Silent Image User`s Guide

Silent Image User`s Guide
Silent Image User Guide – April 2006
User Guide
Professional Edition
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Inside This Manual
Inside This Manual ..................................................................................................................................... 1
Getting Started ............................................................................................................................................ 1
Using Your Camera .................................................................................................................................... 2
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The Camera .............................................................................................................................................2
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Batteries ..................................................................................................................................................4
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CompactFlash® (CF) Cards.....................................................................................................................4
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Camera Maintenance and Performance...................................................................................................5
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Image Data ............................................................................................................................................10
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Image Storage and Naming ...................................................................................................................11
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Replacing the Date Battery ...................................................................................................................11
Changing Your Camera Settings............................................................................................................. 12
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Set Date & Time....................................................................................................................................14
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Triggers .................................................................................................................................................15
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Time Lapse............................................................................................................................................20
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Images ...................................................................................................................................................22
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CodeLoc ................................................................................................................................................23
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Saving Your Settings and Transferring Them to Your Camera ............................................................25
Viewing and Managing Your Images...................................................................................................... 26
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Manage Sites .........................................................................................................................................28
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Manage Locations .................................................................................................................................32
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Erase CF Card .......................................................................................................................................35
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Check Free Space..................................................................................................................................37
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Load New Images .................................................................................................................................37
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View Images..........................................................................................................................................42
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Favorites................................................................................................................................................48
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Search Images .......................................................................................................................................49
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Setup Keywords (for Tagging Images) .................................................................................................52
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Tag Images and Manage Image Data ....................................................................................................55
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Export Image Data ................................................................................................................................57
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Create Video..........................................................................................................................................58
Warranty and Safety Information........................................................................................................... 59
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Satisfaction Guarantee ..........................................................................................................................59
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Limited Warranty ..................................................................................................................................59
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Safety Precautions.................................................................................................................................60
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Preventing Malfunction.........................................................................................................................60
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Warnings ...............................................................................................................................................61
Troubleshooting and Technical Support ................................................................................................ 63
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Troubleshooting your Silent Image camera ..........................................................................................63
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Troubleshooting your MapView software ............................................................................................64
Copyright and Trademark Information ................................................................................................. 69
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Disclaimer
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this “User
Guide” is accurate and complete, no liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions.
RECONYX reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software
described herein at any time without prior notice.
RECONYX makes no warranties for damages resulting from corrupted or lost data due to a
mistake in operation or malfunction of the camera, the software, the CompactFlash® (CF)
cards, personal computers, or peripheral devices.
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Getting Started
Your RECONYX Silent ImageTM – Professional, Model PM35 (standard) or PM35T25
(telephoto) camera is a digital camera, infrared illuminator, and Passive InfraRed (PIR) motion
detector, all contained within a secure, rugged, and weather-resistant case. Also included with
your camera is “MapView Professional” software. Your Silent Image camera helps you get the
best possible pictures in the field, and “MapView” offers you the ability to geographically
organize and access your images, as well as selectively tag images with user-defined metadata
for later analysis.
Silent Image Camera
Silent Image – MapView Professional
This guide includes critical information on using your Silent Image camera, changing your
camera settings, viewing and managing your images, and warranty and safety information. In
addition to reading the Quick Start Guide (included with your camera) and camera operating
instructions (printed on the inside of the camera for easy reference in the field), we encourage
you to take some time to become familiar with the camera by reading the information about
batteries, CompactFlash® cards, camera maintenance and performance, Image Data, image
storage and naming, and replacing the date battery. A thorough understanding of your camera
and the “MapView” software will help you get the most value from your Silent Image system!
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Using Your Camera
„ The Camera
Front View
Inside View
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Bottom View
Carrying and Opening
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„ Batteries
Your Silent ImageTM camera comes with an eight-cell AA battery holder. Because camera
settings, animal activity, and temperature all vary, there is no way to precisely predict a camera’s
run time, the total number of images that can be taken, or the temperature at which the camera
will operate on any given set of batteries. Therefore the following table shows approximate
operating temperatures, run times, and number of images that can be taken with alkaline, nickelmetal hydride, and lithium AA batteries, and can be used as a guide in determining what type of
batteries will best suit your needs.
Note: Very high and very low temperatures adversely affect the performance of all types of batteries,
some more than others.
AA Battery Type
Operating Temperature
Run Time
Number of Images
Alkaline
(disposable)
20º F (-7º C) and up
1 – 2 weeks
Up to 40,000 or more
Nickel-Metal Hydride
(rechargeable)
-20º F (-29º C) and up
1 – 2 weeks
Up to 40,000 or more
Lithium
(non-rechargeable)
-40º F (-40º C) and up
3 – 4 weeks
Up to 80,000 or more
Warning! Do not mix battery types! You may run your Silent Image camera on Alkaline, NiMH,
or Lithium batteries – but you should never mix battery types! Damage to the camera can result
and your warranty may be voided if you do so.
C-Cell battery holders and are available from RECONYX if you require more capacity and
longer run times (see www.reconyx.com to order).
The new Silent Image – Professional Models PM35 (standard) and PM35T25 (telephoto), have
an external power jack that can be used with either a 12 volt battery or a 12 volt, 2 amp DC
power supply. External power cables are also available from RECONYX.
„ CompactFlash® (CF) Cards
The CompactFlash (CF) card is used to store the pictures your camera captures. These images
are transferred to your PC using MapView (see Load New Images). The CF card is also used to
change your camera’s settings (see Changing Your Camera Settings).
CompactFlash cards have various speeds and capacities. Larger capacity cards are capable of
storing more images. In general, a 256 MB card will hold about 5,000 images and a 2 GB card
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will hold about 40,000 images. The largest CF card you can use in your Silent Image camera is
2GB. Cards with higher speed ratings are capable of reading and writing (opening and storing)
images faster. This is advantageous when taking Rapid Fire NearVideoTM sequences of images
(see Triggers), as faster cards can store up to five images per second.
We recommend SanDisk® and Viking brand CF cards. We recommend you do not use LexarTM
media, as we have seen a fairly high failure rate with Lexar cards.
Important! Your CF card must be formatted FAT (not FAT32). To be sure that your CF cards
are properly formatted for your Silent Image camera, it is recommended that you always erase
your cards using MapView (see Erase CF Card), and also “erase” any new CF card prior to first
using it in the camera.
Inserting and Removing the CompactFlash® Card
„ Camera Maintenance and Performance
Keep the Camera Dry
A rechargeable desiccant packet is included with your Silent Image camera; this packet is used to
absorb any excess moisture that may inadvertently get into the camera when you are opening and
closing it in the field. Each time you open the camera in the field, it is recommended that you
check your desiccant packet to see if it needs to be recharged. When the desiccant begins to turn
pink, it is becoming saturated and needs to be recharged.
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You can recharge your desiccant packet by heating it in a microwave oven at 50% power for two
minutes – until the desiccant beads turn blue again. Important! Allow the desiccant to cool after
recharging to avoid injury when handling it.
Warning! Do not eat desiccant! (See Warnings.)
In extremely humid conditions the desiccant may achieve rapid saturation, reducing its
absorption capacity. If you notice that the desiccant needs recharging more and more frequently,
replace the desiccant pouch with a new one to assure that your camera is protected from excess
moisture. Replacement desiccant pouches are available from RECONYX (see
www.reconyx.com to order).
Never open the camera in the rain! Carefully wipe off any moisture on the outside of the camera
before opening the camera. Whether or not the outside of the camera appears dry, carefully wipe
the small crevice along the edges of the camera – especially the top edge – to prevent any
moisture trapped in this area from getting inside the camera when you open it.
Cleaning the Camera’s Lenses
There are three windows on the front of your Silent Image camera: the infrared illuminator (top),
the camera lens (middle), and the PIR motion detector lens (bottom). All three windows should
be gently cleaned as needed, using a soft cloth and lens cleaner. Be careful not to put too much
pressure on the lenses, and make sure that the cloth you use is clean; the camera lens window is
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glass and can crack if too much pressure is applied, and the illuminator and motion detector
windows will scratch if there is grit on the cleaning cloth.
Mounting the Camera
Your Silent Image camera can be mounted to a tripod or to a tree by using a bungee cord (as
shown in the following photos). It is highly recommended that you use a cable and lock to secure
your camera against possible theft at all times when it is in the field. Cables and locks are
available from RECONYX (see www.reconyx.com to order).
Note: Any locking system can be defeated and RECONYX makes no warranty as to whether its
cable lock system will actually stop a motivated thief.
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Aiming the Camera
For best results, your Silent Image camera should be placed where the sun is not shining directly
at the camera. Photographs taken when the sun is shining into the camera’s lens are often poor in
quality. The performance of the PIR motion detector can also be adversely affected if the sun is
shining directly into the lens, causing an increased number of false triggers.
The field of view of your Silent Image camera, infrared illuminator, and PIR motion detector are
all 40 degrees. The camera has a convenient walktest mode for you to make sure that your
camera is set up to detect motion in the area where you want to take pictures. When your camera
is in walktest mode, a red light flashes in the center of the infrared illuminator each time motion
is detected, allowing you to determine the camera’s precise field of view by walking in front of
the camera, and then adjusting the aim as needed.
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Your Silent Image camera uses a center weighted average for exposure control. This means that
the closer an object is to the center of the camera’s field of view, the better the exposure of that
object will be in the picture. When aiming your camera, consider where an animal is likely to be
when it trips the motion detector and try to get that area closest to the center of the frame. This is
especially important for night shots that rely on the infrared illuminator. In the following
example, the camera’s field of view is centered on some trees about 30 feet from the camera
(these trees, shown surrounded by a box in the picture, are well-illuminated), but the grouse on
the log in the foreground of the picture is overexposed. If the camera had been mounted slightly
higher and aimed more directly at the log (on which grouse were expected) much better images
could have been obtained.
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„ Image Data
Silent Image stores Image Data along with every picture it takes. Some of this information,
including date, time, trigger and sequence information, the infrared illuminator “flash” indicator,
moon phase, temperature, and camera label (see Images) is displayed in Image Data bands
above and below the image (the Image Data bands are added to the pictures taken by the camera
and do not cover any portion of the picture).
