RapidCam Photofinish

Documentation and Operation Manual

 

 

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For Software Version: 1.5.1 (Build 2700 – 2018-11-01)

Documentation Version: 2018-11-01

Contents

Step 1: Hardware Setup. 3

Minimum System Requirements. 3

Included in the Package. 3

Recommended Accessories. 5

Connection Options. 6

Option 1: Crossover. 7

Modification of network settings. 8

Option 2: Router or Switch. 12

Network Configuration. 14

Step 2: Software Basics. 14

Starting the software. 15

Interface Layout 15

Feature Layout 17

Creating a new RapidCam race file. 17

Opening an existing RapidCam race file. 18

Integration with other Zone4 Products. 19

Directly to a Zone4 race file. 19

Importing Racers. 20

Sending to a Timing Server. 20

Step 3: Camera Configuration. 21

Configuration Tools. 22

Camera Tab Controls. 22

Camera Settings. 22

White Balance. 23

Controlling the Camera. 23

Step 4: Working with the Images. 24

Images – Thumbs Tab. 24

Images – Thumbs Tab Controls. 25

Images – Zoom Tab. 25

Images – Zoom Tab Controls. 27

Time Marker Controls. 27

Step 5: Viewing and Exporting Results. 27

Viewing Results. 27

Manually Exporting Results. 28

Automatically Exported Results. 29

Managing Racers. 30

Software Versions. 31

What’s New?. 31

Change Log. 32

 


 

Step 1: Hardware Setup

The RapidCam system was developed to take advantage of modern high-definition digital camera technology. Although this technology produces excellent image quality, considerable image data needs to be processed and stored by the RapidCam software. This processing and storage will require a modern mid-range range laptop that meets the Minimum System Requirements section below.

Minimum System Requirements

The RapidCam software has been designed to run on modern mid-range laptops. The important requirements are:

·         Dual Core processor such as an Intel Core 2 Duo or better

o    Scores of 1500 or higher on the PassMark CPU Benchmark

o    See http://www.cpubenchmark.net/ for CPU scores

·         3 GB of RAM

·         Minimum screen resolution of 1280x768

·         Ethernet port

·         Adequate disk space for image storage:

o    About 700 KB per racer per recorded finish line crossing

o    For example; 200 MB for 300 racers crossing the finish line once, 600 MB for 300 racers doing a 3 lap race

·         Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 (or 6) 32-bit:

o    There are known incompatibilities with 64-bit JRE versions and Java 8 and newer when working with a Zone4 race file.

o    Available free from: http://www.java.com/download

Although technically possible, running a camera over WiFi is not recommended. The software will not resume recording from the camera if the connection is dropped and then re-established without user intervention.

Included in the Package

The following items are included in the standard RapidCam package:

RapidCam Camera with Lens and Weather Shield

Storage and Travel Case

48 volt PoE Injector and Power Cable:

3 foot Blue Ethernet Cable

14 foot Green Ethernet Cable

3 foot Red Crossover Ethernet Cable

Hex Drivers for Camera Maintenance

 

Recommended Accessories

Some method for mounting the camera high enough for the application is required. Having a quality tripod head that allows for micro-adjustment will make setup much easier.

Manfrotto 7 foot Tripod

http://www.manfrotto.us/triaut-camera-tripod-black

Manfrotto Junior Geared Head

http://www.manfrotto.us/junior-geared-head

 

Connection Options

There are two different network setups for the RapidCam system. It is easiest to get Option 1: Crossover working first then looking at getting the camera integrated with existing network setups.

 Option 1: Crossover

Advantages:

·         Simple setup

·         No additional networking hardware required

Disadvantages:

·         Temporary modification of network settings needed

Option 2: Router or Switch

Advantages:

·         Camera can be integrated into an existing network

Disadvantages:

·         Some understanding of networking concepts required

Option 1: Crossover

Setting up the camera to work in a crossover configuration can be done with the included accessories and a laptop.

