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VisTrak SCX Installation

Technical Support

Click the above button to see an easy and fast SCX calibration method


Installation Steps

Step 1.

Download and install the Control Panel software


Step 2.

Install the camera driver software from the supplied USB drive

Click the above button for detailed camera installation instructions


Step 3.

Connect cameras to USB3 ports on your PC


Step 4.

Start the Control Panel and ensure that both cameras are running

(i.e. there's no error messages and you see the message that 2 cameras are running)


Step 5.

Go to the Setup panel and select Vistrak SCXi

from the list of systems on the right hand side of the screen


Step 6.

Go to the camera 1 panel and right click on the "Defaults" button to set all settings to their default values.


Step 7.

With a ball placed on its normal launch position on your mat,

select the "Show Full Ball Frame" option and the "Video Stream Mode" option and aim the camera so that it appears close to the center of the screen

Important!

Only aim cameras when in "Full Ball Frame" mode

Do not try to aim cameras when not in full frame mode

System won't function in this case


Step 8.

Do the same for camera 2.


Step 9.

Set the scalling factor

The scaling factor is used to convert distances measured in image pixels (as the camera sees them)

to real world distances measured in cm.

As a reference, the fixed diameter (42.67mm) of a golf ball is used.

To set the scaling factor, place a ball on the mat and click the soft trigger in camera 1 panel.

Ensure that the ball has been correctly detected (as shown above with the aqua blue box lines around it)

and then just click the "Set Scale" button.

The scaling factor is then stored and shouldn't require any more adjustments.

Set the scaling factor as described in the


Step 10.

Click on the Start Cameras button in the Control Panel's main window

or click the large Minimize button at the top right side of the panel

and wait a second or two until you see the message " ball located, waiting for swing"

You are now ready to play the ball

Note: if you don't see the Minimized CP after clicking on the Minimize Window button,

press the ctrl / Z to restore its position to the top left hand corner of the monitor screen


Step 11.

after a ball strike, you should see the message "Ball launch detected. Launch parameters sent to the game software"

 

Step 12.

Start you golf game software (E6, GSpro, TGC, CG3d or GSA Golf) and click the large minimize button at the top right of the screen .

You are now ready to play a round.

Cased version

Using the supplied LED lighting track to the SCX vastly increases image brightness.

VisTrak camera setup videos

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Fault finding and Issues

Installing the Control Panel software

Follow the download links sent to you via email

The GSA Golf Control Panel (CP) interfaces the cameras to the game software

and performs all the camera image processing to calculate the shot data

Error message when first starting the CP ?

If you see the above error message when first starting the Control Panel (CP)

then your PC requires the VC Redistributable files.

Click on the above image to see an installation video

Download VC redistributables hereHere

Mounting the cased Cameras

Mounting height should be around 8 to 9 ft

Note that if preferred, the cameras can also be mounted 3ft behind the player.

In this case, switch the "Rear Mounted Cameras" option ON in the Setup Panel or Camera panel (top left)

as of CP version 10.0.2.6

Pros and Cons of mounting the cameras behind the player

Pros for rear mounted cameras (like the Uneekor):

1. Little to no perspective correction required (thus possibly more accurate).

2. Unit can be mounted outside the enclosure.

3. Lighting not causing glare in the players eyes.

4. Cameras not going to be hit by very high lofted ball strikes

Cons: Less likely to view the front of the club face.

Note that perspective correction is only used if the SCX cameras are mounted 3ft ahead of the ball launch position

and not if mounted 3 ft behind.

Tilt unit down so that it points back to the ball hitting area

GSA Golf system minimum PC requirements

Intel i5 or above Processor with a desktop gaming PC

Warning! Do not use PC's with AMD processors or Laptops!

8GB RAM Nvidia 1070 Graphics Card or equivalent

25GB of Hard Drive Space

Windows 10 or 11 (Required)

Internet Connection

(Required if using 3rd party game software such as E6, TGC or GSPro)

USB3 port (Required)

Note: The cameras are USB3 cameras

and will only run at the correct speed when connected via USB3 cables directly to separate USB3 ports on the PC

Warning

If using 2 cameras, do not connect the cameras together with a Hub !

All cameras must be directly connected to separate USB3 ports on the PC

Use only the supplied powered USB3 extension cables

Warning : Laptops not recommended

Laptop PCs are usually not powerful enough to run the cameras and the gaming software (i.e. E6. TGC, Gs pro etc)

as the demand on the graphics card will be quite great and updating graphics cards on Laptops may not be possible.

SCX wiring

2 X USB3 ports (Required)

Note: The cameras are USB3 cameras

and will only run at the correct speed when connected via USB3 cables directly to separate USB3 ports on the PC

Warning

If using 2 cameras, do not connect the cameras together with a Hub !

All cameras must be directly connected to separate USB3 ports on the PC

Use only powered USB3 extension cables if the supplied cables are not long enough

Run the 2 USB3 5v powered cables as shown in the above diagram to the PC

Max length of USB3 cables with extension is 40 feet with powered USB extension cables.