Phases of the moon displayed in the image bands include: (new moon), (waxing crescent),
(first quarter), (waxing gibbous), (full moon), (waning gibbous), (last quarter),
and (waning crescent). Any time the infrared illuminator is used, (the infrared illuminator
“flash” indicator) appears in the Image Data bands.
The information displayed in the Image Data bands is only a fraction of the information that’s
stored with each picture. Image Data includes all of the following information: General (trigger,
date, time, and infrared illumination), Settings (contrast, brightness, sharpness, and motion
sensor sensitivity), Environment (temperature, and light and battery levels), and Miscellaneous
(original filename, serial number, hardware number, firmware number, and more.)
In addition to the Image Data that the camera stores within each image, you can add your own
Image Data to your pictures using MapView. You can add user-defined Keywords (categories of
information, each with a list of possible values, that you set up for use with images; see Setup
Keywords), and Narrative (text that you add to images, up to 5,000 characters for each image).
Image Data can be viewed in its entirety using “MapView” (see Tag Images and Manage
Image Data).
All Image Data can be searched (see Search Images), so that you can find exactly what you’re
looking for, even in a large collection of images.
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„ Image Storage and Naming
Silent Image uses date and time settings (see Images), trigger settings and NearVideo sequence
numbers (see Triggers), and time lapse settings (see Time Lapse) to name your images.
Each time the camera is powered on and activated, a new image folder is created on the CF card
in the RECONYX folder. These image folders are named based on the date and a sequence
number. For example, the first folder created on April 1, 2006 would be named 20060401.000,
and the second folder created on that day would be 20060401.001.
Images stored in these folders are named using a trigger code (M=internal motion trigger,
E=external motion trigger, T=time lapse), trigger number, and the NearVideo sequence number.
For example, M0001103 was taken in response to the 11th motion trigger and was the 3rd
NearVideo image taken in response to this trigger.
„ Replacing the Date Battery
Your camera uses a lithium coin battery to power its internal clock. This battery should last for
several years. If the camera’s date settings are consistently lost, the battery charge is low and the
battery should be replaced with a generic BR1225 3-volt lithium coin battery. See
Troubleshooting and Technical Support for detailed information on replacing the date battery.
Important! Be especially careful to keep coin batteries out of the reach of children. Seek medical
assistance immediately if a child swallows a battery since corrosive battery fluids could damage
the stomach or intestinal wall.
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Changing Your Camera Settings
Your Silent ImageTM camera’s settings can all be adjusted from your personal computer using
the “Change Camera Settings” feature of “Silent Image – MapView Professional.” All of the
camera settings are stored on your CompactFlash (CF) card and are transferred to your camera as
soon as you insert the CF card in the camera and turn the camera on.
Once your settings are transferred they are retained by the camera – even when the camera is off
– so that you don’t need to use “Change Camera Settings” again unless you want to change the
settings. Your settings are also retained on your computer for future use, so that the next time
you select “Change Camera Settings” to adjust your settings, you see the settings you selected
instead of the factory defaults.
Note: Your CF card must be formatted FAT (not FAT32). If you are uncertain of the formatting of your
CF card, use “MapView” to erase the card (see Erase CF Card); erasing the card will also properly
format it for use with your camera.
To change your camera settings, insert your CF card into the card reader of your computer and
click the Change Camera Settings toolbar button in the upper middle section of “MapView.”
(To start “MapView,” move your mouse cursor over the “Silent Image – MapView Professional”
and double-click your left mouse button. Or, from the Microsoft
icon on your desktop
Windows Start menu, select Programs > RECONYX > Silent Image – MapView
Professional.)
“Change Camera Settings” opens, displaying four tabs.
On any tab in “Change Camera Settings:”
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To save the changes you’ve made to your camera’s settings and close “Change
Camera Settings,” click OK on any tab. You will be informed that your new settings
have been stored on your CF card, and that to use these settings in your camera, you
must insert the CF card in the camera and turn the camera on.
To close “Change Camera Settings” without saving your changes, click Cancel on
any tab.
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To set the camera’s date and time without closing “Change Camera Settings,” click
Set Date & Time. “Set Date & Time” opens. See Set Date & Time for detailed
instructions.
To restore the original RECONYX factory settings to all tabs without closing
“Change Camera Settings,” click Use Factory. You will be asked to confirm that you
want to erase any changes you’ve made.
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Select the tab that represents the camera settings you want to change:
Triggers – Select whether you want to use your camera’s internal motion trigger or an external
trigger, adjust the trigger sensitivity and advanced trigger settings, select the number of pictures
you want to take after a trigger occurs (the NearVideoTM sequence of images) and the number of
seconds to pause between pictures, set a quiet period (trigger delay), and set up a schedule
specifying on and off periods during the day/night when the camera will react to triggers.
Time Lapse – Select whether you want to take time lapse pictures, the number of minutes to
wait between pictures, and set up a schedule specifying on and off periods during the day/night
when the camera will be taking time-lapse images.
Images – Enter a camera label that will be stored in one of the Image Data bands on each picture
your camera takes, adjust brightness, contrast, and sharpness, and select the temperature scale
and type of hourly display your camera uses.
CodeLoc – Set a four-button CodeLocTM password sequence and specify whether or not it is
required to activate your camera.
„ Set Date & Time
You should only need to set the camera’s data and time in the following situations: the first time
you use the camera, when you’re switching to and from Daylight Savings Time, or the first time
you use the camera after replacing the camera’s date battery (see Replacing the Date Battery).
After you select Set Date & Time from any tab in “Change Camera Settings,” you will be asked
to confirm that you want to set the date and time since setting the date and time is only necessary
if the camera’s settings are incorrect.
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“Set Date & Time” opens.
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Enter the Time (hours and minutes) and select AM or PM.
Important! The hours and minutes you enter should be slightly ahead of the actual
time, because your camera will not update to the time you set until you insert the CF
card into the camera and turn the camera on.
Note: The hourly display that’s record in your Image Data can be set to 12 hours or 24
hours on the Images tab of “Change Camera Settings.”
Select the Date (month, day, and year).
Click OK to save your changes and close “Set Date & Time.” Click Cancel to close “Set Date &
Time” without saving your changes.
„ Triggers
Your Silent Image camera can be set to take pictures as a result of triggered events (motion
detected), either via the internal motion sensor or an external sensor.
After your Silent Image camera is activated by a trigger, it takes a NearVideoTM sequence of
images. You specify the number of pictures you want to take in a NearVideo sequence, and how
quickly you want the pictures to be taken. Your Silent Image camera is capable of taking pictures
at the rate of up to five frames per second continuously (Rapid Fire mode), although the speed at
which the images are saved to your CompactFlash (CF) card may vary depending on the type of
card you’re using (see CompactFlash® Cards). If you are using a slower CF card, your Rapid
Fire performance may be only two or three frames per second.
The NearVideo feature allows you to see more than just the animal that triggered the camera;
NearVideo sequences lets you see what the animal was doing and determine how long it was in
the camera’s field of view. Although your Silent Image camera can be set to take only one image
per trigger, it is generally advantageous to take three or more pictures per trigger to be sure that
you can clearly see the features of the animal from multiple angles as it moves within the
camera’s field of view.
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1. Select whether you want to Use the internal motion trigger (use the Silent Image internal
PIR motion sensor) or Use the external trigger (use an external trigger that’s connected to
the two-pin connector on the bottom of the Silent Image Professional camera; for more
information on external triggers see www.reconyx.com).
Note: Regardless of the type of sensor you select, your Silent Image camera uses InstaOnTM
technology to “wake-up” within a fraction of a second of sensing motion.
If you’re using an external sensor, skip to step 4.
2. To adjust the level of motion sensor sensitivity that you want to use, move your mouse cursor
over the marker on the Sensitivity slider bar, click and hold your left mouse button, drag the
marker to your desired level, and release the mouse button. There are five levels represented
on the Sensitivity slider bar, ranging from Low to High.
Note: The default sensitivity setting is High, but if you are experiencing false triggers, you may wish
to lower the sensitivity of the camera. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the camera’s internal
motion trigger in the field (see the camera operating instructions printed on the inside of the camera
for more information).
Tip: If you make an adjustment in the field (using the up and down arrows while in walktest mode),
this change in sensitivity will only be in effect as long as the camera is powered on. If you power the
camera down and then back up, the camera will then revert to the sensitivity setting you selected for it
using the CF card and the “Change Camera Settings” feature of “MapView.” Therefore, if you want
the camera to retain an altered sensitivity setting after the camera is powered down, you must make
that change using “Change Camera Settings.”
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3. To change the motion and time specifications that determine a trigger, click the Advanced
button.
“Advanced Trigger Settings” opens.
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To change the number of motion “pulses” that it takes to trigger the camera to
begin taking pictures, enter a number or use the arrow buttons to adjust the
Number of pulses required. A “pulse” occurs when an animal moves from zone
to zone within the PIR field of view. Pulses can be easily recognized and counted
while in walktest mode (see Aiming the Camera).
To change the number of seconds that the number of pulses you specified must
occur within to trigger the camera, enter the time in seconds or use the arrow
buttons to adjust the Number of seconds in which pulses must occur.
Click OK to save your changes and close “Advanced Trigger Settings.” Click Cancel to
close “Advanced Trigger Settings” without saving your changes.
Tip: If you are attempting to take pictures of larger animals, it’s sometimes helpful to increase the
number of pulses required for a trigger in order to avoid many “false” triggers that might occur from
smaller animals moving about. However, it’s recommended that you first try the camera with default
settings, and then adjust your camera settings as needed.
4. To change the number of NearVideo pictures taken after a trigger, enter the number of
pictures to take when triggered.
Note: The more pictures you take after a trigger and the less time you wait between pictures, the
better the quality of your NearVideo sequence. However, increasing the number of pictures taken
after a trigger increases the power used by your camera and increases your CF storage requirements.
