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TRIGGERSMART
THE MCT–1 MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEM
Instruction Manual
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE INSTRUCTION
BOOKLET BEFORE INITIAL OPERATION IN ORDER TO PREVENT
DAMAGE TO THE UNIT AND TO ENSURE OPTIMUM OPERATION AND
YOUR COMPLETE SATISFACTION.
CONTENTS
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Precautions
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Introduction
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iii
Pack Check List 3
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Power Requirements
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Optional Equipment (ordered separately)
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Brief Overview Sensor Units
The MCT-1 Control Unit The Control Unit Explained
The Rear Panel 4
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5
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Remote Sensors and Transmitter Modules 8
Infrared Transmitter/Sound Sensor Module 8
Infrared Receiver/LIS Sensor Module
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Connecting the System - Sample Setup
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Sample Scenario 1 - Sound Detection
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Sample Scenario 2 - Light Dectection 11
Sample Scenario 3 - Infrared Beam 13
Sample Scenario 4 - Manual Trigger 15
Sample Scenario 5 - Auxiliary Output 15
Trigger Input to Camera x
Specifications
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Product Warranty
Inside Back Cover
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Outside Back Cover
PRECAUTIONS
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Ensure all equipment is protected against water ingress or immersion.
Ensure all cables and connectors are in good order.
Consider the optimum camera settings for the conditions. The MCT-1 does not take control of your camera in respect of things such as shutter speed, aperture settings, etc.
Keep batteries away from children. If swallowed seek medical attention immediately.
Discard/recycle appropriately any leaking, deformed, damaged or discharged batteries with regard to the environment.
Prevent any leakage from batteries contacting eyes, skin or clothing. It can cause eye damage or skin irritation. In the case of contact with your eyes, skin or clothing, flush the affected area with clean water. Seek medical advice as soon as possible in the case of contact with eyes and skin.
Do Not
1. Use the equipment without reading and fully understanding this manual.
2. Make any connections/disconnections with the power switched on on the MCT-1.
3. Make any connections/disconnections to any camera or other device without first ensuring compatibility with this equipment.
4. Make any connections/disconnections to a camera or other equipment with their power switched on.
5. Use any batteries, power sources or accessories not specified in this manual
6. Use any home-made or modified batteries or power sources.
7. Install batteries in reversed polarity (+ -) as damage may occur to the equipment.
8. Mix new and used batteries
9. Allow cables to become a trip hazard to yourself or other persons.
10. Allow young children to use the cables which may become a hazard.
11. Attempt to repair, dismantle or modify the equipment as no user serviceable parts are included. Doing so may invalidate the warranty.
12. Use abrasive or solvent cleaners on this equipment. If necessary wipe clean only with a damp cloth and mild washing-up liquid.
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INTRODUCTION
The MCT-1 MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEM is designed for use by both professional and amateur
photographers alike. It offers a way of remotely capturing digital still and motion images. The
camera is activated by the use of sensors that trigger the camera on the detection of sound,
light or on the interruption of an infrared beam. This ability is enhanced by using the MCT-1
control unit which offers the ability to fine tune the sensitivity of the remote sensors and the
actuation of the camera shutter.
PACK CHECK LIST
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This manual
The main MCT-1 Control Unit.
x1 combined infrared receiver and light intensity sensor unit (individually selectable).
x1 combined infrared transmitter and sound sensor unit (individually selectable).
x2 14cm mini tripods for use with the transmitter/sensor units.
x1 cable (3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack 3m in length).
x1 cable (3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack 5m in length).
x1 camera trigger cable (2.5mm jack to 2.5mm jack 3m in length).
1 x 20 infrared beam baffle.
POWER REQUIREMENTS
The MCT-1 is powered by 4 x AA non-rechargeable batteries. These should be of the high power type. To gain access to the battery compartment,
it is necessary to remove the underside cover by releasing
the 2 dome screws in the base. Do not use metal
tools to remove the batteries or the circuit boards may
be damaged. Ensure that the batteries are the correct
way round before replacing the cover.
