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VisTrak IR Stereo LS Installation

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For all non original purchasers (i.e. purchasers of used GSA Golf systems) remote access support can be purchased separately.

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VisTrak IR installation overview

1. Unpacking the boxes

The VisTrak IR Stereo consists of two IR LED panel units with built in power supplies

1. The stereo camera panel (60" X 8")

with 2 separate USB Cat converters and Cat 5 cables plus projector mount hardware

2. The VisTrak camera panel (42" X 8")

with USB3 cables (30ft) plus projector mount hardware

The Lens is packaged separately and has to be screwed into the VisTrak camera after unpacking.

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On the stereo unit, connect the GPIO and USB cables as shown above

2. Mounting and wiring the 2 camera panels

Both units feature projector mounts

The end piece is packaged separately and has to be mounted to the ball joint on the mount frame using the two wing screws.

Before doing this though, we recommend first mounting the projector end piece to the ceiling where the units are to be mounted.

The above image shows where the two panels should be mounted

Non reflective flooring

Note that non-relective flooring is required for the stereo cameras to function

Stereo camera wiring

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The stereo CX Surround cameras feature two USB to Cat cable converters.

Connect the 2 supplied CAT5 cables to the CAT adapter Receivers

and run the CAT cables down to the PC.

Connect the other ends of the CAT 5 cables to the CAT adapter transmitters

and connect the adapter to the PC ports using the supplied USB CAT adapter cables.

Which USB ports on the PC do I use?

Connect one of the Transmitters to a USB 2 or 3 port on the front of the PC and the other to a USB 2 port on the back of the PC

Always connect the VisTrak camera to a USB 3 port

 

Important ! USB 3 only for the VisTrak camera

The VisTrak camera is a USB 3 camera and must be connected to a USB 3 port on your PC.

You can identify a USB 3 port by the SS symbol next to the port

The VisTrak hi-speed camera will require a PC that is capable of running hi-speed cameras.

While most good desktop gaming PCs featuring i5 or i7 CPUs can do this, laptops are not suitable.

3. Installing the system software

Go to the "Installing the software" section on the VisTrak Installation page for software installation instructions and download links

Installing the game software

ProX Driving Range

Download your free ProX Driving Range by clicking on the above image.

GSA Golf Game software download

Note: If you encounter a windows error message stating that it could not find d3dx9_30.dll when starting GSA Golf,

download and copy the d3dx9_30.dll to your windows\SysWOW64 folder.

Download here d3dx9_30.dll

E6 Connect download

Select GSA Golf in the Settings / Simulator options

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Select E6 CONNECT in the GSA Golf Control Panel's main window

4. Checking and testing the cameras

Checking that the PC detects the cameras

You can use the FLIR FlyCapture2 app to check that all the cameras are detected by the PC

The app is located in the

C:\Program Files (x86)\Point Grey Research\FlyCap2 Viewer\bin folder

and is called Point Grey FlyCap2

You should see that the PC detects 3 cameras as shown above. i.e. one USB3 camera and two USB 2 cameras.

VisTrak Stereo Control Panel (CP) instructions.

All the cameras are controlled by the GSA Golf Control Panel

When you start the Control Panel and the cameras are connected to the PC, you should see the message "3 cameras running" on the main screen.

CX Surround and Stereo setup instructions

If you have a CX Surround or Stereo system without a VisTrak camera

select CX2 and CX Stereoscopic in the CP's setup window .

System Setup

Select VisTrak Stereo in this case

Select "VisTrak Stereo" in the CP's setup window if you have a VisTrak Stereo or VisTrak IR stereo system.

When all 3 cameras (VisTrak camera plus H and V cam cameras) are connected to the PC

ensure that you see the "Cameras 1,2,3 Running" message displayed in the CP's main panel.

Camera assignments

In the cameras panel, you should see the left camera as camera 1,

the right camera as camera 2,

and the VisTrak camera (VT cam) as camera 3.

If you see this error message flashing when first starting the CP,

then the camera assignments are incorrect.

If you see a warning message like the above, the cameras have to be re-assigned as described in the error message.

Note: when re-assigning cameras, ensure that the "Fixed Assigns" option is OFF.

When the assingments are correct, switch the "Fixed Assigns" option back ON.

Follow the above instructions to re-assign the cameras to their correct positions.

Auto camera assignments

This new feature eliminates the need to manually assign the cameras.

Simply switch on the Auto Camera Assigns option and restart the CP.

If the camera assignments aren't correct, then the CP may hang and just show a white screen when started.

To fix:

1. unplug all cameras from the PC.

2. restart the CP and switch the "Fixed Assigns" option OFF.

3. shut the CP down.

4. plug the cameras back into the PC and restart the CP.

5. Check that assignments are correct.

If it's a 2 camera system, then camera 1 is the Vcam camera and 2 is the VisTrak camera.

