithm uses the weighted average of the nearest 2x2 pixels to
determine a missing pixel value. Very fast, more computational.
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High Quality Bilinear- Same as Bilinear except a modified weighted average
gives a higher quality.
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Bicubic- This algorithm uses the weighted average of the nearest 4x4 pixels to
determine a missing pixel value. Slower and highly computational.
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High Quality Bicubic- Same as Bicubic except a modified weighted average
gives a higher quality.
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View\Bayer Algorithm- Allows the choice of various Bayer color array demosaicking
algorithms for processing of the color sensor image data. Algorithm acceptability
depends on the scene contents, quality and the needed update speed. The algorithm
selection is applied at the PC on the “raw” image data from the sensor, therefore it
should be noted that these algorithms can slow the video update display rate. Unlike
the “View\Image Interpolation” setting described above, this algorithm selection is
applied to displayed and saved images.
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Bilinear Interpolation- This non-adaptive algorithm uses the weighted average of
the nearest pixels within a 3x3 block to determine a missing pixel value. Good
results in smooth regions of images. Note we do not offer a “Nearest Neighbor”
algorithm which just copies the nearest pixel value. The “Bilinear” algorithm gives
considerably better results. This default algorithm is the fastest and least
computational.
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Edge Sensing- This adaptive algorithm outperforms the “Bilinear” approach in
textured regions and edges of images by using an adaptive edge direction
interpolation where the area around each pixel is analyzed to determine if a
preferred interpolation direction exists. The interpolation direction is chosen to
interpolate along any edges in the image and to avoid interpolation across edges.
Still a fast algorithm, although more computational than the Bilinear algorithm.
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Color Correction- This adaptive algorithm analyzes for edges as in the “Edge
Sensing” algorithm and also performs processing to preserve color hue. This
algorithm provides the best image quality with the tradeoff of higher computational
load on the PC.
Significantly “zoomed in” area showing algorithm differences
Bilinear Interpolation
Edge Sensing
Color Correction
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View\Timestamp- Controls whether the timestamp is displayed/embedded in image.
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View\Saturated Pixels- Useful for use in monochrome or color cameras to determine
which areas of the image may have saturated data by colorizing only the pixels at
maximum level. The Exposure control can then be used to correct for any areas
which may be overexposed.
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Highlight- Enables the saturated pixel highlighter. Note the colorized highlight
data is only for display purposes and is not saved in the actual image file.
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Color- Determines the highlighted color from a color palette.
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View\Toolbox Windows- Allows control of individual Toolbox visibility. Can also
expand all and collapse all as well as turn off the ToolBox display. There is also a
“ToolBox” icon in the ToolBar which toggles the ToolBox display.
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Tools\Options
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Pause When in Background- Stops video updates when another window
overlays. This is useful in multi-camera applications in order to conserve
bandwidth or to unburden the PC when simultaneously using other applications.
Tools\Maintenance- Allows access to various camera maintenance functions.
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Check Web for Updates- Launches the web browser and takes you to the Dage
Website to check for the latest Software and Firmware Updates.
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Update Camera Firmware- Camera Firmware Updates downloaded from the
Dage Website can be downloaded to the camera via this control. The update asks
for the location of the binary firmware file, then automatically downloads it to the
camera via the Firewire interface and reboots the camera when done. See
Appendix-D Updating Camera Firmware for additional information.
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Reboot Camera: Allows the camera to be rebooted remotely without having to
remove the camera power.
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Install Drivers: Allows Dage Camera Drivers to be installed. This will not
normally be needed as the drivers are installed when the Software is installed.
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Camera Debug Console: An engineering interface that allows direct access of
various parts of the camera’s control. This is not a user control and is therefore
not accessible without support from Dage Technical Support.
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Help\About- Provides the Software Version, Firmware Version, and Camera Serial
Number.
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Help\User’s Manual- Opens a compiled HTML Help file similar to this manual.
Video Window- Receives the video from the camera and displays it on the monitor. The
window display mode choice can be accessed either through the “View\Display Mode” menu
or by right clicking on the video display window. The video window display mode choice of
“1:1”, “Fit to Window”, “Full Screen”, and “none” can be selected as described in the previous
section: “Menu Bar\View\Display Mode”.
Status Bar- This bar at the bottom of the software provides status updates on various
camera functions.
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Trigger Mode- Shows the camera’s trigger mode and status. When in a triggered
mode or auto trigger greater than 1 second, the indicator will show when the camera
is waiting for an input.
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Integration Time- Shows the current integration time in seconds.
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Frames Per Second- Shows the received frame rate from the camera.
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Gain- Shows the current overall gain setting of the camera in dB.
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Color Gain- Shows the individual color gain settings (when a color camera is used).
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Camera Controls- There are many camera controls and each of them is accessible via the
software, either through a Toolbar, a Toolbox, or both.
