BlinkX Quick Start Guide

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2Amp USB Port

Introduction

Congratulations on purchasing your new CamDo BlinkX! This quick start guide will show you how to connect to a GoPro HERO5 camera and create a schedule so you can start capturing amazing footage. You can also view helpful instructional videos as part of the BlinkX Support section of our website.

NOTE: BlinkX is not powered from the GoPro battery and requires a separate power source to function. BlinkX should be connected to a 5Volt 2Amp power supply and manages power to the camera allowing for the GoPro battery to be removed. If you are using our SolarX system, the included V44 battery's 2000mA USB port is perfect. To conserve power, BlinkX will only supply power to the GoPro camera when a trigger is scheduled or the camera is manually triggered through BlinkX.

2Amp USB Port

Step 1

Prepare the GoPro camera for use with BlinkX.

Ensure the GoPro camera firmware is updated to the latest version. (v02.60 was the latest HERO5 version as of October 2017). This can be completed by using the official GoPro App for iOS or Android. You can also visit the GoPro website here.

Turn on the GoPro camera and adjust the default capture settings. BlinkX can switch between camera modes but will use the default resolutions, frame rates, and Protune settings for photo, night photo, burst photo, and video modes that have been set from the GoPro camera.

Format your SD card using the GoPro camera by navigating through the GoPro setup menu. Note that the GoPro requires an SD card with a minimum read and write speed of 30MB/s (U3 rating) for reliable operation - use our SD card speed tester here.

HERO5 Black only: Use the GoPro preferences menu to set the Beep Volume, LED, Auto Off, and Touch Display settings to avoid having to touch the camera once setup. We suggest an Auto Off of 5 minutes in the event of an error to prevent the camera battery from draining. Also be sure to set the touch display brightness to 10% and the screensaver time to 1 min to conserve power. Remove the GoPro battery from the camera after adjusting settings.

Step 2

Carefully remove your camera's side door.

Step 3

Connect the camera port or BlinkX to the GoPro camera using the USB C cable that came with BlinkX.

NOTE: BlinkX will only work with the CamDo custom USB C cable. Using any other may not trigger the camera or damage the camera or BlinkX.

Step 4

Connect the power port of BlinkX to a micro USB power source and wait for the LED to flash green twice, indicating that BlinkX is receiving power. The USB power source should be rated for 2Amps output at 5Volts. If using our V44 battery pack, make sure to enable the Always On mode. Always On mode is important to prevent the battery pack from automatically turning off due to inactivity when the camera is powered off between triggers to conserve power.

2Amp USB Port

Step 5

Turn on the WiFi signal of BlinkX by holding down the wifi button on the case for 3 seconds. BlinkX's LED will flash cyan three times to indicate WiFi has been turned on. The LED will continue to flash blue every 5 seconds confirming WiFi is active. If there is no activity for 5 minutes, WiFi will automatically turn off to save power.

Step 6

With a smartphone, laptop, or other wireless device, connect to the BlinkX wireless network “BlinkX_XXXX”, where XXXX is the MAC address of BlinkX. If prompted for a password, the default password to connect is: 1234567890

Step 7

Open any web browser, such as Chrome or Safari, and navigate to http://192.168.1.1 in the search bar. You will be presented with the following interface.

Step 8

If the Camera Time is incorrect, click the sync button to update. 

Step 9

Modify a schedule to suit your capture requirements. In this example, we will create a schedule to take an image every 5 minutes, Monday through Friday, 8am till 5pm.

To create the schedule, complete the following:

  • Set the Start Date and End Date of your schedule.
  • Tap the days of the week to enable the schedule for that day. As can be seen in the image below, Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr are highlighted in blue indicating they are active.
  • Set the Start Time and End Time
  • Select “Intervalometer” under “Select a mode”
  • Set to your desired interval (5 mins in this example)
  • “Select an action” - in this case Photo (Day mode) is selected.

That’s it! Follow the same procedure to set additional Schedules as needed.

Step 10

Once any schedules have been modified, be sure to click the “Enable Schedule” button for each new schedule. A quick way to tell if a schedule is enabled is by the dark blue colour of the drop-down box. The alarm clock icon will also have a tick in the middle of it.

Step 11

Click “Save All”. The page will refresh and your modified schedule is now saved. The status box will report when the Next Active Schedule is due to be triggered. Clicking “Clear All” will reset all schedules to their default values and disable them.

Additional Information

For more detailed information on BlinkX, see the BlinkX User Manual here.
BlinkX Troubleshooting information can be found here.

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