Operating Modes (DigiDRIVE Portable)

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Overview

It is possible to switch between the various DigiDRIVE Portable operational modes simply by maintaining pressed for at least 2 seconds the control button of your DigiDRIVE Portable.

The operational modes are accessed in a circular fashion Digidrive portable operation mode wiki.png

Every operational mode has specific pattern of LEDs, as shown in the table below.

Warning_icon.png In order to operate the AutoLoop and TimeLapse mode, it's mandatory to properly set up both Virtual Limits.


LIVE MODE AUTOLOOP MODE TIMELAPSE MODE
Component Status
JoyStick Enabled
Main Led On or Blink
Left Limit Led On / Off
Right Limit Led On / Off

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Component Status
JoyStick Disabled
Main Led On or Blink
Left Limit Led Pulse
Right Limit Led Pulse

Wiki portable autoloop mode.gif

Component Status
JoyStick Disabled
Main Led On or Blink
Left Limit Led Alternated Blink
Right Limit Led Alternated Blink

Wiki portable timelapse mode.gif

Live Mode

The DigiDRIVE main mode is the Live Mode. The proportional control offered by the joystick of the DigiDRIVE Portable allows the user to move the movable element of your product (SmartSLIDER, SMART3, etc. ...) with extreme accuracy and intuitiveness.

The central knob allows the full control of the maximum velocity acting as a proportional limiter. In Live Mode, the DigiDRIVE Portable control button allows the user to set up the Virtual Limits (look here for more information on Virtual Limit setup)

No Limits defined Right Limit defined Left Limit defined Both Limit defined
Wiki portable no limits.jpg Wiki portable right limit.jpg Wiki portable left limit.jpg Wiki portable both limits.jpg


AutoLoop Mode

AutoLoop mode let your product loop automatically inside previously configured virtual limits. After entered in this mode, the system will wait user control.

Pause
Digidrive portable autoloop stop.gif
Warning_icon.png Is mandatory for the user to verify the moving element doesn't run into obstacle during autoloop mode.

Due to the automatic nature of the movement, the customer is fully responsible for his equipment and for his and third party's health.


Starting Up

After the user verified that the working area was clear and without obstacles, simply press the control button of your DigiDRIVE Portable in order to start the AutoLoop Mode.

DigiDRIVE Portable will inform the user about the direction of movement in visual fashion:

Moving towards right limit Moving towards left limit
Digidrive portable autoloop right dir.gif Digidrive portable autoloop left dir.gif

Changing Moving Velocity

During AutoLoop Mode, the system will move your product within the virtual limits previously configured, as reported in the previous table. In this operational mode, the joystick is disabled. It is possible to change and control the moving velocity simply turning the dial of the DigiDRIVE Portable.

The minimum moving velocity is strictly related to the DigiMOTOR type connected to the DigiDRIVE Portable If a DigiMOTOR PRO or DigiMOTOR Reflex will be used, the minimum velocity will be 0,08mm/sec (4,8mm/min).

Stop

As for the start up procedure, it is possible to stop the AutoLoop simply by pressing the control button of DigiDRIVE Portable.

Pause
Digidrive portable autoloop stop.gif

TimeLapse Mode

From firmware v2.0, DigiDRIVE Portable has the ability to make TimeLapses using the Shoot – Move – Shoot technique.

You can verify the firmware version of you DigiDRIVE Portable via TUNER Software, freely downloadable from our website www.smartsystem.it.

The main advantage of Shoot – Move – Shoot technique is to completely stop the carriage (and so, the camera) movement during each individual shot.

This feature eliminates the risk of unwanted jitters in your shots and ensuring to you the ability to use longer exposure time avoiding the frame blur.

Warning_icon.png As for the AutoLoop mode, it is mandatory for the customer to verify that the moving element doesn't run into obstacles during TimeLapse mode.

Due to the automatic nature of the movement, the customer is fully responsible for his equipment and for his and third party's health.

Definition of the Starting Point

As soon as you enter in TimeLapse mode, the system will wait for user to choose the Starting Point (corresponding to one of the two Virtual Limits previously configured).

This stage is represented by alternate blink of status LEDs.

System waiting for starting point
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In order to define the Right or Left Virtual Limit as Starting Point, you just move the joystick towards Right or Left, keeping the joystick in this position at least for two seconds.

Selection of the starting point
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After DigiDRIVE recognize the command, it will move the carriage automatically towards the predefined point. The user will be informed about this stage trough the LED Blinking (Right or Left).

Warning_icon.png During the automatic position, you can stop the motion simply pressing the Control Button

Once positioned, DigiDRIVE Portable will wait the Starting Command by the user (both LED blinking) waiting the selection of the Time Between Shots (see next chapter). Note: The time between blinks is dependent by the Time Between Shots imposed by the main knob.

EasyLAPSE or Tuner Mode selection

From firmware v.2.0, DigiDRIVE Portable let the user choose the TimeLapse parameters in a very efficient and easy way. DigiDRIVE Portable can operate in two different modes.


The first one is strictly related to the software "Tuner" (freely downloadable from our website www.smartsystem.it), giving the user a more detailed configuration of TimeLapses. The other one, let the user to choose only the Time Between Shots parameters via EasyLAPSE™ technology.

Moving from Tuner to EasyLAPSE™ mode is very simple: just turn the Max Velocity dial (subdivided in 9 sectors) in your DigiDRIVE Portable In the 0 position, the TimeLapse will be done in “Tuner Mode”. The other 8 possibility are related to the “EasyLAPSE™” mode, as shown in the figure below.

EasyLAPSE or Tuner Mode
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In both modes, DigiDRIVE will move the carriage using acceleration and deceleration ramps near Virtual Limits. This ramps are optimized in order to give the best results with minimal efforts.


EasyLAPSE™

The key feature of great TimeLapses is the comprehension of the natural phenomenon we want to capture via a sequence of images. Choosing the right TBS (time-between-shots) is very difficult, maybe impossible without finding oneself in the predefined location. Thanks to complex motion algorithms, EasyLAPSE™ will move from a limit to the other in a loop way in shoot-move-shoot fashion giving to the user the choice of the key TimeLapse parameter: the Time Between Shots period (TBS). EasyLAPSE™, simply turning the Max Velocity dial, let the user to choose between TBS from 1 second to 8 seconds in 1 second step.

The chosen TBS will be shown to the user via LED blinking. Just count the number of consecutive LED blinking in order to understand the TBS configured (1 blink = 1 second, 3 blinks = 3 seconds and so on). EasyLAPSE™ will automatically define the Shutter Time using this simple formula:

Wiki portable easylapse formula.png

During Shutter Time period, the carriage will be locked in position giving to the camera the ability to shot without vibrations

NOTE: The system will continuously shoot. If you need to obtain a predefined number of photographs, please use the “Tuner mode”.

Warning_icon.png It is mandatory that the Camera will be configured in order to obtain a Camera Exposure Time lower the Shutter Time


Tuner Mode

As described in the previous chapter, simply rotating the velocity knob to its minimum (0 position) will activate the “Tuner Mode” (fast LED blinking).

In this mode, DigiDRIVE will execute TimeLapse using the parameters previously configured by TUNER Software (freely downloadable from our website www.smartsystem.it). It will be possible to create complex TimeLapse configuring those parameters:

  • Time Between Shots
  • Exposure Time
  • Shots Number

Choosing, for example, TBS of 30seconds with Exposure Time of 29seconds (star trail timelapses or nightly timelapses). Since the system will have to move to the next keypoint after waiting the Shutter Time period, TUNER will grant to you the possibility to define a Shutter Time period lower than TBS following this simple formula:


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Warning_icon.png It is mandatory that the Camera will be configured in order to obtain a Camera Exposure Time lower the Shutter Time


TimeLapse Start or Stop

Before starting a TimeLapse session, be sure to connect your camera to DigiMOTOR via the LapseLINK™ adapter. After you choose the right TimeLapse mode (Tuner o EasyLAPSE™), the system will wait the user, after checking that no obstacles will stops the carriage moving, start the TimeLapse execution simply pressing and maintain pressed for at least 2 seconds, the control button of your DigiDRIVE Portable.

TimeLapses, for their nature, can't be stopped without compromising the final results. It is possible to exit from TimeLapse mode, simply by maintaining pressed for at least 2 seconds the control button of your DigiDRIVE Portable.