Toolbars- Provides quick access to the most common functions for convenience and to
allow users to close the Toolbox for a maximum video display area.
Toolbox-
Each camera function has its own toolbox that allows additional control.
These toolboxes can be minimized or turned off by the Toolbox button to allow additional
room within the software window to display video.
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Camera Toolbar- Allows the camera to either Start, Pause, Stop, or Disconnect.
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Start- Connects the camera and begins live video display and camera control.
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Pause- Freezes the current image until camera is un-paused.
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Stop- Stops the video image, but maintains connection to the camera.
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Disconnect- Totally disconnects the connection to the camera.
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Camera Memory Presets Toolbar- The camera is capable of storing (Store) and
recalling (Load) individual camera presets for all of the cameras’ settings. Memory
Preset 0 is reserved for a factory default preset and cannot be overwritten, however
Presets 1 through 15 are available. Just setup the camera and set the Preset number
to the desired preset, then click the Store button. To load specific stored settings, just
set the Preset number to the desired preset and click Load. When an unused preset
is recalled, the camera merely ignores the recall and retains the current settings.
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TWAIN Interface Toolbar- Exponent has a TWAIN interface that allows transfer of a
camera image to another software application. When another program selects the
Excel TWAIN interface and acquires a picture, the Exponent software opens and
allows camera control via the Exponent software and video transfer to the requesting
application.
During software installation, a TWAIN data source was added to the
“Windows/TWAIN32” directory. Any TWAIN compliant software application you may
be using can use the driver to capture images directly into the application. TWAIN
compliant applications usually provide an “Import” feature for capturing images from
cameras or scanners. Simply select the “Dage Excel Twain Data Source” device in
the TWAIN source menu of “Available Devices” in your application.
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TWAIN Transfer- Transfers the video image in Exponent to the requesting
application.
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TWAIN Close- Closes the TWAIN Interface between Exponent and the
requesting application.
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Image Capture- Works with the AutoSave Toolbox to provide a single button
image capture and also is used to start the Timelapse Image Acquisition. The image
Filename & Filetype (for 8-bit or 16-bit Format) is set within the AutoSave dialog, and
then the Image Capture button saves the image or starts the Timelapse sequence.
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Image Capture w/Filename Dialog- Single image file save with standard
Windows dialog to save image location, name and type.
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AutoSave Toolbox- The camera’s image can be automatically saved in a variety of
ways and the AutoSave Toolbox allows the user to control the details in an image
save.
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Enable- Turns the AutoSave functionality on and off.
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Filename- Determines the filename and directory location for image saves. Once
the filename is determined, successive image saves are consecutively numbered
using the chosen filename and a number (Image 1, Image 2, etc.). This allows for
easy collection of multiple images without having to name each image.
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Format- 8-bit or 16-bit format is determined by the Format Toolbar/Toolbox. This
dialog allows the user to choose the Filetype for whichever format selection is
being used. This choice is limited to only those filetypes supported by that
particular format. For instance, JPG and GIF do not support 16-bit formats.
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Source- Chooses the input control for an image capture.
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Image Capture Button- The image capture is controlled by the Image
Capture Toolbar button. Successive button pushes places successive camera
images into the directory.
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Timelapse Image Acquisition- When the Image Capture Toolbar button is
pressed, Exponent saves successive images in the directory as controlled by
the TimeLapse Setup in the lower portion of the Autosave Toolbox. The Image
Capture Toolbar button is lit during the timelapse sequence, then extinguishes
when the timelapse sequence has completed.
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Trigger Input- The Trigger Input Source allows image saves per the setup in
the Trigger Toolbox. Camera images are saved each time the camera is
triggered, whether software or external. See the “Trigger Toolbox” and
“Auxiliary Connector” sections for more information.
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General Purpose Input- This choice uses the GPIO-1 input pin located on
the camera’s Auxiliary Connector which can be used with a “Footswitch” to
allow hands free image capture. If the input is grounded, the camera image is
frozen and stored per the Autosave Toolbox. When the input is released, the
image goes back to live view. See the “Auxiliary Connector” section for more
information on the optional footswitch and using the GPIO-1 input.
Timelapse Setup- Provides control for the number of images and the time
between image captures when the “Timelapse Image Acquisition” is chosen as
the Autosave source.
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Format Toolbar/Toolbox- Allows control of three video format functions: Binning,
ROI, and Pixel Depth.
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Binning- Binning is the process of summing horizontal and vertical pixels
together in order to increase sensitivity and frame rates. For monochrome
cameras, three binning modes are supported: None, 2x2, and 4x4. For color
cameras, the binning is done by taking either 3 adjacent lines and using two of
them for binning (3x3) or 5 adjacent lines and using three of them (5x5). The
Binning mode can also be selected via the “Format” Toolbar. Since summed
pixels increase sensitivity, the maximum “Gain” control is limited in the highest
binning modes to preserve signal to noise performance.
