Quick Start  Black and White Ultra II
Quick Start
Ultra II Black and White
1.3 Megapixel USB 2.0 Camera
Prepared by: Rebecca Gray
Date: March 23, 2005
Version: 5
Quick Start
Ultra II Black and White
1.3 Megapixel USB 2.0 Camera
This Quickstart guide shows how to take basic pictures and videos quickly.
For more detailed instructions, including installation, please consult the User Guide on the Ultra II Black
and White USB 2.0 Camera CD. (Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and select “View User
Guide”.)
1. Connecting the Camera to Your Computer
1A. This package contains the
Ultra II Black and White USB
2.0 camera, a USB cable to
connect the camera to your
computer, and a half-inch Cmount adapter to connect the
camera to a tripod.
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1B. Screw your half-inch camera
lens onto the front of the camera.
1C. Connect the USB cable
(included in the package) to the
mini USB port on the left of the
camera.
1D. Connect the camera to the
USB 2.0 port on your computer
with the USB cable.
1E. When the camera is plugged in for the first time, use the defaults suggested by the Install New
Hardware wizard.
1f. If additional Microsoft warnings are displayed, press the Continue Anyway button.
Your camera is ready to use now.
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2. Getting Started
2A. Double-click the
SMX150 USB2.0
icon on your desktop
(the desktop is the
main screen that
comes up after your
computer has
completely started).
2A.
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The USB 2.0 Camera application will start.
This window will be displayed.
2B. Click the Frequency arrow and drag the slider up
to the top level, 40 MHz (40 megahertz).
2C. Click the Exposure slider and
drag it upward, to the top of the
slider area.
2B.
2C.
2D. Open the iris of the camera lens.
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3. Getting An Image
3A. Press the green arrow icon in the upper left-hand corner.
3B. This View window will appear on your
computer screen. It shows what the camera
sees. To focus the camera, adjust the focus on
your camera lens.
If the view window is black, try the following:
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Be sure the lens cap is off.
Check the lens to be sure it is properly connected to the camera.
Open the iris on the lens to allow more light into the lens to see the image.
Check the USB 2.0 cable to be sure it is properly connected to the USB 2.0 port on your
computer.
If none of the above work, you are in trouble!
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4. Calibrating for Black and White
To calibrate for the correct brightness and levels of black in your image, use the “Find Best” button.
“Find Best” tells the camera how to calculate the difference between white and dark areas.
Always use “Find Best” when you start to use your camera, or whenever your lighting conditions
change.
“Find Best” works only when the camera is on.
4A. If the camera is off, press the green arrow icon in the upper left-hand corner.
4B. This View window will appear on your computer
screen. To focus the camera, adjust the focus on your
camera lens.
The “Find Best” button is in the Device Settings menu.
4C. Type Alt and S. Or, click on “Device”, then “Settings”.
4C.
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This Device Settings window will appear. Note that
the Color Mode controls are non-operational because
the Ultra II is a black and white camera.
4B. Press the “Find Best” button.
4B.
4C. A window will appear above the “Find Best”
button. It will display a blue bar showing how much of
the process is completed – 10%, 20%, etc. The process
takes about half a minute. After the blue bar reaches
100%, the window and the bar will disappear.
Re-adjust the Exposure control if needed. If the image
is too dark, adjust the Exposure slider upward. If it is
too light, move the Exposure slider downward. Your
settings will be saved automatically.
4C.
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5. Adjusting the Area Scanned by the Camera
The Viewport is the rectangular area where the image seen by the camera is scanned into your computer.
The largest Viewport size shows what the camera sees. The smaller sizes show only a portion of the
camera’s view.
The smaller the Viewport size, the higher the frame
rate for your video. For general use, you will want a
larger Viewport so that you can see more of your
image. However, when the frame rate is important,
select a smaller Viewport.
5A.
5A. To open Viewport Settings, press Alt and V, or
press “Settings” under “Viewport” on the main
menu.
This window called “Viewport Settings” will
appear. The blue shaded rectangle in the center
represents the size of the current Viewport area
compared to the size of the total possible
Viewport area.
5B. To change the Viewport size, check one of
the buttons on the “Predefined” control. For
general use, a larger Viewport setting is best.
5B.
When you change the Viewport size, you may
need to provide more light to the camera lens.
Adjust the exposure control slider upward, or
open the iris on the lens.
5C. To capture just one section of the total
view, click on the blue shaded rectangle with
the left mouse button and drag it to the area
you want to view. (Drag to the right to see
an area on the right, and drag to the left to
see an area on the left.) The changes are
displayed in the View window immediately.
5C.
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These pictures below show how capturing different sections of the Viewport Settings will give you
different views. Here, the Viewport setting shows the largest area possible.
In this example, the Viewport Setting shows just a small area of the total view. For this picture, the
Exposure slider was adjusted upward to allow more light into the lens.
5D. As you change your Viewport settings, your frame rate will be displayed in the far right corner of the
main menu. In this example, the smallest View window size will give you a frame rate of 354 fps, or 354
frames per second.
5D.
5D.
For information on manually setting the Viewport size with the “Offset” controls, please see the User Guide.
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6. Advanced Image Settings
6A. Type Alt and S. Or, click on “Device”, then
“Settings”.
6A.
This Device Settings window will appear.
Note that the Color Mode controls are nonoperational because the Ultra II is a black
and white camera.
6B.
6B. The Flip Image controls will flip the
image horizontally (sideways) and/or
vertically (upside down). Leave these
unchecked.
6C. Image Sensor Options –
For more information, please see the
User Guide.
6C.
