Signature User Manual
Signature Camera
Revision Sheet
[Version 1.2]
Michael Burns
[Signature User Manual]
This document will introduce you to the wonders of the Mallincam Signature Camera.
It will include instructions on how to connect the Signature to your computer along
with explanations of the camera’s various settings. Imaging techniques with the
various hardware and software options will be covered. Both the standard CVBS
video output and SDI video output will be discussed along with hints and suggestions
on how to resolve any problems that you encounter with this camera. Enjoy the
adventure with Rock Mallin’s professional SDI video camera, this his Signature
masterpiece.
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Revision Sheet
Revision History
Version
Date
Revision Description
1.0
3/22/2014
Template Creation
1.1
3/23/2014
Typo’s
1.2
3/24/2014
Added Appendix F specifically for RS485 Adapters
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Table of Contents
Contents
Revision History ................................................................................................................................... ii
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................... 0
1.
Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 3
The Contents of the Signature Package ................................................................................ 3
You purchase will include the following items:...................................................................... 3
The Camera (Just the Facts) ................................................................................................... 4
The Camera (its Anatomy) ....................................................................................................... 5
The Camera (Connection Diagram) ....................................................................................... 7
The Camera (RS-485 Connection) ......................................................................................... 7
Hooking up Hardware ............................................................................................................................ 8
Software ................................................................................................................................................. 9
2.
Overview................................................................................................................................. 9
Functional Description .............................................................................................................. 9
HD-SDI ...................................................................................................................................... 10
CVBS ......................................................................................................................................... 11
3.
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 13
Connecting Signature to Computer (CVBS)........................................................................ 13
Connecting Signature to Computer (HD-SDI) ..................................................................... 14
Controlling Signature using the Buttons .............................................................................. 15
Using “Signature with Buttons” Software ............................................................................. 19
Requirements: ...................................................................................................................................... 19
Procedure ............................................................................................................................................. 20
Using “Signature Application Software” ............................................................................... 24
4.
Reference ............................................................................................................................. 28
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Appendix A – OSD Menu ....................................................................................................... 28
LUMINANCE MENU1 (1/4) .............................................................................................................. 28
ALC ..................................................................................................................................................... 28
AES ...................................................................................................................................................... 28
FIX SHUTTER .................................................................................................................................... 29
PEAK AVERAGE ............................................................................................................................... 29
BACK LIGHT ..................................................................................................................................... 29
XDR ..................................................................................................................................................... 30
GAMMA.............................................................................................................................................. 30
LUMINANCE MENU2 (2/4) .............................................................................................................. 30
AGC ..................................................................................................................................................... 31
SLOW SHUTTER ............................................................................................................................... 31
DNR ..................................................................................................................................................... 31
DAY/NIGHT ....................................................................................................................................... 31
FOG REDUCTION ............................................................................................................................. 32
ECLIPSE .............................................................................................................................................. 32
ENHANCE .......................................................................................................................................... 32
COLOR MENU (3/4) .......................................................................................................................... 33
COLOR MODE ................................................................................................................................... 33
WHITE BALANCE ............................................................................................................................. 33
UV MATRIX ....................................................................................................................................... 34
COLOR GAIN ..................................................................................................................................... 34
COLOR TONE .................................................................................................................................... 34
SETUP MENU (4/4) ............................................................................................................................ 35
LANGUAGE ....................................................................................................................................... 35
TITLE .................................................................................................................................................. 35
DEFAULT ........................................................................................................................................... 35
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS (1/2) ............................................................................................................. 36
PRIORITY ........................................................................................................................................... 36
MOTION DETECT ............................................................................................................................. 36
DIGITAL ZOOM................................................................................................................................. 36
H/V REVERSE .................................................................................................................................... 36
DISPLAY MODE ................................................................................................................................ 37
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS (1/2) ............................................................................................................. 37
PRIVACY MASK ............................................................................................................................... 37
CROSS LINE ....................................................................................................................................... 37
FREEZE ............................................................................................................................................... 38
POSI/NEGA......................................................................................................................................... 38
COMM ID............................................................................................................................................ 38
Appendix B – Special Button Power Sequences ................................................................ 39
Appendix C – Trouble Shooting Procedures ....................................................................... 41
The Back LED doesn’t light up ........................................................................................................ 41
No Video Image from any output port ............................................................................................. 41
The OSD screen is frozen .................................................................................................................. 41
