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StopShot Studio Controller

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SKU SS_Studio_C

The StopShot Studio is an expanded 12 output version of our StopShot controller. It can be completely configured and controlled by your computer (PC or Mac).

The controller includes an AC adapter for your country of choice and a USB cable to connect the StopShot Studio to your computer.

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Kit Includes:

StopShot Studio Controller
USB Cable
12VDC 1000mA AC Adapter

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The StopShot Studio - High Speed Photography Controller

StopShot Studio is an expanded version of our StopShot high speed photography controller, the user interface for the StopShot Studio is your computer (either MAC or PC). The StopShot Studio features 12 outputs, 2 sensor inputs, a microphone input and a start button. This controller was specifically designed for those who want to have the capability to control many outputs. A good example are the photographers who want to get crazy with lots of water valves for some over the top water drop shots. Currently these photographers need to daisy chain two StopShot controllers to get 6 outputs - not anymore! Like the standard StopShot the Studio version is extremely flexible. You can get a feel for this flexibility by looking at some screen shots of the StopShot Studio Software you can also download the StopShot Studio control software from the support tab above.

StopShot Studio Controller

Control StopShot Studio via USB

Whether you use a PC or a Mac you can use your computer to control the StopShot Studio. The computer removes the limitation of a small display, making the StopShot Studio much easier to configure. The computer software features tabs specifically for water drops, ballistics, time lapse as well as a completely configurable advanced tab. After you configure the StopShot Studio you can verify your results by clicking over to the plot tab to see your results graphically. Configurations can be saved to a file for easy recovery later. StopShot Studio is completely backwards compatible with all of our original StopShot accessories. You can even program a configuration and then disconnect it from your computer and run it remotely.

StopShot Studio has a dedicated tab just for water drop photography. See below for a screen shot. Just choose the number of water valves, flashes and whether or not you want to control your camera automatically and the computer interface will tell you how to connect everything as well as give you options for the timing control of each.

StopShot Studio Features

  • 12 completely independent fully configurable outputs
  • 2 sensor inputs - Allows cross beam functionality with standard beam sensors
  • Microphone input for sound triggering
  • Compatible with all of current StopShot sensors and accessories.
  • LED indicators for power as well as each output
  • USB mini connector for complete computer control (Mac or PC)
  • Configurations can be saved off and recalled from files.
  • Purpose specific tabs for common high speed and time lapse triggering needs
  • All of the parameters feature tool tips to speed up the learning curve
  • Plot window for reviewing your configurations before running
  • Output disable to prevent outputs from triggering during configuration (useful for testing a setup)
  • Measurement tab to allow for measurement of projectile speed and camera shutter lag
  • Multi Out feature allows firing of multiple flashes without the use of Y cables or flash splitters
  • Software controllable gain for microphone and sensor inputs
  • Includes tab specifically for bulb ramping (not compatible with all cameras)
  • Complex triggering options including multi group and loop-back features
  • Ships with many common setup presets including 1, 2 and 3 drop collisions
  • Events can be started from the computer or from the start button on the controller
  • Quick save and recall to allow you to experiment with settings but still get back to a known good point.
Water Drop Collision Created with StopShot Studio
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Top Customer Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Is it OK to use other fluids in the system other than water?
Yes, a big part of water drop photography is water chemistry. Adding coloring or thickeners to the water is not a problem and often adds a lot to the end results. Using other liquids like milk is also fine but a good thorough flushing is recommended after use. We would however recommend you stay away from solvents with any type VOC's.
Do you have any water drop tutorials or videos?
Yes, you can find 5 pages of water drop tutorials starting here. The tutorials start off with basics and end with very advanced 3 valve techniques. A link to the next tutorial can be found at the bottom of the previous tutorial page. You can also find videos on the StopShot Water Drop Kit here.
Can I automate the entire process and have StopShot fire the camera as well as the flash and water drops?
Absolutely, but you will need a shutter interface cable to fire your camera. This cable goes between the StopShot output and the camera remote shutter port. For water drop photography we generally recommend you start off in a darkened room with StopShot firing the water valve and flashes and controlling the camera manually in bulb mode. Setup without the camera is much easier and will let you get up and running taking images of water drops much quicker. Once you understand the timing and settings of StopShot add controlling the camera into the mix.
How do I connect my StopShot Studio to multiple flashes?
Since StopShot Studio has 12 outputs the easiest way to connect it multiple flashes is just to connect each flash to its own output using a RCA Patch cable and PC to RCA adapter cable. The flashes can then all be controlled using the same settings in the StopShot Studio Control Software - just tell it how many flashes you are using.
My water valve has become clogged or has a slow leak - what should I do?
If your valve develops a slow leak or the slow becomes restricted it likely just needs a good cleaning. Try purging the water valve by pressing the purge button in the StopShot Studio control software, if this doesn't work you can find tear down and cleaning instructions here.
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Owner's Manual

Owner's Manual (PDF)

StopShot Studio Computer App

Scout PIR Configuratoin Software Downlaod (Mac) Scout PIR Configuratoin Software Downlaod (PC)

Windows - StopShot Studio Software Notes

The StopShot Studio Software requires the FTDI VCP USB Drivers to operate properly. Generally these are automatically installed by Windows but if you need to download and install them manually you can find them here:

The StopShot Studio Software is written in Java, and you will need to make certain you have Oracle's Java installed. The StopShot Studio program will let you know if you need to update your version of Java. You can find the latest version here:

Mac - StopShot Studio Software Notes

Compatibility: The StopShot Studio Software is compatible with Mac OS X version 10.7.3 (Lion) but we recommend OS X 10.9 or newer.

The StopShot Studio Software is written in Java, and you will need to make certain you have Oracle's Java installed. You can find the latest version here:

Trouble Communicating with your Mac?

If the StopShot Studio Software installs but will not communicate with the controller (the connected light is red) please follow the steps below:

Start a terminal window (under Launch Pad). It’s best to copy-paste these commands.
cd /Library/Extensions
sudo mv D2xxHelper.kext D2xxHelper.disabled
sudo mv FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext FTDIUSBSerialDriver.disabled

The “sudo” command will ask for your login password (you won’t be able to see it while you type it).

Reboot your computer after this and StopShot Studio should be up and running!

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