Impact Venture Wireless Controller User Manual.

Impact Venture Wireless Controller User Manual.
VE-WCN, VE-WCC,
VE-WCSMI, VE-WCSO
Wireless Controller for
Venture TTL 600 Ws Monolight
INSTRUCTIONS
Table of Contents
Introduction.......................................................................3
Overview....................................................................... 4-8
Precautions..................................................................9-10
Installing the Batteries....................................................11
Mounting the Controller..................................................11
Powering On...................................................................12
Restoring Factory Presets...........................................12
Power-Saving Feature.................................................12
Channel Selection...........................................................13
Setting the Master Group................................................14
Setting the ID Number....................................................15
TTL Mode...................................................................16-18
High-Speed Sync (HSS)..................................................19
Second Curtain Sync (SCS).............................................19
Manual Mode..................................................................20
Firing a Test....................................................................21
Lockout Mode.................................................................21
Using the Modeling Light...........................................22-23
Cell (Slave) Mode............................................................24
Troubleshooting .........................................................25-26
Specifications ................................................................27
FCC Compliance .............................................................27
Warranty .......................................................................28
Introduction
Thank you for choosing Impact.
The Impact Venture Wireless Controller is a
compact wireless 2.4 GHz transmitter that provides
the Venture TTL 600 Monolight with through-thelens (TTL) and high-speed sync (HSS) functionality.
It allows the user to control and trigger the flash
from a distance of up to 328′ (100 m) via 2.4 GHz
wireless transmission. It also sets channels,
groups, and ID numbers, and adjusts monolight and
modeling lamp power output.
To use the capabilities of the Venture TTL 600’s
integrated wireless receiver, the Venture Controller
is compatible with most Canon, Nikon, and Sony
cameras with a hot-shoe mount. It can also be
connected to a camera with a PC port via a PC sync
cable.
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Overview
1.
Group buttons
Activates the group so that
flash output, modeling light, and
TTL setting can be adjusted.
When used with the PRO.
button, adjusts the modeling
light power (modeling light
mode F3-0 and F3-1 only).
When used with the CH/
MASTER button (double-press),
selects the master channel.
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2.
Status LED
3.
MENU button
5.
Confirms and saves all setting
adjustments.
Cycles through manual, TTL,
and lockout modes for each
group.
Pressing while powering on
restores factory presets.
4.
MODEL button
Turns the modeling light on or
off for the selected group.
ENTER button
Restores TTL or Manual
settings to the Venture TTL 600
after powering it on.
6.
and
buttons
Raises and lowers the values
of all adjustable parameters
(flash output, modeling light
brightness, and channel).
Overview (continued)
7.
CELL button
Turns Cell (slave) mode on or
off for the selected group.
8.
TEST button
Test-fires the monolight(s).
Wakes up the unit from sleep
mode.
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Overview (continued)
1.
CH/MASTER button
Single-press used with the
and buttons selects the
channel.
Double-press used with
GROUP button selects master
group.
Pressing and holding while
powering on and using the
and buttons selects the
ID number.
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2.
PRO. button
Enables modeling light
brightness adjustment.
3.
Power switch
4.
Locking wheel
5.
Mounting foot
Proprietary TTL shoe for Sony,
Sony MIS, Canon, or Nikon.
6.
Battery compartment
7.
PC.SYNC ports
For PC sync cable connection
to camera.
Overview (continued)
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Overview (continued)
LCD screen:
7.
EV Adjustment
1.
Channel indicator
8.
Manual mode
2.
Power column
9.
Battery icon
3.
Modeling light column
10. CELL icon
4.
Group indicators
11. HSS icon1
5.
Lock-out mode
12. SCS icon1
6.
TTL mode
13. Modeling light output level
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HSS and SCS are always available through your camera settings. Certain camera models will
not enable the display of the HSS of SCS icons on the LCD screen. (See page 19.)
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Precautions ⚠⚡
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The Venture Wireless TTL
Controller’s 2.4 GHz radio signal
can be affected by electrical
current, magnetic fields, radio
signals, wireless routers, mobile
phones, and other electronic
devices. Buildings, walls, trees,
fences, or cars can also impede
the controller’s performance.
If your Venture Wireless TTL
Controller will not communicate
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with your flash, move it to
a slightly different location
that is free of obstructions or
interference.
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Do not operate the Venture
Wireless Controller in the
presence of flammable gas or
vapors.