If it's a 3 camera system, then camera 1 is the Vcam camera, camera 2 the Hcam camera and 3 is the VisTrak camera.

If re-assigning cameras then the "Fixed Assigns" should be switched back ON again and the CP re-started

 

Standard setup settings

5. Checking and testing the VisTrak camera

Go to the VisTrak Installtion page to see how to install and check the VisTrak Camera

6. Checking and testing the line scan camera

SX Line scan camera

Note: This section is only for VisTrak Stereo LS systems

The regular VisTrak Stereo does not use a Line Scan camera

The CX Surround features a built-in Line Scan camera that is used to trigger the stereo cameras as the ball passes through its FOV.

The VisTrak Stereo system also includes an optional separate Line Scan camera.

The following Line Scan camera instructions apply to both the CX Surround, VisTrak Surround and the VisTrak Stereo.

With the VisTrak Stereo system, the SX Line Scan camera is mounted inbetween the two stereo cameras,

facing down with the marking "Screen" on the camera indicating in which direction the camera is mounted.

Line scan camera sensitivity

The Line Scan camera features a remote sensitivity control.

The sensitivity of the Line Scan camera has to be set so that both rolling balls on the floor as well as flying balls that pass under it

are detected and a trigger signal is sent to the stereo cameras.

A bright green LED light on the Line Scan camera will turn ON for a few seconds when it detects a ball passing under it.

The SX line scan camera's sensitivity control is attached to the SX with a 12ft long cable.

Run the cable from the SX cam along the ceiling and a quarter-way down one of the side walls for easy access.

When adjusting the SX cam's sensitivity, it is important that you not stand under or too near the camera

as then your body will reflect light back into the camera.

Please note that the sensitivity control for the SX line scan camera is a 10 turn potentiometer !

i.e. you have to turn the dial 10 turns from one end to the other end.

 

Line scan camera setup problem solving

 

6. Ensure that the mounting height of the LS camera is not greater than 9 ft

Use mount extensions to reduce the height of the line scan camera if your ceiling height is higher

 

7. Stereo Camera Trigger delays

Note: This section is only for VisTrak Stereo systems not using a Line Scan trigger camera

In order that the stereo cameras see the ball ahead of the ball striking position on the mat when not using a line scan trigger camera,

a camera trigger delay has to be set.

There are two methods of doing this:

1. Set a fixed trigger delay in the stereo cameras themselves

2. Set a variable ball speed depedant trigger delay from the VisTrak camera

Stereo camera fixed trigger delays

In the stereo camera windows of the CP, set the trigger delay for both cameras

Variable Ball speed Dependant trigger delays

Switch on the SpeedTrigger for Variable Trigger delays from the Setup window.

Adjust the "Capture Distance" with the up/down arrow keys when the mouse is over the "Use SpeedTrigger" button.

The capture distance is where the Vcam or Stereo cameras will be triggered from the ball strike position so that the captured ball images

- no matter what speed they are traveling - will always be close to this distance.

8. Final Ball play checks

8. VisTrak / Stereo camera System Testing

We recommend testing the Stereo cameras and the VisTrak camera separately to start with.

i.e. First connect just the VisTrak camera to the PC and select "VisTrak Eagle" in the CP's Setup panel.

Confirm that the VisTrak camera functions correctly and is detecting all shots so that you are able to play a round of golf with it.

Then connect just the Stereo cameras (without the VisTrak camera) to the PC and select "CX2 Stereo" in the Setup panel of the CP.

Likewise, confirm that the Stereo cameras are functioning correctly and are detecting all shots so that you are able to play a round of golf with it.


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GSA Golf system minimum PC requirements

Intel i5 or above Processor

8GB RAM Nvidia 1070 Graphics Card or equivalent

(Dedicated GPU with DirectX 11 Support)

25GB of Hard Drive Space

Windows 10 (Required)

Internet Connection (Required)

When using VisTrak systems - Native USB3 ports (Required)

( i.e. no add-on PCie USB3 adapters for PCs that don't come with USB 3 ports as standard )

Non reflective flooring

Note that non-relective flooring is required for the stereo cameras to function

The above image shows a ball trace being well detected from the stereo cameras with the use of non-reflective flooring.

It is essential that the flooring is non-reflective!

And that there are no reflective objects in the valid field view of the cameras.

A recommended carpet is : Beaullieu of America - Type: Dayside Ebony, Product 6670-890 which is available at your local Home Depot store at around $4.00 a ft 6ft wide.

This carpet is also very good for lining the inside of your enclosure. Especially for the wall opposite the vertical camera.

You do not have to carpet the complete enclosure: only the part in the valid field of view of the camera.