Appendix D – Installing MCV ................................................................................................. 43
Appendix E – Installing Blackmagic UltraStudio ................................................................. 46
Requirements: ...................................................................................................................................... 46
Procedure: ............................................................................................................................................ 46
Getting SDI Video Images ................................................................................................................... 49
Using other Software ........................................................................................................................... 51
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Appendix F – RS485 Connection Options ........................................................................... 53
US Converters RS485/422 cable converter Model Number XS890 ............................................... 53
Connecting Hardware .......................................................................................................................... 53
Installing Driver Software .................................................................................................................... 54
US Converters RS232 -RS485 Converter Model Number XS201A ............................................... 55
Connecting Hardware .......................................................................................................................... 55
Appendix G – Signature Setting Example Sheets .............................................................. 56
Appendix H – Notes ................................................................................................................ 57
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1. Introduction
Welcome to the world of the Mallincam Signature Camera. Your purchase will provide
you with years of discovery and adventure as you view, record, share, and broadcast the
wonders of the Solar System. The Signature is a professional video camera that can
provide broadcast quality live images in the HD-SDI format along with standard quality
video for non-broadcast needs. This document will guide you in the connection options
of the Signature to your computer, along with recommendations on configuring the
camera for specific Solar System objects. Many special thanks to Rock, Jack, Bob,
Bryan, Shevill and others whose advice and techniques are incorporated in this manual.
This manual is based on the RED LED version of a NTSC Signature Camera which also
includes RS485 control capabilities.
The Contents of the Signature Package
You purchase will include the following items:
 Signature Camera in Box
 c-adapter to 1.25” eyepiece holder
 120V AC to DC adapter
 25ft dual cable power/video (BNC male /RCA male)
 Signature RS485 Port connector
These accessories will provide you with the ability to connect the Signature camera to
your telescope, Power the Signature while connecting it to a 120V AC power source,
and displaying your image on any device that accepts analog video via a RCA
connection.
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The Camera (Just the Facts)
The Mallincam Signature Camera is the ultimate Solar, Lunar, and Planetary Video
Camera ever made. This scientific instrument contains the following specifications:
Image Sensor
sCMOS
CCD Pixels:
1384(H) by 1076(V) with 3.25  m Pixel size for a total of
1.49 Mega Pixels
CCD Size:
1/3“
Lux:
0.1
Video Output Format:
NTSC/PAL
Multi Format Video
Image Aspect:
Output
Full/Normal
HDV: 16:9, SDV: 4:3/16:9
720p60, 1080p30,720p30,1080i60
720p50, 1080p25,720p25,1080i50
Analog Video Out
CVBS
Digital Video Out
HD-SDI
HD-SDI Bit Rate
1.485 GBits/sec
Gain Control:
Auto/Manual
Exposure Control:
Auto/Manual/Iris Priority
Auto Iris:
AES (Rolling Shutter), ALC
Fix Shutter (s)
1/30, 1/50, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750,
1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000
Slow Shutter (s)
1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8
S/N Ratio:
48dB
Gamma Correction
0.45/0.7/1.0
Digital Zoom
4 times
Communication Protocol
RS484 (Red LED Version only)
Operating Temperature
-20oC to 50oC ( -4oF to 122oF
Power Supply
12±1V DC at 3000mA
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The Camera (its Anatomy)
The Signature camera is 4.5” x 2” x 2” and weighs in at about 1 lb
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The Signature Camera also comes with comes with 120 Volts AC Power Supply, 1.25"
Eyepiece Adapter, 25 foot Power / Video (analog) Combination Cable and RS485
connection cable.
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The Camera (Connection Diagram)
The Camera (RS-485 Connection)
The Signature communicates via a 3 pip RS485 port on the back of the camera
Note: Only the Red LED Version of the Signature has communication capabilities.
Ground
R+
R-
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Hooking up Hardware
To control the camera through the Signature RS485 Port you will require a USB to
RS485 Adapter Cable. I have had great success with the US Converters RS485/422
cable converter Model XS890 (other users also have had success with US Converters
RS485 to RS232 converter Model XS201A).
See Appendix F for detailed instructions of how to attach the Signature Camera to
Specific RS485 Adapters.
Your RS485 adapter must come with a means to connect it to the wires from the
Mallincam RS485 Port Connector. You need to connect the Mallincam RS485 Port
Connector to the back of the Signature Camera and then connect the three cables to the
green thingy (this is the technical term we use in the industry) that came with your
purchased “RS485 Adapter”. Make sure you match the cables in the correct order.
RS485 Port Connector
US Converter RS485 Cable
Connector
After you have connected the pieces on your RS485 Cable and secured them together
to insure the 3 wires from the Mallincam RS485 Port connector cannot come loose from
the Green Thingy (I used electrical tape to wrap them together). All you should need to
do next is plug the cable into a free USB Port on your computer. Windows should
automatically download and install the correct drivers from internet that are needed to
run the converter.
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Software
There are two free programs that are available to you to use:
1. Buttons Control with Protocol –this program allows you to control the Signature by
using the OSD menu just as if you are pressing the
buttons on the back of the Signature (There is a nonprotocol version of this program).
2. Signature Application with Protocol- this program provides menus that allow you to
connect to and control most of the functions of
the Signature by clicking on choices of moving
sliders.
These Software programs are located in Folder named Signature Camera
Applications and Documentation. The folder is located at http://sdrv.ms/Lb3wV3
See below in Chapter 3 on how to install and use these two programs.
2.
Overview
The Signature Camera was designed for imaging Solar System Objects. The Fixed
Shutter ranges from 1/30s to 1/1000s which allows you to capture images of the bright
Solar System objects (major planets, Sun and Moon). The Signature does provide a
Slow Shutter capability that allows longer exposures from 1/15s to 8s to capture those
dimmer objects. The Signature was not designed for Deep Sky Objects, but that is still
not out of its capabilities with the end user’s expertise.
Functional Description
The Signature provides two BNC video outputs ports. One is labelled HD-SDI which
produces a true digital SDI output, while the other is labelled CVBS OUT and this
produces an analog signal.
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HD-SDI
Serial digital interface (SDI) is a family of digital video interfaces first standardized
by SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) and is used
for broadcast-grade video. High-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI), was also
standardized in SMPTE; this provides a nominal data rate of 1.485 Gbit/s.
The display and capture of a HD-SDI signal requires the use of a specialized BNC
ended cable that meets the SMPTE standards and a HD-SDI capture device.
A Google search can find various lengths of specific HD-SDI cable from many
broadcasting vendors. I purchased mine form Markertek.com.
To capture or display the HD-SDI video signal requires the use of both a HD-SDI capture
device and a very fast computer. Since the signal standard is about 1.5 Gbit/s the
capture devices will either be an internal computer card, or a box that connects to the
computer using either a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connection. One of the major players in
this arena is a company called Blackmagic. They provide a variety of capture/display
devices which will match your requirements.
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For those of you need to just display the output on a HDMI monitor, Sewell provides a
very inexpensive SDI-HDMI converter called the Spector that will do the job for you.
CVBS
The CVBS OUT BNC connector on the back of the Signature Camera produces an
analog signal that can be captured by any analog capture device such as the Mallincam
MCV video capture device. CVBS stands for Composite Video, Blanking and Sync and
is nothing more than the standard composite signal and thus requires the use of a
composite video cable with a BNC male connector at one end and a RCA male
connector at the other end. When you purchased the Signature camera, Rock will have
provided you with a 25 foot Power/Video dual cable for you to use with the camera. The
video portion of this cable is for the analog (CVBS) port on the back of the camera.
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For those of you who want to display the analog signal from the Signature on a HDMI
monitor, Mallincam provides an analog to HDMI upscaler.
This device Up-Scales Composite Video, S-Video, and HDMI to 720p/1080p
(selectable) HDMI. It provides Motion Compensated 3D Wavelet Video Coding
Technology is applied to make the converted picture rich in color and more vivid. Input