Tip: The default (and minimum recommended) number of pictures to take in a NearVideo sequence is
three, but you can adjust the number of pictures taken after a trigger from 1 to 99.
5. To change the time the camera waits after taking one picture before taking another in a
NearVideo sequence, select whether to take pictures as fast as possible (i.e. RapidFire) or
select to wait a specific time between taking pictures and enter the waiting time in seconds.
Note: The default time that the camera waits between pictures is one second, but you can adjust the
time that the camera waits between pictures from 0.2 to 60 seconds. If you select the option to take
RapidFire pictures, the camera will take pictures as fast as it can save them to your CF card (this
speed may vary depending on the type of card you’re using; see CompactFlash® (CF) Cards). Fast
cards can save up to five frames per second.
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6. To change the Quiet Period (the time the camera will wait after a trigger before it “looks”
for another trigger), enter the time in seconds to wait between triggers. Silent Image’s
version of this “traditional” trigger delay feature includes many more options for setting the
trigger delay (one second to one hour delays are possible; set in increments of one second).
7. To restrict triggers based on the time of day, click the View Schedule button.
Note: The default trigger schedule is for the camera to be active 24 hours a day, taking pictures
according to your trigger settings, but you can use the trigger “Schedule” to set times when the trigger
feature of your camera is turned off.
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The trigger “Schedule” opens.
Note: The “Schedule” (accessible from the View Schedule button on the Triggers tab) specifies
times when the trigger feature of your camera is turned on or off. There is another “Schedule”
(accessible from the View Schedule button on the Time Lapse tab) that specifies times when the
time lapse functionality of your camera is turned on or off (see Time Lapse).
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Click the fifteen-minute blocks to change the setting from Camera on to Camera
off, or vice versa.
To select larger blocks of time, click and hold your left mouse button in the halfhour block you want to start with. While holding the mouse button, drag your
cursor down until the block of time you want is highlighted, and then release the
mouse button to change the setting from Camera on to Camera off, or vice
versa.
To quickly change the setting for all time blocks to Camera on, click All On.
To quickly change the setting of all time blocks to Camera off, click All Off.
Click OK to save your changes and close the trigger “Schedule.” Click Cancel to close the
trigger “Schedule” without saving your changes.
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„ Time Lapse
Your Silent Image camera can be set to take time-lapse sequences of images.
1. To use time lapse photography, check Use time lapse.
If you’re not using time lapse photography, un-check Use time lapse; no other settings are
required on this tab.
2. To select the time the camera waits after taking one time lapse picture before taking another,
enter the Time lapse interval and select whether that interval is in Hours, Minutes,
Seconds, or Milliseconds.
Note: The default time to wait between time lapse pictures is 5 minutes, but you can adjust the time to
wait between pictures in any of these ranges: 200-1500 milliseconds, 1-90 seconds, 1-90 minutes, or
1-24 hours.
3. To restrict time lapse based on the time of day, click the View Schedule button.
Note: The default time lapse schedule is for the camera to be active 24 hours a day, taking pictures
according to your time lapse interval, but you can use the time lapse “Schedule” to set times when the
time lapse feature of your camera is turned off.
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The time lapse “Schedule” opens.
Note: The “Schedule” (accessible from the View Schedule button on the Time Lapse tab) specifies
times when the time lapse feature of your camera is turned on or off. There is another “Schedule”
(accessible from the View Schedule button on the Triggers tab) that specifies times when the trigger
feature of your camera is turned on or off (see Triggers).
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Click the fifteen-minute blocks to change the setting from Camera on to Camera
off, or vice versa.
To select larger blocks of time, click and hold your left mouse button in the halfhour block you want to start with. While holding the mouse button, drag your
cursor down until the block of time you want is highlighted, and then release the
mouse button to change the setting from Camera on to Camera off, or vice
versa.
To quickly change the setting for all time blocks to Camera on, click All On.
To quickly change the setting of all time blocks to Camera off, click All Off.
Click OK to save your changes and close the time lapse “Schedule.” Click Cancel to close
the time lapse “Schedule” without saving your changes.
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„ Images
Your images automatically display some of the Image Data (information electronically stored
with your pictures) in Image Data bands above and below your pictures (see Image Data). Your
camera label, and the temperature and time that the picture was taken, are some of the
information that is displayed in the Image Data bands. You can specify the label, temperature
scale (Fahrenheit or Celsius), type of hourly display (12 hour or 24 hour) that will be used in
your Image Data, and whether or not a border is included for 4x6 prints. You can also adjust the
brightness, contrast, and sharpness of your pictures.
1. To add your own text to the Image Data, enter your Label.
Note: Your label can be a maximum of 20 characters and is added to the Image Data in all pictures
your camera takes. You can change your camera’s label at any time using “Change Camera Settings.”
Tip: You can use the Label to record your name or your organization’s name on images. Also, if you
have more than one camera, you can use the Label to record the location of the camera so that you
can tell where a picture was taken simply by viewing the picture.
2. To adjust the Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness levels that you want to use in your
pictures, move your mouse cursor over the marker on the corresponding slider bar, click and
hold your left mouse button, drag the marker to your desired level, and release the mouse
button.
Note: Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness default to optimal settings for most outdoor
photography. However, you can adjust these levels as needed. For example, you might adjust the
brightness and/or contrast levels in a location where morning sunlight is unavoidably direct.
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About adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness:
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Brightness is the amount of light in images. Pictures taken with higher brightness
levels contain greater amounts of light.
Contrast is the difference between dark and light tones in images. Pictures taken
with higher contrast levels have a greater difference between dark and light areas,
and fewer levels of gray between those areas.
Sharpness is the difference between edges and contours in images. Pictures taken
with higher sharpness levels show a greater difference between edges and
contours of shapes.
There are nine levels represented on the Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness slider bars,
ranging from Low to High.
3. To change the temperature scale your camera uses, select Fahrenheit or Celsius.
4. To change the hourly display your camera uses, select 12 hr or 24 hr.
5. To include a border for 4x6-inch prints, check Include border for 4x6 prints.
Note: If you intend to print your digital images as standard photographs (using a photofinishing
service), check Include border for 4x6 prints to prevent image cropping during the development
process. Your images will be scaled with a border to size them properly for 4x6-inch prints.
„ CodeLoc
CodeLoc™ is a theft deterrent since the fact that the Silent Image camera includes CodeLoc
password protection is printed on the front of the camera. If CodeLoc is enabled, the camera will
not function until the proper password is entered.
CodeLoc uses a four-digit password sequence that you select. The buttons you use to enter your
password sequence (shown surrounded by an oval in the following picture) are located along the
bottom edge of your Silent Image camera, under the operating instructions and to the left of the
power switch. These buttons are numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 for use when entering your CodeLoc
password.
Note: These buttons have additional uses in the field, and are also labeled for these purposes (see the
operating instructions for more information).
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Important! CodeLoc™ does not prevent theft; it only makes a stolen camera useless to the thief.
For this reason, RECONYX strongly recommends using a cable and lock to secure your camera
against possible theft at all times when the camera is in the field.
If your camera is stolen, you should notify us as soon as possible so that we can be on the
lookout for your camera; if the thief contacts us in an effort to get the camera working again, we
may be able to recover your camera and return it to you.
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1. To use a password sequence to activate your camera, check Use CodeLoc.
Tip: If you forget your CodeLoc password sequence, you can reset it using “Change Camera
Settings.” The CodeLoc password cannot be reset without Silent Image MapView software.
If you’re not using CodeLoc, un-check Use CodeLoc; no other settings are required on this
tab.
2. Enter or select a number from the list (1, 2, 3, or 4) for each of the following: First button to
push, Second button to push, Third button to push, and Fourth button to push.
To enter your CodeLoc password sequence, press the numbered buttons on your camera in
the order you selected. See the CodeLoc tab for an example.
„ Saving Your Settings and Transferring Them to Your Camera
When you have finished customizing all of the settings for your camera, click OK to save your
settings and close “Change Camera Settings.” Your CompactFlash (CF) card now contains your
camera’s new settings. The next time you turn on your camera with this CF card inserted, your
Silent Image camera will adjust its settings according to your customized changes.
Note: To view – without being able to change – the last settings you saved to a CF card, from the
Tools menu in “MapView,” select View Camera Settings. The settings you see when you use
View Camera Settings may or may not match the settings your Silent Image camera is currently
using, depending on whether the CF card that the settings were stored on has been used in your
camera.
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Viewing and Managing Your Images
“MapView Professional” is a complete image-handling system for pictures you take with your
Silent ImageTM camera. You can organize (by site and location), view, and search any or all of
your images. You can also erase your CompactFlash® (CF) card (see Erase CF Card) and
change your camera’s settings (see Changing Your Camera Settings) from “MapView.”
To view and manage your images, move your mouse cursor over the “Silent Image – MapView
Professional” icon on your desktop
and double-click your left mouse button. Or, from the
Microsoft Windows Start menu, select Programs > RECONYX > Silent Image – MapView.
“MapView” opens.
“MapView” is divided into three sections. The left section includes Site, Camera Location, and
CF Card Task Pane menus. The top right section includes the Silent Image Site Map. The
bottom right section includes camera locations in the current site. Standard drop-down menus
appear across the top, along with “MapView” and site toolbar buttons to quickly perform
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common tasks like loading new images, changing your camera’s settings, viewing favorite
images, placing camera markers on site maps, and viewing images at a site.
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Task Pane menus can be expanded or contracted. To contract a menu, click the
contract button
to the right of the menu name. To expand a menu, click the
expand button.
Note: When a Task Pane menu is contracted, the expand button replaces the contract
button, and vice versa.
The size of the left and bottom sections of “MapView” can be adjusted. Move your
mouse cursor over the dividing line between the sections, and when you see the
cursor change to a double-headed arrow, click and hold your left mouse button. Then
move the dividing line and release your mouse button when the sections are the sizes
you want them. You can also adjust sizes of the right section of the “Load New
Images Wizard” (see Load New Images), and the left sections of “Location Viewer”
(see View Images) and “Site/Location Search” (see Search Images).
