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VisTrak Installation

VisTrak Eagle Setup

The VisTrak Eagle with adjustable mounting.

The VisTrak's LED spot light with lens, remote control and mounting hardware.

Alternatively, use the VisTrak IR lighting

VisTrak IR Mounting

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You can mount the VisTrak IR panel two ways

The camera can be rotated so that its direction of play always points to the screen no matter which way the panel is mounted

VisTrak wiring

The VisTrak camera uses an active powered USB3 30ft long cable that is connected between the camera and a USB 3 port on the PC.

The USB3 cable is powered by a power supply adapter that is connected to the cable near the camera,

This power adapter is connected to a 120v or 240v outlet near the camera on the ceiling.

You will thus require an 120v or 240v power outlet or source close to the camera.

In addition, the LED spot light will also require 120v or 240 v power close to the LED spot light.

Mounting the camera and LED spot light

Turn the power control to max light output of 100%.

Fit the lens to the spotlight and twist out to its max extension so that the beam is narrow (10 degrees)

Mount the spotlight mounting bracket to the ceiling inline with the ball hitting position

and about 3ft ahead. Screws and anchors are supplied.

Attach the spotlight to the protruding bolt and tighten the wing nut on the spotlight.

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Mounting the VisTrak IR


PC requirements.

Important ! USB 3 only

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.

Current max VisTrak cable length is 16ft to 32ft

Warning! not all commercially available cables will work with the VisTrak camera

Use only the supplied cables or the ones shown above.

The WEme USB 3 16ft Extension Cable with Aluminum Alloy Housing is available on Amazon for $17.36

The Flir cable is available on Flir.com for around $15.00


Installing the software.

For new installations, download and run the following programs and files

GSA Control Panel (CP) full version download

V.9.3.0.0 April 2 2020

After you have downloaded and installed the full version GSA Control Panel, download and install the below GSA Golf Control Panel update


VisTrak Driving Range - update 8.0.0.4

October 23 2019

Download your free VisTrak 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

 

GSA Golf camera Viewer and driver software

Camera Driver 2.11 33MB

Your GSA Golf cameras require that the camera drivers are installed.

If you missed this during the initial installation process then download and install the above linked software

Select "I will use USB cameras" and select "Install PGRUSBCam driver" when prompted.

Important ! Do not select the "USBPro" option !

If you have previously run this install program and think you may have selected the USBPro option then you must uninstall the FlyCapture Viewer and re-run it

Once the drivers are installed and the cameras connected to the PC you should see in the Windows Device Manager that the cameras are detected as PGR cameras.

You can use the FLIR FlyCapture2 app to check that the VisTrak camera is 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

 


 

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1. Mount the VisTrak camera and IR LED light around 3 ft ahead of the ball strike zone on the ceiling.

Mounting height should be around 9ft.

2. Connect the USB 3 extension cable to the VisTrak camera

and Connect the active USB 3 cable to a USB 3 port on the PC

Start the Control Panel and select "Vistrak Eagle"in the Control Panel's setup window.

Go to the Camera window and to see the camera settings.

Camera settings should be as (or similar) as shown above

Adjusting the focus

It is essential that the camera be focused as best as possible.

1. Place a ball on your hitting surface at the usual striking position

2. Click the Soft Trigger button to grab a new frame

3. If the ball appears not to be in focus - select the "Video Stream Mode"

4. Adjust focus by turning the camera lens focus dial back or forth.

You may require a second person either watch the screen or turn the dial.

Setting the Max floor gray scale level

Soft trigger to get an image without a ball on the striking mat

The system will calculate the Minimum, Maximum and Average gray scales found in the on the mat.

The Max floor GS level is usually in the 50 to 60 range but you can set it to the calculated Average Floor GS.

Ball detection

Move the ball to to another position on the mat ahead of the launch zone area and click the Soft Trigger to grab a new image.

If the Max Floor Level is set too low, then the ball won't be detected (as shown above with a floor GS of 40).

Increasing the Max floor GS level to 50 fixes the problem.

 

Orientation and direction of play

Direction of play as seen in the Camera window is always right to left.

To confirm, place a club and any object above it in the FOV of the camera in the usual direction of play to help with orientation.

If you see the club facing the wrong direction or the club face reversed, you can use the "X and Y reversed" options to flip the image.

Soft Trigger to get a new image after every reverse action to confirm that all is correct.

If you see that orientation is vertical (as in the above image) then the camera has to be rotated 90 degrees on its ball mount

Due to the camera pixel chip not being square, the frames or images cannot be rotated. Just flipped.

Club detection with green fiber grass mats

Due to the amount of light reflection from green fiber hitting mats,

there won't be sufficient contrast between the club and the underlying surface for the system to detect a club

The above image shows no club detection

When using such a hitting surface,

a white strip will have to be applied to the leading edge of irons and the top edge of woods in order for the system to detect the club.

With dark light absorbing mats, the system can usually detect the club without the requirement to apply white strips.

If your images look dark - as in the above - then set the "Min ball gray scale" to around 130 and the "Max Floor gray scale" to around 50

From the Control Panel's main window, you should see the "Cameras running" message

and that the VisTrak status is "Idle"

i.e. not grabbing frames

How to confirm that the camera is running

To confirm that the camera is operational, select the "Video Stream Mode"

or click the "Soft Trigger" button in the Camera window.

You should then see that new images are being grabbed and displayed

Go to the Cameras window in the CP and click the "Video Stream Mode" option ON

Place a ball in the usual striking position on the mat and adjust the camera's aim so that

the ball appears more or less in the center of the image.