video systems - NTSC and PAL is automatically detected and adjusted and it provides a
built-in Time Base Correction (T.B.C) for signal synchronization.
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Instructions
Connecting Signature to Computer (CVBS)
Requirements:
 Computer with video display software such as AMCAP
 USB Video capture adapter such as Mallincam MCV
 Mallincam dual power/video cable
 Signature AC to DC power adapter
 Signature camera
Procedure:
1. Power on your computer.
2. Connect Signature Camera to Telescope and connect Video cable (BNC end) to
the CVBS video jack on the back of the Mallincam (do not power Signature).
Keep lens cap on Telescope.
3. Connect the USB Video Adapter to computer (see Installing MCV in the
Appendix for instructions on how to install the Mallincam MCV Video adapter).
4. Connect other end of Video cable (RCA) to the Video Capture Device (MCV).
5. Power the Signature (plug in the AC to DC adapter and connect to the
Signature).
6. Start the video display software (AMCAP).
7. Choose the Video Source for the software (USB 2828x Device for the MCV).
8. If necessary select Crossbar from AMCAP to choose the RCA connection on
MCV rather than the S-video.
9. Hold down the Centre button on the back of the Signature for about 2 seconds
(release when you see OSD menu on your Video Display Software)
10. Using the back buttons on the Signature, ensure that Signature is using Fix
Shutter at a reasonable setting (see Appendix A – OSD Menu for instructions).
11. Remove Lens cap from Telescope.
12. Adjust settings using the OSD menu to match viewing object
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Connecting Signature to Computer (HD-SDI)
Requirements:
 Compatible Computer with software to display a SDI image (Blackmagic Media
Express which is included free with the purchase of the UltraStudio SDI from
Blackmagic)
 Signature Camera
 Power Supply for Signature Camera
 SDI Video Capture Device (Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI)
 HD-SDI Cable (SD59-BB50 - dual BNC connectors)
Procedure:
1. Power on your computer.
2. Connect the Signature Camera to Telescope and connect Video Cable (BNC
end) to the SDI-HD video jack on the back of the Mallincam (do not power
Signature). Keep lens cap on Telescope.
3. Connect SDI Video Adapter to computer (see Installing Blackmagic Ultrastudio
in the Appendix for detailed instructions on how to install and connect to the
Blackmagic Ultrastudio Video adapter).
4. Connect other end of SDI Video cable to the Video Capture Device (Blackmagic
Ultrastudio).
5. Power the Signature (plug in the AC to DC adapter and connect to the
Signature).
6. Start the Video Display Software (Blackmagic Media Express).
7. Choose the Video source for the software (Blackmagic Ultrastudio).
8. Ensure all resolutions match from the Signature camera to the Video Capture
Device to the Video Display Software (1030p).
9. Hold down the Centre button on the back of the Signature for about 2 seconds
(release when you see OSD menu on your video display software)
10. Using the back buttons on the Signature, ensure that Signature is using Fix
Shutter at a reasonable setting (see Appendix A – OSD Menu for instructions).
11. Remove Lens cap from Telescope.
12. Adjust settings using the OSD menu to match viewing object
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Controlling Signature using the Buttons
The Signature Camera has an OSD (On Screen
Display) menu system that allows you to control
every aspect of the camera. You activate the
OSD by holding down the Centre Button for 2 to 3
seconds. When activated the following screen
overlay will be presented.
You control the arrow (see beside the ALC setting on the image above) by using
the UP and DOWN Arrow Buttons on the back of the camera and you select an
option by pressing the CENTRE (ENTER) Button. The LEFT and RIGHT Buttons
take you other related screens. For example, with the LUMINANCE MENU1 (1/4)
displayed press the RIGHT Button and you will see LUMINANCE MENU2 (2/4),
Hit the RIGHT Button again and it will display the COLOR MENU (3/4) and
finally hit RIGHT Button one more time to display the SETUP MENU (4/4). To
can use the LEFT and RIGHT Buttons to cycle through the Main Menu screens.
When the OSD is activated and NO Button activity has been detected by the
Signature Camera for about a minute, the Signature will EXIT the OSD screen
automatically.
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To close the OSD, look for an EXIT option at the Bottom of a Main Menu, move
the arrow to EXIT and press the CENTRE Button.
Some Menu options may have its own SUB MENU (for example SPECIAL
FUNCTIONS on the SETUP MENU (4/4)), when you are inside the SUB MENU
you choose the RETURN option to return to MAIN MENU that called the SUB
MENU. Again you can uses the LEFT and RIGHT Buttons to move from one
SUB MENU to another if multiple SUB MENU’s are available.
As an example to become familiar with the operation and use of the Buttons, we
fill activate the FIX SHUTTER option from the LUMINANCE MENU1 and will set
it to 1/2000.
If the OSD is not activated, then activate it by holding down the CENTRE Button.
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Using the DOWN Button move the
Arrow so it is next to the FIX
SHUTTER Option on the
LUMINANCE MENU 1
Step 2
Press the CENTRE Button to select
this Option. The OSD will display
the FIX SHUTTER Menu.
Step 3
Press the CENTRE Button and the arrow will jump to the OFF or ON
Option (depending upon what the Signature is set to). Using the UP
or DOWN Button select ON and hit the CENTRE Button to select it.
Step 4
The arrow should be pointing to the SHUTTER SPEED selection.
Use the UP and DOWN Buttons keys to scroll through the Speed
options, (Play and get familiar how to change the SHUTTER SPEED
option. Stop when you had 1/2000 SEC displayed in the OSD
window.
Step 5
Press the LEFT Button to step back into the ON OFF options
Step 6
Press the LEFT Button to step back to the FIX SHUTTER option
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Step 7
Press the DOWN Button to select the RETURN option.
Step 8
Press the CENTRE Button to return to
the LUMINANCE MENU 1 (1/4) menu.
Use the UP or DOWN Buttons to move arrow to EXIT, then press the
Step 9
CENTRE Button to shut down the OSD Menu
It is worth your time to become familiar on how to move around the OSD menu
choices using the Back Buttons on the Signature Camera, As you will notice the
amount of settings you can adjust on the Signature is astronomical (sorry), and
each specific settings will be unique to you and your equipment and seeing
conditions.
See the APPENDIX A – OSD MENU for explanations on what the specific
settings do and how that may be helpful to improve your image.
Some settings deactivate other settings automatically while others affect the
operation of the camera. These quirks will discussed in APPENDIX A. So if
the Signature is behaving strangely after you make a setting change review the
specific OSD choice in the APPENDIX A for a clue.
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Using “Signature with Buttons” Software
One of the first things I noticed when using the Signature Camera is that I would
make small experimental setting changes by using the Back Buttons on the
camera. But, the act of touching the Signature affected the image, and
sometimes I would press too hard on the back of the camera and would nudge to
scope.
To resolve this I wrote my first simple program to control the Back Buttons from
software using a RS485 to USB adapter and cable. Below you will find the
technique and hardware I used to connect and control just the Buttons of the
camera.
There are two versions, one that listens for the Signature to respond (this version
is called Back Buttons with Protocol), while the other version (Back Buttons) just
sends the command and assumes the Signature is working.
Why two versions? Some simple RS485 adapters and cable don’t have flow
control capabilities to manage the data that can return from the camera. This is
not an issue when just controlling the Buttons of the Signature since no important
response is sent back, but when you want to capture a response from the
Signature then a RS485/USB cable adapter must have flow control. This is
needed for the Signature Application Software that is discussed in the next
section.
Requirements:
 Compatible Computer with USB 2.0 Port
 US Converters USB to RS485/422 Cable converter Model XS890
 Signature Buttons Software
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Procedure
 Connect the constructed RS485 – USB cable (as per The Camera (RS485)
section at the beginning of the manual) to the Signature and a USB Computer
Port.
 Visit http://sdrv.ms/Lb3wV3 and open the folder “Signature Camera Applications
and Documentation”
 Right click on “Signature Button Control with Protocol” and select download from
the pop-up menu.
 Place this program in your location of choice.
I had to let my security software (Norton) know that this program was safe. It
quarantined it the first time I ran it.
Connect all cables between the Signature and the Computer first. Then connect
power to the Signature Camera. Although you may be connecting the cable using a
USB port on your PC, the PC will see the connection as a Serial connection. The
computer needs to know that you have a Serial cable and what port it must activate
(this is done automatically when you plug in your Serial cable to a USB port on your
computer). The Signature camera looks for a Serial connection when powered up.
 Start your Video Display Software (AMCAP) and connect to Video Adapter
You will need to know what COM port the RS485 Cable Adapter is connected to.
To determine this:
 Windows 7: Click on the Start Button
Windows 8.1: Hold down the WIN key and press the X key
 Choose and enter into the Control Panel
 Go into Hardware and Sound
 Click on the Device Manager
 Click on Ports (COM and LPT) to open
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You should see the USB Serial Ports on your computer with the COM port number
following. Note how mine says COM5.
You can select that port and modify the properties if required, (my software will do that
automatically) but if you feel the urge then the following are the settings for the Signature
Camera:
Communication Speed: 19200
Data length: 8 bit
Parity: None
Stop Bit: 1 bit
Flow control: None
