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VisTrak Installation VisTrak Eagle VisTrak Vcam VisTrak Vcam B VisTrak LX VisTrak Stereo Camera Installation Installation and setup

-VisTrak Setup

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-VisTrak problem solving.

This page will deal with common user VisTrak issues as and when they come in

If you are experiencing issues with the VisTrak camera then the first thing to do is to send us (via email attachment) a copy of the video file of the shot for analysis.

All video files (.vid files) are stored in the C:\GSAgolf folder of your PC.

We will then get back to you with a solution to the issue.

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 )

VisTrak Installation Check List

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 a USB 3.1 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

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 ?

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

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 ?

9. VisTrak video overlay setup

 

In order for the VisTrak video playback overlay to work,

the Setup settings should be as in the above image.

1. Control Panel in frames and movable window ON

2. Control Panel window not on top of other windows OFF

3. Show CP overlay button when CP sent back ON

4. Either the "Show swing playback video overlay ON until closed" or

Show swing playback video overlay ON n seconds should be ON.

How to tips

How to move the CP game overlay button position

To move the buttons, hold the Ctrl Key down and click the CP Minimize button in the CP's main window.

While still holding the Ctrl Key down, use the up, down, left and right keyboard arrow keys to adjust the button positions on the screen.

 


VisTrak Problem solving

1. VisTrak not detecting shots

In order for the system to detect a launch, at least two frames must contain images of the ball in motion.

In the above frame image, the second frame of the video didn't detect the ball.

The reason for this was that the "Min ball gray scale" was set too high.

Decreasing the "Min ball gray scale" in the Camera window solves the issue.

Fast shots

If you find that only one ball in flight is detected with fast shots

move the launch zone area further back to allow more FOV of the ball in flight.

A ball traveling at 200 mph will travel 6 inches in each frame grabbed by the VisTrak camera. (time for each frame = 1/591= 0.00169 seconds)

The FOV after the launch zone in the above image is around 15 inches,

so there's ample space to capture 2 frames of the ball in flight even at the highest recorded golf ball speed of 211 mph

Other causes of no shot detection

1. The camera is not running or not running at the correct speed

Either incorrect drivers have been installed or there's a cable issue

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

Camera speed tests

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.

Note that the regular speed displayed in the CP will always be around 140 FPS

It is only when the camera is running at full speed - which only occurs after the camera has detected a ball placed in the launch zone -

and the system is ready for the next shot.

In this case there are no screen updates to indicate that the FPS has increased to the full 590 plus range.

The full FPS rate is only shown after the "Speed Test"

Camera running slow

If the VisTrak camera appears to be running at a far slower rate than 590 FPS after the speed test

then check that the camera is connected to a USB3 port on the PC and that the extension USB cable is a powered active USB3 cable.

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

Is the VisTrak camera being externally powered?

If not and the camera is not functioning, then add the external power adapter to the camera.

Insufficient power to the camera is a common cause of malfunction.

All new shipments of the VisTrak camera are now being supplied with the external power connector and adapter.

Note that this external power is not normally required though.

2. The ball was not detected in the launch zone before ball strike

3. The camera is not aimed at the ball strike position or its orientation is incorrect.

Direction of play is always from right to left as viewed by the camera.

4. The camera is not connected to the PC using only USB 3 cables (i.e. USB 2 cables are being used).

5. The camera is not connected to a USB 3 port on the PC (i.e. it is connected to a USB 2 port).

6. There's insufficient light.

At least a 65w LED visible light video spotlight with lens is required or 4 hi-powered IR LED lights are required.

7. The camera lens is out of focus

Place a ball on the mat, set the camera into "Video Stream" mode and turn the lens dial to focus

8. The game software selected in the Control Panel does not correspond to the game software running on the PC

e.g. E6 Connect game software is running on the PC but E6 1.6 has been selected in the Control Panel

9. The camera settings are not correct

Go to the VisTrak Eagle Installation page to see how to check for these issues

Using just the Control Panel, you should see the following messages displayed for around 5 seconds after a shot

2. Club Face detection

Club not detected

The club - just before ball strike - should always be within the launch zone

Woods and Drivers

As long as the club face is visible to the camera,

there shouldn't be any problems picking up the club face, speed and path with woods and drivers.