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Region of Interest (ROI)- The camera’s imager can be scanned such that
only a certain portion of the image is viewed. This function is available in all
binning modes. The user draws the ROI desired by choosing the New button
and drawing the requested ROI box on the pad in the Format Toolbox. The
size of the ROI is listed in pixels (“Horz”-X-“Vert”). The ROI box can then be
moved to any position on the camera’s imager by selecting the Move button
and dragging the ROI box around in the pad. The full imager can be scanned
at any time by choosing the Max button.
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Pixel Depth- The camera can support either 8-bit or 16-bit transfer of the 12bit camera image to the PC. Even though the PC display is limited to 8-bits,
the image can be saved as a 16-bit file, if desired. When the camera is placed
in the 16-bit position, the transfer of the video from the camera to the PC takes
twice as long and the video update of the PC will also be half of the 8-bit
position. The Bits/Pixel can also be selected via the “Pixel Depth” Toolbar.
A 16-bit file will have the upper 12-bits filled with the camera data. Color
cameras have the raw (Bayer) image data sent to the PC for color processing
into RGB data. 8-bit monochrome and color (24-bit RGB) images can be
saved as BMP, TIF, JPG GIF or PNG file formats. 16-bit monochrome images
can be saved as TIF or PNG file formats whereas a 16-bit color (48-bit RGB)
image can be saved as a PNG file format only.
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Exposure Toolbar/Toolbox- Controls the camera’s Exposure by allowing manual or
automatic Gain and Shutter settings and the priority of those settings.
o
Exposure- The Exposure control creates a set point that the Auto Shutter and/or
Auto Gain controls use to establish an output video level. Both Shutter and Gain
are used to determine the video level; Shutter by controlling the amount of time
that light is gathered by the sensor, and Gain applied to the sensor’s signal before
digitization. When the Exposure control is in Automatic, the Exposure level is
determined by the camera analyzing the video level to determine an ideal set
point. The Shutter and/or Gain automatics then set the output level to that point.
In the Manual Exposure mode, the video set point is determined by the user
adjusting the Exposure control. Exposure can be adjusted or put into automatic
mode from the Exposure Toolbox or the Exposure Toolbar. The Exposure gauge
(& number) shown in the Toolbar (empty/0 to full/100) is a representation of the
minimum to maximum range. The Histogram Toolbox and the highlighter to view
Saturated Pixels can be very useful tools for setting correct exposure.
o
Gain- The Gain control can be used to provide gain (amplification) to the sensor’s
output signal. In Auto Gain mode, the camera automatically determines the Gain
to achieve a correctly exposed image in accordance with the Exposure control.
The Auto Gain control is deactivated at Shutter times in excess of 500
milliseconds. Gain can be adjusted or put into automatic mode from the Exposure
Toolbox or the Gain Toolbar. The Gain gauge (& number) shown in the Toolbar
(empty/0 to full/100) is a representation of the minimum to maximum range. The
actual gain in dB is displayed in the Status Bar.
o
Shutter- The Shutter control determines the length of time in which the CCD
sensor is exposed. Shutter times of 1ms-to-500 milliseconds are controlled via the
Shutter Toolbar, while in the Exposure Toolbox; the Shutter time can be extended
to 60 seconds. In Auto Shutter mode, the camera automatically determines the
shutter time to achieve a correctly exposed image in accordance with the
Exposure control. Auto Shutter is limited to 500 milliseconds. Longer Shutter
times require the camera to operate in the manual Shutter mode. The Shutter can
be adjusted or put into automatic mode from the Exposure Toolbox or the Shutter
Toolbar. The Shutter gauge (& number) shown in the Toolbar (empty/0 to full/100)
is a representation of the 1ms-500ms range. The actual shutter time is displayed
in the Status Bar.
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o
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Extended Integration Threshold (EIT)- Extended integration is when the
integration (shutter time) is longer than what is required to run the maximum
frame rate. The maximum frame rate varies depending on the camera model,
whether Binning and/or ROI are being used and whether using 8-bit or 16-bit
operation. This control is active when the camera is in both Auto Gain and Auto
Shutter and also is used when switching Binning modes to calculate the new
exposure when the camera exposure time is able to run into the extended period.
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Best Image Quality end- The exposure control will extend integration time
out all the way to 500 milliseconds (if needed) before adding gain to achieve
the auto exposure level. This operation maintains the lowest possible noise
video signal however, may reduce the frame rate if the required exposure
ends up into the extended integration time.
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Highest Frame Rate end- The exposure control will add all available gain (if
needed) before increasing the shutter time into the extended integration
period, thereby preserving the frame rate.
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Values in between- Allows a portion from 0% (Best Image Quality) to 100%
(Highest Frame Rate) of maximum available gain to be used (if needed)
before increasing the Shutter time into the extended integration period.