Launch Zone

The ball must always be played from within the launch zone (shown by the green square).

The launch zone is user adjustable (size and position) but would normally be in the center of the frame

and be around the size as shown above.

Note that the ball can be moved around in the launch area without a ball launch being triggered.

A system ball launch is only triggered if the ball moves outside of the launch zone

at or more than the user defined "Min Ball Speed".

Adjust the camera lens focus by turning the dial on the lens until you get a sharp image.

Adjust Shutter speed to around 250 to 300 micro seconds and Gain to 17db if not already set.

Click the Stop/Start button. The Camera will then start to look for a ball at around 200 fps and the green LED light will start flashing.

Once a ball has been detected, the green LED light will switch constanly on, or/and an optional audible beep will sound and the system will wait 3 seconds.

The wait time is to ensure the ball has settled in its launch position and the player isn't moving it.

Note that you still move the ball and as long as it doesn't move out side of the launch zone, the movement won't trigger a shot.

The status will then change to "waiting for swing" and the frame rate will increase to around 600 fps.

After striking the ball the status will change to "Swing capture completed"

and the ball and club data will be sent to the game software to launch the ball.

The camera image grabbing during the ball flight will be stopped until the ball has landed.

You then have the option to view the swing playback in the new VisTrak video playback window.

You can also check each frame in the Cameras window.

After the ball has landed the system would normally loop back to "Looking for ball" status for the next shot.


VisTrak voice audio

When the "Audio messages" option is ON ( default ON - switch ON/OFF in the VisTrak window)

the system will tell the user what status the camera is in.

Camera audio status messages can be :

1. Looking for ball

This message is played every 10 seconds until the ball is detected in the hitting launch zone

2. Ball detected. Waiting for swing.

Ball was detected in the hitting launch zone.

System goes into high speed camera mode, ready to capture the swing.

3. Ball detected outside of launch zone area

This indicates that the ball was placed on the hitting surface but was outside the launch zone

and should be moved back into hitting launch zone

4. Ball moved within launch zone.

This indicates that the ball was in the launch zone but was moved and didn't leave the launch zone.

System will then go back into "Looking for ball" mode.

5. Swing mis-read

The system detected a shot but something went wrong.

System will then go back into "Looking for ball" mode.


Camera controls

 

 

VisTrak Golf Game Play

VisTrak interfaces with TGC (The Golf Club), GSA ProX, RedChain, Perfect Parallel, E6 1.6 and E6 Connect golf game software.

Select the game software you are using from the radio buttons at top right corner of the Control Panel's main window.

Click the large "Minimize Window" button to show the two button overlay window.

This small window will show at the top left hand side of the game software.

Click the GSA Golf Control Panel button to bring back the full size Control Panel window.

Click the Show Video button to display the last shot video in the game software.

There are a number of options for the overlay buttons in the Setup window.

In order that overlay buttons are visible in the game software,

the setting "Control Panel window not on top of other windows" must be set OFF.

VisTrak lighting options

VisTrak LED Spotlight

Studio LED spot light (60w $134 to the "Big Bertha" 150w studio lamp $299)

Click above image to purchase on Amazon

Studio LED spot light lens $54.00.

VisTrak IR LED panel

Separate or Replacement LED 800 Panel

Note: If purcasing the VisTrak IR this LED panel is already included

$ 800

 

Individual 200 IR LED Lamps suitable for both the VisTrak and Stereo camera systems are available on Amazon.

$ 70 each

 

At least 4 are required for the VisTrak camera and another 2 for the stero cameras.

Note that these LED lamps are included in the price of the VisTrak Eagle and VisTrak Stereo


VisTrak problem solving.

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


 

VisTrak Installation Check Lists

1. VisTrak Camera and Light mounting

1. You have mounted the camera on the ceiling (no more than 10ft high) pointing at the ball strike zone?

2. You have either mounted a LED 65 watt plus visible light video spotlight with lens on the ceiling

or 4 high powered IR LED illuminators next to the camera pointing at the strike zone?

2. VisTrak Camera cables and USB 3 ports

1. You have confirmed that the VisTrak is connected to the PC with an active powered USB 3 cable ?

2. You have confirmed that the VisTrak is connected to a USB 3 port on the PC ?

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

Current max VisTrak cable length is 16ft

3. VisTrack camera operation

1. You have downloaded and installed all the software as described on the VisTrak Installation page ?

2. You have confirmed that the camera is running ?

In the main window of the Control Panel you should see the "Camera 1 running" message

4. You have confirmed that the camera is operational ?

To confirm that the camera is operational, select the "Video Stream Mode"

or click the "Soft Trigger" button in the Camera window.

You should then see that new images are being grabbed and displayed

5. You have confirmed that the camera is operating at the correct speed ?

To confirm that the camera is running at full speed, click the " Test camera speed FPS" button.

After a few seconds, you should see that the fps rate is at least 590.

6. You have confirmed that the camera goes into "Looking for Ball In Launch Zone" after you have started the VisTrak camera?

7. You have confirmed that the camera detects the ball when placed in the launch zone

after you have started the VisTrak camera ?

To start the VisTrak camera, click the "Stop/Start VisTrak" button from the Control Panel's main window.

Note: when clicking the "Minimize Window" button, the camera is automatically started

If the ball is located, then you should see the above message in the CP's main window.

8. After striking the ball, you see the

"Shot Launched" and "Launch Data Ready for Game to Read"

messages in the Control Panel's main window ?