If you get a popup message about a “connection error with serial I/O in the message”
whenever you press a button, this means that the COM port is not communicating
with the program. Just recheck connections.
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 When the Signature Camera is powered up and your Video Display Software
(AMCAP) is running (so you have a wonderful image of something in your
display, for me it is always corn in the farmer’s field).
 Double click on application: Signature Button Control.exe or on Signature Button
Control with Protocol.exe (depending upon which version you downloaded)
The following image should appear on the screen.
The Signature
Camera has a
Communication ID
number. The Default
should be “001”. That
is the ID number I
expect from your
camera. So go into the
Special Function (2/2)
menu and ensure that
the COMM ID is set
to 001.
Notice that the Rear Panel box is shaded red (this indicates that software does not yet allow you
to control the camera (patience, my friends, there is a reason for this).
I, hopefully, have the software reading the available COM ports on your computer and it should
display them in the PC Com Port Box (On the above sample image, it is displaying COM3). You
will need to click on the COM button to display all of the available Com Ports, then click on the
Com Port that your Signature Camera is connected to. (In my case, my Signature is actually
connected to COM5, so I would choose COM5 from the drop down list, and now my PC Com
Port would display COM5.
Note: we still have not activated the software control yet, so a little more patience.
When you are ready to control the camera with this software, just click on the Activate
Emulation button in the Activate Menu box at the top of the screen.
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Three things should happen (if the gods are on our side):
 The Real Panel box will turn green and the buttons will be activated.
 The Signature Menu should now appear over your Signature image on the display
software of your video software you are using.
 You may hear a beep (if your computer has speakers connected to windows driver).
If no menu pops up on your display software:
 Double check my Connecting Signature to Computer section on the last page.
Double check everything.
 Is your COM port the correct one?
 Is the Camera Id set to “001”
 Try clicking on the Activate Emulation button again
 You must have irked the gods at some point in your life. I find screaming helps.
If you obtain the Menu on your display software, then you can use the buttons in the Rear Panel
just as you would on the back of the Signature. Happy pressing.
To turn off the Menu display, just maneuver to the EXIT choice on
the Signature OSD display as you would if you were controlling the
Signature by pressing buttons on the back. To bring back up the
Menu choice, just click on the Activate Emulation button on my
software. Remember the Signature Camera will automatically close
down the OSD Menu if it senses no activity.
When any piece of software has control of the buttons (such as this one), I found
that the Signature will deactivate the manual control of the buttons on the back on
the Camera (a safety measure I guess). If you need to get back manual control of the
camera; click on the Deactivate Emulation button in the Manual Control box on my
software and you have full manual control (notice that the Rear Panel will turn red
to remind you that software does not control the buttons). You will need to click on
the Activate Emulation to reactivate software control of the buttons.
When you are finished with the software (hopefully for the evening, not forever), Click on the
Exit button in the Exit Program box. This will reactivate manual control to the Signature,
deactivate the COM port, and shut itself down.
You then can control the Signature just like you were pushing the buttons at the back of the
Signature Camera. See chapter Controlling the Signature using Buttons except rather than
holding the CENTRE button own for three seconds to activate the OSD, you need only press the
Activate Emulation button on the software.
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Using “Signature Application Software”
This is a simple program that allows me to control the RED LED version of the Signature camera
from my computer using a USB to RS485 Cable (see: “Hooking up Hardware” in Chapter 1 of
this manual).
Before Starting the Software
Use the back buttons on the Signature and go into the second Special Function Menu and set
the COMM ID to 001. This is required as the Default 000 Signature setting disables the
Communications.
The Signature will remember this new COMM ID the next time you start the camera.
Only when you do a Factory reset, does the Signature revert back to COMM ID 000.
Starting the Software
When the Signature camera is powered
up and your video software is running
(so you have a wonderful image of
something in your display, for me it is
always corn in the farmer’s field).
 Double click on application:
Signature Control.exe
(Remember Norton, or whatever
security software you use, might
not like the software. So, if
prompted, tell Norton that the
software is OK, Norton deleted
the software on my computer
first then asked if it was Ok, then
brought it back out of
Quarantine)
The following image should appear on
the screen.
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Step 1
Click on the
Configuration tab at
the top of the program.
The following screen
should appear.
The Signature Camera has a
Communication ID number.
The Default should be “001”.
That is the ID number that
the software expects from
your camera (the factory
default is 000). So go into
the Special Function (2/2)
menu on the Signature
camera by using the back
buttons and ensure that the
COMM ID is 001.
Step 2
I, hopefully, have the software reading the available COM ports on your
computer and it should display them in the PC Com Port Box (On the sample
image, it is displaying COM3). You will need to click that button to display all of
the available Com Ports, then click on the Com Port that your Signature Camera
is connected to. (In my case, my Signature is actually connected to COM5, so I
would choose COM5 from the drop down list, and now my PC Com Port would
display COM5.
Note: The current Com Port also appears at the top of the screen by the
Program name.
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Click on the “Check Comm Port” button.
The software will respond with a message letting you know if the software and
the Signature are communicating
If you get the message “I said Hello, and the Signature didn’t like me”, then there
is a communications problem between the Signature and the software double
check the procedure “Connecting the Signature to Computer”
Some Notes
 You can load the Signatures current values so that the software matches the Signature
by using the “Read from Camera” button (it can take up to 30 seconds). I recommend
doing this unless you are going to issue a “Load from File”
 You can save your current Software camera settings by clicking on “Save to File” and
giving it any name you choose. (can take up to 30 seconds)
 You can load a previous setting file into the Signature by clicking on “Load from File”
and choosing a previous settings list to load. (Can take up to 30 seconds)
 You can activate the back buttons simulator on the Signature by clicking on the
“Enhance/Buttons” tab and clicking on the “Activate Keypad” check box (note: you will
have to use these buttons to get to the EXIT menu choice for the Signature onscreen
Buttons commands to deactivate). Remember if you change a value by using the back
buttons (either through software or actually pressing the buttons), the Software will not
know what changes you made (you can do a “Read from Camera” to synch them up)
 Be gentle with the program as the Signature has to send an acknowledgement
command back to the software every time you click on the button, and depending upon
how much buffer is available, this will indicate how fast the camera can respond without
getting confused.
Note: When any piece of software has control of the back buttons on the Signature (such as
this one), I found that the Signature will deactivate the manual control of the buttons on
the back on the Camera (a safety measure I guess). If you need to get back manual
control of the camera; click on the Deactivate Emulation button in the Manual Control
box on my software and you have full manual control (notice that the Rear Panel will
turn red to remind you that software does not control the buttons). You will need to
click on the Activate Emulation to reactivate software control of the buttons.
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If you had the software running and the computer hangs up (of cause not because of
my software, I regularly sacrifice cookies to the gods), then just wait a few minutes and
the Signature will automatically deactivate the Menu display on the display screen and
you will again have manual control. Unplugging the Camera also works. Worst case,
selecting factory defaults from the back of the Signature
When you are finished with the software (hopefully for the evening, not forever), Click on the
Exit button in the Configuration tab. This will reactivate manual control to the Signature,
deactivate the COM port, and shut itself down.
Connecting the RED LED Signature to Computer:
See the section “Hooking up Hardware" in “The Camera (RS485 Connection)” Heading of
“Chapter 1”
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Reference
Appendix A – OSD Menu
LUMINANCE MENU1 (1/4)
ALC
Automatic Luminance Control is one of the
three Luminance control Modes used by
the Signature (the other two are FIX
SHUTTER and AES Control).
You can Turn it ON (and adjust the
Luminance Level), OFF, or select FLC
(Flick Less)
This control will try to control the camera
but was designed for daytime use.
If ALC is set to ON, then AES is
automatically set to OFF
For Astronomy use: OFF
AES
Auto Electric Shutter is one of the three
Luminance control Modes used by the
Signature (the other two are FIX
SHUTTER and ALC).
You can Turn it ON (and adjust the
Luminance Level), or OFF
If ALC is set to ON, then AES is
This control will try to control the shutter,
but was designed for daytime use.
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Fix Shutter is one of the three Luminance
control Modes used by the Signature (the