Color Toolbar/Toolbox- (Color Cameras) These controls adjust individual color gain
controls for setting white balance. The Gain gauge (& number) shown in the Toolbar
(empty/0 to full/100) is a representation of the min to max range. The actual gain in
dB is displayed in the Status Bar. These controls can be set in one of three ways:
o
Manual- In this mode, the user can adjust the individual color gains either
through the Color Toolbox or the Red, Green and Blue gain Toolbars. The
Histogram is a useful tool for manual white balancing. It provides individual
RGB image values which can be used to assist in the balancing of colors.
o
One Push- The user can have the camera do the color balance by placing a
white scene in front of the camera and clicking the One Push button. It is
desirable to have the camera in “Auto Shutter” and/or “Auto Gain” to be sure
the image is correctly exposed. The routine can take a few seconds to
complete depending on the shutter time used. The RGB gains are saved in
the camera until another One Push routine or another mode is selected.
o
Auto- When Auto is selected, the camera continually white balances.
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Histogram Toolbox- The histogram is a graph of the number of pixels (Y) per
intensity value (X). The Histogram is a very useful tool for indicating correct scene
lighting and black value, and in the case of color, whether the color is balanced.
One method of manually white
balancing an image is to image
a “white reference” subject and
then adjust the ”Red”, “Green”
and “Blue” gain controls until
the histogram curves match.
x
Proper exposures are usually
the result when the data gets
close to the 100% intensity at
the extreme right side. This
would indicate the full dynamic
range is used.
Performance Toolbox- The performance graph gives data on the performance of the
software utilization of the computer. The display shows the video receive rate from
the IEEE1394a interface, the computer’s display rate, as well as the amount of time
the computer uses to convert the video image for display and the actual time required
by the computer to display the image on the screen. This display gives a good
indication of how well the computer is handling the video. In the case shown below,
the video receive rate is 75 frames per second, but the computer can only display the
video at less than 20 frames per second.
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Trigger Toolbox- The camera can be setup to coordinate its capture of video frames
with an external trigger or an internal software trigger source. The manner in which
the camera reacts to the source, the form of the source and its polarity are controlled
by the Trigger Toolbox. Refer to the “Auxiliary Connector” section for interconnection
of the Trigger and additional information on using the Trigger function.
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Mode- The Trigger Mode determines the manner in which the camera is going to
begin integration and capture of a video frame.
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Auto Mode- In this mode, the camera works normally and provides video in
accordance with its format settings.
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Mode 0- A trigger source, either External or Software, starts the integration of
the imager and its duration it set via the Shutter control.
TRIGGER
EXPOSURE DURATION IS
“SHUTTER” REGISTER VALUE
SENSOR
EXPOSURE
SENSOR
READOUT
DATA
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Mode 1- As in Mode 0, a trigger source starts the integration time, but the
duration of the integration is determined by the time between trigger edges as
shown below. The Manual control button is used to begin and end the trigger
sequence through two separate pushes.
TRIGGER
EXPOSURE DURATION
IS TRIGGER WIDTH
SENSOR
EXPOSURE
SENSOR
READOUT
DATA
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Source- This control is only available in Mode 0 and Mode 1 and determines the
source of the trigger: “Software” or “External”. In Software Trigger, the beginning
of a video capture is determined by the PC writing to a camera register (or
pushing the Manual button). In External mode, the trigger input comes from the
External Trigger pin of the camera’s “Aux” connector.
o
Polarity- Sets the polarity of the external trigger input signal to “Active Low” or
“Active High”.
o
Delay- Sets the delay of the trigger input from the time that the trigger is received
until the camera is actually reset. This control is available from 0ms to 1 sec.
o
Manual- When the “Source” is set to “Software Trigger”, this button can be used
to trigger the event as well as write to the appropriate Control Register. See the
SDK information for more details.
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x
x
Strobe Toolbox- The Strobe provides a synchronous output signal at the start of
each frame integration period (reset) to control devices such as an external strobe
light, a shutter or other equipment. The Strobe Toolbox is used to configure the
external strobe function. Refer to the “Auxiliary Connector” section for interconnection
of the Strobe and additional information on using the Strobe function.
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Enable- Turns the function “On” and “Off”.
o
Polarity- Choice of an “Active Low” or an “Active High” output.
o
Delay- Delays the time from camera reset, to the strobe output, from 0ms to 1sec.
o
Duration- Sets the actual length of the strobe output signal from 1ms to 1sec.
Miscellaneous Toolbox: This Toolbox looks like one of the kitchen drawers: it is
the repository of all those items that we need but don’t know where to put.
o
Black Level- This manual control sets the darkest portion of the output video
signal by adding an offset to the signal of about 0% (0) to 6% (100) of full video
level. The Black Level control can be helpful to view the very darkest portions of
an image. Normal operation however is at “0” with no offset.
o
General Purpose Input- Tells whether the status of the external GPIO-1 input is
“On” (high or open) or “Off” (low or grounded). This de-bounced input can be
used with a “footswitch” as described in the “Auxiliary Connector” section or can
be accessed by the computer via a status register.
o
General Purpose Output- Controls the external GPIO-0 output; “On”=High,
“Off”=Low. Refer to the “Auxiliary Connector” section for additional information.
