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Canon BU 45 Camera
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    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual...

  • Page 2: Revision History

    Revision History Manual Software Version Firmware Version Description April 2009 XXXX XXXX Initial issue. Copyright Copyright© 2009 Telemetrics Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced or copied, in whole or in part, without the written permission of Telemetrics Inc.

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    Preface Text Conventions Used in this Manual To convey information readily and consistently, certain text conventions are used throughout this manual. These text conventions are as follows: Text Convention Used for Numbered Lists Numbered procedures that should be implemented in order during an operation: Place the main power switch in the ON position.

  • Page 4: Symbols

    Symbols Certain symbols are used throughout this manual to provide a ready visual reference. These symbols are as follows: Symbol Used for A note that provides background or incidental information concerning the current topic or procedure. A note that provides important information concerning precautions that must be taken concerning the current topic or procedure.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents PREFACE Text Conventions Used in this Manual ............i Symbols ..................... ii INTRODUCTION....................... 7 The Telemetrics Remote Control Panel (RCP) ............8 The Joystick....................9 Knobs......................9 Pushbuttons....................9 Software User Interface ................10 Highlighting of Buttons and Sliders............11 Backup Controls ..................

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    Configuring the RCP(s)..................24 Displaying the RCP Configuration Screen ..........24 Entering RCP Configuration Information..........26 Assigning Cameras to the RCP(s)................. 28 Adjusting the Touch Screen................... 31 Shutting Down and/or Re-Starting the RCP Computer.......... 32 Shutting Down the RCP Computer ............32 Shutting Down and Restarting the RCP Computer ........32 Re-Calibrating the Touch Screen ................

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    Switching Camera Power On or Off ...............48 Using the Washer, Wiper, and Auxiliary Controls ..........49 Washer ....................49 Wiper ....................... 49 Auxiliary (AUX 1 to AUX 4) ..............49 Adjusting Iris and Master Black Settings ..............50 Adjusting the Iris Setting ................50 Adjusting the Master Black Setting ............

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  • Page 9: Introduction

    Introduction The Canon BU 45 Camera Control System allows an operator to remotely control multiple Canon BU 45 cameras (plus peripheral devices such as lights, audio mixers, or recording devices) from one or more local or distant locations. The system utilizes a Telemetrics Remote Control Panel (RCP) to control up to sixteen cameras.

  • Page 10: The Telemetrics Remote Control Panel (rcp)

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual The Telemetrics Remote Control Panel (RCP) The Telemetrics RCP (Figure 2) controls camera operations by means of a joystick, knobs, pushbuttons, optional rocker switch, and touch screen. • The joystick is used to control camera pan and tilt and camera lens zoom.

  • Page 11: The Joystick

    Introduction The Joystick The joystick allows the operator to control the position (pan and tilt) and zoom of the camera with one hand. Moving the joystick in the forward and reverse directions changes the tilt of the camera station, and moving the joystick in the left and right directions changes the pan of the camera station.

  • Page 12: Software User Interface

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Software User Interface The RCP software user interface consists of a single Camera Control screen (Figure 3). The Camera Control screen contains the information, controls, and indicators that are used during routine operation:...

  • Page 13: Highlighting Of Buttons And Sliders

    Introduction Highlighting of Buttons and Sliders Buttons on the user interface are highlighted to designate the current selection or to designate the activation status of a command: Button Description Power is switched on for the selected camera. Power is switched off for the selected camera. The function is switched off for the selected camera.

  • Page 14: Backup Controls

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Backup Controls Backup controls for pan, tilt, zoom, focus, and the pushbuttons (plus camera elevation, if the optional control is installed on the RCP) can be displayed instead of the camera settings on the touch screen (Figure 4).

  • Page 15: Configuration Screens

    Introduction Configuration Screens Two configuration screens (the RCP Configuration screen shown on page 25, and the Camera Loading screen shown on page 28) allow the operator to specify IP address information for the RCP, specify the length of inactivity time before the screen saver is displayed, assign cameras to the RCP, and assign a name for each camera.