other two are AES and ALC).
You can Turn it ON (and adjust the
Shutter Speed), or OFF.
Use this to control the Shutter, the 1/30
is longer so objects may appear bright
while 1/10000 is a shorter exposure so
objects may appear dim. Play with
exposure settings to give correct
brightness of object
Shutter Speed settings in seconds:
1/30,1/50,1/60,1/100,1/120,1/180,1/350,
1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000,
1/10000
If FIX SHUTTER is set to ON, then AES is
automatically set to OFF
For Astronomy use: ON
PEAK AVERAGE
Peak detecting mode is a way to
determine exposure index by average
value of the whole image.
System will adjust image brightness. BLC
and XDR turn off when PEAK AVERAGE
set to on
For Astronomy use: OFF
BACK LIGHT
The backlight correction is useful when the
background is brighter than the subject. It
adjusts the exposure.
I don’t touch this command in Signature
Application Software
For Astronomy use: OFF
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Extended Dynamic Range is used to
increase the ability to see objects in
dimmer area of the screen.
When XDR is set to LOW then the
GAMMA setting automatically sets to 0.45
(at least is says so, But I don’t see it
changing on the Signature).
For Astronomy use: Experiment
GAMMA
Adjusts the brightness of image. It is
actually the exponent on a power function
thus CRT’s and Laptops may require
different settings to enhance signal.
For dimmer objects set GAMMA to 1.00
for Medium set GAMMA to 0.7 and
brighter objects set GAMMA to 0.45.
When set to 1.00 then XDR, FOG,
ECLIPSE are automatically set to OFF (at
least that what is says in the manual. But I
don’t see it doing it. I do set them OFF in
my software.
For Astronomy use: YES
LUMINANCE MENU2 (2/4)
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Auto Gain Control tells the camera how
much amplifier gain you would like it to
apply to the signal coming out of the CCD.
It’s similar to cranking up the ISO setting
on your digital camera. The trick is to get
the best image with smallest value.
For Astronomy use: set to FIX and adjust
SLOW SHUTTER
Slow Shutter allows you to set exposures
to: 1/15s, 1/8s, 1/4s, 1/2s, 1s, 2s, 4s, and
8s. This setting is used for those dim
planets.
This Slow Shutter affects the timing of
everything in the camera. If set to say 2s,
then it will take 2s for the Menu Buttons to
respond and display. Use caution when
using due to response delay.
For Astronomy use: Optional
DNR
Digital Noise Reduction this setting has 4
levels (OFF, LOW, MED, HIGH) which
may assist is removing noise from image
or actual image details. Experiment with
this setting.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
DAY/NIGHT
This setting adjusts the Signature to
expect to be imaging either bright objects
(DAY) or dim objects (NIGHT). Since most
Solar Systems objects are bright, set to
DAY and leave it there.
For Astronomy use: DAY
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The Fog Reduction setting has 4 levels
FOG REDUCTION
(OFF, LOW, MID, HIGH).
It provides the ability to reduce the I/R
component (capture) of the image.
When activated it automatically sets
ECLIPSE to OFF and sets GAMMA to
0.45 (at least that’s what the manual says,
but I don’t see it happening on the
camera. I do turn Gamma to 0.45 is my
software).
For Astronomy use: Experiment
ECLIPSE
Eclipse acts like a coronagraph which tries
to block out bright components on the
image.
When activated FOG REDUCTION is
automatically set to OFF and GAMMA is
set to 0.45 (at least that’s what the manual
says, but I don’t see it happening. I do turn
Gamma to 0.45 in my software)
For Astronomy use: Optional
ENHANCE
Acts like APC (Advanced Pixel Control) on
other cameras. It controls the amount of
internal digital signal processing. If the
values are too high then the stars look too
blocky or may have Halos around them.
ENHANCE lets you manipulate sharpness
and the rendering of fine detail. The effect
is much like unsharp masking.
You can control either the horizontal or the
vertical component of the pixel. The higher
the level the more “blocky” the pixel looks.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
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COLOR MENU (3/4)
COLOR MODE
When set to ON the Signature will display
Colour. When set to AUTO, you can adjust
the AGC SUPPRESS Level. When set to
OFF you get Black and White image but
with subcarrier ON, also when you select
MONO you will also obtain a Black and
White image with subcarrier OFF.
A subcarrier carries more information.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
WHITE BALANCE
The Signature camera provides two type
of White Balance control (adjusts colours
depending upon seeing and brightness).
Auto Trace White functions by detecting
white color in the scene at a color
temperature from 2500 to 8000 Kelvin.
The color temperature is being monitored
continuously and the white balance is set
automatically by internal controller.
Auto White Balance is a preset type
function whereby white color in the scene
is detected and white balance is
automatically adjusted to image on
screen, then the setting status is stored. It
automatically memorizes the adjusted
white balance value every time the AWB
button is turned on
For Astronomy use: Experiment
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The YUV model comprises luminance (Y)
and two colour difference (U, V)
components. The luminance can be
computed as a weighted sum of red,
green and blue components; the color
difference, or chrominance, components
are formed by subtracting luminance from
blue and from red
The UV representation of chrominance
was chosen over straight Red and Blue
signals because U and V are color
difference signal. These settings allows
you to adjust the colours difference values
to help match the colours on the image to
what they should be in the real world.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
COLOR GAIN
This setting allows you to increase the
colour saturation of the image on the
screen.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
COLOR TONE
Allows you to adjust the colour tone of the
displayed images.
The Red color difference signal is
processed through R-Y and the Blue color
difference signal is processed through B-Y
Y holds the luminance value
For Astronomy use: Experiment
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SETUP MENU (4/4)
LANGUAGE
Just in case English isn’t your thing, your
can choose Japanese, Traditional
Chinese, or Simplified Chinese.
For Astronomy use: Optional
TITLE
This setting allow you to create a small
message that can appear either at the Top
or Bottom of the screen.
The message length is restricted to 24
characters.
For Astronomy use: Optional
DEFAULT
Use this setting specifically to reset the
Signature to its Factory settings. Comes in
handy if you have messed up settings and
have lost communications.
Note: Camera ID is set to 000, which turns
off RS485 communications.
You can save a current set of settings in
the camera and reload those settings
when required.
For Astronomy use: Optional
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SPECIAL FUNCTIONS (1/2)
PRIORITY
This allows you to prioritize the
Signature’s Sense UP capabilities. SLOW
SHUTTER slows down all operations of
the camera even the menu display and
button response. Be patient when using
this setting.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
MOTION DETECT
This setting doesn’t have a use (that I can
think of in Astronomy. Not even included
in my software.
For Astronomy use: OFF
DIGITAL ZOOM
This setting allows you to zoom into a
specific area of your screen. About a 4
times zoom is available
For Astronomy use: Experiment
H/V REVERSE
This setting allows you reverse either the
Horizontal or the Vertical or even both
Horizontal and Vertical image on the
camera.
For Astronomy use: Optional
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These settings allow you to match the
video output resolution to your capture
device’s (or monitor) input resolution:
720p60 @ 74.25MHz/16bit,
1080p30 @ 74.25MHz/16bit,
720p30 (A) @74.25MHz/16bit,
720p30 (B) @37.125MHz/16bit,
720p30 (C) @74.25MHz/8bit,
1080i60@74.25MHz/16bit
You can even adjust the aspect ratio on
your image to better match your
equipment.
For Astronomy use: Experiment
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS (1/2)
PRIVACY MASK
This setting allows you to black out certain
areas of the screen.
For Astronomy use: OFF
CROSS LINE
With this setting the Signature will draw a
set of thin lines that cross. You can use
this CROSS LINE to centre on a planet.
You can adjust the cross lines up down
left and right to match your requirements.
Default puts them back to the centre after
you have moved them.
For Astronomy use: OPTIONAL
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This setting when set to ON will freeze the
image.
When set to OFF, real time image
continues of the screen.
For Astronomy use: OPTIONAL
POSI/NEGA
This setting is used to invert the image
colour-wise (black becomes white and
white becomes black, and each colour
switches to its complementary colour).
For Astronomy use: OPTIONAL
COMM ID
This setting is used to set the
communication ID for the Signature
camera. The Default is 000 which has no
communications abilities. When set to any
other ID (001 to 127) then it can
communicate thru the RS485 port.
My software expects ID number 001. So if
your are using the software “Buttons
Control” then set the COMM ID to 001
For Astronomy use: OPTIONAL
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Appendix B – Special Button Power Sequences
The Signature Camera has some Power Up sequences that will turn ON or OFF specific
hardware features of the Camera. To activate the appropriate hardware features, just
HOLD DOWN the appropriate button(s) on the back of the Signature when you POWER
UP it up (Plug in the Power).
Button
Function
Turns on NTSC Mode
UP
Turns on PAL Mode
RIGHT
Toggles CVBS activation
DOWN
Note: May require active SDI
Toggles SDI activation
LEFT
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Cycles thru the activations of
Video Ports:
 All OFF
LEFT and DOWN
 CVBS ON, SDI OFF
 CVBS ON, SDI ON
 CVBS OFF, SDI ON
Determines current Video
settings on the Signature
If both SDV and HDV are active
then the camera will display
something like this:
CENTRE
 HDV DISPLAY 720p60
 SDV DISPLAY NTSC (16:9)