This output can also be controlled by the computer via a control register.
o
Camera Name: A convenient name that the user can provide that is displayed in
the Title Bar of the software and is stored in the camera.
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Auxiliary Connector
The Excel camera and Exponent application are configured to use a “Trigger” input, a
“Strobe” output and two additional GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) functions. GPIO-0 is
configured as an output which is accessed in the “Miscellaneous” Toolbox and can also be
used for other functions when controlled by the computer via a control register. GPIO-1 is
configured as an input and can be used with an optional “FootSwitch” control or accessed by
the computer via a status register. (Refer to the SDK for additional information on using GPIO
control and status registers)
6
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
5
2
4
3
Function
Ground
Strobe
Trigger
GPIO-1 (Footswitch)
GPIO-0 (Output)
+3.3V
Aux Connector (Rear View)
(Mating connector: Hirose HR10A-10-6P; Dage P/N: 737627-06)
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Ground- Connected to the camera’s ground system.
x
Strobe- The Strobe provides a synchronous output signal at the start of each frame
integration period (reset) to control devices such as an external strobe light, a shutter
or other equipment. The Strobe can also be used in conjunction with the “Trigger”
input allowing synchronization of trigger, strobe and sensor readout to capture special
events. The Strobe Toolbox is used to configure the strobe function. The Strobe
output is a 3.3V current limited signal compatible with most input devices.
x
Trigger- The Trigger input allows synchronizing capture to external events and is
configured using the Trigger Toolbox. When using an external trigger source, the
camera will wait for a trigger input then expose and capture an image immediately
when triggered and then return to waiting for the next trigger event. The input can be
set to activate on either edge of “TTL” transition. The AutoSave Toolbox can be used
to automatically name, number and save each triggered image in a predetermined
folder location. Trigger mode-0 and mode-1 can be used as described in the “Trigger
Toolbox” section.
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GPIO-1 (FootSwitch)- The GPIO-1 input operation has been optimized for use with a
“FootSwitch” control to allow hands free image capture while viewing a live image.
When the input is grounded, the camera image is frozen and stored per the Autosave
Toolbox. When the input is released, the image goes back to live view. For
Footswitch operation; setup the AutoSave Toolbox to use the GPIO-1 source and the
input will automatically name, number and save each image into the predetermined
folder location upon Footswitch activation. The input is software “de-bounced” for
operation with an optional footswitch device; DAGE; P/N 207765-01.
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GPIO-0 (Output)- GPIO-0 is configured as an output which is accessed in the
“Miscellaneous” Toolbox. The GPIO-0 output is a 3.3V current limited signal
compatible with most input devices
x
+3.3V- An auxiliary power source provided for user peripheral devices. This 3.3VDC
source can provide up to 100mA and is protected by an internal resetable fuse.
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Back-Focus Adjustment
The Excel cameras are designed with a lens mount insert to allow adjustment of the lens
position relative to the camera sensor. This is typically referred to as a “Back-Focus”
adjustment.
A brass insert is secured by a lock-ring. To adjust the lens position, loosen the lock-ring
with the included wrench by rotating the lock-ring counterclockwise. Turn the brass insert
clockwise to bring the lens closer to the sensor, and counter clockwise to increase the
distance until optimum focus is obtained. Then lock the setting by tightening the lock-ring
clockwise.
TIGHTEN
LOOSEN
Software Development Kit (SDK)
The Excel cameras use the Unibrain IIDC driver and the Exponent software suite is built
upon the Unibrain Fire-i API. Documentation of the Excel camera feature set and the
conformance to the IIDC specification along with information on using the Unibrain SDK is
included in a “SDK” folder on the Exponent Software Installation Disk. Unibrain drivers are
provided for use with our Exponent Software Application as part of the Dage licensing
agreement with Unibrain. The Unibrain Fire-i API is available for customers who want to
develop their own software application based upon the Unibrain drivers. This provides a
continually updated SDK and support base for developers and the Dage Exponent
application alike now and in the future.
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Troubleshooting
Camera is not listed under “Camera” in Exponent Application. (Check or try the following):
1. Camera Power On?
a. Green LED on camera rear on or flashing?
b. IEEE-1394 Cable secure at both ends & using specified cable within length limits?
c. If using laptop then need external power supply and special cables. (See “Laptop
Installation”)
2. Camera Hardware Driver Installed?
a. Try “Manual Camera Driver Installation” (Page-18)
3. IEEE-1394 Card Driver Installed?
a. Verify card listing in “Device Manager” (Page-7)
4. Proper version of Microsoft DirectX Installed during Exponent software install?
a. Go to “Start\Run” on PC and type “dxdiag”. Check for version 9.0C (or later) and
run diagnostics if necessary.
