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PixController RF
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Connecting Cameras

Introduction Specs X10 PIR How it works Connecting Cameras Building Systems Antennas


Setting the DIP switch on the PixController RF Board


8-Position DIP Switch

Introduction
The 8-Position DIP switch on the PixController RF board is used to setup how the board controls the attached cameras, functions in day only, night only, 24 hour mode, and many more features. Listed below are instructions on how to setup the DIP switch feature on the RF board.

Note: When changing switch setting you must re-boot your PixController board. When re-booting you must wait approximately 30 seconds before turning power on again.

PIR Delay Setting (All Units)

Switches 1, 2, and control the delay between PIR events. This setting is used so you can limit or not limit the number of photos taken when a motion event triggers your board. For example when you set your system up on a trail you will want the minimum delay setting so you can capture as many photos as possible, but when setup over a feeder you want to use a longer PIR delay so you limit the number of photos of one animal.

PIR Delay
Digital Units

PIR Delay
Video Units

Switch 1

Switch 2

Switch 3

Trail Mode No Delay Down/Off Down/Off Down/Off
10 Seconds 30 Seconds Down/Off Down/Off Up/On
30 Seconds 1 Minute Down/Off Up/On Down/Off
1 Minute 2 Minutes Down/Off Up/On Up/On
5 Minutes 5 Minutes Up/On Down/Off Down/Off
10 Minutes 10 Minutes Up/On Down/Off Up/On
15 Minutes 15 Minutes Up/On Up/On Down/Off
20 Minutes 20 Minutes Up/On Up/On Up/On



Mode Setting
(All Units)

Switches 4 and 5 control the mode of operation of your PixController RF board. Here you can setup if the board is to function 24 hours a day, night only, day only, or walk test mode. 
Note: To put the PixController back into "Photo Taking Mode" change the switch settings of switch 4 and 5 to one of the three options above under the Day/Night Operation Setting, and power the PixController unit Off and On from the power switch. When in walk test mode you will hear one beep when a "A" sensor is triggered, and two beeps when a "B" sensor is triggered from the PixController RF boards speaker. Make sure the case is open so you can hear it.

 Mode Setting

Switch 4

Switch 5

24 Hour Operation Down/Off Down/Off
Night Only Down/Off Up/On
Day Only Up/On Down/Off
Walk Test Mode Up/On Up/On



Video Recording Time Setting
(Video Units only)

Switches 6 and 7 sets up the recording time for your video system.

Recording Time

Switch 6

Switch 7

30 Seconds  - Continuous recording as long as motion is present. Down/Off Down/Off
1 Minute Down/Off Up/On
2.5 Minutes Up/On Down/Off
5 Minutes Up/On Up/On

 

Picture Mode Setting (Digital Units only)

Switch 6 controls the operation of the attached camera. Here you can either setup your camera in digital still mode, or movie/double photo mode.  If you want to take digital movies with your digital camera you must have your digital camera setup in movie mode.

Picture Mode

Switch 6

Still Photo Down/Off
Movie or Double Photo Up/On


Camera Mode Setting (Digital Units only)

Switch 7 setup in "Movie Mode" then this switch setting is for 15 or 30 second movie clip, or the time delay between double photo mode. If you want to take digital movies with your digital camera you must have your digital camera setup in movie mode.

Camera Mode

Switch 7

15 second digital movie clip Down/Off
30 second digital movie clip Up/On


Use Power Up Sensor?
(All Units)

Switch 8 controls whether a Power Up "B" sensor is used.

Power Up Sensor Used

Switch 8

No Down/Off
Yes Up/On


Powering up the PixController RF board

To power up the system turn the Power on/off switch to the "on" position. You will hear a short melody from the PixController RF board letting you know it's powered on. Next there will be a 30 second delay. After this time expires you will hear 4 quick beeps which lets you know the system is going into a 1 minute auto walk test phase. If you walk past the X10 sensors at this point you will hear 1 beep for a "A" Sensor or trigger sensor, and 2 beeps for a "B" sensor or power up sensor. You may want to keep the case open so you can hear this from a distance. After this 1 minute walk test phase expires you will hear 4 quick beeps again letting you know the system is going "active". After this point the system is ready to take photos.