6D. Get dark frame/Subtract Dark
Frame – This option is not necessary for
general use. It will reduce “fixed pattern
noise” – the grainy look that can happen at
higher exposure levels. Press “Get dark
frame”, then un-check “Subtract dark
frame”.
You can also reduce “noise” by increasing
the frequency setting and/or reducing the
exposure level.
6D.
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6. Advanced Image Settings -- Continued
6H.
6G
6E.
6F.
6D. External Trigger Polarity:
This option is for taking snapshots with an external trigger. Positive” enables the Trigger
input #1, and Negative enables trigger input #2. For more information, see the External
Trigger Connector diagram in the User Guide.
6F. Additional Options:
Direct Access to Driver Frame Memory: For general use, leave this unchecked. For more
information, see the User Guide.
Check Enable Image Correction: This enables the controls for brightness, contrast (the
difference between light and dark areas of the image), and gamma (the overall brightness and
hue).
Display Video on Program Startup: This option is not currently enabled.
6G. The Average Frames controls are used to increase the image quality of still pictures. For more
information, see the User Guide.
6H. Press the Close button to close the Device Settings window.
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7. Where and How to Store Videos and Pictures on Your
Computer
In the Capture Options section, you can select where to store your videos and pictures on your computer.
7A. For Capture Options, press Alt and C, or select
File, then Capture Options.
7A.
This Capture Options window will be displayed.
7B. In the Picture File Store Folder box, press the file
folder icon.
Select the computer “folder” where you would like
to store your videos or snapshots.
7B
7C.
7C. File Name Prefixes are set automatically by
combining a file name prefix and the number of the
last captured file plus one. For example, if the last
captured video file is “FRAME_15.bmp”, the next
file will be named “FRAME_16.bmp”. If you prefer,
you can change the file name prefixes.
You can also change single file names. Open the file folder on your computer where the files are stored,
right click on the file and select “Rename”.
For information on “Limits” and sequence counts, please see Section 9 of this Quickstart Guide,
Shooting Frames or Frame Sequences.
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8. Capturing Video Sequences
8A.
8D.
8C.
8F.
8D.
8A. To start the Video mode, press the green arrow icon in the upper left hand corner.
8B. This View window will appear on your computer
screen. To focus the camera, adjust the focus on your
camera lens.
8C. Set the camera settings as desired -- exposure, Viewport, etc.
8D. To shoot video and save it to a file on your computer, press F4 or the video camera button.
8E. To stop shooting video, press Esc or the red Stop Video button.
8F. To capture a single frame of a video, press F2 or the plain camera icon.
(For example, you might shoot single frames before shooting video to check shades and camera angles.)
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9. Shooting Frames or Frame Sequences
To shoot a frame sequence, bring up the Capture
Options screen.
9A. Press Alt and C, or select File, then Capture
Options.
9A.
9B. Check “Limit Sequence Count” and enter the
number of frames you want to shoot in sequence.
(This number must be higher than one.)
9C. Enter a number for the timing of your frame
sequence. A millisecond (ms) is 1/100th of a second.
If you set “Capture a frame every” to 100, you will
take one picture every 100 milliseconds.
For example, if you set “Limit Sequence Count” to
six frames and set “Capture a frame” to every 100
milliseconds, you will take six pictures at the speed
of one picture every 100 milliseconds, or six pictures
at the speed of one picture every tenth second.
The millisecond interval where you capture a frame
must be more than the current frame Exposure that
was set with the Exposure slider on the main menu.
9B.
9C.
For example, if your Exposure is 59, you must capture a frame at least every 60th millisecond. If it is less,
an error message will display and you will need to change either the exposure time or the number of
frames. For information on capturing frames as an average of frames, see the User Guide.
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9D. To shoot a frame sequence, press F3,
or the camera icon with the yellow plus sign.
9D.
The frame sequence will be saved as a bitmap file.
10. Shooting Snapshots or Single Frames
10A. To shoot a single frame, press F2, or the camera icon.
Your picture will be saved as a bitmap file.
10A.
10B.
10C.
10B. To take a picture in Snapshot mode, press Shift and F5, or press the Red Button.
This will stop the Video mode.
10E.
10C. Press F9, or press the Snapshot button.
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10D. The Snapshot View window will open
and the camera will shoot the photo.
10D.
10E. To close the Snapshot View window,
click on the red “X” in the upper right hand
corner.
You can also shoot snapshots with a “hardware
trigger” attached to your camera. For more
information, please see the User Guide.
11. Saving Camera Settings in “Profiles”
All of your current camera settings are automatically saved when you exit the program.
Profiles are camera settings saved as files. To store current settings in the Profile files, press Ctrl and S.
To load a saved profile, press Ctrl and O, then select the file name (*.pro).
12. Keyboard Shortcuts
Use these “shortcuts” to quickly start video displays and bring up different windows.
F2
F3
F4
F5
Shift + F5
or Esc
F12
Ctrl and “S”
Ctrl and “O”
Alt and “V”
Alt and “C”
Alt and “S”
E
Capture a single video frame as a picture
Capture a sequence of frames into a series of pictures
Capture a sequence of frames into an AVI (video) file
Start the live video display in the View window
Stop the live video display and closes the View window
Bring up the Main window when displaying the live video
Save a Camera Profile
Open a Camera Profile
Bring up the Viewport Settings Window
Bring up the Capture Options Window
Bring up the Device Settings Window
Auto Exposure
13A.
13. Closing the Program
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13A. To close the program, click the red “X” in the
upper right hand corner, or…
13B. Select “File”, then “Exit”.
13B.
For the complete user guide, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and select
“View User Guide”.
 2005 Computer Modules, Inc. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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