The left and bottom sections of “MapView” can be hidden or displayed (hiding
sections provides more room to display site maps; see Manage Sites). To hide a
section, click the section hide button in the middle of the dividing line between
sections.
To display a section, click the section display button in
the middle of the line along the edge of “MapView.”
You can also
display and hide the right section of the “Load New Images Wizard” (see Load New
Images), and the left sections of “Location Viewer” (see View Images) and
“Site/Location Search” (see Search Images).
Note: When a section is hidden, the section display button replaces the section hide button, and
vice versa. Buttons shown in the preceding examples are for the bottom section. The left section
(Task Pane) is hidden and displayed using a similar, vertical button in the middle of the dividing
line between sections (the vertical button is bounded by arrows pointing left or right, depending
on whether the section can be hidden or displayed, respectively).
Tip: The Task Pane can also be hidden by un-checking Task Pane on the View drop-
down menu; the Task Pane can be displayed by checking Task Pane on the View dropdown menu.
Select the task that you want to perform:
Manage Sites – Select a site (property or area where you set up your camera in one or more
locations) to work with, rename and delete sites, search images in a site, add a site map and place
or remove camera markers, and add new sites.
Manage Locations – Select a location (specific spot within a site where you set up your camera)
to work with, rename and delete locations, view images stored in a location, load new images
into a location, create new locations, and place or remove camera markers representing locations
on a site map.
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Erase CF Card – Format new CF cards to prepare them for use, and erase used cards to quickly
delete old images.
Check Free Space – Check your CF card for free space.
Load New Images – Load (copy) any or all images from your CF card to your computer. You
can also load images from one folder on your computer into any of your sites and locations. An
image viewer for previewing images before you load them is included in the “Load New Images
Wizard.”
View Images – View images that you’ve loaded onto your computer. You can also copy images
to your “favorites,” save images to another folder, export image data, move or copy images from
one location to another, and delete images using the “Viewer.”
Favorites – Add your “favorite” images to a folder for easy reference across sites and locations.
You can use “MapView” to open this folder and order prints online, copy images to a CD, e-mail
photos, and more.
Search Images – Search Image Data of all images in a site (including all locations in the site),
or search the Image Data of all images in a location.
Setup Keywords (for Tagging Images) – Create searchable keywords and specify a list of
values that can be selected and stored with an image’s Image Data. For example, values for a
Species keyword might include Fox, Coyote, Raccoon, Opossum, and Skunk.
Tag Images and Manage Image Data – Add or edit keyword or narrative Image Data, and
view all Image Data stored with an image.
Export Image Data – Export Image Data for selected images in comma separated value (CSV)
file. Exported data includes all system image data along with user defined Keyword data and any
descriptive narrative added to the images.
Create Video – Use any of the images you’ve stored in a location to create a video clip.
„ Manage Sites
Use the Site drop-down menu at the top of “MapView” to select the current site, rename a site,
delete a site, search images for a site, load a site map, place a camera marker, and create a new
site. You can also use the Site Task Pane menu in the left section of “MapView” to perform
many of these tasks (these and other alternate instructions, where available, are also included in
this user guide).
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1. To select an existing site to work with (the current site), from the Site drop-down menu,
select Current Site, and then choose the site you want to work with from the list that
appears. Or, in the Site Task Pane menu, Choose a site from the drop-down list.
2. To rename the current site, from the Site drop-down menu, select Rename Current. Or, in
the Site Task Pane menu, click Rename site.
“Rename Site” opens.
Enter the new Name for your site.
Click OK to change the name of your site and close “Rename Site.” Click Cancel to close
“Rename Site” without changing the name of your site.
3. To delete the current site, from the Site drop-down menu, select Delete Current. Or, in the
Site Task Pane menu, click Delete site.
Important! When you delete a site, all images in all camera locations for that site are
deleted. You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the current site. Click Yes to
delete the site. Click No to keep the site and cancel the deletion process.
Note: You must have at least one site in “MapView” (if you have only one site, you cannot delete that
site).
4. To search the images in the current site, from the Site drop-down menu, select Search Site.
Or, click the Search Site toolbar button.
“Site Search” opens (where Site is the name of your current site). Searches that you perform
in this search window will search all images in the current site. See Search Images for
detailed instructions on searching your images.
5. To add a site map to the current site (for display in the top right section of “MapView”), from
the Site drop-down menu, select Load Map. Or, in the Site Task Pane menu, click Load a
new map.
Tip: You can also click the Load a new map toolbar button.
Important! When you load a map, all camera markers for that site will be deleted, although
no images will be lost. You will be asked to confirm that you want to load a new map for the
current site. Click Continue to load a new map, and proceed to browse to the map or aerial
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photograph you want to display for the current site. Click Cancel to keep the current map
and cancel the deletion process.
Tip: When you’re asked to confirm that you want to load a new map for the current site, you
can also access information to help you obtain maps from Microsoft TerraServer website.
Click Help me find a map of my land to view instructions for downloading public domain
aerial photos and topographical maps from TerraServer.
Once you’ve selected a site map, you can Place Camera Markers on the map to represent
locations in the site (see Manage Locations).
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Tip: Because a site map can be any .BMP, .GIF, or .JPG image, it has many uses beyond presenting
spatial orientation using an actual map. For example, you could create a “study map” – a table of
information detailing a study design – and use it as a site map. This technique can be particularly
useful in wildlife research studies, as the following example illustrates:
To create and use a table as a background image (site map) in “MapView:”
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In any spreadsheet/database program, create the table you want to use as a site
map.
Capture an image of your table by simultaneously pressing the Alt and Print
Screen keys on your keyboard.
Open any image-viewing software (such as Microsoft Paint), and simultaneously
press the Ctrl and V keys on your keyboard to paste an image of your table into
the image-viewing program.
Save this image as a .BMP, .GIF, or .JPG file and assign it as a site map in
“MapView” (see Manage Sites).
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6. To create a new site, from the Site drop-down menu, select Add Site. Or, in the Site Task
Pane menu, click Create a new site.
“Create a New Site” opens.
Enter the Name of your new site.
Click OK to create your new site and close “Create a New Site.” Click Cancel to close
“Create a New Site” without creating a new site.
„ Manage Locations
Note: Locations displayed in the Location drop-down menu, the Camera Location Task Pane
menu, and Camera locations in the bottom section of “MapView” are for the current site (see
Manage Sites).
Use the Location drop-down menu at the top of “MapView” to select the current location,
rename a location, delete a location, search images for a location, view images for a location,
load new images from your CF card or another directory into a location, and add a new location.
You can also use the Camera Location Task Pane menu in the left section of “MapView” to
perform many of these tasks (these and other alternate instructions, where available, are also
included in this user guide).
If the current site includes a map (see Manage Sites), you can place and remove camera markers
to represent your camera locations on the map.
1. To select a different location to work with (the current location), from the Location dropdown menu, select Current Location and then choose the location you want to work with
from the list that appears. Or, in the Camera Locations Task Pane menu, Choose a location
from the list.
Tip: You can also click the location you want to work with from the Camera locations displayed in
the bottom section of “MapView” to make it the current location. Or, if the location you want to work
with is associated with a camera marker, you can also click the marker of the location that you want
to select.
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2. To rename the current location, from the Location drop-down menu, select Rename
Current.
Tip: You can also click the Other button in the “Camera locations” (bottom) section of “MapView”
and from the menu that appears, select Rename Location.
“Rename Location” opens.
Change the Name of the location.
Click OK to save your changes and close “Rename Location.” Click Cancel to close
“Rename Location” without saving your changes.
3. To delete the current location, from the Location drop-down menu, select Delete Current.
Tip: You can also click the Delete button in the “Camera locations” (bottom) section of “MapView.”
Important! When you delete a location, all images in that location are deleted. You will be
asked to confirm that you want to delete the current location. Click Yes to delete the location.
Click No to keep the location and cancel the deletion process.
4. To search the images in the current location, from the Location drop-down menu, select
Search Images. Or, in the Camera Location Task Pane menu, click Search images.
Tip: You can also click the Other button in the bottom right corner of “MapView,” and from the
menu that appears, select Search Location.
“Location Search” opens (where Location is the name of your current location); this will
search all images in the current location. See Search Images for detailed instructions.
5. To view images for the current location, from the Location drop-down menu, select View
Images. Or, in the Camera Location Task Pane menu, click View Images. See View
Images for detailed instructions.
Tip: You can also click the View Images at Location toolbar button (where Location is the name of
the current location).
6. To place a camera marker, from the Site drop-down menu, check Place Camera Marker.
Or, click the Place Camera Marker toolbar button.
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Note: When your mouse cursor looks like a green map pin , “Place Camera Marker” appears any
time you click on the site map. Your mouse cursor will automatically switch back to
“standard” after you place your marker, or cancel the marker-placing process.
Tip: Once you place a marker on a map, it appears as a green map pin with a red center. You can
change locations by clicking the marker of the location you want to select. The selected marker has a
blue background.
“Place Camera Marker” opens.
Select whether you want to Create a new camera location (and enter the Name of the new
location), or Associate with an existing camera location (and select the location from the
list of Camera Locations that are not yet marked on the site map).
Click OK to place the camera marker for this location and close “Place Camera Marker.”
Click Cancel to close “Place Camera Marker” without adding a camera marker.
7. To load new images into the current location, from the Location drop-down menu, select
Load New Images, and then select where you’re loading images from (From CF Card or
From Another Folder). See Load New Images for detailed instructions.
Tip: The “Load New Images Wizard” includes an image viewer; you will be able to examine your
images before deciding which – if any – you want to load on to your computer.
8. To remove the current site’s camera marker from the map, move your mouse cursor over the
marker, click your right mouse button, and from the menu that appears, select Remove
Camera Marker. Or, click the Other button in the in the bottom right corner of
“MapView,” and from the menu that appears, select Remove Camera Marker.