Dark clubs

If a bright face is not visible or the clubs have a dark face,

then a white strip has to be applied to the top leading edge of woods

and the lower leading edge of irons.

You can make strips from sticky back white photo paper available at Office Depot or Staples stores

Customer Rich G. recommends this method of taping.

3. Club Path and Speed detection

 

4. Ball Speed and Path detection

In the above video, the measured ball speed was too high and exceeded the max allowed ball speed of 95 m/s or (212 mph).

6. Carry distance

Carry distance is directly related and proportional to the measured ball speed in the VisTrak camera.

The VisTrak camera measures ball speed by measuring the distance the ball has traveled between two two or more frames

and the time elapsed between the frames. i.e. speed = distance / time.

Launch Angle is also taken into account when measuring the distance.

Two red cross hairs in the playback video show where the ball was in the frames that where used to measure the ball speed.

As the camera sees only distances measured in pixels, a pixel to real world units (i.e. cm, meters, feet, inches etc) conversion has to be made.

This conversion is made by the VisTrak Scale.

In the above image, the scale is set to 1 pixel = 0.1082 cm.

Adjusting this scaling factor directly effects the measured ball speed and thus the carry distance of the shot.

Additional scaling factor and ball spin adjustments can be made for each club in the Carry Factors panel.

In order for these additional carry factors to be used, the "Club Carry factors" option has to be switched ON.

This option is in the Camera window.

Click the "Carry factors" button to open the Club Carry Factors panel.

7. VisTrak lighting options

If you have purchased the VisTrak camera without lighting

then the following is recommended.

VisTrak LED Spotlight

Studio LED video spot light (65w $134 or 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

$ 999

 

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

8. Connecting to E6

Select GSA Golf in the Settings / Simulator options in E6 Connect

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

 


 

VisTrak Stereo

Click above to read about the VisTrak Stereo setup

Recent CP updates

Last data sent to game

When you hover the mouse over the data boxes, the last data sent to the game will be displayed in red text.

Use this to confirm that data being used and displayed in the game software matches this last data sent to it.

New Data source "Video"

The VisTrak video files include all ball and club data calculated at the time of the shot.

When loading a video, the ball and club data source is shown under the value.

The source name is prefixed with "Vid." when loading a video but you can still see the original data source.

The user can opt to re-calculate the data by clicking the "Re-Cal Angles" button.

When switching from the VisTrak window to the Camera window and then back again, the video file will be automatically re-loaded so that data remains constant.

If the "Re-cal Angles" is activated and stereo images have changed since the original shot

(either by the ball bouncing back or a user retrieves a ball and thus the line scan camera re-triggers the camera) then the results will greatly differ.

Shot Analysis file for CX and PX5 users

To better support CX and PX5 users, there's now a shot analysis feature that stores the current CX camera images and all the camera settings into a single file.

In case of issues, the user just sends this file to us for analysis.

The embedded camera settings allow us to setup our systems the same as the users.

Fix: when loading the old style videos, the system wasn't calculating club face angle


April 2 1:10 pm

- V 9.3.0.1

New 1: Auto Club select stays off when switched off while using E6 Connect

New 2: The CP can auto cycle through the test camera procedure after every shot if desired

April 2 10:20 am

- V 9.3.0.0

VisTrak Stereo camera time stamps

Image capture time stamps are now shown in the camera panels.

These time stamps should be the same as the video time stamps.

The time stamps are now also embedded in the VisTrak video files.


April 1 11:00 am

- V 9.2.9.9

User support: VisTrak Manual Video Record feature

This CP update will includes a manual video record feature.

This feature is for new VisTrak users that are still working on the basics and can't get the system to detect a shot or even detect a ball in the launch zone.

In this case, an automatically generated video will not be produced and thus we can't see what is causing the problem.

i.e. the system will only record a video if a shot has been detected

The new Manual Video Record feature will always generate a video which can then be sent in to us for analysis and thus we can inform the user on how to correct the problem.