will support both AVT and IDS GigE cameras. For fast multi-car coasters we recommend the AVT Manta
G-201C-30. We feel this camera has the best price/performance with a resolution
of 1620 X 1220, 2 1/2 times better than our previous system. For single car
coasters and even higher resolution the IDS UI-6280SE is a good choice. Both
are available from 1st Vision , the
G201C will run about $1,200.00 the UI-6280 about $2,500.00.
If your lens does not have a 1/4-20 mount, (most do) you will also need to purchase
mounting plate for the camera. The Hirose Power/IO cable sells for around $100.00
however if you are handy with a soldering iron and tiny connections do not
scare you, the package you receive with the software will contain the
information to build it yourself and save about $75.00.
lenses can range from several hundred to several thousand. You will need a
3 motor Motorized Zoom C Mount lens that will work with a 1/1.8 format camera.
Lenses designed for larger formats can be used with a correction for focal
length but a lens designed for a smaller format cannot. Common lens formats
are 1/2", 1/1.8", 2/3" and 1". 2/3 is easier to find than 1/1.8 and will
work fine. From time to time we have a few slightly used lenses in
stock, contact us for specifications and pricing.
been using White Lightning Studio strobes by Paul Buff for years with
excellent reliability, service and support. Any one of the
Xseries strobes can be used depending on how far away from the ride the
strobe can be located. Most of the systems we have sold and installed used
the X1600. However, for example you are putting a dual strobe system on a
kiddy coaster with the strobes only 20 or so feet from the track the X800
would work just fine. For a Fast Multi Car Coaster the
Shot is about the only single strobe solution.
Camera/Strobe Housings and Mounts:
We like the
Pelco EH5723 housing with the EM2000 mount. This housing is large enough to
house the Camera, Camera Power Supply and Trigger Electronics. The same
housing can be used for the White Lightning strobe. We simply trim the
strobe reflector down so it will fit in the housing. Probably best just to
do a Google search for Pelco EH5723
and Pelco EM2000 and buy from where ever you can get the best price. The
Housings will run about $200.00 ea and the mounts will be around $65.00 ea.
best to find computers with Windows XP Professional 32 bit preloaded.
Computers seldom actually break, most are replaced because the owner wants
something faster even though his existing computer is working fine. This is
actually a good thing for us because as long as the computer is at least a
Pentium 4 and can run Windows XP it will have enough horse power to do what
we need. These computers can be bought inexpensively from several sources.
Our favorite is
lease returns from Tiger Direct,
eBay is another source of slightly used computers with Windows XP that
will work great. The software will work with the 32 Bit version of Windows
7, however XP is much easier to configure, back up and restore.
Computer will need a dedicated network card for the camera along with the network
card for a Local Network. The computer will come with at least one network
card, AVT recommends the
Intel Pro Gigabit Network Adaptor. The link is to Tiger Direct but this
card can be purchased from almost and place that sells computer hardware.
Cost will be around $30.00
eBay is by far the best source for inexpensive dual and multiple output
video cards. Look for ATI or NVIDIA cards with at least 256 meg and VGA
cables or connectors. Make sure what you buy is compatible with the AGP slot
in the computers you purchase, consult with a local computer guru if you
need help. Cost should be $20.00 or less and drivers can be downloaded from
the manufactures web site..
the system will work with any photo printer that has Windows drivers, we
highly recommend the DNP DS-40 Die Sub Photo printer. If this printer is
used the system will report the number of prints left on the media directly
to the operator. Prevents frantic media changes, the operator will know
before hand when the printer is running out of paper. Please see our
Links page for printers and print media suppliers.
computer monitors should be Wide Screen, 16:10 (1440 X 900) with a VGA input
connector. Many Flat Panel TV's have a VGA input and can be used for the
attraction monitor. Large screen TV's are usually less expensive and easier
to find than large screen computer monitors. NOTE: A recent update to the
software will allow the use of almost any monitor including newer 16:9
aspect HD monitors.
need a high quality 12 volt DC power supply for the camera. The output of
this supply will also power the trigger electronics. We have
been buying surplus power supplies from
Marvin P. Jones
for the systems we put together.
They are a company that deals in surplus electronics and typically have very
high quality power supplies for a fraction of what they would
cost through normal channels. The above link will take you to a current
offering, hard to beat for $16.00.
We need a way to tell the system that a car or
train is passing the camera. This can be accomplished with either a
proximity sensor mounted to the track or a photo beam sensor with
transmitter and receiver mounted at the side. In most cases a proximity
sensor is best for anything with a steel track and can trigger off each car.
A photo sensor is best used on a Flume and can be mounted to each side of
the trough. Odds are the ride already has sensors which can be used as
an example of how best to mount the sensor for the photo system. We have
found the most reliable proximity sensors available are from Pepperl + Fuchs
and we usually end up with the NJ40+U4+E2 3Way PNP. For a Photo sensor the
New Line IRE-35 works well. Again probably best to do a Google search for
the sensor you need and buy from the place with the best price. The
Pepperl + Fuchs NJ40+U4+E2 will cost about $150.00 but well worth it, the
New Line IRE 35 will run about $75.00.
The most convenient method to allow the operator
access to the print server computer is with a KVM switch. A KVM switch
switches a single Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor between two computers. Several
versions are available from several sources. This was fairly uncomplicated
until we added the touch screen option to the software. Both the Capture and
Print Server software are Touch Screen friendly but we are not sure if every
Touch Screen interface cable can be switched between computers with a KVM
switch. Lots of variables from the amount of room in your photo booth to how
the computers are set up making this a decision left for when you get
everything else installed and working. Worst case you will end up with a
keyboard and mouse dedicated to the print server and just switch the
monitor. The IOGEAR
switch is inexpensive at around $30.00 and
readily available. Office Depot and Staples both usually have at least one
model on the shelf.
Along with the above necessary items you will need CAT-5 or the newer
CAT-6 cable between
the photo booth and camera site plus a 3 or 4 wire cable between the sensor and
camera housing, CAT-3 4 wire telephone cable works fine for the sensor. AC strip
receptacles for the photo booth or build the booth with plenty of AC
The above items will
total approximately $4000.00. Adding $500.00 for miscellaneous hardware puts
the total hardware cost for a basic system at about $4500.00. Add $5000.00
for software and 20 years of experience developing and installing Thrill
Ride Photo systems and you are looking at under $10,000.00 for a complete
Photo System that can rival anything on the market regardless of price.