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Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller

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Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #20 on: 20 / December / 2008, 04:31:25 »
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Thank!

If you have suggestions for feature updates please tell me.

In the meantime i set up a small webpage which contains always the latest informations on the CanoRemote.
In the future i'll also put some example scripts on this page.

http://www.canoremote.de

Regards,

STB
Regards,

STB

S5IS with CanoRemote Receiver

CanoRemote Manual online:
CanoRemote

Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #21 on: 22 / December / 2008, 11:45:30 »
As I mentioned, the receiver is very sensitive to ambient light and definitely needs an enclosure. My initial R&D shows that a workable, down & dirty, interim solution can be made from the black plastic cases (cannisters) that a single roll of 35mm film comes in.

I cut a square hole in the bottom of the case, slightly off center (let's call it "toward the rear"), just large enough for the metal part of the USB connector to fit through. There is enough distance between the bottom of the Remote Receiver and the cable hood for this to push through without interfering with the connection.

I then put the top on the case (before inserting the remote) and cut a 15mm slot halfway around the "front" of the cannister at the level of the IR sensor.

With this setup, the circuit board sits somewhat more toward the "rear" of the cannister rather than in the center, and is therefore more shaded and fits without wobbling if all your cuts are accurately done.

I wrapped the cannister with a strip of 2 inch transparent packing tape just below the top. This covers the slot, gives a degree of weather proofing and helps strengthen the cannister.

It was then a simple matter to slip the receiver onto the cable and re-snap the top. With the receiver installed, I get excellent coverage by the remote transmitter, far fewer false positives from daylight, and protection for the circuit board. 8)

HTH,
 
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Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #22 on: 22 / December / 2008, 12:16:15 »
Do you have the problems with daylight or with light coming from energy saving fluorescent lights?

I did a lot of testing and i have sometimes problems with one brand of energy saving lamps but i never had problems with daylight.
Regards,

STB

S5IS with CanoRemote Receiver

CanoRemote Manual online:
CanoRemote

Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #23 on: 22 / December / 2008, 13:51:20 »
@STB:

Whan I first tested the receiver in my office, I was having problems with it acting erratically. Once I realized it was the fluorescent lights causing the problem, I simply shaded the sensor with my fingers and the remote worked fine. It also works uncovered in our Control Room because that's usually fairly dark so we can see the monitors better.

However, even after I secured it in the filmcan, if I point the slit directly at a window, it just keeps taking pictures continuously. Sort of like an intervalometer.

It appears to be sensitive to bright light as well as IR. That's why I was asking about using a red gel before. Perhaps just an ND gel will be enough.

Now that my submission to the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications convention has been finished and sent in, I'll have a little more time to do some testing.

I'll let you know the results.

Regards,
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Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #24 on: 22 / December / 2008, 13:55:38 »
@stb:

You might want to add this link to your User Guide:

How to replace the Apple Remote battery

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Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #25 on: 22 / December / 2008, 16:49:21 »
been using it on s3is and a620 for a few days, but havent invested much time yet.
only thing i notice is that it doesnt shoot unless i set cam to Manual Focus. havent found out why, yet. will investigate further.
will write a big report about this neat little nice device.

Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #26 on: 26 / December / 2008, 14:27:56 »
What a great idea! What will it do for my Canon 850? Microfunguy says it will operate the shutter in Ricoh CA-1 mode. How about some other functions. e.g. the zoom?

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Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #27 on: 27 / December / 2008, 04:21:08 »
Hi!

It is also possible to control the zoom via the remote.
I'll put a demo script on my webpages tonight.

Regards,

STB

S5IS with CanoRemote Receiver

CanoRemote Manual online:
CanoRemote


Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #28 on: 08 / January / 2009, 19:07:50 »
In case anybody is considering purchasing the remote from Dirk, I can assure you all that he is an above board and fully honest individual. He sent my remote promptly and has responded to any inquiry that I have made. He even sent me an email asking if it had arrived yet, the day before it arrived (today) :). I have yet to test the device (I thought I had the necessary mini-USB cable, but it has to have a mini connector on both ends), but I am eager to get to it as soon as I can get out to Radio Shack and pick a cable up. If you buy one from Dirk, keep this in mind. You might as well get the cable too.

Thank you again, Dirk. I am happy to do business with you any time.

Toby

Re: Project: Infrared USB Remote with Apple Remote Controller
« Reply #29 on: 13 / January / 2009, 17:54:56 »
Dirk, I really want one of these. But I'm not clear on which functions of my Canon 850 it will control. And will I be able to get it working? I'm not at all technical - I don't want to learn how to edit scripts.

 

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