  • Page 16: Rcp Connections To The Network

    Specifications for the Telemetrics Canon BU 45 Camera Control System are summarized below: Camera Control System Specifications Cameras Up to 16 Canon BU 45 cameras can be controlled by the system Telemetric Remote Control Panel (RCP) Specifications Display 10.4 inch VGA touch screen...

  • Page 17: Installation And Setup

    DS-4 (Figure 6). Consult the documentation that accompanies the Telemetrics Device Server DS-4 and the Canon BU 45 Weatherproof Camera for additional information concerning locating and connecting these products. Figure 6 Example of an Installation Using a Single Device Server DS-4...

  • Page 18: Locating The Device Server Ds-4

    (with a maximum length of approximately 50 feet) that are used to connect the cameras to the DS-4. Consult the documentation that accompanies the Telemetrics Device Server DS-4 and the Canon BU 45 Weatherproof Camera for additional information concerning locating and connecting these products. Hubs or Switches...

  • Page 19: Installing The Rcp

    Installation and Setup Installing the RCP The RCP can be installed as either a desktop or rack-mounted configuration. In either case, the touch screen must be secured to the RCP and connected before the RCP can be configured and used. Preparing the RCP for Rack Mounting (Optional) For a rack-mounted installation, use the RCP Rack Mount Kit (Telemetrics Part No.

  • Page 20: Securing The Touch Screen To The Rcp

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Securing the Touch Screen to the RCP The touch screen is attached to the rear of the RCP by means of the ball-and-socket arm and clamps that are provided. If the RCP is rack-mounted, the ball-and-socket arm is attached to the top of the RCP instead of the rear.

  • Page 21: Connecting The Touch Screen To The Rcp

    Installation and Setup Connecting the Touch Screen to the RCP After the touch screen is attached, it should be connected to the RCP using the touch screen power and communication cables that are provided. Connect the end of the touch screen power cable with the smaller connector to the power terminal on the touch screen (Figure 9).

  • Page 22: Connecting An External Keyboard And/or Mouse

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Connect the other end of the touch screen power cable to the screen power outlet connector at the rear of the RCP (Figure 10). Connect the VGA and USB connectors at the other end of the touch screen communication cable to the VGA and USB connectors at the rear of the RCP (Figure 10).

  • Page 23: Connecting The Rcp To The Power Source

    Installation and Setup Connecting the RCP to the Power Source An AC power cord is provided for use with the three-prong AC input connector on the RCP (Figure 11). Grounding of the RCP and those surfaces the user can come into contact with is provided by grounded cables in accordance with Protection Class I (IEC).

  • Page 24: Connecting The Rcp(s) To The Camera(s)

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Connecting the RCP(s) to the Camera(s) Typical installations are summarized in Figure 6 and Figure 7. Connecting the RCP Directly to the DS-4 Device Server The RCP can be connected directly to the DS-4 Device Server if no more than four cameras are installed within approximately 300 feet of the RCP and they are all connected to the same DS-4.

  • Page 25: Connecting The Rcp To A Hub Or Switch

    Installation and Setup Connecting the RCP to a Hub or Switch The RCP is connected to a hub or switch if more than one DS-4 Device Server is used, if more than one RCP is used, or if the cameras are installed further than approximately 300 feet from the RCP.

  • Page 26: Configuring The Rcp(s)

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Configuring the RCP(s) After installing and connecting the RCP(s) and camera(s), (see pages 15 through 23 for details), each RCP must be configured using the RCP Configuration screen. Displaying the RCP Configuration Screen Place the RCP main power switch in the ON position, then press the power button at the bottom of the touch screen.

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    Installation and Setup After the system has initialized and the software has loaded, the RCP Configuration screen is displayed (Figure 16). RCP Setup Information General Tools Hard Drive Tools RCP Configuration Figure 16 Screen If a keyboard is not connected to the RCP, select the button to place a keyboard over the RCP Configuration screen (Figure 19): If needed, select the title bar on the keyboard and drag the...