Tip: The Other button in the bottom right corner of “MapView” includes the same menu options that
appear when you move your mouse cursor over a camera marker on the “Silent Image Site Map” and
click your right mouse button: View Images, Load New Images, Search Location (see Search
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Images), and Remove Camera Marker. These menu options are also available when you move your
mouse cursor over a Camera location (listed in the bottom section of “MapView”) and click your
right mouse button (Remove Camera Marker is not available for locations which are not marked on
the map.)
If you want to move the current site’s camera marker from one position on the map to
another, you must first remove the existing camera marker for the current site (use Remove
Camera Marker) and then place a new camera marker and associate it with the site (use
Place Camera Marker).
9. To create a new location, from the Location drop-down menu, select Add Location.
Tip: You can also click the Add button in the bottom right corner of “MapView.”
“Add Location” opens.
Enter the Name of the location you’re adding.
Click OK to create your new location and close “Add Location.” Click Cancel to close “Add
Location” without creating a new location.
„ Erase CF Card
Your CompactFlash (CF) card must be formatted FAT (not FAT32) for use with your Silent
Image camera and software. If you are uncertain of the formatting of your CF card, use
“MapView” to erase the card; erasing the card also properly formats it for use with your camera.
Note: You must have permissions set on your computer to allow you to format removable media. If you
cannot format CF cards using “MapView,” check with computer technical support personnel to be sure
you have permissions set properly. Troubleshooting and Technical Support also includes instructions
for how to set up formatting privileges.
Tip: If you are using a laptop computer, consider a PCMCIA adapter card for accessing CF cards as they
are more convenient than USB card readers.
Erasing a used card after you’ve loaded the images you want to save onto your computer is a
much quicker method of clearing the card than deleting the images is. Options for erasing your
CF card are available in the “Load New Images Wizard” (see Load New Images).
Although all information on a CF card is deleted when you erase the card, you can restore your
camera settings by using “Change Camera Settings” because the last settings you used in
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“Change Camera Settings” are retained on your computer for future use. However, unless you
want to change your camera settings, you do not need to use “Change Camera Settings” again,
even after erasing your CF card, since your Silent Image camera also retains the last settings you
used.
To erase your CF card:
1. Insert the card in your computer’s CF card reader and from the Tools drop-down menu,
select CF Card, and then select Erase (Format). Or, in the CF Card Task Pane menu, click
Erase CF card.
Tip: You can also click the Erase CF card toolbar button.
Note: Erasing a CF card will delete all images and other information on the card. You will be asked
to confirm that you want to erase the card. Click Yes to erase the card. Click No to cancel the process.
2. Erasing is completed automatically.
Your Silent Image camera’s settings are changed by the information stored on your CF card
(see Changing Your Camera Settings).
To change your camera’s settings, from the Tools menu, select Change Camera Settings.
Or, in the CF Card Task Pane menu, click Change camera settings.
Tip: You can also click the Change Camera Settings toolbar button in the upper middle section of
“MapView.”
To view – without being able to change – the last settings you saved to a CF card, from the
Tools menu, select View Camera Settings.
Note: The settings you see when you use View Camera Settings may or may not match the settings
your Silent Image camera is currently using, depending on whether the CF card that the settings
were stored on has been used in your camera.
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„ Check Free Space
You can check your compact flash card for free and used space.
To check the free space available on your CF card:
1. Insert the card into your computer’s CF card reader and from the Tools drop-down menu,
select CF Card, and then select Check Free Space. Or, in the CF Card Task Pane menu,
click Check free space.
2. “Memory Card Status” opens.
The compact flash card is displayed as a lettered drive with available free space displayed as
a percent.
„ Load New Images
The process of loading new images is automated by the “Load New Images Wizard.” The way
that you start the “Load New Images Wizard” depends on if you know where you want to load
the images, or if you want to choose the site and location where you want to load the images
after you select the specific images you want to load.
Note: The “Load New Images Wizard” includes an image viewer; you will be able to examine your
images before deciding which – if any – you want to load on to your computer.
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If you want to load new images into the current site and location, click the arrow at
the right of the View/Load New Images toolbar button (located above the Task Pane
menus) and from the menu that appears, select the location you’re loading images
from: From CF Card or From Another Folder.
Tip: If you’re loading images from your CF card and you want to load new images to the current
site and location, you can also click the View/Load New Images toolbar button itself (not the
arrow). Or, from the Tools drop-down menu, select CF Card, and then select Load New Images.
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If you want to load new images into a different location within the current site, select
the location you want in Camera locations (in the bottom section of “MapView”)
and then click the Other button in the bottom right corner of “MapView.” Then, from
the menu that appears, select Load New Images, and then select From CF Card or
From Another Folder.
Note: You can also move your mouse cursor over the location in Camera locations and click
your right mouse button. From the menu that appears, select Load New Images, and then select
From CF Card or From Another Folder.
Tip: If the location you want to load new images into is marked on the site map, you can move
your mouse cursor over the location’s camera marker and click your right mouse button to access
the same menu options as when you use the Other button (see preceding note).
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If you want to decide the site and location you want to load new images into after you
select the specific images you’re going to load, from the Location drop-down menu,
select Load New Images, and then select the location you’re loading images from:
From CF Card or From Another Folder.
Note: If you’re loading images from your CF card and you want to decide the site and location
you want to load images into after you select the images you’re going to load, in the CF Card
Task Pane menu, select View/Load new images.
On screens within the wizard:
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Click Erase CF Card to remove all images from the card (see Erase CF Card).
Note: This button is not available when you’re loading new images from another folder.
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Click Back to return to the previous screen in the wizard.
Click Next to advance to the next screen in the wizard.
Click Finish to close the wizard after image loading is complete.
Click Cancel to close the wizard without loading any images.
1. If you’re loading new images from a CF card, the “Load New Images Wizard” displays the
“Choose Source Folder(s)” screen.
Select the folder or folders on your CF card that you want to load images from. As you make
your selection(s), a preview of the first image in the selected folder appears at the right. Click
Next to continue.
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To select an individual folder for loading, click the checkbox to the left of the
folder’s name (so that a checkmark appears in the box). To un-select a folder,
click the checkbox to the left of the folder’s name (so that no checkmark appears
in the box).
To quickly check all folders for loading, click Check All.
To quickly un-check all folders (so that no folders are selected for loading), click
Un-Check All.
If you’re loading new images from another folder on your computer, the “Load New Images
Wizard” displays “Browse for Folder.” Select the folder you’re loading images from and
click OK.
2. The “Load New Images Wizard” displays the “Choose Images” screen. Images within the
available source folder(s) are displayed.
Select the image or images that you want to load. As you make your selection(s), the
Checked/Total in the center of the screen above the image viewer updates the number of
images you’ve checked, and also displays the total number of images available for loading.
Click Next to continue.
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The image viewer is divided into two sections: thumbnail images on the left, and an enlarged
view of the current thumbnail on the right. The right section can be hidden or displayed.
Note: You can adjust the size of the right section of the image viewer, and hide or display this section
as well (see Viewing and Managing Your Images).
At any time when the image viewer is open (with the enlarged image section displayed or
hidden):
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To select an individual image for loading, click the checkbox to the left of the
image (so that a checkmark appears in the box). To un-select an image, click the
checkbox to the left of the image (so that no checkmark appears in the box).
To mark all images in a sequence, click the first image you want to load (not the
image’s checkbox). Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, click the last
image in the sequence you want to select, and then release the Shift key. All of
the image names from the first image you clicked to the last image you clicked
are highlighted. Click the checkbox of any highlighted image to select all of the
highlighted images for loading (or click Check Selected Images). You can uncheck a sequence of selected images in the same way.
To quickly select all images for loading, click Check All.
To quickly un-select all images (so that no images are marked for loading), click
Un-Check All.
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When the image viewer’s enlarged image section is displayed:
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To select the current image for loading, check the Checked checkbox under the
enlarged image. To un-select the current image for loading, un-check the
Checked checkbox under the enlarged image.
To display the first image from each NearVideo sequence of images (hiding the
rest), check the Show only first image of each NearVideo sequence checkbox.
To display all images from each NearVideo sequence, un-check the Show only
first image of each NearVideo sequence checkbox.
Note: Only images taken using the internal or external motion sensors (see Triggers) are
affected by this setting. Images taken using time lapse settings (see Time Lapse) are not
displayed when Show only first image of each NearVideo sequence is checked.
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To view the previous image, click the Previous Image button.
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To view the next image, click the Next Image button.
To view the images in a slideshow (automatically advancing display), click the
Start Slide Show button.
You can adjust the speed of the display by clicking Slow, Med(ium), or Fast, as
desired. Click Stop Slide Show at any time after the slideshow begins to stop it.
Tip: Clicking the displayed image will also stop the slideshow.
Note: When the slideshow is playing, the Stop Slide Show button replaces the Start Slide
Show button, and vice versa.
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To view image data for the current image, click view image data button (above
the upper right corner of the enlarged image).
Note: You can view image data when you’re using the image viewer in the “Load New
Images Wizard,” but you cannot edit it. See Tag Images and Manage Image Data to add,
edit, or delete image data.
3. If you started the “Load New Images Wizard” using the View/Load New Images toolbar
button or the Tools drop-down menu option for loading images, the “Load New Images
Wizard” displays the “Choose Camera Location” screen.
Select the Site and Location where you want to load the images you selected. If you want to
load the images you selected into a new location, select the Site where you want the new
location and click Add a new location.
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“Add Location” opens.
Enter the Name of the location you’re adding.
Click OK to create your new location and close “Add Location.” Click Cancel to close “Add
Location” without creating a new location.
Click Next to continue.
If you started the “Load New Images Wizard” using another method, skip to step 4.
4. The “Load New Images Wizard” displays the “Summary” screen. The total number of
images you’ve selected to load and the folders from and to which you’re loading those
images are displayed for your review. Click Next to continue.
Tip: If you’re loading new images from a CF card and want to erase the card after the images you
selected are loaded onto your computer, check Erase card after saving images. This option is not
available if you’re loading new images from another folder.
5. The “Load New Images Wizard” displays the “Copying Images” screen. The progress of
copying the images you selected is displayed and you will be notified when the process is
complete. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
Note: Errors, if any, are listed after the process is complete. See Troubleshooting and Technical
Support.