On the rear panel is a DC power jack provided to plug
in a mains powered low voltage supply. It is recommended that the MP-1 power supply is used. The
supply must be double insulated showing the correct
label thus
. The output must be 6 volts DC (VDC) with the centre pin of the DC connector
being positive (+). When the power supply is connected to the socket, the internal batteries
are disabled.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT (ORDERED SEPARATELY)
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5.
6.
7.
MP-1
IRTXB
CT-1
CS-1
TT-6
CP-1
TS-1
Battery life may be prolonged by the use of this mains to 6v DC supply.
A self-contained, battery operated remote infrared transmitter unit.
5m camera trigger extension cable.
5m sensor extension cable.
Slave 240v Power Timer/Controller to power photofloods etc (including a 2m control cable).
5m extension control cable for the TT-6 Power Controller.
Tilt sensor switch.
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BRIEF OVERVIEW
THE SENSOR UNITS
THE SOUND SENSOR. A sensitive microphone is used to detect any sharp sound, such as an
impact or the sound of breaking glass. When detected the unit operates the camera shutter
and, if necessary, the camera’s internal flash and/or additional slave flash units.
THE LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR (LIS). This unit may be used at night or in low light situations to
trigger the camera on the detection of a rapid change in ambient light levels, such as the
detection of fireworks exploding or lightning flashes. This unit can also be utilised to remotely
operate a slave flash connected to the controller on detection of a flash from a flash gun on the
camera, etc.
THE INFRARED TRANSMITTER (TX) AND RECEIVER (RX) UNITS. Two units are needed for this
operation. The infrared transmitter unit transmits a narrow infrared beam that is detected, at a
distance of up to 2m, by the infrared receiver unit.
If the beam is broken by an object or animal passing through it, the camera can be triggered to
capture that object either on a still camera or video camera.
The beam width can be reduced in width to improve detection of the movement of small
objects.
THE MCT-1 CONTROL UNIT
This is the heart of the system that allows the operator to have complete control of the
sensitivity of the sensors to obtain optimum performance.
A delay may be introduced between the device sensing an input and the camera triggering to
ensure that the object is captured at the correct time.
A variable trigger timer can be used to capture a single shot or multiple events by activating
the camera. It is possible to use the sports mode on the camera, thus taking a number of
successive shots for the length of time chosen by the operator.
Various other modes can be set for single shot, random events or to keep the lens open for a
specific time when the camera is set to ‘B’ OR ‘BULB’ exposure.
The control unit has an output that is connected to the camera trigger and has a second output
channel to control multiple pieces of equipment such as additional cameras, flash units, floodlights, etc, via the TT-6 POWER CONTROLLER.
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THE CONTROL UNIT EXPLAINED
The control unit is housed in a tough but compact case that is splash-proof and has a wipe
clean surface that incorporates LED indicators and touch switches.
The control panel houses three rotary control knobs and six touch sensitive switches. The
operation and description of these is described below.
THE SENSITIVITY CONTROL
This is used to adjust the degree of sensitivity of the selected sensor to suit various conditions
and provide the optimum settings.
Rotation of the control knob clockwise increases the sensitivity of the input device. Rotate
the knob until the LED illuminates, then turn it back anti-clockwise a little until the light just
extinguishes. This is the optimum setting for the sensor chosen. The setting will be different
depending upon the individual sensor fitted.
AUTO ARM
The AUTO ARM function can be set to either automatic or manual mode.
When AUTO ARM is selected the LED will display GREEN. In this mode the camera trigger will
automatically reset after each detection and operation of the camera ready for the next event.
When MANUAL is selected the LED will display as RED. In this setting the camera will
trigger only once and will need to be reset manually. This prevents multiple operation when
not required.