Image “tears” or “rips” in Video Display. (Check or try the following):
1. Using supplied IEEE-1394 Host adapter?
a. The supplied adapter meets OHCI (Ver 1.0/1.1) and IEEE Std 1394a-2000 @
400M bits/s. Thoroughly tested to work with camera and software.
b. Other adapters may work if meet above spec & use TI or VIA chipsets.
2. Using Multiple Cameras; therefore exceeding the IEEE-1394 bus Bandwidth Limit?
a. Set some/all cameras to “Pause when in Background” under “Tools\Options” menu.
b. Set “Shutter” speed to reduce the Frame Rate (frames per second) on cameras in
order to reduce bandwidth requirements.
Image is Dark or Saturated. (Check or try the following):
1. Light Level Too Low or too High?
a. Open/Close Camera Lens.
b. Set “Gain” &/or “Shutter” &/or “Exposure” Control(s) into “Auto”.
Image has Dark Corners or Circular Area of Image (Porthole Effect):
1. Lens Format Correct?
a. Use a larger format lens. See Specifications for imager size when selecting lens.
Colorimetry or White Balance is Incorrect:
1. Use a white object to image before using “One Push” white balance.
2. Set “Shutter” and “Gain” to “Auto” before balance.
3. Light Color Temperature beyond Limits of Camera.
a. Try adjusting light source or use color correction filters.
b. Try “Manual White Balance” while using “Histogram”.
Get Error when Opening Saved Images in Other Programs:
1. Other Application Doesn’t Support 16-bit monochrome or 48-bit color RBG Files?
a. Set Bit Depth “Bits per Pixel” to “8-bits” before saving images.
2. Other Application Doesn’t Support “File Type”?
a. Try another file type such as BMP or TIF.
NOTE: Excel Cameras have a built in “Power On Self Test” feature. The camera will
communicate any errors via the LED on the camera rear. Normal operation is a steady green
when power is first applied and then flashes with each transmitted video frame. If the LED is
flashing red, then the self test has failed. Contact the Dage Customer Service department for
further information if the Power on Self Test has failed.
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Specifications
Sensor: (Kodak Prog-scan Interline)
Effective Pixels HxV:
Pixel Size:
Sensor Size: (Effective diagonal dim)
Minimum Lens Format:
Frame Rate: Full Scan (8-bit)Mono, 2X-Bin (8-bit)Mono, 4X-Bin (8-bit)Color, 3X-Bin (8-bit)Color, 5X-Bin (8-bit)Power: 12V thru IEEE1394 or Ext Pwr
XLV
XL16
XLM
KAI-0340M
KAI-2020M
KAI-4021M
640 x 480
1600 x 1200
2048 x 2048
7.4um x 7.4um 7.4um x 7.4um 7.4um x 7.4um
5.02mm
14.8mm
21.4mm
1/3”
1”, 2MegaPixel >1”, 4MegaPixel
75 fps
16 fps
7.2 fps
112 fps
28 fps
13.2 fps
150 fps
40 fps
21.3 fps
120 fps
35 fps
17.5 fps
165 fps
45 fps
24 fps
<3.5Watts
<4.5Watts
<6Watts
Common Specifications for All Models:
Signal/Noise: 58dB or better
Bit Depth A/D: 12-bit A/D Converter (requires 16-bit file)
Bit Depth File: 8-bit or 16-bit (mono); 24-bit RGB or 48-bit RGB (Color)
Image File Formats: BMP, TIF, JPG, GIF, & PNG (8-bit mono & 24-bit RGB)
TIF & PNG (16-bit mono); PNG (48-bit RGB)
Gain: Automatic & Manual; 0-25dB (mono), 0-21.5dB (color)
Shutter: Automatic- 1ms to 500ms; Manual- 1msec to 60sec
Binning: None, 2x2, 4x4 (mono); None, 3x3, 5x5 (color)
ROI: User Selectable and Continuously Variable, 64x64 Minimum
White Balance: Manual- 0 to +10db range; Red, Green & Blue
Single Push- Auto Balance to Scene & Lock Setting
Auto- Continuously Auto Balance on Scene (Auto Tracking)
Black Level: 0 to 6% of Full Video Level
Video Viewing: 1:1, Fit to Window & Full Screen
Video Interpolation: Bilinear, Bicubic, Nearest Neighbor, High Quality Bilinear & Bicubic
Timestamp: Embedded in Image; On or Off
Memory Presets: Factory Default plus 15 User Defined. Stored in Camera
Friendly Name: 32 Characters Stored in Camera and Displayed on Title Bar of Software
Histogram: Live View of Image Data & with Individual Colors when using Color Camera
Interface: Single Cable 6Pin IEEE-1394 (Firewire) for Camera Control, Power & Video Data
Camera Specification: IIDC 1394 Digital Camera Spec V1.31 of 1394 Trade Association
External Trigger Modes:
Auto: Camera Continuously Integrates and Captures based upon Exposure Settings
Mode0: Camera Reset via Software or Ext Trigger. Integration Time set via Software.