ASPECT NORMAL
Note: When you release the
Centre Button, Message
will disappear.
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Appendix C – Trouble Shooting Procedures
Problem
Solution
This is a power problem.

Check that the power plug is
completely inserted into the back
of the Signature.
The Back LED doesn’t light up

That you have 12V and 1A of
current from a correctly polarized
AC to DC adapter.

Ensure your 12V DC battery is
charged.
Port(s) may be deactivated.

Hold both the LEFT and DOWN
buttons on the back of the
Signature and Power Up. This
No Video Image from any
output port
process cycles thru the activation
of the ports.

See Appendix B
Signature is lost trying to complete a
task.

Have you activated SLOW
SHUTTER, as this slows down the
The OSD screen is frozen
internal operations of the camera
when looking at a dim object? If
so, try looking at a brighter object
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to get back response from the
camera and deactivate SLOW
SHUTTER.

Power Down and then Power
Back UP

See Chapter 4 in SETUP MENU
about how to do a Factor Reset
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Appendix D – Installing MCV
The MCV-1 and the MCV-1e both come nicely packed in its own see-through packaging. The
installation procedures will be the same for either package. The following are the techniques I
have used on 4 different computers (3 laptops and 1 desktop). Some are 32 bit and others are
64 bit, all run windows 7. I have not encountered any problems installing this way.
Note
Do some pre-planning to minimize frustration that may occur when Windows gets
a bit temperamental. I use both the Mallincam Xtreme and the Mallincam
Signature exclusively with computer control, so I needed to assign one USB port
for my video input (MCV) and another USB port for my serial cable (Belkin USB
Serial cable). I even label which port is which on my lap-top (just in case I forget). I
will always use the same port for each device, so that I will not have multiple
versions of the drivers for multiple USB ports (you are just teasing the windows
gods if you mix and match, and they will get even).
The MCV-1 and MCV-1e are heavy and depending upon your computer’s
manufacturer, the MCV may put some strain on the USB port. Therefore I use a
small 6” USB cable extender, and plug the extender into the USB port for and plug
the MCV into the other end of the extender.
Step 1
Open the Package
When you open the package you will find:
 1 mini CD
 1 User’s Manual
 MCV-1 (1e) Do not inset this into USB port until instructed
 Take the instruction booklet and the mini CD and place them on the table. If
your computer cannot handle a mini CD (you cannot physically lock the CD into
the centre hole of the CD drive), then you can down load the software by
following the next step
 Go to the MallincamUSA website and download the latest drivers for the MCV
device:
http://www.mallincamusa.com/Files/MVC-1%20Software%20CD.zip
This file is in a zip format, so you will need to unzip the file
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You should see 5 folders and about 4 other files inside the unzipped
folder.
Step 2
Insert the MCV-1 or MCV-1e
Remember the USB port you choose for the MCV; you will always use this USB
port for the MCV.
 The Windows will find new hardware and will attempt to load drivers. It
will most likely fail on one driver. Don’t worry that is why you have the
driver installation software.
 Either insert the CD or run the program autorun.exe in the folder of the
file you downloaded.
 When you see the green USB 2.0 HD HV Grabber screen, CLICK on the
option: Install Drivers.
 You may receive a Windows warning asking you if you want to allow the
installation to run, Click Yes.
 Follow the instructions on the Installation of USB Video/Audio Device
Driver Wizard that is displayed on the desktop.
 The installation takes under a minute. Once complete, you will be
presented with a notification windows, click Finish with the “Yes, I want
to restart my computer now” option selected.
 The computer will restart. Login in as you normally would.
 You don’t need to install any of the other files from the HD AV Grabber
installer.
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Checking out the MCV-1 or MCV-1e
It is always a good idea to check out the MCV-1e to see if it is running correctly
after you have done a first time installation.
 Start the Image software that you will using to display your Signature
Video image such as: AmpCap, SharpCap, VirtualDub,..)
 In the Video Device menu, you should see a Video Source called “USB
2828x Device”. This is the driver for either the MCV-1 or MCV-1e device.
This is the one we want. Select it
 Power up your Signature, and you should be able to see the camera’s
images on the video window of your software.
Note
Oh No, the video is not working correctly, strange stuff is happening and it is
not my camera
After you have checked all of the obvious: Power to the Signature, Software
(AMCAP) is pointing to the correct input device on the MCV (remember it has 2
connection types: RCA and SVIDEO).
 Down load the updated MCV-1 or MCV-1e driver from the Mallincam
Software Links Site:
I have put a copy here on my own site of the latest driver called:
BDA_UAC_WHQL_082311_Setup.rar
My file location: http://sdrv.ms/Lb3wV3
Note this is a RAR file, and you will need a free RAR extractor program
to unzip this file. A good free RAR extractor is called: 7-Zip
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Appendix E – Installing Blackmagic UltraStudio
The first step in installing the Blackmagic UltraStudio to your computer is to
attach the hardware to your computer.
Requirements:
 Compatible Computer with USB 3.0 Port
 Signature Camera
 Power Supply for signature Camera
 Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI
 HD-SDI Video Cable (SD59-BB50 - dual BNC connectors)
 USB 3.0 Cable
Procedure:
 Connect the SDI Video cable from the HD-SDI BNC connector on the back of the
Signature Camera to the BNC input connect on the Blackmagic UltraStudio.
 Connect the USB 3.0 cable from the BlackMagic UltraStudio to a USB 3.0 Port
on your computer.
 Power Up your Computer
 Power Up the Signature
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After the UltraStudio has been connected to your computer it is now time to install the
Blackmagic Drivers onto your computer.
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1. Ensure you have the very latest driver. Visit
www.blackmagicdesign.com/support
2. Open the “Desktop Video” folder and launch the
“Desktop Video” installer.
3. The drivers will now be installed on your system.
An alert will appear: “Do you want to allow the
following program to install software on this
computer?” Click Yes to continue.
4. You will see a dialog bubble saying “found new
hardware” and the hardware wizard will appear.
Select “install automatically” and the system will
find the required Desktop Video drivers. You will
then receive another dialog bubble saying “your
new hardware is ready for use.”
5. Now restart your computer to enable the new
software drivers.
The Desktop Video software installer installs the
following components:
Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers
Blackmagic Design Control Panel

Blackmagic Design LiveKey

Blackmagic Media Express

Blackmagic Multibridge Utility

Blackmagic AVI and QuickTime™ codecs

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

Adobe® Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop presets and plug-ins