Main power is 110v/240v

Camera mounting orientation

Aim the cameras back/forwards and inwards to point directly at the ball on the usual hitting posotion on the mat.


If using the track light system, attach the track to the ceiling around 3ft ahead of the usual hitting position with the supplied mounting hardware

Aim all track head lights and cameras so that they all point down at the hitting position on the mat

Ensure that the cameras are mounted or rotated such that the silver label on the camera is pointing outwards on both cameras

Aim cameras so that the ball on the mat appears relatively centered when the option "Show Full Ball Frame" is switched ON.

When aiming cameras, switch the options "Show Full Ball Frame" and "Video Stream mode" ON

Cameras can be rotated on both the x and y axis.

Default CP SCX Left camera panel values

Right click on the "Defaults" button

to set all values to their defaults

X and Y rev options must be set OFF

The CP SCX Right camera panel

X and Y rev options must be set ON

Right click on the "Defaults" button

to set all values to their defaults

Camera Alignment

It's imperative that the 2 stereo cameras are aligned correctly in order for the system

to accurately measure ball speed, vertical and horizontal launch angles.

If the cameras are not properly aligned, then the system won't produce accurate shot data results.

To check your camera alignment, proceed as shown below

Note : this procedure has to be done for both cameras

Start with camera 1 and then repeat for camera 2

Aim and rotate each camera until you see that a straight edge placed in front of the ball or a second ball

and pointing directly forwards towards the screen is as show above.

If having problems, proceed as follows:

Place a straight edge or second ball on the floor pointing directly forward and directly under camera.

Then aim the camera directly down over the straight edge and set the camera to video stream mode.

You should see that the captured images of the straight edge show that it is pointing forwards.

If not, then the camera is twisted on its mount.

In that case, just twist (rotate) it so the straight edge is pointing at the screen.

Then place the straight edge in between the cameras and rotate the camera on its own axis to point at the straight edge.

Other than a couple of degrees off, it should still be pointing at the screen.

The SCX Control Panel

The CP main window

After a ball valid strike, the CP will show the Launch sent message

The CP setup window

The CP Camera window

The CP Shot Video window

Lens focusing and aiming

It's important that the camera lenses are in focus.

The lenses are pre-focused before shipping though.

To focus, place a ball on the center line of the enclosure and point the camera at the ball.

Switch to "Video Steam Mode" in the CP's camera window so that you see the captured images.

Rotate the outer dial on the lens in or out until you see that the ball is in focus.

Aiming the cameras

The stereo SCX cameras should be aimed so that the ball appears as close as possible to the center line when in Full Frame mode.

Switch to "Video Stream Mode" to do this in both cameras 1 and 2

If using the SCX Track version, aim all lights and cameras so that they all point to the hitting position on the mat.

Depending on which side of the camera the mount is attached,

cameras may have to be rotated in order to obtain the correct orientation

 

If using the SCX Panel swing mount version, tilt the panel down on its mount so that it points back to the hitting position on the mat.

SCX camera orientation

The direction of play in both left and right cameras is always from right to left in the image frames

To Check:

place and ball on the mat and lay a club down behind it.

After clicking the "Soft Trigger" button. your image in the left camera should look like the above image.

Do the same for the right camera.

Assuming the right camera has been mounted with the white/silver label facing outwards,

the X rev and Y rev right options should be set ON

SCX Left/Right camera confirmation

To confirm that the left camera is indeed the left camera and the right camera is indeed the right camera,

select camera 1 ( the left camera), switch to "Video Stream Mode", and wave a club in front of the camera's lens.

If you don't see that the frame images are being blocked, then the cameras have to be swapped around in the Control Panel.

To do this, simply click the " Swap camera positions" option and then the "Fixed Assigns" option ON so that the camera positions are stored.

SCX Dynamic ROI (Region of Interest)

The Dynamic ROI feature allows the user to place the ball in a 2ft wide area on the hitting surface

As such, aiming the cameras does not have to be exact as the CP software will always align the ball precisely to the center line

New SCX ball speed calculation method

Switch the new stereo cam ball speed calculation and/or perspective correction OFF / ON in the Video panel

Note that perspective correction is only used if the SCX cameras are mounted 3ft ahead of the ball launch position

and not if mounted 3 ft behind.

VisTrak vs GC2 comparison results

Just in from independent tester Phil in the UK that has a GC2 and is running comparison tests with his VisTrak system

Putting

Vistrak 12.99 mph, GC2 13.0 2 mph

Vistrak 6.36 mph, GC2 6.0 3 mph

Vistrak 16.5 mph, GC2 17.3 mph

Chipping

Vistrak 49.73 mph, GC2 49.2

Full shots

Vistrak 80.37 mph , GC2 78.9 2 mph

Vistrak 78.63 mph , GC2 79.8 3 mph

Vistrak 87.22 mph, GC2 88.0 mph

SCX stereo camera alignment

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SCX Calibration

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VisTrak Golf Game Play

VisTrak interfaces with TGC (The Golf Club), GSA ProX, GS Pro, RedChain, 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 start the cameras and connect to the game.