1.       RapidCam Camera to 48 volt PoE Injector PWR LAN-OUT port with regular Ethernet Cable

2.       48 volt PoE Injector LAN-IN port to Laptop Ethernet Port with Red Ethernet Cross-Over (X/O) Cable

3.       48 volt PoE Injector to Wall Outlet with PoE Power Cable

4.       The final configuration should look like

Modification of network settings

The following steps assume the camera has its default IP address of 192.168.0.9. This modification may need to be reverted to connect back to a standard network.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

1.       Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen

2.       Type “View network connections” in the search box and click the View network connections item

3.       Right click the adapter for your wired Ethernet connection (typically named Local Area Connection) and click Properties

4.       Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties

5.       Select Use the following IP address, type “192.168.0.1” into the IP address box, click the Subnet mask box to automatically fill it then click OK

Windows XP

1.       Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen

2.       Click Control Panel

3.       Click Network and Internet Connections

4.       Click Network Connections

5.       Right click the adapter for your wired Ethernet connection (typically named Local Area Connection) and click Properties

6.       Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties

7.       Select Use the following IP address, type “192.168.0.1” into the IP address box, click the Subnet mask box to automatically fill it then click OK

 

Option 2: Router or Switch

The following steps describe how to connect a RapidCam into a new or existing network topology using a router or switch. Additional configuration may be required depending on the network.

1.       RapidCam Camera to 48 volt PoE Injector PWR LAN-OUT port with regular Ethernet Cable

2.       48 volt PoE Injector LAN-IN port to Router/Switch with regular Ethernet Cable

3.       48 volt PoE Injector to Wall Outlet with PoE Power Cable

4.       Ethernet connection between Laptop and Router/Switch

5.       The final configuration should look like

Network Configuration

The camera comes set with a default static IP address of 192.168.0.9. This static IP address can be changed to match the network configuration being integrated with. When connecting to a DHCP network, ensure the RapidCam’s IP address is outside the address allocation range of the DHCP server.

To change the IP Address of the camera:

1.       in a web browser, navigate to:
http://[current IP address of camera]/index.php?site=camerasetup/setup.php
the default IP address of the camera is 192.168.0.9:
http://192.168.0.9/index.php?site=camerasetup/setup.php

2.       update the IP, Netmask, Gateway and Broadcast fields to match the desired setup:
for using RapidCam with a Zone4 ServerBox:

3.       click Save

4.       update the camera IP in the RapidCam software About tab:

5.       close the RapidCam software and re-open it to find the camera at the new IP address

Step 2: Software Basics

This section outlines starting the software and the basic structure of the program.

Starting the software

Extract the contents of the RapidCam.zip file. Ensure they are extracted and not run from within the .zip file.

In this package you will find three ways to launch RapidCam:

·         RapidCam[.exe]: the normal executable to use

·         RapidCam (Console)[.exe]: opens a debug terminal alongside RapidCam for troubleshooting

·         RapidCam (No Camera)[.exe]: for reviewing a previous race file while an instance of RapidCam is already running and recording images (it won't conflict with the recording instance)

You must have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed to run the RapidCam software. If you don’t have it installed, you will be prompted to install it and taken to the Java download page. Follow the instructions in the installer (you must be connected to the internet). Then restart the program by double-clicking the RapidCam[.exe] file again.

MacOS X:

Open the folder where the program was extracted, double-click ‘bin’ folder then double-click the ‘RapidCam.jar’ file.

Interface Layout

The interface of the RapidCam software is divided into several sections as detailed below.

 Main Tab Bar:

The main five sections of the software are divided into tabs.

 Sub-Tab Bar:

The File, Images and Racers main tabs have sub-tabs.

 Main Panel:

The Main Panel displays the functions for the active Tab/Sub-Tab combination.

 Status Icons:

The Status Icons shows the status of RapidCam time pushing and the connected (if any) Zone4 race file.

 Camera Status:

The Camera Status shows the state the camera is currently in:

·         Searching for camera…: The camera has not been found but the software is actively searching for it.

·         Configuration Mode: When in the Camera Tab, a live preview image is displayed and various settings can be changed. Note that some settings can only be changed when in Configuration Mode.