TRIGGER INHIBIT
If the AUTO ARM switch is set to MANUAL, the LED will illuminate RED to show that the system
is inhibited and the camera will not trigger. On operation of the switch the system becomes
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armed, the LED will glow GREEN and the system is then ready to receive the next input from
the sensors which will trigger the camera.
If the AUTO ARM switch is set to AUTO the LED will glow GREEN to indicate that the system is
armed and the camera will be triggered by the next event and each subsequent event without
intervention. (The LED will also glow RED during a triggering operation.)
TRIGGER DELAY
When an event activates the system the camera is triggered but triggering can be delayed
by introducing a desired time lag by the use of the TRIGGER DELAY control. When rotated
clockwise the lag between the device sensing an event and the shutter being released is
increased.
LONG or SHORT time ranges can be selected by the operation of the switch. LONG delay is
indicated by a GREEN LED and SHORT by a RED LED.
In the case of the SHORT delay selection the resulting time lag between activation of the unit
and the camera triggering will be between 1/1000th to 1/10th second. The LONG delay will
be adjustable between 1/10th to 10 seconds. Times stated are approximate and a degree of
experimentation is required to find the precise delay required.
TRIGGER TIME
Ordinarily, when a camera shutter release button is depressed by the photographer the shutter
is operated once unless the camera is set to multiple exposure modes, such as Sports Mode.
Continued pressure on the shutter release button will mean continued activation of the shutter
resulting in multiple images being recorded.
The TRIGGER TIME control allows the operator to set the time that the camera’s shutter release button will be activated, ie electronically ‘held down’. This can be selected via the rotary
control between approximately 1/1000th of a second to 10 seconds. (It has been found that
some models/makes of camera will not trigger at the minimum setting but other makes will.
This is not a fault of the unit.)
If the camera is set to ‘B’ OR ‘BULB’ exposure, for instance, the length of time that the shutter
remains open will be that set by the TRIGGER TIME control.
This also applies to multiple exposure modes, such as Sports Mode, when the TRIGGER TIME
setting dictates the time that the camera shutter is being operated and multiple shots being
recorded.
TRIGGER MODE
The TRIGGER TIME can be operated in two modes, MANUAL (RED LED) or AUTO (GREEN LED).
In MANUAL mode, the length of time of operation will be dictated by the length of time the
TRIGGER switch is being depressed by the user. This prevents the camera from being triggered
automatically by the control unit.
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In the AUTO mode the trigger length will be dictated by the time set on the TRIGGER TIME
control of the MCT-1.
TRIGGER SWITCH
When the TRIGGER switch is depressed the camera will be operated for the time that the
switch is held depressed despite the other control settings. The TRIGGER LED will light for as
long as the trigger is operating in MANUAL or AUTO modes.
When the switch is operated the focus will automatically be activated. Therefore, both the
focus and the trigger lights will be lit.
CAMERA FOCUS
By pressing this switch and the camera set to auto-focus, the camera can be remotely focused
dependent upon the make and model of the camera and the chosen setting.
REAR PANEL
The rear panel of the unit provides connections and switches relating to power supply,
mode, sensor input 1 and 2 and trigger outlets to camera and auxiliary units.
The mode switch selects the type of input from the sensors, either LIS/SOUND or
INFRARED.
The sensors can be input directly into either port 1 or 2. In the case of the INFRARED
transmitter and receiver units, these can be plugged directly into ports 1 and 2 or daisychained together.
Two trigger outputs are supplied. These are marked CAMERA and AUX. and allow for the
camera to be connected, and/or a slave flash unit, to another camera or other similar
equipment. Output 1 provides camera trigger AND auto-focus. Output 2 provides trigger
only with NO auto-focus.
The 6v DC supply input socket and the Control Unit power ON/OFF switch is also situated
on the rear panel.
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REMOTE SENSORS AND TRANSMITTER MODULES
Two splash-proof remote units are supplied. These can be used on a flat surface or mounted
on the small tripods supplied. Standard tripods can be used for free-standing situations.
INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR MODULE
On the rear of the unit a switch is provided to
select the INFRARED or SOUND modes and two
3.5 mm jack sockets to connect to the control
unit (or in the case of infrared operation, to the
other unit).
When INFRARED TRANSMITTER (IR TX) is
selected, the unit sends an invisible beam to
be detected by the second unit, the INFRARED
RECEIVER (IR RX). The beam is no more than 60
wide and so the two units must be aligned quite accurately.
When the switch is set to SOUND, the unit utilises its integral sensitive microphone to transmit
a signal to the MAIN CONTROL UNIT.
Note: When used in the IR TX mode, looking directly into the invisible beam may cause eye damage.
INFRARED RECEIVER/LIS MODULE
accurate in low light or dark situations.
In a similar way to the IR TX/SOUND unit, this
module has a rear panel containing a switch to
select LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR (LIS) or INFRARED RECEIVER (IR RX). It also has two 3.5 mm
jack sockets to connect in a similar way to that
of the previous unit.
When this unit is set to LIS it is possible to
detect sudden increases in light intensity, such
as lightning. This is dependent on the amount
of ambient light and will be found to be most
When the switch is selected to use the INFRARED SENSOR (IR RX) function, the module needs
to be aligned accurately with the IR TX unit within the 60 angle. When aligned correctly the
beam will make the circuit and when broken the unit triggers the MAIN CONTROL UNIT.
If very small objects need to be detected, a 20 baffle is
supplied. This can be attached to the front of the IR RX
module and restricts the angle of the received beam to
only 20. Therefore, great accuracy and sensitivity can be
achieved when capturing small objects.
20 baffle in place
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CONNECTING THE SYSTEM – SAMPLE SETUP
Note: Before connecting any equipment of any kind ensure that each item is compatible with the
MCT-1 unit and the camera. No liability will be accepted by the Company for any damage or loss
resulting from the connection of incompatible or faulty equipment.
Note:
Before connecting or disconnecting any item ensure that all units are switched off.
Note: Ensure that all equipment is adequately protected from the ingress of liquids or the effects of
excessive high or low temperatures.
SAMPLE SCENARIO 1 – SOUND DETECTION
Sound/LIS connections
For this scenario the following equipment is used:1.
Your camera of choice (ensuring compatibility)
2. Camera tripod (as required)
3. The MCT-1 Control Unit
4. The INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT
5. A 3.5 mm jack to 3.5 mm jack cable
6. A 2.5 mm jack to 2.5 mm jack camera trigger cable
Method
1. Before switching on the power switch of the MCT-1 and having inserted the
batteries correctly into the control unit (and/or utilising an MP-1), operate the MODE switch on the rear panel of the MCT-1 shown as LIS/SOUND OR I.RED to the left, to select LIS/SOUND.
2. Operate the switch on the rear panel of the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT from IR TX to SOUND.
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3. Connect the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT by inserting the
3.5 mm jack into one socket on the rear of this unit, indicated as TO CONTROL, to
the main MCT-1 control unit by inserting the other end of the 3.5 mm jack cable into either of the sockets on the rear of the MCT-1 marked TO SENSORS 1 or 2.
4. With the camera switched off, connect the camera to the MCT-1 using the
2.5 mm jack cable inserted into the socket on the rear panel of the MCT-1 unit marked TRIGGER OUT – CAMERA and to the 2.5 mm remote control socket on the camera of choice.
5. Switch on the power to the MCT-1 unit with the POWER ON/OFF switch on the rear of the MCT-1 unit.
6. Place the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT close to the subject on the table surface for best effect and adjust the SENSITIVITY, increasing the level until the orange LED illuminates. When the LED illuminates turn the control anti-clockwise until the LED just extinguishes. This is the optimum position. If the control is set too high then false triggering may occur.
