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PixController Universal Camera Controller Board 
Sony/Canon LANC (Plug-n-Play for LANC Camcorders)

Overview Specs Board Dimensions Motion Sensor Camera Port Phone Jack 2.5mm Port

    
Introduction
The Sony/Canon LANC PixController Universal is a complete electronic kit to construct a Wildlife Video Surveillance Camera System, or Remote Video Security System. It uses an integrated Passive Infrared (PIR) detector which detects body heat and motion to trigger any LANC compatible Video Camcorder.  The board will send a command to the attached camcorder to power the camcorder on, record video for a user set amount of time, then power the camcorder off. The advantage of this type of unit is that you simply connect your camcorder to the board with the the supplied LANC cable. No camcorder modifications are needed. Note: This will only work on Sony/Canon models with a LANC port.  See below "Does my camcorder LANC port". The User Switch Settings let you adjust the delay between recording sessions, set the amount of recording time, and setup the Walk-Test PIR mode. To purchase the LANC PixController Universal just purchase the PixController Universal with the LANC PIC Chip.

Our LANC board can auto detect between NTSC and PAL version camcorders.



Universal Board DIP Switch Setup Information

  LANC-JVC-U DIP Switch Settings



Using the 2.5mm Port
In order to use the 2.5mm port with LANC camcorder you must configure the solder jumpers. For more information click here. You must solder jumpers  J1, and J7. Then simple connect the Universal board to your camcorder with the supplied 2.5mm cable.

                         
        Photo example of the J1 and J7 solder jumpers.
            
Click on photo for a larger image.

New Style Cable

    The Base Ring is the Copper solder braid. (LANC Ground)
    Mid Ring is the Red wire. (Not Used)
    Tip is the White wire. (LANC Signal)



Old Style Cable

    The Base Ring is the Copper solder braid. (LANC Ground)
    Mid Ring is the White wire. (Not Used)
    Tip is the Red wire. (LANC Signal)


   Note2: If you re-configure the 2.5mm port you MUST remove any previous solder jumpers first.




Powering up your LANC-JVC-U Universal Board
When applying power to your LANC-JVC-U configured Universal board you must follow these steps:

  1. Start with both the camcorder off and the Universal board off.
  2. Plug the 2.5mm cable in between the camcorders LANC port and the Universal boards 2.5mm port.
  3. Power on the camcorder (in standby mode - not locked).
  4. Power on the Universal board.

After these steps have been followed correctly you should see the camcorder power down after about 5 seconds of applying power to the Universal board. If you get a series of 5 blinks on the red LED this means the Universal board cannot "see" the camcorder. This can mean you don't have the 2.5mm cable plugged all the way into either the Universal board, or camcorder, or you have not configured the Universal boards 2.5mm port yet.

If you see a blinking green LED this means you powered up/down the LANC board too quickly. Please power down the camcorder and Universal board, and unplug the 2.5mm cable, wait for 30-60 seconds, then follow steps 1-4.


Plug-N-Play
This is a Plug-N-Play system. Simply plug in your 2.5mm cable between your Sony or Canon camcorder, or Sony VTR with a LANC port to your Universal board with LANC-JVC-U PIC chip and you're ready to go!




Adding an External MIC to your system


Add an external MIC to your LANC system. You can purchase a MIC for only $4.00 under our trail camera accessories.

Look at our tutorial on adding an external MIC.



Connecting External Lighting (IR and Halogen)

          
           PixController Video Light                     IR Filter for Video Light

By using the Universal boards External Light port you can connect a variety of external light sources for night filming. This is a must since the NightShot feature included on most Sony camcorders isn't powerful enough, nor are most build in camcorder lights. Our new Video Light is a very good option for LANC night filming. This can be used for color night filming and will reach out well past 50 feet. It can also be used in conjunction with our 2" X 2" IR filter and by placing your Sony camcorder in NightShot mode.

You may also use an IR Illuminator in NightShot mode.

The external light port can switch up to a 4.2 amp light.

Many people want to record color day movies and IR NightShot movies. This can be done with Sony camcorders that support this feature:
Sony NightShot Halfway trick. We do not supply a way of using a servo motor to switch the NightShot switch on/off. We have seen too many issues where this does not function properly and it can damage your camcorder.

Wiring diagram using a single 6V supply for the Video Light and Universal board
                   
                              
"Click on photo to enlarge"

Connecting a Counter or an External Device such as an Electronic Game Caller or Wireless Camera
You can connect a Counter or an external device such as an electronic game caller, or a wireless video transmitter by following the wiring diagram below. This port is active as soon as motion is detected and will remain active for as long and the camcorder is recording (day and night). When connecting a Counter you will know how many video clips your system has collected. Using a game caller to sound when motion is detected can produce interesting results. You can also use this port to turn power on to a wireless video transmitter to transmit the video signal from your camcorder. Simply connect the video output from your camcorder to your wireless video transmitter, and when motion is sensed the transmitter will be turned on and transmit the video output from your camcorder. Remember you will be limited to range of your transmitter.  
       