 


VisTrak Stereo separate camera mounting

CX Surround / CX Stereo cameras

The CX Surround and CX Stereo systems use two USB 2.0 cameras plus a line scan trigger camera

CX Surround / CX Stereo cameras with VisTrak

When used with the VisTrak camera, three cameras are used: Two USB 2.0 cameras and one USB 3.0 camera.

Stereo camera wiring

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Individual stereo camera mounting

The two cameras ( V and H cams) are mounted around 4 to 6 ft ahead of the player's normal ball striking position and aproximately 7 to 8ft apart - centered.

Note that the cameras are mounted sideways in order to increase the left and right FOV.

Aiming the cameras to the center line

Place a white strip and a ball to one side close to the far end (the end nearest the screen) on the center line of the floor between the two cameras.

Starting with camera 1, select video stream mode and aim the camera so that the white strip appears as close as possible to the center of the image.

There are vertical and horizontal center lines visible in the image to help with this.

Do the same for camera 2.

Camera orientation

The two cameras should have the same orientation and show the same - just from a different angle

i.e. if you place a ball next to a white paper slip

and the left camera shows the ball to the left side of the white strip, then the right camera should show the ball to the left side of the strip too.

If one camera show the ball to the right, then use the "X reversed" option in one of the cameras to flip the image horizontally.

Also note that the direction of the play is always from bottom to top of the frame.

Thus ensure that the ball appears at the top of the line in the frames.

If not, then you can use the "Y Reversed" option to flip the image vertically or simply rotate the camera on its mount 180 degrees.

If one camera (or both cameras) show the white strip pointing horizontally, then the camera has to be rotated 90 degrees on its mount.

This is because pixel chip in the camera is rectangular and not square so the image cannot be rotated

VisTrak IR Stereo mounting

The new CX Surround case is shipped in 2 x 48" long panels to make the full width of 86" (7ft 2").

BTW: Foresights Sports GC Hawk is around 7.6ft in width so we're about the same here.

CX Surround assembly

 

There are a few cables that have to be connected between the two panels.

All connections are color coded

 


 

VisTrak problem solving.

Click the below button to find solutions to common VisTrak user issues

 


Setting up the Control Panel for Stereo Cameras

The Control Panel settings in both the left and right cameras should be similar to the above settings

Note that the ball launch position has to be set in both cameras too.

The above screen shots are from customer Kevin showing the left and right camera images of a full shot using the stereo setup.

Ball traces

The image shows a ball trace from a shot from one of the two stereo cameras.

Note that there are two green cross hairs at either end of the ball trace and that the background within the blue scan zone border lines appears dark.

It is essential that the underlying floor surface be a dark and non-reflecting surface (carpet or turf)

so that there is sufficient contrast between ball trace and the surface.

If the turf carpet is too bright or reflective, then the IR Light pointing down on it will reflect back into the camera

and there won't be sufficient contrast for the ball trace to be detected.

If your carpet appears bright with a camera gain of 15db and a shutter speed of 10,000 micro-seconds

then you will have to replace or cover up the scan zone area under the cameras with a non-reflective carpet like the above carpet from Home-Depot.

Stereo Vertical Launch Angle

Two factors are required to measure the vertical launch angle of the ball: Distance and Height.

Distance

The user defined launch position of the ball and the end of the ball trace (P1) are used to determine the distance.

This distance is initially measured in pixels and thus has to be converted into a real world distance using the "Scaling factor".

Adjusting the scaling factor will thus directly effect the Vertical Launch angle calculation.

Height

The height of the ball is determined by the height values for a certain stereo disparity value of Point 1 of the ball trace in the Stereo Calibration table.

Ball Speed and Path

Two factors are required in order the measure ball speed: Distance and time.

The Length of the ball trace determines the distance the ball has traveled and the camera exposure shutter speed is the time.

The stereo calibration table includes the scaling factors for all trace point disparities.

With these two factors we use the formula : speed = distance / time.

Ball speed can be adjusted with the speed controls (switch Adjust speeds /carry distances on in the Vcam window)

Ball path can now be reversed from this panel too.

 


Editing the stereo calibration table

Adjusting the calibration table to suit the mounted camera height

The following example shows how to adjust the stereo calibration table to line up with the mounted camera height.

The above example image shows that Point 1 and 2 of the ball trace of a ball at floor level has a disparity of around 36.

The calibration table, however, has height entry levels of 10 to 20 cm off the ground for this disparity range.

The system thus calculates a ball height of 12.5 cm and not 0 cm.

To adjust the calibration table so that the disparity level of 36 corresponds to a ball height of 0 cm,

simply select the "Global Disparity Adjust" and - using the keyboard ctrl/ up arrow key - increase the disparity levels of all entries until the Row 1 disparity entry is 36.

Ball height is then correctly calculated to be 0 cm off the ground and all other entries are adjusted to match.

 

The values again are: