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5.          Installing the software


Insert the software CD into your drive. Copy the file PTZdriver.exe from the CD to your desktop.


6.       Running the application


To start using PTZdriver, complete the following steps:

1.       Start PTZdriver by clicking its shortcut on your desktop.

Note: If you are warned that a component has not been registered by Microsoftâ, just click Continue.

2.       An icon for PTZdriver appears in the system tray found at the bottom-left corner of the desktop. Right-click the icon.

3.       In the menu displayed, select Load video device.

4.       Select your camcorder--it will usually be listed as Microsoft VCR.

5.       Click OK.

6.       PTZdriver displays a dialog telling you to select PTZdriver as the video source in your applications. Close the dialog.

7.       Start a webcam or video conferencing application.

8.       In the application, find the dialog or menu that lets you choose your video source. This dialog or menu typically lists all the video devices connected to your computer and lets you choose the one you want to use as your webcam.

9.       In the dialog or menu, select PTZdriver.

Your software now begin using your camcorder's video.



7.          Limitations


Keep away from dust and moisture. Supply power with Universal Serial Bus (USB 1.1 or above) only. Not applicable for critical usage or hazardous environments. Operate at temperatures between 32ºF and 132ºF (0ºC and 55ºC) only. This device is designed for indoor use only.





















HeavyDutyBase-LANC QuickStart Guide
For Sony Digital Camcorders



Thank you for purchasing an HeavyDutyBase. This QuickStart Guide is meant to get you up and running as quickly as possible. For detailed documentation, see the user guide included on the software CD.   FYI:  PTZ=PanTiltZoom


Contents of this document:


1         What’s in the box

2         What’s NOT in the box

3         Requirements

4         Hardware setup

5         Installing the software

6         Running the application

7         Limitations



1.                                         What’s in the box?


The full retail package contains the following items:


·                               HeavyDutyBase-LANC

·                               Software CD (contains PTZdriver, documentation)

·                               USB cable

·                               This QuickStart guide



2.                                                                 What’s NOT in the box?


·                                        HeavyDutyBase is an accessory for your camcorder. does not manufacture cameras; we give them mobility. Our products are meant to work with your existing camera. A camera is NOT included.


·                                        To ensure stability when using HeavyDutyBase with a camcorder, you must use a camcorder tripod. A camcorder tripod is not included.


·                                        It is up to you to interface your camera’s video to your PC using a Firewire interface or a video capture card. No video interfacing equipment is included.





3.       Requirements


·       CD-ROM drive

·       32 MB of RAM

·       20 MB of free hard disk space

·       Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP

·       Digital video camcorder w/ LANC connector

·       Camcorder tripod


4.       Hardware Setup


1.    Screw the camera shoe, shown in Figure 1, into the ¼” screw thread on the bottom of your camcorder.

2.    Mount the HeavyDutyBase onto your camcorder tripod, treating the HeavyDutyBase as if it were a camcorder and following the directions that came with the tripod.

Do not continue without mounting your HeavyDutyBase on a tripod. The weight of a camcorder may cause the HeavyDutyBase to tip otherwise.

3.    Plug the flat end of the USB cable into your computer’s USB port.

4.    Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB connector on the back of the HeavyDutyBase.

5.    Make sure the camera shoe receptacle is unlocked as shown in Figure 2.

6.    Lower your camera onto the HeavyDutyBase, guiding the camera shoe completely into the camera shoe receptacle.

7.    Squeeze the lock levers completely together as shown in Figure 2. The unlocking levers will come out as shown in Figure 3. Leave the receptacle in this position until you need to remove the camera.

8.   Make sure that your camera feels firmly locked into place. If it does not, repeat steps 5-8.

Do not attempt to use your HeavyDutyBase before you are sure that your camcorder has locked into place securely.

9.   Plug the LANC cable extending from the back of the HeavyDutyBase into your camcorder’s LANC connector.  To identify your camcorder’s LANC connector look for a small round connector with the following label:

                  (LANC label)

Figure 1. The camera shoe    


Figure 2. The unlocked camera shoe receptacle.


Figure 3. The locked camera shoe receptacle