Video Light Switch Instructions

Video Light Switch Instructions
CamtraptionsVideoLightController
FirmwareVersion1.0
Index
Overview................................................................................................................2
ConnectingLights&PowerSource.........................................................................2
ConfigurationSwitches...........................................................................................2
Half-press/Full-pressselector(Switch1).................................................................3
Mode1(Switch2:OFF,Switch3:OFF)....................................................................3
Mode2(Switch2:OFF,Switch3:ON).....................................................................3
Mode3(Switch2:ON,Switch3:OFF).....................................................................3
Mode4(Switch2:ON,Switch3:ON)......................................................................4
TimeSelector(Mode3&4only)............................................................................4
Support..................................................................................................................4
Overview
The purpose of the Camtraptions Video Light Controller is to automatically
turn a constant light source on and off in a video camera trap set-up. It will
turn the light(s) on when video recording starts and to turn them off again
when the recording ends.
The Controller has been designed to be compatible with a wide variety of
different lights and power sources. It can accept an input voltage of between 5
and 25 volts and control lights with a power rating of up to 40 watts.
ConnectingLights&PowerSource
The Camtraptions Video Light Controller is essentially an automatic switch. It
has an input terminal that connects to the power source, an output terminal
that connects to the light and a 2.5mm socket, which accepts the control
signal from a Camtraptions Sensor or Wireless Receiver.
The user should start with a light and a battery that provide the desired level
of illumination. This could be something like a 12 volt LED floodlight
connected to a 12 volt car battery. Note that the battery voltage must be
chosen to match the light as the Controller simply connects the light to the
battery and does nothing to regulate the supply voltage.
Once a suitable power source and light have been selected, simply connect
the battery to the input terminals of the Controller and the light to the output
terminals. Care should be taken to ensure the positive and negative wires are
connected to the respective +/- terminals on the controller.
With the controller turned on it is now ready to switch the light on and off in
response to the input signal.
Note that when not in use, the power source should be disconnected from the
controller because it will still draw a small amount of current even if it is off.
ConfigurationSwitches
The Camtraptions Video Light Controller is configured via a bank of 6 small
switches (labelled 1 to 6). These switches have the following functions:
• Switch 1: Input signal type (half-press or full-press)
• Switch 2 & 3: Mode selector
• Switch 4 – 6: Time selector (for use with Mode 3 & 4)
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Half-press/Full-pressselector(Switch1)
This option allows the Controller to work with the same control signals as the
camera. This setting therefore depends on the camera in use; for example,
Canon cameras need to be controlled with a half-press signal while Nikon
cameras accept a full-press signal. The Camtraptions Multi Cable for Sony
can be configured to work with either signal type.
When Switch 1 is OFF, controller responds to half-press commands.
When Switch 1 is ON, controller responds to full-press commands.
Mode1(Switch2:OFF,Switch3:OFF)
Function: Keeps the light on while a press signal is held. When the press
signal is released, the light will turn off.
Use this mode with PIR Sensor Program 32.
Use this mode with Sony Multi Cable Mode 2.
Mode2(Switch2:OFF,Switch3:ON)
Function: Turns the light on when a press signal is detected. Turns the light
off when a second press signal is detected.
Use this mode with PIR Video Programs 13 to 24.
Use this mode with Sony Multi Cable Modes 3 or 5.
Mode3(Switch2:ON,Switch3:OFF)
Function: Turns the light on when a press signal is detected. Turns the light
off if no additional press signal is detected after X seconds. X is set via
switches 4 to 6 (see below).
Use this mode with third-party triggers and PIR still photography Programs 1,
7 or 10.
Use this mode with Sony Multi Cable Mode 1 with the X time on the Light
Controller set to 15 seconds.
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Mode4(Switch2:ON,Switch3:ON)
Function: Turns the light on when a press signal is detected. Turns the light
off after X seconds. Controller will ignore additional press signals while the
light is on. X is set via switches 4 to 6 (see below).
Use this mode with third-party triggers and PIR still photography Programs 1,
7 or 10.
Use this mode with Sony Multi Cable Mode 4 with X time on the Light
Controller set to 60 seconds.
TimeSelector(Mode3&4only)
Switches 4 to 6 set the “X” time value in Mode 3 and 4. Use the table below
for time values corresponding to the eight different switch permutations.
Switch4
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
ON
ON
Switch5
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
Switch6
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
“X”Time
9.5s
17s
32s
47s
62s
92s
122s
242s
Support
For technical support, please email support@camtraptions.com.
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