7. Set the RESET – AUTO/MANUAL switch to the required position.
8. Set the TRIGGER DELAY fully to anti-clockwise and the TRIGGER DELAY switch to SHORT (RED LED).
9. Set the TRIGGER TIME control fully anti-clockwise.
10. Switch the TRIGGER TIME – AUTO/MANUAL switch to AUTO (GREEN LED).
11. Focus the camera, either via the FOCUS switch on the MCT-1 or by way of the camera controls. It may be found that switching the camera lens to manual focus allows the camera to trigger at a faster reaction time as
focusing is no longer necessary.
12. Consider the need for extra lighting to illuminate the subject correctly for the desired effect.
13. Set the camera to the required settings in respect of shutter speed, aperture, etc, having regard to depth of field and the amount of movement to be allowed in the shot.
14. Set the SENSITIVITY - ACTIVE/INHIBIT switch to ACTIVE (GREEN LED). The camera will now be triggered at the next detection.
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15. Drop an object onto the table in the camera’s view area and the sound of the impact will trigger the camera. The microphone is sensitive enough to capture the sound of quite small objects but extraneous noise must be kept to a minimum.
16. Trial and error in the settings used in respect of the camera, shutter speed, aperture, lighting, trigger delay, etc, will enable the operator to find the optimum settings for the results required. (The range of possible settings configurations is almost endless when combined with those of the camera.)
By trial and error, extremely good results can be achieved in a very short space of time.
Note: If using breakable objects, such as glass, remember to wear the necessary safety equipment
or protect yourself from injury.
SAMPLE SCENARIO 2 – LIGHT DETECTION
For this scenario the following equipment is used: 1. Your camera of choice (ensuring compatibility)
2. Camera tripod (as required)
3. The MCT-1 Control Unit
4. The INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT
5. A 3.5 mm jack to 3.5 mm jack cable
6. A 2.5 mm jack to 2.5 mm jack camera trigger cable
7. Sensor unit tripod (as required)
Method
1. Having inserted the batteries correctly into the MCT-1 control unit (and/or
utilising an MP-1), operate the MODE switch on the rear panel of the MCT-1 shown as LIS/SOUND OR I.RED to the left, to select LIS/SOUND.
2. Operate the switch on the rear panel of the INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT
INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT from IR RX to LIS.
3. Connect the INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT by inserting the 3.5 mm jack into one socket on the rear of this unit, indicated as TO CONTROL, to the main MCT-1 control unit by inserting the other end of the 3.5 mm jack cable into either of the sockets on the rear of the MCT-1 marked TO SENSORS 1 or 2.
4. Connect the camera to the MCT-1 using the 2.5 mm jack cable inserted into the socket on the rear panel of the MCT-1 unit marked TRIGGER OUT – CAMERA and to the 2.5 mm remote control socket on the camera of choice.
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5. Switch on the power to the MCT-1 unit with the POWER ON/OFF switch on the rear of the MCT-1 unit.
6. Place the INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT facing towards the expected light source. Adjust the SENSITIVITY, increasing the sensitivity until the orange LED illuminates. When the LED illuminates turn the control anti-clockwise until the LED just extinguishes. This is the optimum position. If the control is set too high then false triggering may occur.
7. Set the RESET – AUTO/MANUAL switch to the required position.
8. Set the TRIGGER DELAY fully to anti-clockwise and the TRIGGER DELAY switch to SHORT (RED LED).
9. Set the TRIGGER TIME control fully anti-clockwise.
10. Switch the TRIGGER TIME – AUTO/MANUAL switch to AUTO (GREEN LED).
11. Focus the camera, either via the FOCUS switch on the MCT-1 or by way of the camera controls. It may be found that switching the camera lens to manual focus allows the camera to trigger at a faster reaction time as automatic focusing is no longer necessary.
12. Set the camera to the required settings in respect of shutter speed, aperture, etc, having regard to depth of field and the amount of movement to be allowed in the shot.
13. Consider locking the camera mirror in the up position, if possible, as this cuts down even further the reaction time of the camera.
14. Set the SENSITIVITY - ACTIVE/INHIBIT switch to ACTIVE (GREEN LED). The camera will now be triggered at the next detection of light.