  • Page 28: Entering Rcp Configuration Information

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Entering RCP Configuration Information The following information must be entered for each RCP: Information Description RCP Configuration A short free-text description of the RCP, a number to identify the RCP, and a short name for the RCP.

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    Installation and Setup Local Area Connection: Enter information about the main network card on the RCP: Select the IP Address box, then type the IP address of the main network card. Select the Subnet Mask box, then type the subnet mask address of the main network card.

  • Page 30: Assigning Cameras To The Rcp(s)

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Assigning Cameras to the RCP(s) Up to sixteen cameras can be included in the camera control network. After the cameras have been installed and connected to one or more RCPs (see pages 15 through 23), the cameras must be assigned to each RCP so they can be recognized.

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    Installation and Setup If a keyboard is not connected to the RCP, select the button to superimpose a keyboard over the Camera Configuration screen (Figure 19): If needed, select the title bar on the keyboard and drag the keyboard to a different location on the touch screen. Keyboard Figure 19 Keyboard Configure each camera that is connected to the RCP, entering (using the...

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    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual After information for each connected camera has been entered or selected (see Figure 20 for an example), check the entries to verify the following: • Correct IP addresses and ports are entered for each installed camera •...

  • Page 33: Adjusting The Touch Screen

    Installation and Setup Adjusting the Touch Screen Controls on the touch screen (Figure 21) allow the operator to switch the touch screen power on of off, adjust the display brightness and position, and display a menu that contains additional commands: Control Description Display an on-screen menu that includes commands for changing...

  • Page 34: Shutting Down And/or Re-starting The Rcp Computer

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Shutting Down and/or Re-Starting the RCP Computer The RCP computer must be shut down and re-started after certain operations (such as disabling or restarting the Enhance Write Filter) are performed. The RCP computer is shut down whenever the RCP power switch is turned off.

  • Page 35: Updating Files On The Hard Drive

    Installation and Setup Updating Files on the Hard Drive It may be necessary to occasionally update a driver or replace a file on the compact flash card (the RCP “hard drive”), which contains the operating system and software programs for the RCP. To protect the system, the compact flash card is partitioned into C:/ and D:/ drives: •...

  • Page 36: Copying Files To The C:/ Drive

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Copying Files to the C:/ Drive Display the RCP Configuration screen (see page 24). Select the button to display the contents of the flash card in the Explorer view. Copy and paste the file(s) to the C:/drive.

  • Page 37: Re-starting The Enhanced Write Filter

    Installation and Setup Re-Starting the Enhanced Write Filter Display the RCP Configuration screen (see page 24). Select the button to ensable Enhanced Write Filter protection on the C:/ drive. A message box is displayed, prompting confirmation. Acknowledge the confirmation. Select the button to shut down and restart the RCP computer with the Enhanced Write Filter protection on the C:/ drive enabled.

  • Page 38: Installing Software Updates

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Installing Software Updates The RCP operating system and software are installed on a removable compact flash hard drive. The operating system and software can be replaced or updated by replacing the compact flash hard drive with a new one containing the new software already installed.

  • Page 39: Operation

    Operation The Canon BU 45 Camera Control System allows an operator to control up to sixteen Canon BU 45 cameras (plus peripheral devices such as lights, audio mixers, or recording devices) from one or more local or remote stations. Starting Up Switching the Power On The main power switch is located at the rear of the RCP (see Figure 11 on page 21).

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    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual To display the RCP Configuration screen, select the progress bar while the RCP Loading screen is displayed: See page 25 for a description of the RCP Configuration screen and instructions on configuring the RCP.

  • Page 41: Selecting A Camera

    Operation Selecting a Camera Camera selection buttons are located on the RCP and on the touch screen (Figure 25). The button for the currently selected camera is illuminated on the RCP and highlighted on the touch screen. The number and description of the currently selected camera are also displayed on the touch screen (see page 10).