Mode1: Camera Reset via Software or Ext Trigger. Integration Time set via Trigger Width
External Strobe: 3.3V Frame Reset Output with Programmable Delay, Duration, & Polarity
External GPIO: One Input, One Output. Access via Software, 0 to +3.3V, Current Limited
External Control Power: +3.3VDC, Output limited to 100mA, Resetable Fuse Protected
Alternate External Power: +12VDC Input w/auto Disconnect of IEEE1394 Power
Drivers: Unibrain Drivers and SDK
TWAIN Driver: Driver Installed with Exponent Application
Camera Firmware: Updateable via Exponent Software
Lens Mount: C-Mount with Adjustable Back Focus, Nikon F-Mount Adapter Optional
Weight: 25 oz (711g)
Operating Temperature: 0ºC to +40 ºC
Standards Compliance: CE, FCC, part 15 class B, EN55103-1 Class B, EN55103-2
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Excel Camera Spectral Response
Note: Monochrome cameras have an “Anti-Reflective” coated clear window fitted in the Cmount focus ring to protect the sensor. This is not an IR cut filter. Color cameras have an “IR
Cut” color balancing filter fitted in the C-mount focus ring.
Monochrome
Color: Blue, Green, Red
IR Cut Response
Excel Camera Quantum Efficiency
x
Monochrome Cameras:
55% @ 460nm
x
Color Cameras:
Blue: 41% @ 460nm
Green: 37% @ 540nm
Red: 31% @ 620nm
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Excel Camera Mechanical Features
Back Focus
Lock
Tripod Mount
1½”W x 1 ¼”D
(¼”-20 tapped
hole, 0.4” Deep)
2.5”
Deep
4”
Dia
0.45”
High
1.65”
¼-20 Tripod
to C-Mount
IEEE-1394
Firewire™
Port
Auxiliary
Connector
Power
Indicator
External
Power
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Warranty
DAGE-MTI EXCEL Cameras are warranted to be free of defects in material and
workmanship in normal use for a period of two years from the original date of purchase from
DAGE-MTI.
This warranty does not apply to units which have been subject to abuse, neglect,
accident, improper installation, or on which the serial number has been removed or
damaged. Units that have been altered without the prior permission of DAGE-MTI are not
covered by this warranty.
This warranty does not apply to other equipment furnished by DAGE-MTI, which is listed
or otherwise identified as manufactured by another and therefore shall be covered by the
other manufactures’ applicable warranty.
This warranty is valid only if the malfunctioning unit is returned to DAGE-MTI service
depot; this warranty does not cover on-location service. If warranty work is needed, the
following should be contacted:
DAGE-MTI of MC, INC.
Customer Service
701 N. Roeske Ave.
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-5514
[email protected]
This warranty does not cover:
x
Problems caused by or inflicted upon associated equipment such as computers,
digitizing systems, video tape recorders, cameras, microscopes, etc.
x
Damage caused by accident, misuse, improper power source, fire, flood, lightning,
other acts of God, war, and repair or alteration by other than a DAGE-MTI authorized
service organization.
x
Labor or incurred charges required in removing or installing the product, down time,
failure of the product to perform properly, and any consequential damages.
x
Transit damage.
Unit must be properly packaged (in original packing, if possible) when being returned
under warranty.
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Appendix-A
IEEE-1394 Laptop Installation
Excel cameras are powered by the IEEE-1394 bus. Laptop computers usually have no
provision to power connected devices, therefore the Excel cameras have an external power
input connector to operate the camera on Laptops.
First determine if your laptop computer already has an IEEE-1394 port. Typically Laptops
come equipped with a port using a 4-pin miniature IEEE-1394 connector.
A. If your computer already is equipped with an IEEE1394 port, then you will need to use a 4pin to 6-pin IEEE-1394 cable along with a “12 Volt Power Supply” to power the camera
and connect the IEEE-1394 bus. The Cable & Power Supply are available as a kit. (Dage
P/N 207744-04)
1. Install the Exponent software Application. (Directions start on Page-8)
2. Use the 4-pin to 6-pin IEEE-1394 cable to connect the Camera to the Computer.
3. Start the Exponent Software application and then connect the Power Supply to the
“EXT PWR” connector on the camera.
4. Install the camera driver following the “Exponent Software Camera Driver Install”
method. (Directions start on Page-13)
5. Begin using your camera.
POWER
SUPPLY
LAPTOP
EXCEL
CAMERA
IEEE-1394
Cable
4-PIN
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6-PIN
B. If your Laptop computer does not have an IEEE-1394 port, then you will need to install an
“IEEE-1394 PCMCIA CardBus” card and use a standard 6-pin to 6-pin cable along with a
“12 Volt Power Supply” to power the camera and connect the IEEE-1394 bus. The IEEE1394 Card, Cable and Power Supply are available as a kit. (Dage P/N 207744-03)
1. Install the PCMCIA CardBus card into your Laptop.
2. Windows XP will automatically install the driver for the card. Reboot computer if
prompted.