15. Trial and error in the settings used in respect of the camera, shutter speed,
aperture, lighting, trigger delay, etc, will enable the operator to find the optimum set
tings for the results required. (The range of possible settings configurations is almost endless when combined with those of the camera.)
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SAMPLE SCENARIO 3 – INFRARED BEAM
Infrared parallel connections
Infrared daisy-chain connections
For this scenario the following equipment is used: 1. Your camera of choice (ensuring compatibility)
2. Camera tripod (as required)
3. The MCT-1 Control Unit
4. The INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT
5. The INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT
6. x2 3.5 mm jack to 3.5 mm jack cable
7. A 2.5 mm jack to 2.5 mm jack camera trigger cable
8. x2 mini tripods
9. The 20 beam baffle supplied
Method
1. Having inserted the batteries correctly into the MCT-1 control unit (and/or
utilising an MP-1), operate the MODE switch on the rear panel of the MCT-1 shown as LIS/SOUND OR I.RED to the right, to select I.RED.
2. Operate the switch on the rear panel of the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT from SOUND to IR TX.
3. Operate the switch on the rear panel of the INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT
INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT from LIS to IR RX.
4. Connect the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT by inserting the
3.5 mm jack into one socket on the rear of this unit, indicated as TO CONTROL, to the main MCT-1 control unit by inserting the other end of the 3.5 mm jack cable into either of the sockets on the rear of the MCT-1 marked TO SENSORS 1 or 2.
5. Connect the INFRARED RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT by inserting the 3.5 mm jack into one socket on the rear of this unit, indicated as TO CONTROL, to the main MCT-1 control unit by inserting the other end of the 3.5 mm jack
cable into one of the other sockets on the rear of the MCT-1, marked TO SENSORS 1 13
or 2, OR ‘daisy-chain’ the two sensor units together by plugging the 3.5 mm jack into the other socket on the rear of the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/SOUND SENSOR UNIT indicated as TO CONTROL. See above diagram.
6. Connect the camera to the MCT-1 using the 2.5 mm jack cable inserted into the socket on the rear panel of the MCT-1 unit marked TRIGGER OUT – CAMERA and to the 2.5 mm remote control socket on the camera of your choice.
7. Carefully align the beam lens on the front of the INFRARED TRANSMITTER/
SOUND SENSOR UNIT with the receiver aperture on the front of the INFRARED
RECEIVER/LIGHT INTENSITY SENSOR UNIT. This must be within an angle of 60 to the beam lens. (If a narrower, more accurate, beam is required then the 20 beam
baffle supplied should be clicked into the aperture on the front of the receiver unit).
8. The distance between the units can be between 30cm and 2m).
9. Switch on the power to the MCT-1 unit with the POWER ON/OFF switch on the rear of the MCT-1 unit.
Note: When used in the IR TX mode, looking into the invisible beam may cause permanent eye damage.
10. Adjust the SENSITIVITY, by increasing the sensitivity until the orange LED
illuminates. When the LED illuminates turn the control anti-clockwise until the LED just extinguishes. This is the optimum position. If the control is set too high then false triggering may occur. (If used outside, bright situations may confuse the sensor. Never direct the sensor in the direction of the sun as it could be saturated by IR from the suns rays.)
11. Set the RESET – AUTO/MANUAL switch to the required position.
12. Set the TRIGGER DELAY fully to anti-clockwise and the TRIGGER DELAY switch to SHORT (RED LED).
13. Set the TRIGGER TIME control fully anti-clockwise.
14. Switch the TRIGGER TIME – AUTO/MANUAL switch to AUTO (GREEN LED).
15. Focus the camera, either via the FOCUS switch on the MCT-1 or by way of the camera controls. It may be found that switching the camera lens to manual focus
allows the camera to trigger at a faster reaction time as focusing is no longer
necessary.
