Thank you for purchasing
Gem of The Net’s SharpStudio and SharpCatalog package. Please follow
these few steps to help you get started using the SharpStudio and
Install the SharpCatalog
Software to your computer.
is distributed on CD-ROM. To install the software please follow
the instructions below:
- Run the sharpcatalogsetup.exe
on the CD ie: from the Start, Run type (cd_drive_letter):SharpCatalogSetup.exe
- Carefully read the
screen messages and reply accordingly.
- During installation
you would be prompted to enter your name, company name. This information
is crucial for receiving technical support and software updates
in the future. Please record this information and have it available
in a safe place at all times.
Once all the files
are installed, setup program will create SharpCatalog program
will start the Catalog program.
a database repair utility which is used to repair the inventory
database if it becomes corrupted or damaged in some way. This
may occur if the computer suddenly looses power while data is
being written to the database.
Setup the SharpStudio
1) Read the instruction
sheets for the Digital Studio Master.
- Mount the camera
bracket and digital camera to the Digital Studio Master.
- Connect the 12 volt
power supply to the terminals on the back of the camera, make
sure you connect (+) and (-) correctly.
- Connect the power
cord to the Digital Studio Master.
- Connect the BNC
cable to the video out of the camera. NOTE: A S-Video cable
is provided if you wish to connect the camera to a S-Video device.
- Plug in the power
supply for the Digital Camera
Brief Note Regarding the Camera
The camera has been
preinstalled with a 8-48mm zoom lens. Also the lens has a 4x
and a 2x filter mounted to the end. This gives a total of 8x
magnification, this is ideal for most situations, but you may
want to remove the filters to get a larger field of view. There
is a supplied case in which to store unused filters. There is
also a 1x filter supplied, but it is not installed, this is
used for close up work with gemstones.
The camera is a precision
electronic instrument and is very costly to replace. It is recommended
that you use compressed air to clean the lens and camera CCD
in the event it gets dirty. You can purchase a can of purified
compressed air at photography stores. Never touch the lenses
or the CCD in the camera.
are using the ATI Video Card See the ATI Addendum
are Using ZIPSHOT see the ZIPSHOT Addendum
CAPTURE SETUP TO WORK WITH SHARPCATALOG
Install the Snappy! and
If your computer
has two printer ports, or if your computer prints to a network
printer or your computer will not be used for printing then
go to Item 3
- Locate the printer
port on the rear of your computer
HINT: You may connect
a TV or Monitor to the pass-through connector on the SNAPPY.
This will aid in setting up the camera and focusing. After you
get familiar with the way the system is working you can use
the preview window in the SharpCatalog software. If you do decide
to use the pass through mode, make sure you select the proper
Termination setting on the Setup page in SharpCatalog. This
will ensure the proper video level signal. See the next section
about the Setup window.
- Disconnect your
printer if its connected and connect the supplied switch box
cable to your computer. Connect your printer cable to other
port on the back of the switch box.
- Connect the video
cable for the camera to the IN connector on the SNAPPY!
NOTE: If you did
not have to install the switch box, you can install the SNAPPY!
directly to your printer port.
- Install the Software
on the CD which came with the SNAPPY!. Although SharpCatalog
supports SNAPPY directly, you must install the software which
comes with the SNAPPY since there are drivers and license information
which must be installed to your computer in order for the SNAPPY
to work correctly.
- Test the SNAPPY
installation using the SNAPPY supplied software, this way you
can be sure your hardware is functioning correctly.
NOTE: If the SNAPPY does
not work properly, for example the pre-view does not work but the
capture works we have found a number of cases where the printer
port on the computer was configured to the wrong interrupt and base
address. Please see your Windows95/98 documentation on how to configure
your printer port.
Test the entire system.
- Turn on the lights
and fan for your Sharp Studio Master.
- Make sure the switch
box is set to use the SNAPPY!
- Start the SharpCatalog
- Go to top menu bar
and select Options, then Setup. A setup screen should appear.
Check the Use Snappy Option, then press Update and OK.
- Exit the SharpCatalog
- Restart the SharpCatalog
Software, at this point the SNAPPY! should be enabled. There
should be a Snappy powered down message below the window on
the left of the screen, indicating that SharpCatalog has located
and is communicating with the SNAPPY! If you get error messages
regarding the SNAPPY! make sure it is plugged in and the switch
box is set correctly. Also check if the software supplied with
the SNAPPY is working.
- Go to the setup
page one more time and press the Defaults button and then press
OK, this will initialize the system with the proper parameters
for the SNAPPY!.
HOW TO FOCUS:
The best way to get a sharp image is to place an item
in the SharpStudio Master. (1) Zoom the lens all the way to
the largest magnification. The zoom adjustment is the middle
ring. (2) Set the aperture on the lens to the f16 setting (this
controls how much light gets into the camera. (3) Set the focus
ring to middle position on lens, this is ring closest to the
bottom of the lens, it has numbers representing distance in
meters. (4) The item will likely be out of focus now, so to
focus the item loosen the camera mounting bolt and move the
entire camera up or down to get the sharpest focus. (5) Once
the item is in focus the camera height is now correct, you can
now "fine tune" the focus using the focus ring on
the camera. (6) Once your are satisfied with the focus you can
move the zoom lever out to set the desired size of the item.
- Place an item in
the SharpStudio and press the preview button on the main window
of SharpCatalog. You should see an image. Once you are satisfied
with the image, press the capture button.
- Once the image is
captured, press the save button to save the image to your computer,
you can then drag the image to a window pane on the left. Repeat
the process until your catalog is complete.
- You can also select
Browser and then Directory to select images already stored on
- If you wish to store
the items in the Inventory database, which we highly recommend
if you plan on using the database for the Internet, the select
Window then Inventory from the Main Menu. This will bring up
the Inventory Database. Select Add on the Inventory page and
then fill in the information, then drag the image from the main
window on the Catalog page. Press the Update button on the Inventory
page. This will save your image to your hard disk. Then drag
the Image from the Inventory to an open window on the Catalog
page, and the information you entered will appear in your catalog.
- If you are unsure
about any button or field just place the mouse cursor over the
item and a short help description will appear after 1 second.
- If you are going
to print, make sure you switch the switch box to the printer.
Make sure you put it back when you have finished printing, otherwise
an error message will appear. If are not going to capture images
for a period of time, you can go to the Setup window and uncheck
the Use Snappy box. This will prevent the Snappy! error from
Using The Panasonic
KR222 Video Camera
The dip switches have
been preset for your convenience. The settings should be:
- The top dip switch
should be set to the left –AGC OFF. This will disable the Automatic
Gain Control to prevent the camera from compensating for the high
reflective properties of jewelry.
- The second dip switch
should be set to the left –ELC on. This position is for a lens
with a Manual Aperture setting.
- The third dip switch
should be set to the right for maximum sharpness
- The fourth dip switch
should be set to the left to disengage the back light control,
since frontal lighting is used.
- The fifth dip switch
is used to set the color. Use a Platinum or Silver ring if possible,
or simply turn all the lights on without any jewelry in the unit.
Do not use colored Gemstones when setting up the camera’s white
balance. Allow the camera to reset for 30 seconds in the ATW ‘on’
position. Turn the ATW dip switch to ‘off’ position and evaluate
- The ‘R’-‘B’ Adjustment
may be used to obtain the correct color balance. The adjustment
should be made in the ATW ‘On’ position. The switch should be
returned to the ‘off’ position when finished.
NOTE: The ATW
should be turned off to prevent the camera from changing color every
time a different piece of jewelry is used.
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