                    Counter and External Device wiring diagram



Batteries

With a recommended 4 AA Cell battery supply you will get approximately 4-8 months of continuous use.
  Purchase NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Here
 

LANC Movie Examples


  8BucksWalking.wmv
Amazing video of 8 bucks waking down a trial in the woods one after another.

IR_9Point.wmv
Movie clip taken with an IR LED array and a Sony camcorder in NightShot mode.

GrayFox.wmv
IR footage in NightShot mode.
Filmed using the "Halfway" Sony NightShot mode. (Night Mode)

BuckScrape.wmv
Buck working a scrape.
Filmed using the "Halfway" Sony NightShot mode. (Day Mode)

BuckScrapeVideoLight.wmv
Buck working over a scrape. Full color night video taken with the PixController Video Light.


CoonsVideoLight1.wmv
Some racoons playing in a stream at night. Full color night video taken with the PixController Video Light.

See more movies in our movie section listed to the left.

Does my Camcorder have a LANC port?
If you have either a Sony or Canon camcorder it may have a LANC port.  The LANC port is normally marked with this symbol: , but older Sony models may be marked by a "REMOTE" in blue letters.  Some models are marked by "Control-L". 

 

What is a LANC Port? 
LANC was developed by Sony, but Sony has licensed LANC to other manufactures of 8mm and Hi8 camcorders. LANC support is found on all Sony camcorders and most 8mm or Hi8 camcorders from other manufacturers. Sony also supports LANC on its 8mm, Hi8, DV and top of the line S-VHS VCRs.

LANC connectors are usually 1/8" mini plugs - about the size of a Walkman headphone. Some devices use a circular 5-pin DIN jack.

LANC sockets are normally labeled LANC, Control-L, Remote, or designated with a special LANC symbol that resembles an "L" inscribed in a circle. To determine whether or not your camcorder or VCR is LANC compatible, (check the list below), check the camcorder or VCRs users manual, ask your dealer, or contact the manufacturer directly.


      LANC 2.5mm Stereo Connector Diagram

Compatible Current Sony and Canon LANC devices
Note: This is not a complete list. Any Sony or Canon Camcorder with a LANC port will be compatible with this control board. Some of the camcorders on the list may not have a LANC port. Sony has made some models listed here with and without a LANC port. When making a purchase be sure to check for the LANC port. If you are looking to purchase a LANC compatible camcorder eBay is a good source. Do a search for "Sony" and "LANC" under the description. 

Manufacturer Format
Model
  Manufacturer Format
Model
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-PC100
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ELURA
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-PC110
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ELURA 2
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-PC5
 
Canon
Mini-DV
GL1
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-PC7
 
Canon
Mini-DV
OPTURA
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-PC9
 
Canon
Mini-DV
OPTURA PI
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-TRV11
 
Canon
Mini-DV
XL1(S)
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-TRV20
 
Canon
Mini-DV
XM1
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-TRV900
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-10
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-VX700
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-20
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-VX1000
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-25
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-VX2000
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-30
Sony
Mini-DV
DCR-VX9000
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-40
Sony
Mini-DVCAM
DSR-PD100
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-45
Sony
Mini-DVCAM
DSR-PD150
 
Canon
Mini-DV
ZR-50
Sony
DVCAM
DSR-200
  Canon Mini-DV ZR-60
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV120
  Canon Mini-DV ZR-65MC
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV130
  Canon Mini-DV ZR-70MC
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV230
     
 
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV320
     
 
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV330
     
 
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV525
     
 
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV530
       
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV720
       
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV730
       
Sony
Digital-8
DCR-TRV820
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-SC55
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-TR700
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-TR910
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-TR3300
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-TRV101
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-V801
       
Sony
Hi-8
CCD-VX3
       


Compatible Older Model LANC devices (Camcorders and VCR's)
(Note: This is not a complete list.)

8MM Camcorders with LANC jacks

Bauer
VCC-860

Blaupunkt
CCR800
CCR805
CCR806
CCR810
CCR820
CCR830
CCR850
CR8100
CR8200
CR8210
CR8250
CR8300
CR8350
CR8400

Canon
ES10V
ES100
ES170
ES20V
ES270
ES500
ES550
ES600
ES70
ES750
ES80
ES800
ES870
ES90
ES970
UC1
UC1 color
UC20
UC20
ES170

Fisher
FVC990
FVCP990

Fujix
F122SW
F60W
F615
F620
FF60
FG122
890
P660

Grundig
LC145
LC145
LC230
LC235
LX240
VS8100
VS8150
VS8250
VS8320

Kyocera
KD50
KD5010
KDM7
KDM730
KDS5
KDS530
 

Nikon
VN200
VN300
VN310
VN320
VN330
VN350
VN400
VN500
VN550
VN720
VN850
VN860
VN870
VN900
VN910
VN3000
VN3100
VN3200
VN5000
VN8300