„ View Images
You can view images that you haven’t loaded from your CompactFlash® (CF) card onto your
computer using the image viewer that’s included in the “Load New Images Wizard” (see Load
New Images). You can also view images that you’ve already loaded onto your computer. The
Silent Image “Viewer” behaves similarly to the image viewer that’s included in the “Load New
Images Wizard,” but includes many additional features, such as the ability to print images and
create videos from images, search images, and copy images as favorites (see Favorites).
Note: When you view images, images are displayed from the current site and location. Before beginning
the viewing process, select the site (see Manage Sites) and location (see Manage Locations) you want to
view images for.
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To open the “Viewer:”
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To view images in the current site and location, from the Location drop-down menu,
select View Images. Or, in the Camera Location Task Pane menu, click View
images. Or, in the Location toolbar, click the View Images at Location button
(where Location is the name of the current location).
Tip: You can also view images from any Camera location by moving your mouse cursor over
that location in the list at the bottom of “MapView” and double-clicking your left mouse button,
or by selecting the Camera location and clicking the Other button (select View Images from the
menu that appears). And, if the location is marked on the site map, you can move your “standard”
mouse cursor over the camera marker, click your right mouse button, and from the menu that
appears, select View Images.
The viewer window opens.
The title of the viewer is “Location Viewer” (where Location is the name of the current
location), and images in this viewer are for this location only.
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The viewer is divided into two sections: available images (thumbnail or detail view styles) on the
left, and an enlarged view of the current list on the right. The left section can be hidden or
displayed (hiding this section displays the enlarged image only).
Images can be listed in thumbnail view (by image name, with a reduced-size version of the image
also displayed) or detail view (by image name):
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To list your images in detail view, select Detail for the View Style at the top of the
left section of the viewer, or from the View drop-down viewer menu, select Detail.
To list your images in thumbnail view, select Thumbnail for the View Style, or from
the View drop-down menu, select Thumbnail.
Note: You can adjust the size of the left section of the viewer, and hide or display this section as well (see
Viewing and Managing Your Images).
To move through the images in this location, use the navigation buttons underneath the enlarged
image display.
1. To view any image in the right section of the viewer in enlarged view, click the image you
want in the list. This image is the current image.
2. To display the first image from each NearVideo sequence of images (hiding the rest), check
the Show only first image of each NearVideo sequence checkbox. To display all images
from each NearVideo sequence, un-check the Show only first image of each NearVideo
sequence checkbox.
Note: Only images taken using the internal or external motion sensors (see Triggers) are affected by
this setting. Images taken using time lapse settings (see Time Lapse) are not displayed when Show
only first image of each NearVideo sequence is checked.
3. To display the image before the current image, click the Previous Image button.
Tip: You can also use the left arrow key on your keyboard to switch to the previous image.
4. To display the image after the current image, click the Next Image button.
Tip: You can also use the right arrow key on your keyboard to switch to the next image.
5. To view the images in a slideshow (automatically advancing display), click the Start Slide
Show button.
You can adjust the speed of the automatic display by clicking Slow, Med(ium), or Fast, as
desired. Click Stop Slide Show at any time after the slideshow begins to stop it.
Tip: Clicking the displayed image will also stop the slideshow.
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Note: When the slideshow is playing, the Stop Slide Show button replaces the Start Slide Show
button, and vice versa.
6. To print the current image, from the File drop-down menu, select Print.
Tip: You can also click the Print toolbar button.
7. To create a video from a series of images, select the images you want to include in the video
and from the File drop-down menu, select Create Video. See Create Video for more
information.
Tip: You can also click the Create Video toolbar button.
8. To view, add to, or edit the current image’s Image Data, from the Image drop-down menu,
select Image Data. “Add/Edit Image Data” opens. See Tag Images and Manage Image
Data for more information.
Tip: You can also click the Image Data toolbar button.
9. To search the images, click the Search Location toolbar button.
“Location Search” opens (where Location is the name of the current location). Searches that
you perform in this search window will search all images in the current location. See Search
Images for more information.
A “MultiViewer” is also available to display two, three, or four images at the same time.
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To select two, three, or four images that are all adjacent to one another in the list of
available images, move your mouse cursor over the first image you want to select and
click your left mouse button. Then, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.
While holding the Shift key, move your mouse cursor over the last image you want to
select and click your left mouse button.
To select two, three, or four images that are not adjacent to one another in the list of
available images, move your mouse cursor over any one of the images you want to
select and click your left mouse button. Then, press and hold the Ctrl key on your
keyboard. While holding the Ctrl key, move your mouse cursor over another image
that you want to select and click your left mouse button, repeating until all the images
you want to view are selected.
From the View drop-down menu, select Side By Side. The “MultiViewer” opens with
the selected images displayed.
Note: You can have multiple MultiViewers open at the same time.
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The “Viewer” also includes options for copying images to your favorites, saving images to
another folder on your computer, exporting image data, moving or copying images to another
location, and deleting images. All of these tasks can be performed on an individual image (the
current image) or on multiple images.
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To select multiple images that are all adjacent to one another in the list of available
images, move your mouse cursor over the first image you want to select and click
your left mouse button. Then, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. While
holding the Shift key, move your mouse cursor over the last image you want to select
and click your left mouse button. All images listed between the first image you
clicked and the last image you clicked are selected.
To select multiple images that are not adjacent to one another in the list of available
images, move your mouse cursor over any one of the images you want to select and
click your left mouse button. Then, press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
While holding the Ctrl key, move your mouse cursor over another image that you
want to select and click your left mouse button, repeating until all the images you
want are selected.
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1. To copy the selected image(s) to your favorites, from the File drop-down menu, select Copy
Image(s) to Favorites. The image is copied into your Favorites folder.
Tip: You can also click the Copy to Favorites toolbar button.
Note: To view your favorite images, see Favorites.
2. To save the selected image(s) into another folder on your computer, from the File drop-down
menu, select Save Image(s) to and browse to the folder you want to save the image(s) in.
3. To export the Image Data for the selected image(s) (in a .CSV file), from the Image dropdown menu, select Export Image Data, browse to the folder you want to save the exported
file in, and enter the file name you want to give the exported data.
4. To remove the selected image(s) from this location and put it in another location, from the
Image drop-down menu, select Move to Another Camera Location.
“Move to location” opens.
Select the Site and Location where you want to move the selected image(s).
Click OK to move the image(s) and close “Move to location.” Click Cancel to close “Move
to location” without moving the image(s).
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5. To copy the selected image(s) and put the copy(ies) in another location, from the Image
drop-down menu, select Copy to Another Location.
“Copy to location” opens.
Select the Site and Location where you want to copy the selected image(s).
Click OK to copy the image(s) and close “Copy to location.” Click Cancel to close “Copy to
location” without copying the image(s).
6. To delete the selected image(s), from the Image drop-down menu, select Delete. You will be
asked to confirm that you want to delete the image. Click Yes to delete the image(s). Click
No to keep the image(s) and cancel the deletion process.
Tip: Several of the menu options in the File and Image drop-down menus in the “Viewer” are also
available when you move your mouse cursor over a thumbnail or detail image name in the list of images
on the left side of the viewer window and click your right mouse button: Image Data, Print, Create
Video, Copy Image(s) to Favorites, Save Image(s) To, and Delete.
„ Favorites
You can add your “favorite” images (images that you want be able to reference quickly, across
locations and even across sites) so that you can open the “My Favorite RECONYX Images
Viewer” and view all your favorite images together. You can also access the folder that contains
your favorites and use Microsoft Windows options to order prints online, copy images to a CD,
e-mail photos, and more.
Note: You can add images to your Favorites folder from any “Viewer” that you’re looking at the images
in (see View Images).
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1. To view your favorites, from the Favorites drop-down menu, select View Favorite Images.
Or, click the View Favorite Images toolbar button.
The “My Favorite RECONYX Images Viewer” opens. This viewer operates the same as any
other Silent Images Viewer, but instead of displaying images by site or location, it displays
only your favorites.
2. To open your Favorites folder, from the Favorites drop-down menu, select Open Favorites
Folder. The My Favorite RECONYX Images folder opens, including a Pictures Tasks task
panel menu on the left side. Select the images you want to work with and the tasks you want
to perform.
Note: Certain tasks do not appear in the list of task panel menus until you select one or more images.
For example, E-mail this file (or E-mail the selected items if you’ve selected multiple images) does
not appear in File and Folder Tasks until you select an image or images.
„ Search Images
You can search Image Data of all images in a site (including all locations in the site), or search
the Image Data of all images in a location. The Silent Image “Search” is the same in both cases.
Note: When you search images, images in your search results are displayed from the current site or
current location. Before beginning the search process, select the site (see Manage Sites) or location (see
Manage Locations) you want to search.
The way that you start the “Search” from within “MapView” depends on whether you want to
search an entire site or a specific location within a site.
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To search all images in the current site, click the Search Site toolbar button.
Or, from the Site drop-down menu, select Search Site.
To search all images in the current location, from the Location drop-down menu,
select Search Images. Or, in the Camera Location Task Pane menu, click Search
images.
Tip: You can also click the Other button in the bottom right corner of “MapView,” and from the
menu that appears, select Search Location.
You can also start a search from within the “Viewer” (see View Images).
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The search window opens.
The title of the search window is “Site Search” (where Site is the name of the current site) if
you’re searching images in all locations in the current site, and “Location Search” (where
Location is the name of the current location) if you’re searching images from the current
location. Images that you find in searches in this window are from the current site or current
location only, as noted in the title of the window.
Note: In site searches, you can choose to limit your search to locations within the site using the Location
Filter. In location searches, you can only search the location you selected.
Note: You can adjust the size of the left section of the search, and hide or display this section as well (see
Viewing and Managing Your Images).
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To search the current site or the current location:
1. Enter the Search Text (word or words that you want to search for).
Tip: When you enter more than one word with spaces between words, your search will find images
that contain either word. When you enter more than one word with a plus sign (+) between words,
your search will find images that contain both words. For more search tips, click Advanced Search
Tips under the Search Text box.