·         Auto Recording: Images are automatically being recorded when motion is detected.

·         Manual Recording: Images are not being recorded even if motion is detected.

·         Recording Forced: Images are constantly being recorded even if no motion is detected.

·         No Camera Mode: The RapidCam software was launched in No Camera Mode for reviewing images only.

 Time Indicator and Seek:

Shows time of current image in Images – Zoom tab and can quickly seek to an image based on time.

 Camera Control:

These settings are for adjusting primary camera settings and can be adjusted at any time.

Feature Layout

Creating a new RapidCam race file

When the program starts, the File – New Race tab active should be active. From here a new RapidCam race file can be created. This race file is used to store the data and images assorted with a single race. Enter a unique name for this race in the File name field and click Create.

Opening an existing RapidCam race file

When on the File – Open Race Tab, navigate to the location of the existing RapidCam race file. Open the race file by double clicking on the desired folder, selecting the RapidCam.rcr file and clicking the Open button.

Integration with other Zone4 Products

The RapidCam software can act like a timing device that connects to other Zone4 products. This includes pushing times to a timing server such as a ServerBox or the legacy Zone4 Windows timing software as a numbered timing device.

Pushing to a Timing Server

From the File – Sync Tab, check the Push RapidCam times box to start sending times to the selected timing server. Set a descriptive Device name and enter the Club pin code found in the Zone4 timing web app to authenticate the RapidCam software on this Computer. The destination timing server can be set to either of the two most common servers or a custom host. Ensure the protocol (either http:// or https://) is included if using a custom host. Clicking the Resend RapidCam times button will resend all time markers in the currently open race file to the specified timing server.

Directly to a Zone4 race file

From the File – Zone4 Tab, navigate to the location of the Zone4 race file and connect to the race file by selecting the file and clicking Connect.

Set the Summit device # field to the desired device number for the RapidCam software. Choose if the times are treated by Zone4 as a Bib + Time or Post + Plunge.

Importing Racers

The racers stored in the connected Zone4 race file can be imported into the open RapidCam race. For each racer, RapidCam has a Descriptors field which can store custom data for each racer. Often this will be visual description data such as bike type or clothing colour. This field can be populated by selecting fields in the Zone4 race file. To import racers, select fields to populate the descriptors (if any) then click Import Racers.

Step 3: Camera Configuration

This section details the camera configuration, settings and control. The Camera Tab has the several sections as detailed below.

 Configuration Instructions:

Follow these guidelines to configure the camera properly.

 Configuration Tools:

Use these to help with setting up the camera correctly.

 Set Time:

Gives options for setting the cameras time.

 Full-Frame Preview:

Show a live image from the camera to assist in aligning the camera.

 Zoom Boxes:

Move the green and red boxes in the Full-Frame Preview to zoom in on sections of the preview image.

 Camera Controls:

These settings are for adjusting primary camera settings and can be adjusted at any time.

Configuration Tools

Auto Exposure:

When this is enabled, the camera determines what exposure to use when in Configuration Mode. This setting does not affect the camera when recoding, the value set in the Frame Rate / Exposure drop-down is used. This feature is useful when setting up the camera in dark conditions. Un-check the box to view the brightness of the images that will be recorded.

Guidelines:

When this is enabled, shows a gridline overlay to assist in aligning the camera correctly.

Focus Helper:

Opens a live graph of the sharpness of the current image. Use this graph to assist when controlling the focus of the lens.

Camera Tab Controls

The following mouse actions are used to control the Camera Tab interface:

·         Left Click (on Full-Frame Preview): move green zoom box to clicked location

·         Right Click (on Full-Frame Preview): move red zoom box to clicked location

·         Double Middle Click: move finish line slider to clicked location

·         Double Left Click: move top motion detection area slider to clicked location

·         Double Right Click: move bottom motion detection area slider to clicked location

Camera Settings

Finish Line Location (Purple Slider):

The finish line slider marks the location where the camera will consider as the finish line. This slider should be dragged to the straight edge that will be used as the timing point for the finish line. The finish line should be located near the center of the image in the Full-Frame Preview.