  • Page 42: Controlling Pan, Tilt, Zoom, And Focus

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Controlling Pan, Tilt, Zoom, and Focus Pan, tilt, and zoom are controlled using the RCP joystick. Focus is controlled using the RCP focus wheel (Figure 26). Focus control is disabled when the Automatic focus mode is specified for a camera.

  • Page 43: Controlling Pan, Tilt, And Zoom Using The Joystick

    Operation Controlling Pan, Tilt, and Zoom Using the Joystick Move the joystick left to pan the camera housing to the left, or move the joystick right to pan the camera housing to the right. Move the joystick forward to tilt the camera housing down, or move the joystick back to tilt the camera housing up.

  • Page 44: Controlling Focus Using The Focus Wheel

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Controlling Focus Using the Focus Wheel Rotate the focus wheel in the clockwise direction to focus on objects that are nearer, or rotate the focus wheel in the counter-clockwise direction to focus on objects that are more distant.

  • Page 45: Capturing And Recalling Presets

    Operation Capturing and Recalling Presets Presets are used to store the pan, tilt, zoom, and focus settings for a particular shot. Sixteen preset shots can be stored and recalled for each camera. Buttons for saving and recalling a preset shot are located on the RCP and are also included in the group of backup controls that can be displayed on the touch screen.

  • Page 46: Recalling A Preset Shot

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Recalling a Preset Shot Press (or select, if using the touch screen backup controls) the number button that is assigned to the desired shot for the selected camera. The pan, tilt, zoom, and focus settings are automatically changed to reproduce the preset shot.

  • Page 47: Setting The Fade Time

    Operation Setting the Fade Time The fade transition time (from 3 seconds to 47 seconds) can be set using the fade time controls on the touch screen or the selectable knob on the RCP (Figure 30). The fade time setting (in seconds) is displayed at the top of the fade time control.

  • Page 48: Specifying Camera Mode, Focus Mode, And Image Stabilizer

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Specifying Camera Mode, Focus Mode, and Image Stabilizer Camera Mode The camera mode (Automatic vs. Manual) determines whether iris, master black, and camera settings for the selected camera are controlled by the camera or by the operator:...

  • Page 49: Focus Mode

    Operation Focus Mode The focus mode (Automatic vs. Manual) determines whether focus for the selected camera is controlled by the camera or by the operator: Focus Mode Description Automatic Specifies that focus is automatically controlled by the camera. The focus wheel and the backup focus control on the touch screen are disabled whenever the camera is selected.

  • Page 50: Switching Camera Power On Or Off

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Switching Camera Power On or Off To conserve camera life, power to the camera can be switched off when it is not in use. Power to the housing for that camera, including the pan and tilt mechanism, is not affected when camera power is turned oo or off.

  • Page 51: Using The Washer, Wiper, And Auxiliary Controls

    Operation Using the Washer, Wiper, and Auxiliary Controls The Wiper, Washer, and auxiliary (AUX) controls are included in the group of miscellaneous controls (Figure 33): Washer Select the Washer button to initiate a wash cycle for the selected camera. The Washer button directs a short stream of washing fluid to the outer surface of the lens port whenever it is selected.

  • Page 52: Adjusting Iris And Master Black Settings

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Adjusting Iris and Master Black Settings Settings for iris and master black (MB) are controlled using the Iris and Master Black knobs on the RCP or the Iris and MB buttons on the touch screen (Figure 34).

  • Page 53: Limiting Automatic Camera Mode To Automatic Exposure (iris Control)

    Operation Limiting Automatic Camera Mode to Automatic Exposure (Iris Control) When Automatic is selected for camera mode, iris, master black, and camera settings can be automatically controlled by the camera (see page 46). If desired, the automatic mode of camera operation can be limited to automatic exposure (iris control) only: Select the Auto button under Mode to specify the automatic mode for the selected camera and enable the Automatic Exposure (AE) check box.