There are no user-serviceable
parts inside the devices. Do
not attempt to disassemble
or perform any unauthorized
modification.
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Do not handle with wet hands or
immerse in or expose to water
or rain. Failure to observe this
precaution could result in fire or
electric shock.
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Precautions ⚠⚡ (continued)
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Keep out of the reach of children.
•
Observe caution when handling
batteries. Batteries may leak or
explode if improperly handled.
Use only the batteries listed in
this manual. Make certain to align
batteries with the correct polarity.
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Batteries are prone to leakage
when fully discharged. To avoid
damage to the product, be sure
to remove the batteries before
leaving the product unattended
for prolonged periods or when no
charge remains.
Do not use or leave the devices
in conditions of extreme heat,
severe cold, or high humidity.
•
Turn off the camera and/or
flash’s power before inserting or
removing any cord.
•
Dispose of used batteries,
packaging, and old devices in
accordance with appropriate
local environmental regulations.
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All images are for illustrative
purposes only.
Installing the Batteries
The Venture Wireless TTL Controller
runs on two AAA alkaline, lithium, or
NiMH batteries.
1.
2.
Open the battery compartment
door by pressing on the tab and
flipping the door open.
Mounting the Controller
3.
Close the battery compartment
door until it clicks shut.
Note: During long periods of inactivity,
remove the batteries from the battery
compartment.
1.
With the power of all devices
turned off, slide the controller’s
mounting foot into the camera’s
hot shoe.
2.
Secure the controller by
tightening the locking wheel.
Insert two AAA batteries into the
compartment with the orientation
indicated by the diagram inside
the compartment.
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Powering On
Move the power switch to the ON
position.
When you operate the Venture TTL
Controller for the first time, the factory
presets will appear on the LCD screen.
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For subsequent operation, the
controller will display the last settings
that were selected.
Restoring Factory Presets
To restore the factory presets, turn the
power off. Press and hold the MENU
button while turning the power back on.
Power-Saving Feature
To prolong the battery life, the Venture
controller goes into sleep mode after a
period of inactivity. Pressing the TEST
button reactivates the controller. If the
controller is mounted on a camera,
pressing the shutter button halfway will
also reactivate it.
Channel Selection
The Venture Wireless Controller offers
nine selectable channels (1–9). To set
the channel, follow these steps:
1.
Press the CH/MASTER button.
CH will blink on the LCD screen.
2.
Use the and buttons to
select a channel.
3.
Press ENTER to set the channel.
Note:
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Channel and ID settings on the
Venture TTL 600 monolight must
be changed manually. Refer to
the Venture TTL 600’s user manual
for instructions on how to set the
channel number.
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In order to communicate with
your Venture TTL 600 monolight,
make sure it and the controller
are set to the same channel
and ID. For instructions on how
to set the channel, consult the
user manual that came with the
Venture TTL 600.
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Setting the Master Group
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Any of the three groups can be set as
the master group. To set the master
group, follow these steps:
3.
Press ENTER to set the master
group. The new master group
icon will be highlighted.
1.
Press the CH/MASTER button
twice. The icon of the selected
master group will blink.
2.
While the master group icon is
blinking, press the group button
you want to designate as the
master. The new master group
icon will now blink.
Note: Group settings on the Venture
TTL 600 monolight must be changed
manually. Refer to the Venture TTL 600’s
user manual for instructions on how to
change the group.
Setting the ID Number
The Venture Wireless Controller has
100 selectable ID numbers to ensure
that your Venture Monolight is not
triggered by another controller. To set
the ID number, follow these steps:
1.
Press and hold the CH/MASTER
button while turning the power
on. The ID number will appear on
the screen.
3.
2.
Use the + or – buttons to select
the ID number:
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Press to change the ID number by
single digits.
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Press and hold to change the ID
number in increments of 10.
When the desired ID number
appears onscreen, press ENTER.
The ID number will be set, and
you will return to the main screen.
Note: In order to communicate with
your Venture TTL 600 monolight, make
sure it and the controller are set to
the same ID number. For instructions
on how to set the ID number, consult
the user manual that came with the
Venture TTL 600.
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TTL Mode
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When the Venture TTL Controller is
connected to a compatible camera
via hot shoe or PC cable, it can set the
appropriate flash level automatically, in
conjunction with the camera’s throughthe-lens (TTL) metering system.
1.
Press the appropriate group
button.
2.