Motion Detection Area (Blue Sliders):

The auto motion detection algorithm can be limited to what parts of the finish line it will monitor for motion. It will scan for motion between the top and bottom motion detection area (purple) sliders. There are several factors to consider:

·         Passing traffic on either side of the finish line will trigger motion if they enter the motion detection area

·         Shadows of nearby people which fall across the finish line will trigger motion

·         It is best to place the sliders on the near and far side of the finish corridor and use physical controls to keep traffic from triggering motion

Frame Rate / Exposure:

The frame rate (and exposure) of the camera can be set between 500fps / 1925µs and 2287fps / 80µs. Generally this should be kept at 2287fps / 360µs except for situations where lighting is poor. The exposure can be reduced when the frame rate is 2287fps from 360µs to 80µs. Use the exposure setting to set the optimal light/dark balance of the recorded images. A higher exposure will make for a brighter image. This value may have to be adjusted regularly on days with mixed lighting condition.

Set Time:

The time on the camera is set to the computer time when the camera is first detected by the RapidCam software. If the time needs to be changed, clicking the Set Time button gives the option to set the camera time to the computer time or a user set time.

    

White Balance

White balance is an adjustment of the colours in an image that correct the image to look more realistic in varying light conditions. This adjustment is regularly being calculated on the camera to ensure the images produced are as realistic as possible. However, in many cases, the finish line at a race venue is not a neutral colour, such as a red spray painted finish line.

When the camera is in Configuration Mode, it will produce a full-frame preview of the finish line and surrounding area. In this mode, the camera will make accurate calculations for the white balance corrections. However, when the camera is switched to Recording Mode, it is focused on the coloured finish line. This will cause the finish line colour to overwhelm the white balance calculations and will produce images that won’t look realistic.

Therefore, the approach taken with the RapidCam system is to enable the automatic white balance when in Configuration Mode and disable it in Record Mode. However, the side effect of disabling the white balance in Record Mode is that the colouring of the recorded images may start to look less realistic if there are significant lighting changes after the camera has been put into Record Mode.

To restore the proper white balance:

1.       When there is a break in racers crossing the finish line, put the camera briefly back in Configuration Mode by clicking the Configure button in the Camera Tab

2.       Wait for about 15 seconds while the camera recalculates the proper white balance

3.       Put the camera back into Record Mode by clicking the Auto Record button in the Camera Control area

It is recommended to do this several times during the day to keep the images looking as well balanced as possible.

Controlling the Camera

Once the camera has been configured properly, recording can be started by pressing the Auto Record button in the Camera Control area. After a short delay, the camera will switch to Auto Recording. Note that this will disable the preview image in the Camera Tab.

Auto Recording:

When the camera is Auto Recording, the system handles recording automatically requiring no user interaction. This is accomplished by detecting motion and only recording when motion is detected. In certain situations it may be necessary to assist the motion detection in performing correctly or to disable it completely.

Manual Overrides:

The motion detection has worked very well for most day time races but begins to struggle when lighting conditions get darker. The simplest way to assist the motion detection system is to press and hold down the Force button when a racer is crossing the finish line. This will force the camera to record even if it detects no motion. Upon releasing the Force button, the camera will return to auto recording.

In cases where the camera is recording images without motion, recording can be switch to a fully manual mode. This is useful when environmental conditions such as heavy precipitation or wind are triggering motion. Clicking the Pause button will pause recording so no images are recorded even if motion is detected. Pressing and holding the Force button will force the camera to record images. Upon releasing the Force button, recording will be paused.

Step 4: Working with the Images

Once the first image has been captured, the Images Tab becomes available. The Images Tab has two sub-tabs:

·         Images – Thumbs Tab

·         Images – Zoom Tab

Images – Thumbs Tab

This tab contains a scrollable thumbnail view of all the images that are stored in this RapidCam race file. Marked times are also shown on the tab as well. Clicking on one of the thumbnails will switch to the Images – Zoom tab which will show the clicked image in more detail and allow the addition of Time Markers.