Avid Media Composer 6.x plug-ins

eyeon Fusion plug-ins
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If this is the first time you are trying to connect the Signature to the
UltraStudio, you will need to check and if necessary change the HD output to
1080p30. Connect your Signature using the Composite video port (Not the
SDI HD) to your computer then using any video display capture software
(AMCAP), hold the middle key on the Signature to obtain the menu, using
the “Right Arrow” get to “Special Function (1/2)” Menu, Select it using “Middle
Button” . Using the down arrow, choose “Display Mode”. Within “Display
Mode”, ensure that the “HDV” is set to “1080p30”
It is also worth your while to get the Signature working using the Standard composite
BNC connection, It has “less” requirement in synching with other software. You can
output both SDI and Composite at the same time. I use composite if I broadcast on NSN,
and SDI if I save my images or just want to look at a higher resolution video for outreach
purposes.
Note: I have found that Versions later than 9.5.2 of Blackmagic Design Desktop Video,
use too much cpu cycle time for the Blackmagic Media Express to lock on, and
you cannot obtain a video image with the Dell XPS Laptop. But, you can use the
Blackmagic WDM to obtain an image with SharpCap or Virtual Dub (both have
the capability to grab 1080p data. These two software packages are how I
normally capture images from the UltraStudio.
Getting SDI Video Images
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Step 1: Power up the Signature (LED light should shine, Mine is the RED LED version)
Step 2: Power up the Computer
Step 3: Activate the Windows “Control Panel”
Step 4: Select “Hardware and Sound”
Step 5: You should have a selection “Blackmagic Design Control Panel” near the
bottom, select it
Step 6: Match my settings as seen in picture below (Check “Use 1080p not 1080psf”)
Step 7: Select OK to accept these settings and close the “Control Panel”
Step 8: Start the “Blackmagic Media Express” software
Step 9: Under the “EDIT” tab, choose “Preferences”
Step 10: In the “Project Video Format” Drop-Down, choose “HD1080p 30”
Step 11: If you are going to save video you can change the “Capture File format” to “AVI
10 bit”
Step 12: Match the settings I have below (you can always adjust them later, but ensure
at 1080p 30)
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You should be up and running.
Note have the “Blackmagic Media Express” selected to the “Log and Capture” Tab, this
is the Video Display Window, the other tabs allow you to play videos that you have
captured.
Using other Software
You can view the video with other software rather than the “Blackmagic Media Express”.
For example using the SharpCap, select the camera to “Blackmagic WDM Capture”. In
the “Video Control Panel” of Sharpcap, ensure you have 25fps at 1920 x 1080.
Remember it takes about 5 seconds or so before the image makes it to the screen (at lot
of syncing going on here) Note: sometime syncing is a problem, so with Sharpcap, if
you do not see an image after a few seconds, change the frame rate, It may take a few
selection until you obtain an image.
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If you are using other software besides “Blackmagic Media Express” that software has to
capture 1920 x 1080 otherwise you will see only a zoomed portion of the actual screen.
(I use the SharpCap software).
The crucial thing to remember when using SDI output, is that you need to
match the output mode (say 1080p30) to the input mode of any hardware or
software that is capturing the image.
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Appendix F – RS485 Connection Options
This appendix includes the current list of compatible RS485 adapters that users have
successfully connected to the Signature Camera.
US Converters RS485/422 cable converter Model Number XS890
This RS485/422 adapter can be purchased at the US Converters online website
(http://www.usconverters.com/) for about $40 US
USB to RS485/422 Cable
Screw Terminal Board
Rock’s Signature Connector
This is a high quality Plug-and-Play USB to RS485 / RS422 converter optimized for
Windows 7 and Windows 8 but will also work perfectly fine with Windows 98, 2000, XP
and Vista. The RS485 / RS422 end is a standard 9-pin D-sub connector with a Screw
Terminal Board included for easy connection of cables from Rock’s RS485 Signature
Connector. The cable length is about 56” and can be extended via a USB extender cable
at the USB end, or a set of longer wires between the Screw Terminal Board and Rock’ s
Signature Connector.
Connecting Hardware
Attach Rock’s Signature Connector to the Screw Terminal Board by matching R+, Rand GND.
R+
GND
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Attach: Red (R+) wires to left (first) pin on Screw Terminal
Board, Black (R-) wire to second pin on the Screw
Terminal Board, and Yellow (GND) wire to 5th pin on the
Screw Terminal Board.
Once attached, connect this combination to the USB to
RS485/422 Cable. You should now have connection path
that allows you to attach one end to a USB Port on your computer and the other end to
the RS-485 Port on the back of the Signature camera.
Installing Driver Software
Plug in the completed cable into a free USB Port on your computer. Windows should
automatically download and install the correct drivers from internet that are needed to
run this converter.
Once completed a message similar to the one below should appear.
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Make note of the COM Port number that Windows assigns to your USB to RS485/422
cable Adapter, for this will be required by the software that controls the Signature.
Windows Operating system knows nothing about RS485, all it knows is that you
have a USB device attached, and that this device is acting like a Serial Cable.
If Windows cannot load the drivers from the internet, then just follow the instructions that
came with your RS485 adapter. There should be a CD that came with your USB to
RS485/422 Cable Adapter that contains all of the necessary drivers. Better still, visit the
website of the US Converters and download and install the latest drivers for your specific
operating system.
US Converters RS232 -RS485 Converter Model Number XS201A
This RS232 adapter can be purchased at the US Converters online website
(http://www.usconverters.com/) for about $20 US, but you will need a USB to RS232
Adapter and RS232 Cable extender (Male-to-Female) of a length that meets your
distance requirements. With this system, it is assumed that you already have a USB to
RS232 Adapter installed, so no software installation is required.
USB to RS232 Adapter
RS232 Cable
US Converters
RS232 to RS485
Rock’s Signature
Connector
Adapter
Connecting Hardware
This setup assumes that you already have an installed USB to RS232 Adapter. Then
you only need to attach your Male-to-Female RS232 Cable (Serial cable) to your USB to
RS232 Adapter. Now attach the US Converters RS232 to RS485 converter to the RS232
Cable.
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Finally attach Rock’s Signature Connector to the green Screw Terminal Board of the US