16. Consider the need for extra lighting to illuminate the subject correctly for the desired effect.
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17. Set the camera to the required settings in respect of shutter speed, aperture, etc, having regard to depth of field and the amount of movement to be allowed in the shot.
18. Consider locking the camera mirror in the ‘UP’ position, if possible, as this cuts down even further the reaction time of the camera.
19. Set the SENSITIVITY - ACTIVE/INHIBIT switch to ACTIVE (GREEN LED). The camera will now be triggered at the next detection of an object passing through the beam.
20. Trial and error in the settings used in respect of the camera, shutter speed,
aperture, lighting, trigger delay, etc, will enable the operator to find the optimum settings for the results required. (The range of possible settings configurations is almost endless when combined with those of the camera.)
21. Consideration should also be given to the distance between the beam and the
camera. For instance, an object dropping through the beam will have a finite travelling time before it reaches the point at which it enters the camera’s view. It may be advantageous to increase the distance between the beam detection and the camera and then utilise the trigger delay to adjust the point at which the camera actuates. Several attempts could produce a time/distance type chart to optimise success rates.
SAMPLE SCENARIO 4 – MANUAL TRIGGER
The camera may be remotely operated by pressing the TRIGGER button despite any of the
other settings made on the MCT-1. Continued operation of the TRIGGER button with the camera
set to multiple exposure settings will cause the camera to shoot continually until pressure on
the button is released.
SAMPLE SCENARIO 5 – AUXILIARY OUTPUT
Auxiliary connections
Two cameras may be connected directly to the MCT-1 via the trigger out sockets. However, it
must be remembered that the camera pre-focusing facility ONLY applies to the output marked
as CAMERA. The output connection marked AUX., will activate the camera shutter but not the
focus. Therefore, the second camera must be manually focused.
The second TRIGGER OUT circuit can also be used to operate a variety of additional equipment.
This could include a slave or an additional flash gun. However, only one item of additional
equipment should be connected at any one time.
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SPECIFICATIONS
TRIGGER TIME
- Selectable for - 5 ms (1/200 sec.) to - 5 seconds
DELAY TIME
- Short delay - 1 ms (1/1000 sec.) to 100 ms (1/10 sec.).
- Long delay - 1000 ms (1/10 sec.) to 10 seconds.
TRIGGER MODES - Manual, auto 1 shot, auto re-arm.
FOCUS ACTIVATION - Manual activation.
SENSOR MODES - Flash, infrared beam, sound.
IR BEAM - Range - 20 cm to - 2m. Wavelength 850 nm.
FLASH SENSOR - Range 1 to 1500 lumens. Sensitivity 10 lumens.
SOUND RESPONSE - Microphone sensitivity - frequency response 50 to 5000 Hz at 3 Db.
TRIGGER OUTPUTS - x3 open collector (x2 trigger, x1 focus). 50 v DC max at
100 milliamps.
POWER REQUIREMENTS - x4 AA batteries, high power type, non-rechargeable.
- AC to low voltage PSU - 6 to 9 VDC at 100 milliamps. Unit to be
double insulated. (Use disconnects internal batteries.)
POWER CONSUMPTION - About 40 milliamps.
When IR TX module is connected rises to 80 milliamps.
SIZE
- Controller - (W)19cm x (D)14cm x (H)5cm.
- Sensors (W)7.5cm x (D)5cm x (H)2.6cm.
SENSOR MOUNTING - ¼ inch UNC thread (standard tripod thread).
MINI TRIPOD HEIGHT - 8 cm min. 17 cm max.
WEIGHT - Controller 492g Sensors 50g Tripods 30g.
WATERPROOFING - IP53.
TEMPERATURE - 0 to 350 C. (operating). -10 to +500 C. (non- operating).
SHOCK - 10 Newtons.
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TRIGGER INPUT TO CAMERA
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Every consideration has been taken to ensure correct operation of this product with most cameras. However, no connection to a camera or other equipment should be made unless the operator is certain of the compatibility of the
equipment. No liability can be accepted by the Company for any consequential
fault or damage caused to any equipment not supplied by the Company.