Press the MENU button once
or twice until the TTL mode is
displayed.
To select TTL mode, do the following:
3.
Press ENTER to set TTL mode.
The LCD on the Venture TTL 600
will immediately switch to auto
mode, and AU will appear on the
monolight’s LCD screen.
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Repeat these steps to select TTL mode
for other groups.
TTL Mode (continued)
Important!
Notes:
To take advantage of the Venture TTL
Controller’s functions, make sure your
Venture TTL 600 monolight(s) are set
to the proper channel, group, and ID
number. Refer to the Venture TTL 600’s
user manual for information on setting
these parameters.
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The Venture TTL 600 will remain
in auto (AU) mode when the
controller is turned off. In order
to switch the monolight back to
manual mode, turn it off and then
turn it back on.
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If the Venture controller is in TTL
mode when powered on, but the
Venture monolight is in manual
mode, press ENTER to switch
the monolight to TTL (AU) mode.
Previous TTL settings will have
been saved.
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TTL Mode (continued)
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Adjusting the EV
3.
The EV can be set from -3.0 to +3.0 in
1/3-stop increments for each group. To
adjust the EV, follow these steps:
Press the and buttons to
raise or lower the EV in 1/3-stop
increments.
4.
Press ENTER to set the EV value.
1.
Make sure the group is in TTL
mode.
2.
Press the appropriate group
button. The group icon will blink.
Repeat these steps to adjust the EV for
other groups that are in TTL mode.
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High-Speed Sync (HSS)
Second Curtain Sync (SCS)
High-speed sync lets you use shutter
speeds as fast as 1/8000 second. HSS
is always available with the Venture
Wireless Controller. See your camera’s
manual to check for your camera’s
fastest shutter speed and setting for
HSS.
For Nikon and Sony cameras, refer
to your camera’s manual to activate
SCS. The Venture wireless controller
will automatically switch to SCS mode.
Once SCS is disabled on your camera,
the Venture controller will return to
normal operating mode.
Tip: Use F4-2 (power mode) on the
Venture TTL 600 Monolight to maximize
flash output with HSS. See the Venture TTL
600 monolight’s instructions for details.
For select Canon cameras, first activate
SCS mode on your camera. The Status
LED on the controller will blink rapidly
to indicate that the camera has been
set to SCS. Press and hold the ENTER
button until the HSS icon switches to
the SCS icon. The controller is now in
SCS mode. To exit SCS mode, press and
hold the ENTER button until the SCS
icon changes back to the HSS icon.
Note: HSS and SCS are always available
through your camera. Certain camera
models will not enable the display of the
HSS of SCS icons on the LCD screen.
Even if the icons are not displayed, HSS
and SCS will be active once you make
the appropriate settings on your camera.
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Manual Mode
1.
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Press the appropriate group
button, and then press the MENU
button once or twice until the
manual mode is displayed. Press
ENTER to set manual mode.
The LCD on the Venture TTL
600 will immediately switch to
manual mode, and power output
in fractions will appear on the
monolight’s LCD screen.
2.
To adjust the exposure, select the
group by pressing the appropriate
group button, and then press the
and buttons to adjust the
value.
3.
Press ENTER to set the exposure.
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Note: If the Venture TTL 600 is set to
the same channel and group, the flash
exposure setting will change on the
monolight’s LCD screen.
Firing a Test
Lockout Mode
1.
Lockout mode prevents the Venture
TTL Controller from triggering the
monolights set to the selected group.
The settings for TTL and Manual
modes are stored in the controller’s
memory and can be reestablished on
the monolight when those modes are
reselected on the controller.
Make sure the Venture TTL 600 is
set to the same channel, group,
and ID number as the Venture TTL
Controller.
2.
Set the flash power output to the
desired brightness.
3.
When the Venture TTL 600 is
ready to fire, press the TEST
button. The monolight will fire a
test flash.
1.
lockout mode is displayed. Press
ENTER to set lockout mode.
2.
To return to TTL or Manual mode
in the selected group, press
MENU again.
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Press the appropriate group
button, and then press the MENU
button once or twice until the
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Using the Modeling Light
The Venture TTL 600’s modeling light
can be activated in all modes by
pressing the MODEL button.
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To adjust the modeling light brightness
level, follow these steps:
1.
Make sure the Venture TTL 600 is
set to Modeling light mode F3-0 or
F3-1. (See the Venture TTL 600’s
user manual for information on
setting modeling light modes.)