3. Install the Exponent software Application. (Directions start on Page-8)
4. Connect the Camera to the CardBus card using a 6-pin to 6-pin IEEE-1394 cable.
5. Start the Exponent Software application and then connect the Power Supply to the
“EXT PWR” connector on the camera.
6. Install the camera driver following the “Exponent Software Camera Driver Install”
method. (Directions start on Page-13)
7. Begin using your camera.
POWER
SUPPLY
LAPTOP
IEEE-1394
Cable
6-PIN
CardBus
Card
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EXCEL
CAMERA
Appendix-B
Windows “Found New Hardware Wizard” Driver Install Method
NOTE: The “Exponent Software Camera Driver Install” method is the preferred method
and should provide a foolproof install; however the Windows “Found New Hardware Wizard”
below can also be used if desired.
After Exponent software has been installed, connect the 1394 cable to the 1394 PCI
card and the camera. The “Found New Hardware Wizard” will start. Select “No, not this time”
to connect to Windows Update, then select “Next”.
NOTE: This step is not used with Windows XP Service Pack 1 version.
Be sure the Windows Hardware Wizard finds a “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL”
camera. Select “Install the software automatically” then click “Next”.
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A Windows Logo Testing Warning will appear, click “Continue Anyway”.
The “Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard” window will appear, click “Finish”
This completes the process for installing the camera driver. Start Exponent software and
the camera will begin operation.
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Appendix-C
Manual Camera Driver Installation
NOTE: This operation is only required when the automatic driver installation fails or the
incorrect camera driver is installed and you need to force the hardware driver to accept the
proper driver.
From within the Windows Device Manager (“Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device
Manager”) the camera should be listed as “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL” (under
“Imaging Devices”). If for some reason the device is listed incorrectly as "Generic 1394
Desktop Camera" or has a yellow asterisk or some other incorrect listing, then ”right click” on
this device and select "Update Driver".
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The "Hardware Update Wizard" will start. Select "Install from a list or specific
location". Click "Next".
Select "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install". Click "Next.
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Under “Show Compatible Hardware” select “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL” and
then click “next”.
If “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL” is not in the list then click the "Have Disk" option
and browse to find the driver located in the default directory “C:\Program Files\Dage
Technologies\Exponent\Driver” and choose the “fidcam.inf” driver file.
NOTE: Clicking “Have Disk” will add the next 3 steps
Click “OK” to the location to the “fidcam.inf” driver file.
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Now pick “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL” as the compatible hardware.
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A Windows Logo Testing Warning will appear, click “Continue Anyway”.
The “Completing the Found New Hardware Update Wizard” window will appear, click
“Finish”
From within the Windows Device Manager (“Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device
Manager”) the camera should now be listed as “Unibrain Fire-I driver / DageMTI XL” (under
“Imaging Devices”).
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Appendix-D
Updating Camera Firmware
NOTE: This operation is only required when camera operation can benefit from the updated
firmware. Updated firmware may be needed in order to use new features in Exponent
Software updates or if camera operation has been updated or optimized. Refer to the
information on the Dage Website for details concerning the need or benefits of updating
firmware compared to the firmware version in your camera.
Camera “Firmware” is the “embedded software” contained in the camera. It is responsible
for controlling the hardware operation and interface to the Exponent software application.
Updates can be downloaded from the Dage Website, and then downloaded to the camera
through the Exponent application using the IEEE-1394 Firewire interface. There is no need
for a special application, opening of the camera or returning the camera to provide firmware
updates. If you believe your camera can benefit from a firmware update, use the following
procedure.
1. Check the version of firmware in your camera by going to the “Help” menu and
selecting “About”.
2. To check for firmware updates and receive information concerning new firmware
versions, go the Dage website. Access to the site is available by selecting “Check
Web for Updates” in the “Tools\Maintenance” menu or by visiting “www.dagemti.com”.
3. If new firmware is indicated, download the new firmware binary file from the Dage
Website and save the file to a convenient location on your computer.
4. Go to the “Update Firmware” utility in the “Tools\Maintenance” menu. The update
asks for the location of the binary firmware file you saved earlier in step 3, and then
automatically downloads it to the camera. Click “OK” when finished and the camera
will reboot. Be sure not to unplug the camera during the update process.
Verify the firmware version has been updated by going to the “Help” menu and selecting
“About” as in step 1.
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DAGE-MTI
DAGE-MTI of MC, Inc.
701 N. Roeske Ave.
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-5514
www.dagemti.com
970005-01C
Exponent Version 1.300
2/21/06
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