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  • Try say 40. In no better then turn it up to max and test.

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    • ok so I did what you said with the shutter and grey scale it was reading good then i click apply and ok and everything resets. any ideas? thanks for your help bubba

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      • Hi. I have been trying to set up my v cam for days and no luck. I have read and tried everything on here but I cannot get my images to show up in the captures. I d.ont have red lines or squares. I have a faint grey square and faint ball in the left top screen. I could have sworn I had these at least when I had a bad right side setup that was too close. Now I have a left side setup, 6 feet left of the ball and 1 foot forward pointed slightly up and perpendicular to the line with a black poster board background with the recommended lights right above the ball (the sensor picks up everything great). I would set up a remote session with ProTee but I am at work and will have trouble getting away today. Then it will be the weekend and they are most likely closed and I would like to play with the v cam set up this weekend.
        So, basically I have tried everything I can think of on here but no luck. I think the resolution may be an issue as it shows up in the button box in the upper part as 640x480 but in the bottom boxes when I set them to that rather than the 320x240 they default to they go back to that when I apply and go back to preview screen. I have all the sliders set to the left.

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        • I should add I get the ready for shot and get a red diagonal line in the upper right box after my swing that is always at 24 degrees.

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          • Here are some attachments, I broke away from work for an hour

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            • I will speak from my own experience. This worked for me.

              First off, to get your red box use PT1 instead of PT5. This will give the starting point for your ball. It will also let you align your camera so that the ball is in the box before hitting it. This is a must for camera alignment.

              Second. I moved my shutter all the way right. Hit preview and it will stay there. Don't worry about the actual number.

              Third, Move your gain to 6. You may or may not need this. Try it anyway.

              Try this and post what you are seeing.

              You can use PT5 later but let's get everything working first.

              Hope this helps

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              • Bnorman58
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                Thanks so much for the suggestion! I will try it when I get home in a few hours and post the result.

            • So I put it on pt1 and still grey box. I put the other settings where you suggest and still have the issue fairly frequently. Protee support had me put it at pt4 and leave all settings on auto except fps. I also tried adding a second light a few feet ahead. The issue then seemed to be too bright. It picked up the ball decent but when we went to hit my son was getting 100 yard drives where it is usually 300. We turned off the front light and distance was good but v cam performance went down. Chip sent me a 75 watt flood light and I read on here to have spot light. I changed that out and my son and I played 12 holes without a misread so we will see. I am also going to darken the background better as per the suggestion. Still confuses me I do not get red line and square. I used to when I first set this up ago on the right side and 2 feet.

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              • Can anyone explain what the benefits are for using PT1, PT4, or PT5. I seem to have settled into PT1 because I think it is better for white color drivers. Yet most seem to say that PT5 is most accurate and PT4 is the default. What is the difference in accuracy and stability??


                Also, what benefit does 640x480 camera settings have. The picture is larger. Does that make the streak measured larger and thus more accurate? What are the drawbacks of 640x480 and the benefits???
                Last edited by Boerdoc; 01-11-2016, 06:31 PM.

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                • I think the first thing that we have to accept with ProTee is that there are various settings AND there is no one size fits all in terms of there being one setting that is better than others in all situations. The people in the know are ProTee Support.

                  I can't even comment on what my PT settings are since, once ProTee Support adjusted them in an online support session (over a year ago), my unit has worked almost without fault. I am pretty sure though that each of the PT methods have situations where they work better, but that it is dependent on each user's set-up and the physical space that the cameras and sensor are being used. Lighting, reflectiveness of the floor coverings, wall colour, etc all come into play.

                  If ProTee has helped configure your system and it has worked satisfactorily I would suggest not attempting to tweak the settings. Unless of course something is way out of kilter, but then talk to ProTee.

                  I can tell you that when ProTee looked at my set-up they advised against using 640x480 camera resolution. I like many others thought that the higher the resolution, the more accurate the reading would be. The issue with higher resolution is that more data has to be transferred and it has to be transferred quickly. The result is that some data may be lost or not fully transmitted due to compression (I am kind of winging it from memory), but the long and the short of it is, ProTee software works better with the lower camera resolutions, than it does with the higher resolution. Again, the people at ProTee Support know best.

                  I'm starting to sound a bit like a broken record but contacting ProTee Support when you have issues is the best route to a solution.
                  Last edited by aja; 01-11-2016, 08:24 PM.

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                  • Bnorman58
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                    aja, I'm not trying to call you out here but in the thread on the tournament rewinds you commented yesterday about 4 different misreads but here you said it has been running for over a year without fail. Did something happen to where the configuations got messed up or am I just misreading that? Maybe you are referring to ones that happened before ProTee helped you get it fixed. I definitely agree the misreads are pretty obvious and for that reason must have mulligans on and use dicretion. Again, dont take it wrong but I have days where it works great and days where it doesnt and trying to figure out why. I have been working with ProTee and they have helped me a lot but have not had a remote session with them. Right now it is working well since I switched to the lower resolution.

                • i have a white driver and for the vcam i find that pt5 at 320x240 works best. 640x480 gave me too much fisheye effect. My framerate is around 30 and shutterspeed as high as it will go. Gain is at 8.6 but that will depend on your lighting situation. it is my understanding that nothing should be set to auto for the cameras.

                  i believe pt1 and pt4 use the tee box as a starting point where as pt5 looks for the longest streak. the square shows up for pt1 but not for pt5. not sure about pt4.

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                  • inorkuo, I opened a ProTee ticket on this and they told me the number one issue is people mess with their camera settings too much. They had me put it on PT4 and told me to leave all settings on auto except FPS. It has worked great ever since. Like it is said many times here, every setup is different but thats what worked for me.

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                    • I have been looking for it\\th answer on here but dont see it. My v cam is working great except the sand wedge flop, I dont have a lob wedge. It is going out of the field of vision on the preview screens. That screen has the diagonal line at around 50 degrees. How do I get that diagonal line to go up towards the 90 degree mark to increase the field of vision? Thanks.

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