Images – Thumbs Tab Controls

The following mouse and keyboard actions are used to control the Images – Thumbs Tab interface:

·         Mouse Click: switch to the Images – Zoom Tab for the clicked image

·         Mouse Wheel: scroll through the images one line at a time

·         Up/Down Arrow: scroll through the images one line at a time

·         Page Up/Page Down: scroll through the images one screen at a time

·         Home: scroll to the top

·         End: scroll to the bottom

Images – Zoom Tab

This tab shows a single image in detail with zoom boxes for even closer inspection. Time Markers can be added to identify racers.

 

 Full Image View:

Shows a single image segment and any Time Markers that have been added.

 Bib Zoom Box:

This zoom box is used to zoom in on the bib of each racer to easily identify their number. For races where these numbers are mirrored (when racers are moving past the camera left-to-right), check the Mirror check-box.

 Mirror Check Box:

This box controls whether or not the Bib Zoom Box is mirrored or not. When racers are passing the camera from left-to-right, their bib numbers will appear mirrored in the images. In this case, ensure this box is checked at the bibs in this box will be flipped.

 Time Marker Zoom Box:

This zoom box is used to zoom in on Time Markers to give finer control so they can be positioned perfectly.

 Time Markers:

Can be added to identify a racer by bib number and associate a time with this racer.

The typical process of marking a racer in a recorded image is as follows:

1.       Determine the bib number

2.       Create a Time Marker at the sport specific tie breaking extremity (tire, toe, chest, etc…)

3.       Enter the bib number in the Time Marker

4.       Fine adjust the Time Marker position

Based on this process, the best way to use this interface is to:

1.       Single left click on the racers bib number in the Full Image View. This will show the bib number at full size in the Bib Number Zoom Box (the upper green zoom box) and will mirror it if this option has been selected.

2.       Single right click on the tie breaking extremity (tire, toe, chest, etc…) in the Full Image View. This will show the extremity at full size in the Time Marker Zoom Box (the lower red zoom box).

3.       Double left click on the tie breaking extremity (tire, toe, chest, etc…) in the Time Marker Zoom Box. This will create a Time Marker at this location.

4.       Type the racers bib number and press Enter to assign this bib number to this new Time Marker.

Images – Zoom Tab Controls

The following mouse and keyboard actions are used to control the Images – Zoom interface:

·         Left Click (on Full Image View): move Bib Zoom Box (the upper green zoom box) to the clicked location

·         Right Click (on Full Image View): move Time Marker Zoom Box (the lower red zoom box) to the clicked location

·         Mouse Wheel: scroll through the images one at a time

·         Left/Right Arrow: scroll through images one at a time

·         Page Up/Page Down: scroll through the images ten at a time

·         Home: scroll to the first image

·         End: scroll to the last image

·         Esc: go to the Images – Thumbs Tab

·         Backspace: go to the Images – Thumbs Tab

·         Ctrl+1: combine the right half of the previous image with the left half of this image and export to the ‘export’ folder in the RapidCam race file folder

·         Ctrl+2: export this image to the ‘export’ folder in the RapidCam race file folder

·         Ctrl+3: combine the right half of this image with the left half of the next image and export to the ‘export’ folder in the RapidCam race file folder

Time Marker Controls

The following mouse and keyboard actions are used when working with Time Markers:

·         Double Left Click (on Full Image View or Time Marker Zoom Box): create a new time marker at the click location

·         Double Left Click (on an existing Time Marker): edit the clicked Time Marker

·         Click (when editing a time marker): saves changes to the Time Marker or deletes the Time Marker if it is blank

·         Enter (when editing a time marker): saves changes to the Time Marker or deletes the Time Marker if it is blank

·         Esc (when editing a time marker): cancels changes made to the Time Marker

Step 5: Viewing and Exporting Results

The RapidCam provides facilities for viewing and exporting results generated from the Time Markers added in the previous step associated with the corresponding racer data imported from a Zone4 race file.