The following cameras will connect directly to the MCT-1 with the trigger cable
provided:CANON
EOS 30, EOS 33, EOS 50E, EOS 300, EOS 300V, EOS 300D, EOS 350D, EOS 3000,
EOS 50, EOS 500, EOS 55, EOS 500N, EOS 300X, EOS Kiss, EOS New Kiss, EOS
Kiss 7, EOS Kiss III, EOS 7, EOS 7s , EOS 400D, EOS Digital Rebel, EOS Digital
Rebel X, EOS Digital Rebel XSi, EOS KISS X2, EOS 450D, EOS Digital Rebel XTi,
Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, ELAN 7N, ELAN II, ELAN DATE, ELAN 7, ELAN 7NE,
ELAN 7N, ELAN IIE, Rebel 2000, Rebel G, Rebel T2, Rebel Ti, Rebel X, Rebel XS,
EOS 1000D, EOS 500D, Rebel T1i,
EOS 550D, Rebel T2i, G10, G11, G12, 60D, 600D, Rebel T3i, Kiss X5, 1100D,
Rebel T3
PENTAX
K100D, K110D, K10D, *ist DS2, K200D, K20D K7, *ist D, *ist DS, *ist, *ist DL,
MZ-6, ZX-L, MZ-, *ist, DL2, K5
SAMSUNG
GX-1L, GX-1S, GX-10, GX-20, NX10, NX100, NX5
CONTAX
645, N, N1, NX, N Digital
Other cameras will require an adapter. Typically, the following manufacturers may
offer adapters:Calumet
JJC Corporation
Hahnel Eire
HAMA
All of the above will require a 2.5 mm female to 3.5 mm male or female 3 pole
adapter.
PRODUCT WARRANTY
THE MANUFACTURER warrants for 12 months to the original purchaser that THE MANUFACTURER’S
products are free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service
for the period specified commencing upon the date of purchase from an authorised dealer.
This Limited Warranty is conditional upon proper use of the product by the purchaser.
This Limited Warranty does not cover: (a) defects or damage resulting from accident, misuse,
abuse, neglect, unusual physical or electrical stress, modification of any part of the product,
or cosmetic damage; (b) equipment that has a serial number removed or made illegible; (c)
all plastic surfaces and other externally exposed parts that are scratched or damaged due to
normal use; (d) defects or damage from improper testing, operation, maintenance, installation,
adjustment, or service of the products.
During the applicable warranty period, THE MANUFACTURER will repair or replace, at THE
MANUFACTURER’S sole discretion without charge to the purchaser, any defective component
part of the product. THE MANUFACTURER may, at THE MANUFACTURER’S sole discretion,
use rebuilt, reconditioned, or new parts or components when repairing any product or
replace a product with a rebuilt, reconditioned or new product.
THE WARRANTIES GIVEN IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, TOGETHER WITH ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES
COVERING THE MANUFACTURER’S PRODUCTS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE
DURATION OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.
THE MANUFACTURER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
INDIRECT OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, DAMAGES TO PURCHASER’S PROPERTY, OR INJURY TO THE PURCHASER OR OTHERS ARISING OUT OF THE USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY OF THE
MANUFACTURER’S PRODUCTS, BREACH OF WARRANTY, OR NEGLIGENCE, INCLUDING BUT
NOT LIMITED TO THE MANUFACTURER’S OWN NEGLIGENCE, EVEN IF THE MANUFACTURER OR
IT’S AGENT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BROUGHT AGAINST
THE PURCHASER BY ANY OTHER PARTY.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE COMPLETE WARRANTY FOR THE MANUFACTURER’S PRODUCTS. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL NOT EXTEND TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL
PURCHASER OF THIS PRODUCT.
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www.sabreswitch.co.uk
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10 Commerce Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788
Voice: 631-656-7400 Fax: 631-656-7410 www.qtm.com
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