 


Digital Units with the PixController RF Board

Digital Camera Units for the PixController RF board need the following PIC chips installed:
  • RSS-RF (Olympus D-380/370 in always on mode)
  • RSP3i-RF  (Olympus D-380/370 on/off mode)
  • RSP4i-RF (Olympus D-390/395 on/off mode)
  • ACC-RF (Sony ACC-Terminal Digital Cameras, check list of cameras here)
  • RS-232-RF (RS-232 Plug-n-Play cameras, check list of cameras here)
  • Sony DSC-Pxx-RF (Olympus D-390/395 on/off mode)
  • Sony DSC-Uxx-RF (Olympus D-390/395 on/off mode)
  • Sony S40/S600/W35-RF (Olympus D-390/395 on/off mode)

Wiring Information (All cameras excluding ACC and RS-232):

Pix Controller RF Wiring
(Use Camera, Phone, or 2.5mm port)
To Digital Camera
(internal hardwire contacts)
Shutter Internal Shutter location
Refresh/Auto Focus Internal Refresh/Auto Focus location
Power On/Off Internal Power On/Off location
Ground/Common Internal Ground/Common location

ACC Terminal Configuration (use 2.5mm port - configure solder jumpers):
(Sony ACC digital camera)
 Solder Jumper:  J10, and J4

RS-232 Configuration (use 2.5mm port - configure solder jumpers):
(Olympus cameras such as the D-340R and D-360L)
 Solder Jumpers: J6, J8, J12

External Light Port:
Active under dark conditions. See Specs for wiring information. This port is active for all digital camera configurations.

 

Video Units with the PixController RF Board

Video Camera Units for the PixController RF board need the following PIC chips installed:
  • LANC-RF (Works with any Sony/Canon camcorder with a LANC editing port, check list of cameras here)
  • JVC-RF  (Works with any JVC camcorder with a J-LIP editing port, check list of cameras here)
  • DVR-RF (This mode simply turns on video/wireless cameras and sends a pulse to trigger a DVR unit for recording)

LANC Configuration (use 2.5mm port - configure solder jumpers):
(Sony/Canon LANC camcorders)
 Solder Jumper:  J10, and J4


JVC J-LIP Configuration (use 2.5mm port - configure solder jumpers):
  Wire RS-232 Rx  to the Tip of the 3.5mm male cable
  Wire LANC/JVC JLIP Tx to the Mid ring of the 3.5mm male cable
  Wire Ground to the Base ring of the 3.5mm cable


 
Radio Shack Part Number 42-2387A (3.5mm male to male cable)

External Light Port:
Active under dark conditions. See Specs for wiring information. This port is active for all video camera configurations.

 

 

Various types of setups using the PixController RF Board


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One sensor setup
 

One sensor setup

This is probably the most common setup people will build. Here the X10 motion sensor can be placed anywhere near a trail but have the camera back off the trail or above the trail for different types of applications. This is a great setup to catch people who trespass since you can hide the camera and only expose an inexpensive but small X10 sensor.

 


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One sensor setup
with multiple cameras

One sensor setup with multiple cameras

Here's the same setup as above, but with 2 cameras. This is great for guys needing 2 cameras to respond to one motion event at the exact same time. Researchers needing to identify both sides of the same animal will find this a very useful tool. There are many applications you can use for one sensor to set off several cameras.


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Basic setup using
A and B sensors

Basic setup using A and B sensors

Here's a basic use of the new PixController RF board. This diagram shows a setup using 1 PixController RF board and 3 X10 PIR wireless motion sensors. The RF board is connected to a Sony LANC camcorder (plug-n-play) setup, but this could be a digital camera or a 35mm camera too.

This board is setup to respond to any X10 sensor setup as a "B" House code for power up only. These sensors are setup outside the area of the camera and will power up the camera to make it ready if something passes in front of them. Then, when the animal passes in front of the X10 sensor setup for the "A" house code it will start recording.

Note, there are some fail safe features here. Say an animal passes in front of a "B" sensor and turns the camera on but never makes it down to the "A" sensor to record. There will be a setup time-out delay to power the camera down. Next, if the animal passes in front of the "A" sensor without ever tripping the "B" sensor the camera will just start powering up and recording.

Note: The above 2 setups can be used with a "B" sensor.

 


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Remote
"Groundhog Camera"

 

Remote Outdoor Surveillance

This setup is similar to above, but the sensors are placed at a distance to monitor an area of interest. One application is to look at an illegal dumping site. In this setup the sensors will be placed close to the dumping site with the camera at a longer distance away well hidden.

For wildlife use this is great for filming animal dens where you can go collect your camera tapes without putting out scents that may scare off a nervous mother.


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Personal
Zone Detection

 

Personal Zone Detection

This application may not be legal in a lot of states if used for hunting, but it can be used for other application for undercover security applications. If you plan to use this for a hunting situation you'll need to check with your game laws for use of electronic devices.

In this setup there is no camera attached to the PixController RF board. The RF board will simply play a soft tone for a zone that was entered. You can have up to 4 zones, and each sensor in that zone will be setup to a X10 house code.
 


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Camcorder Field Setup

Camcorder Field Setup

Here's another application using multiple X10 PIR sensors looking over a wide detection area. This is a great setup for a large field where you want to film a large detection area. Food plots and such are a great application of this setup. Just place sensors around the area you want to detect in and put your camcorder in an elevated position. Once any of the sensors detect motion they will start the camcorder recording. You can use a digital camera too in this setup.

 

 







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