2.
Press the PRO button and then
press the button for the group you
want to adjust. The group icon
and MODEL will blink.
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Using the Modeling Light (continued)
3.
While the group icon and
MODEL are blinking, press
the and buttons to dim
or brighten the modeling light
from 10% to 100%.
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Note: The modeling light brightness
level is displayed in the lower right
corner of the LCD screen. It represents
the modeling light power setting for the
selected group. To see the modeling
light setting for each individual group,
press the appropriate group button.
4.
Press ENTER to set the modeling
light power.
5.
Repeat these steps for each
group.
Important! The modeling light
brightness cannot be adjusted when
set to modeling light modes F3-2 or
F3-3. In those modes, the modeling light
brightness is proportional to the flash
power output.
See the Venture TTL-600 monolight’s
user manual for more information on
modeling light modes.
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Cell (Slave) Mode
In Cell mode, the Venture TTL 600
uses its built-in optical sensor and
fires when it detects a burst of light
from another flash. Cell mode can be
selected for each group individually.
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To set the Cell mode, follow these
steps:
1.
Make sure the group you want
to select is in manual mode, and
press the appropriate group
button. The group icon will blink.
2.
Press the CELL button. The CELL
indicator will appear on the LCD
screen.
Repeat these steps for other groups as
desired.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
The controller won’t power on.
Make sure the batteries are properly installed. If using rechargeable batteries,
make sure they are fully charged.
The controller doesn’t respond
when I press the buttons.
The controller is in power-saving mode. Press the TEST button to activate the
controller. If the controller is mounted on a camera’s hot shoe, pressing the shutter
button halfway will also reactivate the controller.
The TEST button doesn’t fire the flash.
Make sure the Venture TTL 600 monolight is turned on and set to the same ID,
channel, and group as the Venture TTL controller.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Problem
Solution
I can’t adjust the brightness of the
modeling light from the controller.
The Venture TTL 600 monolight is set to either modeling light mode F3-2 or F3-3.
When set to these modeling light modes, the modeling light brightness is set by
changing the flash output power.
To adjust the modeling light brightness from the Venture controller, set the Venture
TTL 600 to either modeling light modes F3-0 or F3-1.
TTL mode is selected on the controller,
but the monolight is in manual mode,
and its LCD screen doesn’t display auto
(AU) mode.
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Make sure the Venture TTL controller and the Venture TTL 600 monolight are set to
the same channel and ID number.
Press the controller's ENTER button to restore the monolight’s TTL settings.
Specifications
Frequency
2.4 GHz
Operating range
Up to 328′ (100 m)
Channels
9 (1–9)
Dimensions
1″ × 2.375″ × 3″(1.3 × 6 × 7.6 cm)
Groups
3 (A, B, C)
Weight (with batteries)
3.1 oz. (88 g)
Connections
2.5 mm and 3.5 mm sync ports,
Mini-B USB
Battery
2× AAA 1.5 V alkaline, lithium, or
NiMH batteries
FCC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY:
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may
not cause harmful interference and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
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One-Year Limited Warranty
This Impact product is warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal consumer use for a
period of one (1) year from the original purchase date or thirty (30) days after replacement, whichever occurs later. The warranty provider’s responsibility
with respect to this limited warranty shall be limited solely to repair or replacement, at the provider’s discretion, of any product that fails during normal
use of this product in its intended manner and in its intended environment. Inoperability of the product or part(s) shall be determined by the warranty
provider. If the product has been discontinued, the warranty provider reserves the right to replace it with a model of equivalent quality and function.
This warranty does not cover damage or defect caused by misuse, neglect, accident, alteration, abuse, improper installation or maintenance. EXCEPT
AS PROVIDED HEREIN, THE WARRANTY PROVIDER MAKES NEITHER ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES NOR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING
BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. This warranty provides you with
specific legal rights, and you may also have additional rights that vary from state to state.
To obtain warranty coverage, contact the Impact Customer Service Department to obtain a return merchandise authorization (“RMA”) number, and
return the defective product to Impact along with the RMA number and proof of purchase. Shipment of the defective product is at the purchaser’s own
risk and expense.
For more information or to arrange service, visit www.impactstudiolighting.com or call Customer Service at 212-594-2353.
Product warranty provided by the Gradus Group.
www.gradusgroup.com
Impact is a registered trademark of the Gradus Group. © 2016 Gradus Group LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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