Setting up Remote Camera Triggering
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*PocketWizard compatibility for Japanese users will be available late 2022
Setting up as a transmitter
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- From the Zone Control Display, swipe from the right to the left on the touchscreen.
- This will bring you to the Camera Triggering screen. Tap on the Master icon
- Here you are in the Zone Selection screen, you can use the command ring dial to scroll to the zone you want to use, or you can tap on the individual zones you want to use. Once you select one zone (letter in green), the command ring dial is deactivated so you will need to tap on additional zones of your choice. To remove a selected zone, simply tap on the highlighted zone to remove your selection.
- Now swipe from top to bottom on the touchscreen and tap on the Channel Selector icon
- In this screen, the RF Noise Indicator scans all the channels for RF noise present in the venue you are shooting in. The more Green in the RF noise level bar, the less RF noise. If you see Yellow or Red, you need to change to a channel with more Green in the RF noise level bar.
- The Raven also scans each channel you scroll through using the Remote Camera Detector for other Raven or PocketWizard devices set to that particular channel. Find a channel that does not show the camera icon on the left side of the channel number.
- Once you have found a channel with the least amount of RF noise and no Raven or PocketWizard devices set to the channel, tap ✓ to make your selection.
- Then press the Back/Home button to bring you back to the Zone Selection screen
- Now you can perform a PING Test with a tap and hold on the PING icon to see if the remotes you have set up are within signal range. A Green circle around the zone you set your receiver to confirms your remote camera is within signal range. If your remote is near the limits of the signal range or in a high RF noise area, the circle around the zone letter will turn Yellow, Red, or a circle may not be present at all and you should consider changing our channel. If you have more than one receiver with the same zones selected, the PING test might show blinking circles. This is due to reading multiple receivers with the same zones.
- Once you have selected your channel and performed a PING test, leave the Raven in the Zone Selection screen and you are now ready to start taking pictures.
Burst Counter is a feature that keeps count of the number of images your remote camera has triggered. For this feature, you will need to use a Raven as a transmitter, and a Plus IIIe, or Plus IVe as a receiver and placed in the hot shoe of the remote camera. As the remote camera is triggered, the sync pulse sent to the hot shoe will tell the receiver unit to send the trigger information back to the transmitter resulting in a sequence burst count. The Burst Counter will reset as the next trigger sequence begins.
*The Plus IIIe/IVe receiver must be set to either LR or RxLR mode with the Plus IIIe's hot shoe enabled to be able to receive the sync pulse through the hot shoe.
*Burst Counter will not operate when using Sony cameras set to electronic shutter/silent mode. The hot shoe of the camera becomes disabled preventing a flash sync pulse through the hot shoe for the Plus IIIe/Plus IVe receiver to send the trigger information back to the transmitter for a correct Burst Count.
*When using Sony cameras, it is highly suggested to use the RxLR mode in the PocketWizard Plus IIIe/IVe and use the latest firmware. This is due to issues with the Sony A1 and A9II where they can end up triggering the Plus IIIe/IVe when the wake time expires, or when the camera body is turned off before the Plus IIIe or Plus IVe
Setting up as a Remote Radio receiver
*This can only be done using a Raven or PocketWizard devices Plus IIIe or Plus IVe as the transmitter. When the Raven is set up as a receiver, it only uses the PocketWizard E-Release frequencies.
- Starting from the Zone Control Display swipe from right to left on the touchscreen
- This brings you to the Camera Triggering screen. Tap on the Remote icon
- In the Trigger input screen, use the command ring dial to scroll to Radio and tap on ✓
- The next screen is the Remote Receiver Screen where you will see the RF noise level for the current selected channel, the letter zone it is currently set to, and Intervals.
- To select a different channel or zone, swipe from the top to the bottom of the touchscreen.
- To change the channel tap on the channel selector icon
- In the channel selector screen use the RF Noise Indicator to choose a channel with the least amount of RF Noise, or the most amount of Green in the noise level bar.
- While checking the amounts for RF noise on each channel, also look to see if another Raven or PocketWizard device is set to the same channel by using the Remote Camera Detector.
- Once you have found a channel with the least amount of RF noise tap ✓ to make your selection.
- To change the letter zone, tap on the zone selector icon
- To select the letter zones you want to use, simply tap on the letters so that letter turns green. When finished press the Back/Home button once to return you to the Remote Receiver Screen
*It is possible to combine several features when using Raven remote camera triggering. Click to learn how to set up Trigger Delay mode, Relay mode, Remote Sound Trigger, and Remote Trigger Photo count.
*It is recommended that the remote camera be set to manual focus. The Raven will not trigger the remote camera unless the subject is in focus when using auto focus.
PocketWizard Plus IIIe and Plus IVe as receiver
- When setting up your PocketWizard Plus IIIe/IVe as a receiver, you will need to use LR or RxLR modes. Simply tap the menu button until you see LR or RxLR on the screen.
- Next, set the receiver to the same channel as the Raven transmitter by using the up/down arrows.
- Then select the letter zones you want to use.
- Now confirm your selections by pressing the test button on the Raven and look to see if the PocketWizard radio unit is receiving the signal from the Raven transmitter.
- Once confirmed, you are now ready to take pictures.
*When using Sony cameras, it is highly suggested to use the RxLR mode in the PocketWizard Plus IIIe/IVe. This is due to issues with the Sony A1 and A9II where they can end up triggering the Plus IIIe/IVe when the wake time expires when the Plus IIIe/IVe is set to LR.