Viewing Results

The Results – View Tab shows all the Time Markers added in the Images – Zoom Tab in a tabular format. These results are sorted by time and will list any additional racer info associated with each bib. Double-clicking a row will switch to the Images – Zoom Tab showing the image corresponding to the clicked row.

In addition to the racer information, three times are shown:

·         Finish Time: the time of day the racer finished

·         Time Behind: the amount of time after the first place finisher until this racer finished

·         Gap: the amount of time after the previous finisher until this racer finished

Manually Exporting Results

Race results can be exported to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. From the Results – Export Tab. Enter the desired export file name and click the Export button. The CSV file will be created and opened automatically.

In the exported file, the three types of times listed in the Viewing Results section times are displayed in two different formats:

·         Formatted text: the time is formatted to be human readable

·         Raw seconds: the time is the raw seconds value, useful for importing into other software or sorting

Automatically Exported Results

There is a ‘times.txt’ file in the RapidCam race file folder that is automatically updated whenever a time marker is added, changed or deleted. This file contains three comma separated values:

1.       bib number

2.       Finish Time formatted as hh:mm:ss

3.       Finish Time in raw seconds since midnight

Managing Racers

The Results – Racers Tab is used to view, add, edit and delete racers in this race file. Racers can be added by clicking the Add Racer button. Double clicking a cell in the table will allow that racer to be edited. Clicking a row in the table to select it then clicking the Delete Racer(s) button will delete that racer. Clicking Delete All Racers will delete all the racers from the race file.

Software Versions

What’s New?

2018-11-01 (1.5.1 Build 2700)

This release fixes and improves recent changes to the pushing system.

2018-08-14 (1.5.0 Build 2695)

This release greatly improves the RapidCam time pushing feature making it a first-class feature as this is the primary method for interfacing between RapidCam and Zone4’s timing software. This includes supporting club pin code authentication, moving settings to their own tab and diagnostic information for troubleshooting problems.

2017-12-11 (1.4.1 Build 2633)

This release fixes the inability to open race files created with RapidCam version 1.4.0.

2017-07-18 (1.4.0 Build 2622)

This release improves the timing server selection UI, switches to HTTPS where possible and rolls-up some maintenance updates.

2016-07-20 (1.3.0 Build 2609)

This release modernizes graphic assets, uses a new Windows wrapper and fixes and improves a few features.

2015-03-31 (1.2.2 Build 2575):

This release provides refinements and fixes to various user interface elements.

2015-02-23 (1.2.1 Build 2559):

This release fixes the ability to save times directly into a Zone4 race file.

2015-01-24 (1.2.0 Build 2557):

This is the final release of 1.2 after the multitude of beta versions. The main change with this release was a complete update of the aging documentation. The camera’s IP address can now be changed in the About tab as well as a button to force the camera to reboot without physically power cycling it. The send times feature can now send times as bib+time or post+plunge to get around limitations in Zone4. There are also many smaller changes, fixes and polishing. Expect a continuation of regular smaller releases.

2014-12-17 (1.2.0b5 Build 2471):

This release adds the ability to push times to a Zone4 ServerBox. When the RapidCam software was connected directly to the Zone4 race file, it could cause the race file to grow considerably in file size due to quirks in the database driver. Times also show in the Images-Thumbs tab.

2014-11-22 (1.2.0b4 Build 2372):

This release re-assessed the motion detection system and solved a major bug related to how quickly the motion detection would determine the noise threshold. This bug would result in the camera missing motion when first starting recording and false-positives when resuming recording.

2014-11-18 (1.2.0b3 Build 2352):

This released is focused on fixing many bugs, improving existing features and adding a few new small features.

2011-10-13 (1.1.1 Build 1620):

This release fixes a bug that would occasionally cause the camera to record a black image when first connected to. This release also makes a few usability changes revolving around licensing.

2011-09-06 (1.1 Build 1604):

This release is focused on adding several smaller but useful features, visual and usability changes as well as fixing bugs. Most notable is the addition of a Descriptors field for racers as well as several enhancements to the synchronization of times with Zone4.