2. If you’ve entered a phrase and want to search for the exact phrase you entered, check Match
whole phrase only.
Note: If you enter a phrase and do not check Match whole phrase only, your search will find images
that include any of the words in the phrase.
3. If you’re searching a site and want to limit your search to a location within the site to search,
select that location from the list in Location Filter.
If you’re searching a location, the Location Filter is not available. Go to step 4.
4. Click Search to perform your search. The total number of images found that match your
search text is displayed above the search results area, and a full-size version of the first image
found is displayed to the right of the search section.
Images can be listed in thumbnail view (by image name, with a reduced-size version of the
image also displayed) or detail view (by image name):
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To list your images in detail view, select Detail for the View Style at the top of
the list of search results, or from the View drop-down viewer menu, select Detail.
To list your images in thumbnail view, select Thumbnail for the View Style, or
from the View drop-down menu, select Thumbnail.
Note: You can adjust the size of the left section of the search, and hide or display this section as well
(see Viewing and Managing Your Images).
Tip: If you’re searching a site with multiple locations, list your images by detail view so that the
location of each image found in the search is also displayed (as shown in the preceding example).
Tip: To clear the results of your most recent search, click Clear.
When you’re viewing images in your search results, you can view any image as full size on the
right side of the search window, move through images in the list using the navigation buttons
underneath the full size image display, copying images to your favorites, saving images to
another folder on your computer, exporting image data, moving or copying images to another
location, and deleting images. All of these tasks are the same as those described in View Images.
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„ Setup Keywords (for Tagging Images)
Keywords and narrative are an optional part of the Image Data that’s stored with your images
(and the only types of Image Data that are not automatically added to images). You can set up as
many keywords (categories) as you want, each with its own list of possible values, and you can
attach up to six of those keyword values to a image (see Tag Images and Manage Image Data).
You can add narrative (descriptive text) to any image as well.
As with all other Image Data, you can use keywords and narrative to search all the images in a
location to find the ones you’re looking for (see Search Images).
1. To add, edit, and delete keywords used with your images, from the Tools drop-down menu,
select Setup Keywords.
Tip: You can also click the arrow at the right of the Search Site button (located above the map) and
from the menu that appears, select Setup Keywords.
“Setup Keywords” opens, listing current Keywords and their Possible Values.
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2. To add a keyword, click Add.
“Add Keyword” opens.
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Enter a Name for your keyword. For example, enter Species.
Enter possible Values for your keyword. For example, enter Deer, Turkey, Fox,
Coyote, Raccoon, Opossum, and Skunk.
Note: When you enter possible values for a keyword, separate them by pressing the Enter key
between values (so that one value is listed per line).
Click OK to create your new keyword with the possible values you entered and close “Add
Keyword.” Click Cancel to close “Add Keyword” without creating a new keyword.
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3. To edit an existing keyword, select the keyword you want to modify and click Edit.
“Modify Keyword” opens.
Change the Name and/or Values of the keyword.
Click OK to save your changes and close “Modify Keyword.” Click Cancel to close
“Modify Keyword” without saving your changes.
4. To delete an existing keyword, select the keyword you want to delete and click Delete.
Note: When you delete a keyword, you will no longer be able to edit that keyword when you
are using Image Data (see Tag Images and Manage Image Data), although images that
currently include this keyword in their image data will retain it. You will be asked to confirm
that you want to delete the selected keyword. Click Yes to delete the keyword. Click No to
keep the keyword and cancel the deletion process.
5. Click OK to save your keyword changes and close “Setup Keywords.” Click Cancel to close
“Setup Keywords” without saving your keyword changes.
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„ Tag Images and Manage Image Data
View, add to, or edit the Image Data for any image you’re viewing, or any image you’ve found
in a search. Click the Image Data button
current image.
to open “Add/Edit Image Data” for the
Tip: You can also open “Add/Edit Image Data” from the Image menu in the search (see Search Images)
or viewer (see View Images) windows (select Image Data).
Note: If you’re using the image viewer (see Load New Images), you can view image data, but you cannot
edit it. Click the view image data button
to view image data for the current image.
When you’re adding or editing keywords and narrative, you can perform these tasks on an
individual image (the current image) or on multiple images. The process of selecting multiple
images is described in View Images.
On any tab in “Add/Edit Image Data:”
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To save the changes you’ve made to all tabs and close “Add/Edit Image Data,” click
OK on any tab.
To undo all of the changes you’ve made to all tabs and close “Add/Edit Image Data,”
click Cancel on any tab.
1. To add, edit, or delete keywords for the selected image(s), select the Keywords tab.
Note: To set up keywords for use with all images, see Setup Keywords.
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To add a keyword to the selected image(s), click Add a Keyword.
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A new keyword row is added for you to make your selections from the keywords you’ve
set up (see Setup Keywords).
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Click Click to choose keyword and select the keyword from the list that
appears.
Select the value you want to store for the keyword you selected from the dropdown list.
Tip You can add a keyword from any tab in “Add/Edit Image Data.” When you click the
Add a Keyword button, the Keywords tab is automatically selected.
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To edit a keyword, click the keyword you want to edit and from the list that appears,
select a new keyword.
To edit a keyword’s value, select a new value from the drop-down list.
To delete a keyword, click the delete keyword button
drop-down list of the keyword you want to delete.
on the right end of the value
2. To add descriptive text to the selected image(s), select the Narrative tab.
Enter the descriptive text you want to include with the selected image(s) in the open area on
the tab.
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3. To view all Image Data for the current image, select the System Metadata tab.
Note: If you’re adding or editing keywords or narrative to multiple images, the System Metadata tab
displays only the words “Image Metadata;” the System Metadata tab does not display image
metadata when more than one image is selected. The System Metadata tab also does not display
unsaved keywords or narrative.
Note: Information displayed on the System Metadata tab can not be edited.
4. To view additional instructions on using “Add/Edit Image Data,” select the Help tab.
„ Export Image Data
Export the Image Data (including your Keyword tags and narrative) for use in any program that
supports comma separated value (CSV) format. The export file includes a full pathname to the
image itself, so as long as the image files are not moved or deleted, you will have a link back
from the exported data to the image.
Exporting data can be done for an individual image or for multiple images. Normally you will
be exporting Image Data for a number of selected images – this can be done from the “Viewer”
(see View Images).
When you’re exporting image data, you can perform these tasks on an individual image (the
current image) or on multiple images. The process of selecting multiple images is described in
View Images.
You can also use the search capability of “MapView” to select images for export (see Search
Images). Using the search capability allows you selectively export Image Data from images you
have tagged with specific Keyword information or descriptive information you may have entered
into the Narrative field. From your search results window, you can select one or more images for
export.
Once you have selected the images you want to export Image Data for, from the Image dropdown menu, select Export Image Data, browse to the folder you want to save the exported file
in, and enter the file name you want to give the exported data.
Tip: You can also select Export Image Data from the menu that appears when you move your mouse
cursor over a selected thumbnail or detail image name and click your right mouse button.
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„ Create Video
Select a group of images and create a video clip using any of the images you’ve stored in a
location in “MapView.” The video you create is saved as an .AVI (Audio Video Interleave)
video and can be viewed using a number of widely available media players, including
RealPlayer® and Microsoft Windows Media® Player.
Within the “Viewer,” select the images you want to include in the video clip (the process of
selecting multiple images is described in View Images).
Once you have selected the images you want to use to create your video, from the Image dropdown menu, select Create Video, browse to the folder you want to save the video in, enter the
file name you want to give the video, and click Save. The progress of creating your video is
displayed.
Tip: You can also click the Create Video toolbar button.
To view your video, browse to the folder where you saved it and double-click the file. The video
will play in your default video player.
Tip: The default location where videos are stored is your My Favorite RECONYX Images folder; if you
save your videos in this folder, you can access them quickly from “MapView” by opening your Favorites
folder (see Favorites).
The video clip file can be attached to an email for sharing images with friends and colleagues
and/or inserted into presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint®.
Note: Video files can become quite large depending upon the number of images included in the video. As
a guide, 10 images from the Silent Image camera will result in a video file of about 500KB, and 20
images will create a video file around 1MB in size.
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Warranty and Safety Information
„ Satisfaction Guarantee
RECONYX offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee for all cameras that are purchased directly
from RECONYX. If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with products purchased
from RECONYX, you may return the products within 30 days of purchase for a full refund of the
purchase price and applicable taxes.
This guarantee is subject to the following conditions:
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Hardware products must be returned in the original packaging and must be complete
and in “new” condition. Any damaged or worn products may be subject to a
restocking fee.
You must obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number for all products
returned under this money-back guarantee (contact RECONYX for an RMA before
returning products).
You must return the original CDs containing RECONYX software and will be
required to sign an affidavit indicating that all copies of RECONYX software have
been removed from your computers and any physical copies of the software have
been destroyed.
Shipping charges will not be refunded.
„ Limited Warranty
RECONYX hardware products are warranted for one (1) year. If during this period, through
normal use, a hardware product becomes defective due to defects in materials or workmanship,
RECONYX will either repair or replace the product. This warranty is void if a product failure
results from accident, abuse, improper use by Buyer, disassembly, or unauthorized maintenance
and repair.
Software products are licensed to Buyer under the terms of the applicable RECONYX software
license (contained within installation programs). If Buyer wishes to review the software license
agreement before purchasing products from RECONYX, a copy of the software license may be
obtained by request.
Buyer must obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number from RECONYX before
returning any product(s) for repair or replacement. If RECONYX concludes that a returned
product is not defective, Buyer will be notified, the product will be returned to Buyer at Buyer’s
expense, and Buyer may be charged for RECONYX’s examination and testing of the product.
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This limited warranty is the sole warranty for hardware and software products offered by
RECONYX and RECONYX shall not be liable for any amounts for said products except in
compliance with this warranty.
„ Safety Precautions
Before using the camera, please ensure that you read and understand the safety precautions
described below. Always ensure that the camera is operated correctly.