  • Page 54: Adjusting Camera Settings

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Adjusting Camera Settings Camera setting controls and buttons are displayed on the lower portion of the touch screen by default whenever the RCP is switched on (Figure 35). Select the camera control...

  • Page 55: Displaying Camera Settings Instead Of Rcp Backup Controls

    Operation Displaying Camera Settings Instead of RCP Backup Controls If the RCP backup controls are displayed on the touch screen (Figure 36), the camera settings are hidden and cannot be used. Select the camera controls button to display camera settings instead of the backup RCP controls.

  • Page 56: Adjusting The Red Gain Setting

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Adjusting the Red Gain Setting The R. Gain control is used to increase or decrease red gain (the intensity of red colors) during color correction. Select anywhere on the R. Gain control. A highlighted border is displayed, indicating the red gain control is now linked to the Selectable knob on the RCP (Figure 37).

  • Page 57: Adjusting The Blue Gain Setting

    Operation Adjusting the Blue Gain Setting The B. Gain control is used to increase or decrease blue gain (the intensity of blue colors) during color correction. Select anywhere on the B. Gain control. A highlighted border is displayed, indicating the blue gain control is now linked to the Selectable knob on the RCP (Figure 37).

  • Page 58: Specifying The White Balance Setting

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Specifying the White Balance Setting The White Bal. buttons (Figure 38) allow the operator to choose between two methods for performing white balance. Select the Auto button to allow the camera to automatically adjust white balance, or select the Fixed button to use fixed default settings for white balance.

  • Page 59: Changing The Gain Setting

    Operation Changing the Gain Setting The Gain buttons (Figure 38) allow the operator to change the sensitivity of the camera to optimize image quality vs. noise under different lighting conditions. Select the corresponding gain button (0 dB, 6 dB, 8 dB, 12 dB, or 36 dB) to set that gain level.

  • Page 60: Saving And Recalling Camera Settings (scenes)

    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Saving and Recalling Camera Settings (Scenes) Scenes are used to store the camera settings (see page 52) that have been optimized for particular lighting. Four scenes can be stored and recalled for each camera.

  • Page 61: Re- Sending A Scene

    Operation Re- Sending a Scene If power to a camera is switched off (page 48), the scene settings are not retained in the camera. used to store the camera settings (see page 52) that have been optimized for particular lighting. Four scenes can be stored and recalled for each camera. (If necessary) Select the Scene button with the number that is assigned to the desired scene for the selected camera to highlight the button.

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  • Page 63: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting The Telemetric Remote Control Panel (RCP) is almost completely self-monitoring and has no user serviceable parts. Risk of electric shock. The RCP has no user serviceable parts. It must only be serviced by qualified personnel. Risk of electric shock. Never disassemble the RCP. Troubleshooting Chart In the event that a problem occurs during operation of the system, follow the troubleshooting procedures outlined below:...

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    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual Problem Probable Cause Corrective Action The RCP operates, 1. The touch screen 1. Press the touch screen but the touch power button was not power button. screen is dark pressed during startup.

  • Page 65: Replacing The Rcp Fuse

    Troubleshooting Replacing the RCP Fuse A 2.0 amp 5 x 20 mm slow-blow fuse is used on the RCP. Turn off the RCP power switch. Loosen the fuse holder and remove the fuse (Figure 40). Replace the fuse and fuse holder. Turn on the RCP power switch.

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  • Page 67: Index

    Index assigning cameras ......28 installing the RCP ......17 auxiliary controls ......49 attaching the touch screen..18 backup controls connecting keyboard or mouse.. 20 displaying ......12, 40 connecting the touch screen..19 blue gain ..........55 connecting to a hub or switch ..23 Camera Control screen....10, 38 connecting to a power source..

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    Canon BU 45 Camera Control System User’s Manual specifications ........14 presets starting the system......37 capturing........43 switch ..........23 cutting vs. fading ......44 system configuration ....13, 24 recalling ........44 assigning cameras .....28 proportional speed control....8 displaying a keyboard ....25 pushbuttons........8 IP address ........27...

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