Tech Specs and Support
- Full 3-axis stepper motor motion control
- Capacitive touch screen full color display for easy configuration
- High-performance ARM processor
- USB enabled
- Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) enabled
- Dual Shutter outputs
- RCA output - backwards compatible with StackShot
- 3.5mm output - allows camera 1/2 press to wake camera for long time lapses
- Separate modes for different use cases
- Stacking (stack, stack/rotate, scan)
- Panoramas - including giga-pixel scanning
- Motion (MoCo) - both time lapse and real time
- Completely compatible with both the standard and extended length Cognisys macro rails
- Capable of driving the StackShot Macro Rail, Rotary Table, or stand-alone stepper motors
- Controller housed in a durable extruded aluminum housing
- Operates at 12-24VDC for battery or AC operation (with adapter)
- Stepper motor drivers run in 1/16th micro step
- Open drain output configuration on Shutter output
- Shutter output can switch up to 1A of continuous current
- Robust locking connectors
- System can be battery powered, see the Li-Ion Battery Kit.
Owner's Manual and Firmware Updates
|Firmware Release (zip)||Owner's Manual (pdf)||Release Notes (pdf)|
|1.0.00||Version 1.0 (3.5MB)|
|1.0.01 - Mar 2016 - (3.2MB)||Version 1.1 (5.17MB)||1.0.01 (65kB)|
|1.0.02 - May 2016 - (3.2MB)||Version 1.2 (5.54MB)||1.0.02 (65kB)|
The software version of your controller can be read from the StackShot 3X splash screen at power-up.
Please Note: Your StackShot 3X was shipped with the latest firmware.
The zip file above contains the release notes, firmware and firmware update instructions.
Dimensions and Weights
StackShot 3X Controller Dimensions: 120mm L x 103mm W x 31mm H
StackShot 3X Controller: 0.34kg (12.0 oz)
Electrical Specification Summary
|Input Current - (12Vdc in)||-||150||6000||mAdc|
|Input Current - Power savings active||-||50||-||mAdc|
|Shutter Output Current Sink - Continuous||-||-||1||Adc|
|Shutter Output Max Voltage||-||-||32||Vdc|
|Timer Tolerance @ 25C||-||1||-||%|
USB Connections to Windows
Usually connecting StackShot 3X to your Windows machine is pretty painless, occasionally though Windows will not install the drivers correctly (or at all). If this happens to you follow the steps below to get Windows to recognize your StackShot controller.
- 1. Unplug StackShot from the computer
- 2. Make sure Zerene and Helicon are closed
- 3. Download the FTDI drivers from here: FTDI Drivers
- 4. Run the setup executable
- 5. Reboot (probably not required, but it never hurts (much)!)
- 6. Plug in the StackShot USB port
- 7. Load up Zerene or Helicon Remote.
USB Connections to MAC
If your Mac has problems connecting to StackShot please try the following. Copy/paste is the best way since the commands are case-sensitive.
- Disconnect StackShot from the Mac.
- Open a "terminal" window: Launch Pad->Other->Terminal and issue these commands:
- cd /System/Library/Extensions/IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns
- sudo mv AppleUSBFTDI.kext AppleUSBFTDI.disabled
- sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions
Make sure there weren’t any errors reported during those commands. You will be asked for the root user’s password (usually your own).
Give the Mac a reboot and this should take care of the problem.
As of OS-X Mavericks (10.9), Apple has included a partial implementation of the FTDI driver. Unfortunately this driver interferes with proper operation of StackShot. The above commands will disable the Apple driver so that applications such as Zerene Stacker and Helicon Remote can load the proper driver.
When an update comes out for OS-X you may need to repeat this procedure.
If this process doesn’t fix the problem then you may also have to disable previously installed FTDI drivers:
- cd /System/Library/Extensions
- sudo mv FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext FTDIUSBSerialDriver.disabled
If you ever need to re-enable the FTDI drivers you can issue the following commands:
- cd /System/Library/Extensions
- sudo mv FTDIUSBSerialDriver.disabled FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext
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