After Clicking the large "Minimize Window" button in the CP,

2 small buttons will show at the top left hand side of the game software.

Click Control Panel to go back the CP

Click Show Swing Video to see the last shot video

SCX Panel

SCX Lighting

If you have purchase just the cameras, the following IR lighting is required.

IR LED Lighting

CM Vision IRP24-850nm LED IR Array Illuminator

Min 3 required for ceiling mounted SCX and Eagle systems

Max mounting height is 9ft

Note that the power supplies are not included when purchasing on Amazon

You will require 5 amp 12v power supplies for this IR Illuminator

Track Lighting

Instead of expensive IR LED lighting, you can also use LED track lighting.

All lights have to be set to 5000k

SCX lighting comparisons

Currently all cased SCX systems are being supplied with both IR LED and Track lights

While all track systems are being supplied with track lights only

Recommended items when purchasing your own halogen track lights

Track fixtures must feature built-in 110v to 12v transformers

Improving Ball detection using camera "Contrast" settings

New camera image and brightness controls that turn low light dull images of the ball and club into vibrant bright images.

Click above images to read more about camera ball detection and Contrast settings

Adding the optional extra Halogen lighting track to the SCX vastly increases image brightness

which negates the requirement to increase contrast

LED Track Lighting Track

4 hi-power LED zoom-able track light system with 800 Lumens per light

With track

Price $199

Laser setup

Place ball on the usual position on the hitting mat.

Switch to "Laser always constant ON" in the CP's Setup panel.

Manually aim laser to point at the ball.

Switch back to "Laser ON or Pulsing when looking for ball"

SCX ball Spin

If you prefer measured ball spin instead of calculated ball spin, then spin dot balls will be required

Note that only well defined and spaced spin dot balls can be used ( as hown above).

A maximum of 4 dots should only be visible within the center area of the ball.

Also note that camera exposure time (i.e. shutter speed) has to be set at or below 150 micro seconds and frame set to 1500 fps.

 


Ball Spin Setup

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VisTrak Golf Game Play

How to play a golf game with the system

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VisTrak interfaces with TGC (The Golf Club), GSA ProX, GS Pro, RedChain, 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 start the cameras and connect to the game.

Start your golf game application.

If you haven't already purchased any game software, you can use the supplied GSA 18 hole golf course demo software.

In this case, select the GSA Single Course radio button.

Then click the GSA Golf Demo icon from your PC's desktop

After Clicking the large "Minimize Window" button in the CP,

2 small buttons will show at the top left hand side of the game software.

The system will then start to look for a ball in the Launch Zone area. The top button is then red.

Once a ball has been detected in the Launch Zone area, the button turns green indicating that the system is ready for the swing.

Note: Click "GSA Golf Control Panel" button to go back the expanded CP's main window

Click Show Swing Video to see the last shot video

Note that the ball must always be placed in the launch zone area in order for it to be detected

Once the ball has been detected in both cameras, the system is ready to capture a ball strike and send the data to the game software in order to launch the ball.

Ball strike trigger pixels

An error message is now (as of CP version 9.9.4.0) shown in both the CP's main panel and camera panel if the dark ball strike trigger pixel is brighter than the user defined floor GS level.

System is unplayable in this case as the ball will launch immediately after placing it on the mat.

It's important to know that the forward pixel (i.e. the pixel in front of the ball) must be darker than the "Floor GS" and that the

Trig Light pixel (i.e. the pixel in the center of the ball) be brighter than 150 GS (Gray Scale) otherwise a ball launch will immediately occur.

A ball strike is detected when either the dark pixel goes light (i.e. the ball flies or rolls over it) or when the Light pixel goes dark (i.e. because the ball is suddenly not there anymore).

If you find that a ball launch occurs immediately after placing the ball on the mat, ensure the dark GS pixel is shown darker that the Floor GS. If not, increase the Floor GS so that it is lighter than the dark pixel.

In the above error example, the Trig Light pixel shows a GS of 234 (i.e. over 150) but the dark pixel GS is 14 (i.e. brighter than the Floor GS of 11)

Technical Support

Email and remote access support is available for all original purchasers of GSA Golf systems.

E-mail support is free of charge for all original purchasers of GSA Golf systems.

Remote access support is available for all purchasers for $75 per session (max 1 hr per session)

Note that your 1 hour session can be divided up to 2 sessions of 30 min or 4 15min sessions

Remote support sessions are available 7 days a week (including weekends i.e. Sat or Sun) at 2pm ET

Remote access support requires that you have "TeamViewer" installed on your PC

Go to www.teamviewer.com to get your free team viewer installed

Buy GSA Golf remote support 1 hr session for

Price: $ 75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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