T2 t T1 N-1 N N+1 Camera

T2 t T1 N-1 N N+1 Camera
Application Note
Master-Slave Camera synchronisation for Optronis CR high-speed cameras
Version AN Master Slave Synchronisation -01
Dr. Bernd Reinke
Keywords: TimeBench external synchronisation, Master-Slave, multi-camera
operation, high-speed camera
Introduction
CamRecord CR high-speed cameras operate at frame rates of about 20 frames
per second (fps) up to > 100000 fps depending mainly on the frame size and the
required frame rate. Typically each camera behaves –during acquisition- as shown
in the figure below.
T1
Camera
T2
N-1
N
N+1
t
Figure 1: Exposure Time & Frame Rate
T1: Frame interval (1/T1: Frame rate)
T2: Exposure time
N: Frame number
T1-T2: Inter-framing time
To select the frame rate value, either a camera internal repetition rate source
(internal synchronisation) or an external repetition rate source (external
synchronisation) can be used.
When selecting internal synchronisation, the camera works with an internal frame
rate and exposure time, that can be selected inside the standard menu. Please
note, that the maximum frame rate value depends on the frame format. When
selecting external synchronisation, the camera behaves differently depending on
the TimeBench Version. This is, why master-slave synchronisation setup has to
done differently depending on the TimeBench Version.
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Master Slave Synchronisation Setup (TimeBench Version 2.1 and older)
1) Connect Sync Out connector of the Master Camera to Sync In connector of the
slave camera
2) Place the cameras (devices) with drag and drop into the synchronisation group.
3) Set the master camera to internal synchronisation mode.
4) Set the internal frame rate of the master camera and check the real frame rate
in the information box.
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5) Set the slave camera to external synchronisation
6) Set the maximum external frame rate of the slave camera slightly higher than
the internal frame rate of the master camera.
(Example: set the master camera to 1000fps and the slave camera to e.g.
1010fps.)
Check possible frame rates in internal synchronisation with the information
window.
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7) Set Exposure Time of Master and Slave camera slightly shorter (min.
5Microseconds) than 1/Frame Rate.
(Example: Frame Rate Master 1000fps, Exposure Time max. 995 Microseconds)
Please note, that Exposure Time Value can be given in Microseconds (995) or as
inverted value (1/1005).
8) Go into Live View or Record mode.
Synchronisation may be checked by measuring signal at sync Out connectors with
an Oscilloscope:
Master Camera
Sync Out
Oscilloscope
Chan A
Chan B
Slave Camera
Sync In
Sync Out
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Master Slave Synchronisation Setup (TimeBench Version 2.3 and newer)
1) Connect Sync Out connector of the Master Camera to Sync In connector of the
slave camera
2) Place the cameras (devices) with drag and drop into the synchronisation group.
3) Set the internal frame rate of the master camera.
(Example: set the master camera to 1000fps.)
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4) Set the master camera to is Master. (This sets for cameras, that are placed
inside the synchronisation group, master camera to synchronisation internal and all
slave cameras to synchronisation external ). Additionally, the frame rate
information of the master camera will be moved to the slave cameras.
5) Set Exposure Time of Master and Slave camera slightly shorter (min. 5
Microseconds) than 1/Frame Rate.
(Example: Frame Rate Master 1000fps, Exposure Time max. 995 Microseconds)
Please note, that Exposure Time Value can be given in Microseconds (995) or as
inverted value (1/1005).
6) Go into Live View or Record mode.
Synchronisation may be checked by measuring signal at sync Out connectors with
an Oscilloscope:
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Master Camera
Sync Out
Oscilloscope
Chan A
Chan B
Slave Camera
Sync In
Sync Out
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