The safety precautions noted on the following pages are intended to instruct you in the safe and
correct operation of the camera and its accessories to prevent injuries or damage to yourself,
other persons, and equipment.
Note: In the following pages, the term “equipment” refers primarily to the camera and its accessories.
„ Preventing Malfunction
Avoid Strong Magnetic Fields
Never place the camera in close proximity to electric motors or other equipment generating
strong electromagnetic fields. Exposure to strong magnetic fields may cause malfunctions or
corrupt image data.
Avoid Condensation
Moving the equipment rapidly between hot and cold temperatures may cause condensation
(water droplets) to form on its external and internal surfaces. You can avoid this by placing the
equipment in an airtight, re-sealable plastic bag and letting it adjust to temperature changes
slowly before removing it from the bag.
If Condensation Forms Inside the Camera
Stop using the camera immediately if you detect condensation inside the camera. Continued use
may damage the equipment. Remove the CF card and battery from the camera and wait until the
moisture evaporates completely before resuming use.
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„ Warnings
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Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants. Accidental damage to
the camera or batteries by a child could result in serious injury.
Be particularly careful to keep the date (coin) battery used in the camera away from
children. Seek medical assistance immediately if a child swallows a battery.
Do not allow water or other liquids to enter the interior of the camera. The interior
has not been waterproofed. If the exterior comes into contact with liquids or salt air,
wipe it dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. In the event that water or other foreign
substances enter the interior, immediately turn the camera’s power off and remove the
camera batteries. Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical
shock. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest RECONYX Customer
Support Help Desk.
Use of power sources not expressly recommended for this equipment may lead to
overheating, distortion of the equipment, fire, electrical shock, or other hazards. Use
only the recommended power accessories. Any use of non RECONYX power
sources will void the warranty on your camera.
Do not mix battery types. You may run your Silent Image camera on Alkaline,
NiMH, or Lithium batteries – but you should NEVER MIX BATTERY TYPES!
Damage to the camera can result and your warranty may be voided if you do so.
Do not place the batteries near a heat source, expose them to direct flame or heat, or
immerse them in water. Such exposure may damage the batteries and lead to the
leakage of corrosive liquids, fire, electrical shock, explosion, or serious injury.
Do not attempt to disassemble, alter, or apply heat to the batteries. There is serious
risk of injury due to an explosion. Immediately flush with water any area of the body
or clothing that comes into contact with the inner contents of a battery. If the eyes or
mouth contact these substances, immediately flush with water and seek medical
assistance.
Avoid dropping or subjecting the batteries to severe impacts that could damage the
casings. It could lead to leakage and injury.
Do not short-circuit the battery terminals with metallic objects, such as key holders. It
could lead to overheating, burns, and other injuries.
Before you discard a battery, cover the terminals with tape or other insulators to
prevent direct contact with other objects. Contact with the metallic components of
other materials in waste containers may lead to fire or explosions. If available in your
area, utilize specialized waste facilities to discard your batteries.
Use of batteries not expressly recommended for this equipment may cause explosions
or leaks, resulting in fire, injury, and damage to the surroundings. Use only
recommended batteries and accessories.
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Avoid using, placing, or storing the equipment in places subject to strong sunlight or
high temperatures, such as the dashboard or trunk (boot) of a car. Exposure to intense
sunlight and heat may cause the batteries to leak, overheat or explode, resulting in
fire, burns or other injuries. High temperatures may also cause deformation of the
casing.
Be careful not to bang the camera or subject it to strong impacts or shocks that could
lead to injury or damage the equipment.
When using desiccant, the following precautions should be followed: Keep out of
reach of children, do not eat, and do not inhale desiccant dust. If the desiccant packet
tears or breaks, wash your hands if they come in direct contact with the desiccant.
Desiccant may cause eye, skin, and mucous membrane irritation. Prolonged
inhalation may cause lung damage. Asthma can be aggravated by exposure to
desiccant.
If you know or suspect desiccant has been ingested, seek medical assistance for
further treatment, observation and support if necessary. For eye contact, flush with
water for at least 15 minutes. For skin contact, wash affected area with soap and
water. For inhalation of desiccant dust, move affected person into an environment
with fresh air. For accidental ingestion, drink at least two glasses of water.
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Troubleshooting and Technical Support
For answers to questions about Silent Image for which you cannot find answers in this User
Guide, please check the RECONYX web site (www.reconyx.com) to see if the information you
are looking for is covered in the on-line “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section.
If after searching this User Guide and checking the FAQ’s on the web, you still have questions
about your Silent Image camera that you need assistance in answering, please email RECONYX
technical support (support@reconyx.com) or call us at 866-493-6064 and ask for Technical
Support. We will do everything we can to help you get the most from your Silent Image camera.
„ Troubleshooting your Silent Image camera
If your images appear cloudy or out of focus, first consider whether there was snow or frost on
the camera lens. It is sometimes advisable to check your camera after a fresh snowfall to be sure
the lenses are not covered with snow. Otherwise, the lens may be dirty or have water spots on it
– if so, clean your lenses according to instructions in the first part of this guide.
If you are getting false triggers, check your camera setup: the sun should not be shining directly
on the face of the camera and camera’s field of view should be cleared of as much moving
vegetation as possible.
If you are still getting false triggers after checking your camera setup, try adjusting your trigger
sensitivity, the number of seconds to wait between triggers, and your advanced trigger settings
(see Triggers if you’re using Silent Image’s internal motion sensor and refer to your external
sensor’s documentation if you’re using an external sensor). You can also try adjusting your
NearVideoTM settings.
If your camera won’t start up properly (goes to red), try a different CF card. Be sure to “erase”
the card using “MapView” before inserting it into the camera, and then try rebooting. Note that
SanDisk and Viking media are the suggested CF cards for use with your Silent Image camera.
If animals appear overexposed (too bright) in your pictures, try adjusting the camera’s aim to be
more directly at the area where animals are appearing (see Aiming the Camera).
If the temperature noted in Image Data seems too high, check your camera setup: if the camera is
in direct sunlight temperature readings will not be accurate.
If the date and time on your images becomes incorrect after you’ve set it using “Change Camera
Settings,” try replacing the camera’s date battery (see Replacing the Coin Battery near the end
of this User Guide for detailed instructions on how to change the coin battery).
Important! Be especially careful to keep coin batteries out of the reach of children. Seek medical
assistance immediately if a child swallows a battery since corrosive battery fluids could damage
the stomach or intestinal wall.
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„ Troubleshooting your MapView software
If you cannot see your customized Image Data (e.g. in Microsoft Excel®) after exporting tagged
images, you must change the alignment of the cells containing keywords in order to make the
data visible. The default alignment when opening a .CSV file is Bottom. Select the cells for
which you wish to change the alignment and from the Format menu, select Cells. In the window
that appears, click the Alignment tab. Change the Vertical setting to a more appropriate value,
Top, for example. Click OK and your data should appear in the selected cells.
If you receive error messages while loading new images, this could be the result of either bad
images or version incompatibility. If you see an error message that says, “Error Importing Image
<filename> Cause: Error reading JPG Comment”, this would indicate a bad image was skipped.
If the error message reads, “Error Importing Image <filename> Cause: Image could not be
imported due to version incompatibility.”, this would indicate that the images you are trying to
load were captured with the Recreational version of the Silent Image camera. Only images
captured with Professional cameras are compatible with “MapView Professional.”
If you receive error messages while loading images from another folder - it may be because there
are too many characters in the path to the files (more than 130 characters). To read more about
this known issue or to obtain a fix, go here. A simple solution is to rename or move the folder
you are trying to load from. If the full path to the folder can be shortened to fewer than 130
characters, this problem will go away. If this does not solve your problem with loading images
from another folder, contact Technical Support.
If you cannot erase your CF card, check with computer technical support personnel to be sure
you have permissions set on your computer to allow you to format removable media. The
instructions below explain how the appropriate privileges can be assigned.
Determine the version of your operating system. Follow the steps outlined below for your
operating system.
Windows XP Home Edition
From a user account with Administrator privileges:
Click Start, click Run. Enter regedit at the prompt.
Browse to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
On the right side, find AllocateDASD.
Double Click AllocateDASD, and change the value to 2. Click OK.
Close the Registry Editor.
The next time the user logs in, they will be able to erase their CF card.
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Window XP Professional Edition
From a user account with Administrator privileges:
Click Start, click Run. Enter mmc at the prompt.
Under File, click on Add/Remove Snap-in…
On the Add/Remove Snap-in window, click Add.
On the Add Standalone Snap-in window, choose Group Policy from list and click Add.
In the wizard window that appears, make sure that Local Computer is typed in the
Group Policy Object text box and click Finish.
Click Close on the Add Standalone Snap-in window.
Click OK on the Add/Remove Snap-in window.
Under Local Computer Policy, browse to the following branch:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security
Options
Right click on Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media and click
Properties.
In the Local Security Setting box, click the group you want, and then click OK.
Your choices are:
Administrators - Only Administrators can format removable media.
Administrators and Power Users - Admin and Power users can format removable media.
Administrators and Interactive Users - Administrators and Interactive (Limited users)
can format removable media.
Quit MMC, click Start, and then click Run. Enter gpupdate at the prompt.
The next time the user logs in, they will be able to erase their CF card.
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Copyright and Trademark Information
Silent ImageTM User Guide, April 2006
Copyright© 2006 by RECONYX
3600 Hwy 157, Suite 205, La Crosse, WI 54601
This manual provides detailed instructions for getting started with the Silent Image camera and
software, installing the software, changing the camera settings, and viewing and managing
images.
Silent Image is a trademark of RECONYX.
Other trademarks and registered trademarks referred to in this document:
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CodeLoc, InstaOn, MapView Image Management, and NearVideo are trademarks of
RECONYX.
CompactFlash is a registered trademark of the CompactFlash Association.
Excel, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Windows, and Windows Media are registered
trademarks of Microsoft® Corporation.
Lexar is a trademark of LexarMedia, Incorporated.
RealPlayer is a registered trademark of RealNetworks, Incorporated.
SanDisk is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
All other trademarks and copyrights referred to are the property of their respective owners.
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