Converters RS232 to RS485 Adapter.
When attaching Rock’s Signature Connector to the Screw Terminal Board by matching
R+, R- and GND.
R+
GND
R-
Attach: Red (R+) wires to left (first) pin on Screw Terminal Board, Black (R-) wire to
second pin on the Screw Terminal Board, and Yellow (GND) wire to 3rd pin on the Screw
Terminal Board.
Once attached, you should now have connection path that allows you to attach one end
to a USB Port on your computer and the other end to the RS-485 Port on the back of the
Signature camera.
Windows Operating system knows nothing about RS485, all it knows is that
you have a USB device attached and this device is acting like a Serial Cable.
Appendix G – Signature Setting Example Sheets
The following pages are due to the hard work of both Steve Hempell and Jack
Huerkamp. I have included their worksheets and setting here:
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Mallincam Signature Settings
Telescope (Aperture, F ratio):
Object Observed:
MENU
1 OF 4
2 OF 4
Setting
LUMINANCE MENU 1
ALC
FLC
AES
FIX SHUTTER
PEAK AVERAGE
BACK LIGHT
XDR
GAMMA
LUMINANCE MENU 2
AGC
AUTO
FIX
SLOW SHUTTER
DNR
DAY/NIGHT
AUTO
FOG REDUCTION
ECLIPSE
SHARPNESS
ENHANCE
HDV
SDV
3 OF 4
COLOR MENU
COLOR MODE
WHITE BALANCE
UV MATRIX
AUTO
ATW
AWB
V
Settings
On/Off/Auto
Value
Luminance Level
Luminance Level
Shutter Speed
Peak Mix Level
Area
Low/Med/ High
1.0, 0.45, CRT, LCD
4 OF 4
DISPLAY MODE
DIGITAL OUT
Barlow
Focal Reducer
Spacers
Max Gain Level dB
Fix Gain Level dB
Limit Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Day, Night, Compl
Hold Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Low, Med, High
Site type
Seeing
Transparency
H
V
H
V
See: http://www.
Skyandtelescope.com//
Resources/darksky/3304011.
html for site type or
See: http://www.astromax.
Org/faq/aa01faq14.htm
For seeing and
transparency
Gain Control
AGC Suppress Level
Color Offset
Color Offset
Notes:
R
G
B
R
G
B
Gain Control
R-Y Level
B-Y Level
SETUP MENU
SPECIAL FUNC 1
PRIORITY
MOTION DETECT
DISPLAY
DIGITAL ZOOM
HDV/SDV
ASPECT
CODE
CLOCK
RANGE
Telescope Accessories Etc.
Filter(s)
Other
H
COLOR GAIN
COLOR TONE
Monitor Type:
Computer Config:
AGC, SLOW SHUTTER
AREA SENSE LEVEL
TIME
MAG
POSITION
720P60 ETC/ 4:3, 16:9
NORMAL/FULL
POSI, NEGA
NORMAL, FULL
Mallincam Signature Settings
Orion XT-12,f/4.9
Mars
MENU
1 OF 4
2 OF 4
Setting
LUMINANCE MENU 1
ALC
FLC
AES
FIX SHUTTER
PEAK AVERAGE
BACK LIGHT
XDR
GAMMA
LUMINANCE MENU 2
AGC
AUTO
FIX
SLOW SHUTTER
DNR
DAY/NIGHT
AUTO
FOG REDUCTION
ECLIPSE
SHARPNESS
ENHANCE
HDV
COLOR MENU
COLOR MODE
Off
Off
Off
1/30
Off
Off
Off
1
WHITE BALANCE
UV MATRIX
Value
Luminance Level
Luminance Level
Shutter Speed
Peak Mix Level
Area
Low/Med/ High
1.0, 0.45, CRT, LCD
On
Off
Off
Night
4 OF 4
SETUP MENU
SPECIAL FUNC 1
PRIORITY
MOTION DETECT
DISPLAY
DIGITAL ZOOM
DISPLAY MODE
DIGITAL OUT
HDV/SDV
ASPECT
CODE
CLOCK
RANGE
Barlow
Focal Reducer
Spacers
Off
Off
Max Gain Level dB
Fix Gain Level dB
Limit Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Day, Night, Compl
Hold Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Low, Med, High
6 db
Site type
On
Seeing
Transparency
See: http://www.
Skyandtelescope.com//
Resources/darksky/3304011.
html for site type or
See: http://www.astromax.
Org/faq/aa01faq14.htm
For seeing and
transparency
Gain Control
AGC Suppress Level
Color Offset
Color Offset
Notes:
R
G
B
R
G
B
Gain Control
R-Y Level
B-Y Level
+104
-105
+34
+127
+81
-128
4
15
10
AGC, SLOW SHUTTER
AREA SENSE LEVEL
TIME
MAG
POSITION
720P60 ETC/ 4:3, 16:9
NORMAL/FULL
Normal
POSI, NEGA
NORMAL, FULL
home
night
H
V
H
V
H
COLOR GAIN
COLOR TONE
Telescope Accessories Etc.
Filter(s)
IR
Other
On
AUTO
ATW
AWB
V
Settings
On/Off/Auto
SDV
3 OF 4
Speco
Computer Config:
Mallincam Signature Settings
Telescope (Aperture, F ratio): LX 200
14” F10 Camera@ Prime Focus
Setting
Settings
JUPITER
MENU
1 OF 4
2 OF 4
LUMINANCE MENU 1
ALC
FLC
AES
FIX SHUTTER
PEAK AVERAGE
BACK LIGHT
XDR
GAMMA
LUMINANCE MENU 2
AGC
AUTO
FIX
SLOW SHUTTER
DNR
DAY/NIGHT
AUTO
FOG REDUCTION
ECLIPSE
SHARPNESS
ENHANCE
HDV
On/Off/Auto
Off
Off
Off
On
Off
Off
Off
1
COLOR MENU
COLOR MODE
On
Off
Off
Night
Off
Off
On
WHITE BALANCE
UV MATRIX
On
Spacers
CRT
8 db
OFF
ON
HDV/SDV
ASPECT
CODE
CLOCK
RANGE
Gain Control
AGC Suppress Level
Color Offset
Color Offset
home
Seeing
4
Transparency
4
-35
-35
+50
+50
See: http://www.
Skyandtelescope.com//
Resources/darksky/3304011.
html for site type or
00
See: http://www.astromax.
Org/faq/aa01faq14.htm
For seeing and
transparency
Notes:
AGC, SLOW SHUTTER
AREA SENSE LEVEL
TIME
MAG
POSITION
720P60 ETC/ 4:3, 16:9
NORMAL/FULL
POSI, NEGA
NORMAL, FULL
Site type
Day
Gain Control
R-Y Level
B-Y Level
SETUP MENU
SPECIAL FUNC 1
PRIORITY
MOTION DETECT
DISPLAY
DIGITAL ZOOM
DIGITAL OUT
Focal Reducer
R
G
B
R
G
B
COLOR GAIN
COLOR TONE
DISPLAY MODE
1/30
Max Gain Level dB
Fix Gain Level dB
Limit Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Day, Night, Compl
Hold Time Sec
Low, Med, High
Low, Med, High
H
4 OF 4
Barlow
H
V
H
V
On
AUTO
ATW
AWB
V
Luminance Level
Shutter Speed
Peak Mix Level
Area
Low/Med/ High
1.0, 0.45, CRT, LCD
Other
SDV
3 OF 4
Luminance Level
Monitor Type: COMPUTER LCD & CRT
Computer Config: ROXIO EASY VHS TO
DVD
Value
Telescope Accessories Etc.
Filter(s)
IR
0
0
0
0
0
0
-13
-35
-25
AGC
148
720p60
Normal
Using same settings Speco
9” showed grayish
Jupiter with two dark gray
bands
Same settings on ETX 125
On 2.5” car backup LCD HR
Monitor showed gray sharp
Jupiter with dark gray bands.
(better viewing night than
Above)
On night with bad viewing
On ETX 125 showed blueish
Fuzzy Jupiter, no bands
On computer screen using
Syntek DC-112 X and
Deep Sky Imaging software
MALLINCAM SIGNATURE SETTINGS
Object Observed
Monitor
Telescope/Aperture
Computer
MENU
1 OF 4
PLANETARY
LUMINANCE MENU 1
ALC
AES
FIX SHUTTER
PEAK AVERAGE
BACK LIGHT
XDR
GAMMA
2 OF 4
LUMINANCE MENU 2
AGC
SLOW SHUTTER
DNR
DAY/NIGHT
FOR REDUCTION
ECLIPSE
SHARPNESS
ENHANCE
3 OF 4
COLOR MENU
COLOR MODE
WHITE BALANCE
UV MATRIX – V
UV MATRIX – H
COLOR GAIN
COLOR TONE R-Y
COLOR TONE B-Y
4 OF 4
SETUP MENU
SPECIAL FUNCTION 1
PRIORITY
MOTION DETECT
DIGITAL ZOOM
H/V REVERSE
DISPLAY MODE
SPECIAL FUNCTION 2
PRIVACY MASK
Telescope Accessories
Filter(s)
Etc.
Notes:
LUNAR
SOLAR
DSO
MALLINCAM SIGNATURE SETTINGS
Object Observed
Jupiter
Telescope/Aperture
MENU
1 OF 4
2 OF 4
4 OF 4
Computer
PLANETARY
LUNAR
SOLAR
LUMINANCE MENU 1
ALC
OFF
OFF
AES
ON
0FF
FIX SHUTTER
OFF
1/180
PEAK AVERAGE
OFF
0FF
BACK LIGHT
OFF
0FF
XDR
OFF
0FF
GAMMA
0.45
1
AGC
AUTO
FIX
SLOW SHUTTER
OFF
OFF
DNR
HIGH
OFF
DAY/NIGHT
DAY
DAY
FOR REDUCTION
OFF
OFF
ECLIPSE
OFF
OFF
SHARPNESS
ON
ON
LUMINANCE MENU 2
ENHANCE
3 OF 4
Monitor
8dB
H+30 V+30
COLOR MENU
COLOR MODE
AUTO
ON
WHITE BALANCE
ATW
ATW
UV MATRIX – V
0-0-0
UV MATRIX – H
0-0-0
R-128,G128,B+128
R-128,G128,B+128
COLOR GAIN
0
COLOR TONE R-Y
0
COLOR TONE B-Y
0
SETUP MENU
SPECIAL FUNCTION 1
PRIORITY
AGC
AGC
MOTION DETECT
OFF
OFF
DIGITAL ZOOM
OFF
OFF
H/V REVERSE
OFF
OFF
DISPLAY MODE
720p50,4:3
,NORMAL
SPECIAL FUNCTION 2
PRIVACY MASK
Telescope Accessories
Filter(s)
OFF
Etc.
Notes:
720P50,4:3,
NORMAL
DSO
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