Zone4 Time Synchronization Enhancements:

The Zone4 time synchronization has been greatly improved in this version. Most notably is the addition of warning messages when:

4.       A bib number for a non-existent racer is entered in the RapidCam software

5.       A finish time for a racer that already has a finish time is marked in the RapidCam software, giving the option to not overwrite or overwrite the existing time

Racer Descriptors:

A text field has been added to Racers called Descriptors which can be used hold custom racer data. This field can be built when importing racers from Zone4 from custom fields in the Zone4 race file.

Setting Camera Time:

Previously, the time on the camera was set when the camera was first discovered and connected to. A feature has been added to the Camera Tab that will allow the time on the camera to be set at any time. The options are to set the camera time to match the computers time or to a custom time.

2011-06-29 (1.0 Build 1246):

This release is focused on improving the usability of certain parts of the software to match typical usage scenarios. The two biggest changes are in the Images – Zoom Tab and the Racers – Results Tab.

Images – Zoom Tab:

The typical process of marking a racer in a recorded image is as follows:

1.       Determine the bib number

2.       Create a Time Marker at the sport specific tie breaking extremity (tire, toe, chest, etc…)

3.       Enter the bib number in the Time Marker

4.       Fine adjust the Time Marker position

The Images – Zoom Tab has been changed to fit this process. The best way to use this interface is to:

1.       Single left click on the racers bib number in the Full Image View. This will show the bib number at full size in the Bib Number Zoom Box (the upper green zoom box) and will mirror it if this option has been selected.

2.       Double left click on the tie breaking extremity (tire, toe, chest, etc…) in the Full Image View. This will create a Time Marker at this location and will show this location at full size in the Time Marker Zoom Box (the bottom red zoom box).

3.       Type the racers bib number and press Enter to assign this bib number to this new Time Marker.

4.       Drag the Time Marker in the Time Marker Zoom Box until it is positioned perfectly.

Racers – Results Tab:

A small but very useful feature has been added; double-clicking a row in the Racers – Results Tab will switch to the Images – Zoom Tab showing the images and Time Marker for the corresponding row.

Club and Team Fields:

Club and Team fields have been added to racers. These fields are fully editable and will be automatically imported from a Zone4 race file. The Club and Team fields will appear on results and will also appear on exported results.

Change Log

2018-11-01 (1.5.1 Build 2700)

·         Fix: artifacting in the sync  icons in the status bar

·         Change: improve the core network with clean-up methods

·         Change: increase push read timeout from 3 seconds to 15 seconds

·         Change: increase keep-alive from 25 seconds to 30 seconds

·         Change: add a push failure back-off timer

2018-08-14 (1.5.0 Build 2695)

·         Change: move RapidCam pushing settings from Zone4 tab to Sync tab

·         Change: re-write of pushing network code

·         Feature: support club pin code for pushing

·         Feature: add push status icon and diagnostic information

·         Change: update supporting library ( JSON)

·         Change: special error message when trying to create an existing race file

·         Change: some minor look and feel improvements

2017-12-11 (1.4.1 Build 2633)

·         Fix: unable to open race files created in version 1.4.0

·         Change: Camera tab enabled even when a race file is not open

2017-07-18 (1.4.0 Build 2622)

·         Change: improve UI for selecting a  timing server

·         Change: default to HTTPS for web timing server integration

·         Change: switched to HTTPS for updater

·         Change: update supporting libraries (H2, JSON)

·         Change: maintenance update and small tweaks to .exe wrapper

2016-07-20 (1.3.0 Build 2609)

·         Change: modernized icons and feature layout

·         Change: clarified some wording

·         Change: push to a better push handler, improved JSON handling

·         Fix: new .exe wrapper works with newer versions of Java

·         Fix: motion detection scan area issue

2015-03-31 (1.2.2 Build 2575):

·         Feature: warn when finish line location and scan area sliders have not been moved from default

