Adjust Camera Orientation
Use the tripod head's Tilt, Pan, and Swivel knobs to adjust the camera orientation of the camera on the finish. You want to ensure that the green vertical line is perfectly aligned on the white finish line and that all lanes are visible in the Alignment Zone.
Aim the camera at a point approximately 2/3 of the way up the finish line and fine tune until an area comprised of the finish line plus another couple of lanes-worth above it is centered on the screen. Make sure the object of interest in both the inside and outside lanes is fully visible.
The area of the track covered by the camera can be changed by,
- Moving the camera nearer or further away from the track, and or, tilting the camera to change the field of view.
- Changing the value of Zoom on a zoom lens. See Optimize Lens Settings.
For a TAG Heuer by Lynx camera to be correctly aligned, the swivel must be level. This can be achieved by using a standard level from the hardware store or using the Level Indicator available as an option on TAG Heuer by Lynx Vision PRO of cameras.
- The Level Indicator displays the value of the selected camera's electronic level in real-time while the swivel is adjusted.
|Electronic Level not available.|
|Not level > ±0.4 degrees|
|Almost level > ±0.2 degrees|
|Level < ±0.2 degrees|
The camera needs to be leveled on the swivel axis while reference marks on each side of the finish line are visible in alignment mode.
For this purpose, it is advisable, whenever possible, to position narrow markers on each side of the finish line or a single vertical marker 1 or 2 meters high, in the background across the track. Such a marker, needs to be leveled and of a distinct color from the natural background.
In the example above, the finish line is blue and a red narrow reference marker is set on each side of the track.
The final step in adjusting the camera orientation using the geared head. Turn the camera to the left or right to align the green vertical alignment line with the edge of the finish line.