Imaginant HR Digital Camera Quick Start Guide

Imaginant HR Digital Camera Quick Start Guide
Thank you for purchasing the Imaginant HR Digital Camera. The intent of this document is to get you up and running as quickly as possible. For a
detailed explanation of your cameras’ features and controls please refer to the Operator Manual and Demo Application Manual available on the CD.
Contents of this document:
1. What’s in the box
2. What’s NOT in the box
3. Requirements and Setup
4. Installing the HR Demo Application
5. Installing the HR Software Development Kit (SDK)
6. Using the camera with the HR Demo Application
7. Troubleshooting
1. What’s in the box?
The full package contains the following items:
Imaginant HR Digital Camera
Ethernet Cable
EC Declaration of Conformity
CD (contains Camera S/W, Manuals, FAQ files)
AC Line Cord
This Document
2. What’s NOT in the box?
An EF-style lens or a Gigabit Ethernet Card are NOT included. These can be purchased separately through Imaginant.
3. Requirements and Setup
Make sure your workstation has an Ethernet port, at least 256 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free hard disk space, and is running Windows 2000 or XP.
Attach EF style lens to the camera and mount the camera in the desired location.
Connect the Ethernet cable to the camera and to a dedicated Ethernet port set to IP address on your workstation. See the section
“Workstation Setup” in the Operator Manual for details on doing this.
Connect cables to the trigger inputs and strobe outputs (if desired).
Connect the AC power cord to the camera and turn on the camera power switch.
Blinking light activity on the camera Ethernet connector indicates that the camera is connected properly.
4. Installing the HR Demo Application:
Open the CD and expand into a folder on your workstation. The folder may be moved or copied as needed, but
always keep HR_Lib.dll in the same folder as HRDemo.exe.
You may make the usual Windows shortcuts to launch HRDemo.exe from the desktop, a different folder, or a menu.
Double click HRDemo.exe to launch the HR Camera Demo Application.
5. Installing the HR Software Development Kit (SDK):
Open the CD and expand into a folder. No installation is necessary. The files are arranged in folders so
SampleCode01.cpp can be compiled, linked, and run in debug mode without moving any files. SampleCode01.dsp is a Project file for Microsoft
Developer Studio, but the sample code can be compiled with any C++ compiler tool. Only one copy of HR_Lib.dll is provided, (In the Debug
folder). See HR_SDK_ProgrammersReferenceManual.pdf for further information.
6. Using the Camera with the HR Demo Application
With the camera powered up and the workstation properly set up, launch the HR Demo Application. A dialog box as seen below left will show any
cameras that are trying to connect.
To continue, click on the ‘Select Camera’button. The program will now display the ‘Camera Startup
Settings’dialog box. This dialog provides a way to specify camera settings. For most uses, the default
settings are fine, so simply press the ‘Open Camera’button.
At this point a new dialog box appears and will remain present as long as the camera is open. The
control panel seen below represents the camera.
Once the camera is opened, the dialog should look similar to the figure to the right. The ‘Camera Status’
box at the bottom should read ‘Camera Opened’
6a. Starting Preview Mode
Press the ‘P’button on the toolbar. The camera control panel will expand in size and a black and white preview image will appear. Use Preview
to setup a scene and to adjust focus and exposure parameters.
6b. Changing Camera Settings
Camera ISO, Shutter Time and FStop can be changed by editing their respective values. Lens Control Focus can be changed by editing its value
or by clicking on the arrow buttons. Whenever a value is changed, the ‘Apply’ button or ‘Enter’key must be pressed in order for the change to
take effect. If the camera is in preview mode, the change will be visible in the preview pane.
6c. Capturing an Image
PREVIEW MODE MUST BE TURNED OFF TO CAPTURE AN IMAGE. Click on the ‘Trigger’toolbar button (which looks like a finger
pressing a shutter button) to capture an image. A captured image will then be displayed and the user can save it to disk or close it, or simply
leave it on screen. If another image is captured, it will appear as a separate document.
6d. Saving Images
To save an image, simply select it and choose ‘Save’ or ‘Save As’ from the file menu. Images can be saved as JPEG or Windows BMP files.
6e. Other Features
Zooming and Navigating
In order to zoom in and see details, simply click on the image with the left mouse button. Clicking with the right mouse button will zoom out.
The ‘+’and ‘-‘keys on the keypad may be used for zooming as well.
Examining Pixel Values
The status bar in the lower right corner of the application will display the current pixel coordinates of the mouse pointer, and the code value of
the underlying pixel. The pixel at coordinates (0,0) is located at the upper left corner of the window.
Save and Load of Camera Settings
‘Save and Load Camera Settings’is a menu item for this purpose.
Automatic Repeat Triggering
A feature called ‘Auto Repeat Image Capture’is available in the camera menu. When enabled, when the transfer of an image is complete,
another will be triggered. It can be stopped via the ‘Stop Sign’toolbar button.
Max Num Image Documents
Each displayed image can use up to about 40 megabytes of system memory on your workstation. In order to limit the number of image
documents to avoid slow performance and crashes due to lack of memory use ‘Max Num Image Documents’to define the maximum number
of simultaneous open image documents. If another capture causes the number of open document to exceed the maximum, the oldest image
document is automatically closed. The image is not saved automatically unless Auto Save Collected Images is enabled, in which case the
image was saved before it was displayed.
Base Filename
The default filename for an image will be the base filename followed by the image sequence number, followed by the default file extension
for that type. For example, when the base filename is ‘img’, then the first image will have a default filename as img1.jpg.
Create Displayed Image Documents
If this option is enabled, image documents will be created when a capture completes. If Automatic Save Mode is enabled, the image will be
saved to disk, even though it will not be displayed. If Automatic Save Mode is not enabled, the image will be discarded after being captured.
Automatic Save Mode
When Automatic Save mode is engaged, the images are saved with their default names as soon as they become available. The image will be
saved even if the application is not displaying image documents because of another option. It can also be used in conjunction with Automatic
Repeat Triggering, but be careful not to run out of storage space on your workstation.
Camera Info
Enable ‘Camera Info’ to view the make, model and serial number of the camera, as well as the firmware version.
7. Troubleshooting
Camera Connection Problems
If the HR Camera Demo Application starts up normally, and the camera does not show up in the camera list after 30 seconds, then it is likely
there is a connection problem. Check that the camera has power. If it does and still no link lights are lit, check the Ethernet cable connections.
Normally, the camera forms a link, which then goes down again for a second or so, then the link comes back and the lights will start to blink
about once per second. No blinking lights mean the camera is not trying to connect. Verify the camera is connected to a dedicated network
card set to an IP of
Application Problems
If the camera menu is not present on your workstation monitor, click on the camera document to make it the active window. This will bring
the camera menu back, and will enable the camera toolbar buttons. If the trigger toolbar button is grayed out, check to make sure preview
mode is off.
We encourage you to let us know how your camera is operating and what applications you are imaging. Feel free to contact us
via e-mail at
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