Olympus
VX52
VX81
VX82

Pentax
PVEM100
 

Ricoh
R105
R15
R16
R17C
R61
R600S
R610
R612
R66
R67
R680
R810
R830
R831
R861
R88
R86

Samsung
SCX800
Sanyo
VMD66
VMES77
VMES88
VMES99
VMEX30

Siemens
FA136
FA144
FA146
FA166

Sony
CCD70
F33
F35
F201
F3
F301
F355
F370
F375
F380
F385
F40
F50
F500
F55
F555
FX300
FX310
FX400
FX410
FX420
FX430
FX500
FX510
FX520
FX530
FX620
FX630
FX640
FX700
FX730V
SP9
TR105
TR23
TR2000
TR3
TR30
TR33
TR303
TR305

Sony
TR31
TR323
TR4
TR40
TR44
TR45
TR5
TR50
TR51
TR505
TR6
TR60
TR64
TR606
TR61
TR65
TR66
TR67
TR7
TR70
TR705
TR707
TR71
TR73
TR75
TR8
TR805
TR808
TR83
TR84
TR86
TR87
TR9
TR91
TR93
TR94
TR96
TR99
TRV11 TRV112

Sony
TRV12
TRV15
TRV16
TRV21
TRV212
TRV22
TRV25
TRV30
TRV312
TRV32
TRV33
TRV40
TRV41
TRV512
TRV52
TRV916
V10
V11
V110
V201
V301
V401
V501
V220
V250
V335
V350
V5000
V600
V6000
V700
V8
V800
V88
V9
V90
V900
V95
VX1

Sunpak
SV11
SV11

Yashica
KDH170
KDM770
KDM710
KX1
KX35U
KX77
KX95U
KX70
KX770
KX90

Hi8 Camcorders with LANC Jacks

Blaupunkt
CC894
CCR880
CCR890
CCR900
CR8500
CR8600

Canon
A1 Digital
A2
E850
ES1000
EX1
EX2
H850
L1
LX200
UC1
UC2
UC40
UC5
UCS1
A1
A1MkII
ES1000
ES2000
ES2500
ES3000
ES4000
ES5000
ES6000
ES7000
H800
H900
H850
L2
LX100
LX2
UCS3
UCS5

Fuji
H80

Fujix
FH80

Grundig
LC175
LC180
LC285
LC485
LX280
VS8800

Kyocera
KDH130
Nikon
VN700
VN700
VN720
VN750
VN760
VN950
VN960
VN7000
VN7200
VN7500
VN9600

Ricoh
R108H
R18H
R800
R800H
R87H
R88H
R808
R88

Sanyo
VM EX70

Siemens
FA179

Sony
EVO9100
FX710
FX720
FX730
TR100
TR101
TR3000
TR3300
TR400
TR416
TR500
TR516
TR600
TR700
TR716
TR81
TR910
TR930
TR940
TRV101
TRV36
TRV43
TRV46
TRV62
TRV65
TRV66
TRV70
TRV72
TRV75
TRV82
TRV85
TRV93
TRV95
TRV99
V101
V500
V5000
V801

Sony
EVW300L
V701
V99
VX3

Yashica
H150
K170
KDH170
KDH150
KX3U
KXH1
KXH1
KXV1U
KXH1
KXH3
KXV1

Digital8 Camcorders with LANC jacks

Sony
DCR TRV103
DCR TRV110
DCR TRV310

Sony
DCR TRV315
DCR TRV510
DCR TRV7000

DV Camcorders with LANC jacks

DV VCRs with LANC jacks

Canon
Optura
Vistura
XL-1
ZR

Sony
DCR SC100
DCR PC1
DCR PC10
DCR PC7
DCR VX1000
DCR VX700

Sony
DCR VX7000
DVR TRV7
DCR TRV8
DCR TRV9
DCR TRV900
DCR TRV10

Sony
DHR-1000
DSR-3

VHS VCRs with LANC jacks

S-VHS VCRs with LANC jacks

Sony
SLP3OHF
SLV50
SLV70
SVO160
SLV30
SLV676
SLV757

Sony
EVO2000
SLVR5
SVO2000
SLVR5UC
SLVR1000

8mm VCRs with LANC jacks

Hi8 VCRs with LANC Jacks

Sony
EVA40
EVC3
EVDT2
EVS1*
EVS800
GVS50
EVA50
EVC40
EVO540
EVS550
GV500

Sony
EVC100
EVS900
EVS3000
EVS5000
EVS7000
EVC200
EVO9650
EVO9720

8mm/Hi8 Watchmen with LANC jacks

Sony
GV500
GVM20
GVS50

 


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