·         Change: improvements to text boxes

·         Fix: when double-clicking a result to view the image, some keyboard shortcuts stopped working

2015-02-23 (1.2.1 Build 2559):

·         Fix: inserting times directly into a Zone4 race file

2015-01-24 (1.2.0 Build 2557):

·         Feature: ability to specify  the camera IP address in the About tab

·         Feature: remote reboot a camera from the About tab

·         Feature: ability to send times as bib+time or post+plunge

·         Feature: link to documentation in About Tab

·         Change: documentation updated for 1.2

·         Change: improved error messages when dealing with incompatible Java versions

·         Change: several small interface tweaks and improvements

·         Fix: timing server pusher could stop working

2014-12-17 (1.2.0b5 Build 2471):

·         Feature: ability to push times to a ServerBox

·         Feature: times show on Images-Thumbs tab

·         Change: motion detection is slightly more sensitive

2014-11-22 (1.2.0b4 Build 2372):

·         Feature: add motion detection status monitor

·         Change: update the camera configuration instructions to reflect setup with a smaller aperture

·         Change: increased motion detection frequency from 92.5 Hz to 100 Hz

·         Change: load indicator only appears when there is a potential issue

·         Fix: motion detection would take several minutes to ‘stabilize’ instead of seconds

·         Fix: GUI focus issue related to seek-to-time text boxes

2014-11-18 (1.2.0b3 Build 2352):

·         Feature: no camera mode

·         Feature: focus helper

·         Feature: seek to time

·         Feature: auto exposure in configuration mode for dark setups

·         Change: merged the Frame Rate and Exposure drop-down menus, added more fine-grained control and moved them to the bottom bar

·         Change: times go to Zone4 as a device number rather than directly to racer time fields

·         Fix: when the network connection is too slow, recording will be stopped and a message is displayed

·         Fix: closing connections to release resources

·         Fix: updating system has been fixed and improved

·         Fix: bug in the set time feature

·         Fix: bug when the program was started before the camera became available

2011-10-13 (1.1.1 Build 1620):

·         Fix: occasionally when first connecting to the camera, only a black image would be recorded

·         Change: a few usability changes related to licensing

2011-09-06 (1.1 Build 1604):

·         Feature: added Descriptors fields to Racers which can be built from custom fields when importing from Zone4

·         Feature: when synchronizing times to a Zone4 race file, alerts occur when the racer doesn’t exist or already has a finish time

·         Feature: add the ability to set the time on the camera

·         Change: re-arranged a couple of tabs

·         Fix: forcing recording doesn’t lag as much and works as expected

·         Fix: a low probability bug where the times associated with an image could be wrong

·         Fix: closing the program now properly closes all database connections

2011-06-29 (1.0 Build 1246):

·         Change: the Images – Zoom Tab has been changed to be more intuitive and follow typical workflow

·         Change: double clicking a row in the Racers – Results table will display the associated image

·         Feature: added Club and Team fields for racers which are importable from a Zone4 race file and will be included in CSV export

·         Feature: when a new update is available, a What’s New page can be viewed

·         Change: sub tabs of the File Tab have received headings

·         Change: Direction drop-down removed from Camera Tab, Mirror check-box added to Images – Zoom Tab instead

·         Fix: bug caused by null strings in the database

2011-06-24 (1.0b2 Build 1170):

·         Feature: added export capability to File – Export Tab

·         Feature: added place and time behind to Racers – Results Tab

·         Feature: added web update, roll back and roll forward feature

·         Change: changed store folder structure; removed ‘_rcstore’ from store folder, changed race file extension from ‘rcrace’ to ‘rcr’, race file named changed from chosen file name to ‘RapidCam’

·         Removed: File – Properties Tab

·         Feature: in Racers – Manage Tab, pressing Delete on keyboard will delete selected racer(s)

·         Change: some textual changes

2011-06-18 (1.0b1pre Build 1031):

·         Change: white balance enabled in Configuration Mode, disabled in Record Mode

·         Fix: some elements wouldn't fit on the screen

·         Fix: motion detection having trouble with edge compression noise