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Helicon Remote control

In Helicon Remote(MacOS and windows both support now!Please visit https://heliconsoft.com for the latest version )

The symbol

“>”is one step move
“>>”is five steps move
“>>>”is 25 steps move
You can set step length in “File-preference page”and control the rail via USB cable.
Here is the link for download

Download link

Helicon Remote Connection Guide

First,please make sure your camera is supported by helicon remote. list http://www.heliconsoft.com/supported-cameras/

Quit wemacro control program on windows PC.Connect USB cable from camera to PC,another USB cable from wemacro control box to PC.

Power on the camera and the control box,turn on the Helicon Remote on PC.

You will see the interface as below,press the blue arrow pointed area,wemacro controller can be found there.

Please visit https://www.heliconsoft.com/HeliconRemoteHelp/english/HeliconRemote.html  For detail.The connection of cables is same as Helicon Remote with Stackshot.

Connection Step

Then follow pictures as below.Please set the step length in Helicon Remote –>Preferences–>shooting–>WeMacro Page first,then go back to main interface.

Download

Manual download:

Quick Guide Manual v1.9 

Manual in German v1.5( Thanks to Olaf Craasmann )

1,

English language version(This version is English only.Windows )        

If your controller is marked as FT232 in packing list,please download driver from FTDI’s website  (All new controller since about 2019 Jan is FT232 type).Please choose the corresponding file for your system.

Please install winrar program first to open this rar file.If you do not have winrar,please use free software 7-zip or RAR File Open Knife

Other format of control and driver  7Z format, Zip format.Please choose “still run”if windows 10 popup a notification after you double click the exe file.

It can work in Win XP,Win7,Win vista,Win 8,Win 10

Please install driver first,ch341ser.exe ,then extract the whole wemacro folder to your computer.Double click wemacro.exe to run.

Notice:Some firewall software may ban the installation of driver or control,you can add them into trust list. Press “F4” to swtich language.(chinese and english)

Bluetooth control on android phone  and PC control by usb cable can not be operated in the same time.

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Android’s control apk Bluetooth version(  Android 4.3 to Android 10 with bluetooth 4.0 )

Open bluetooth function on your phone and visible to all nearby bluetooth device,wait few seconds it will connect automatically.

Mac OS bluetooth control download (This program only work with Mac’s bluetooth 4.0. You can check whether your Mac has this function.About this mac—>system report—> HCI version at least 0X6)

Select “HC-08” press “connect”.Then Press “Save”to set parameters.

Mac OS USB control download (This program only work with Mac’s USB port. Please install USB driver first.Last updated in 2018 July 5)

If you macOS is Mojave,please try directly use USB control program without install drive.Apple already build in drivers for CH340 and FT232 in macOS.

Mac USB driver link  V1.4  for MacOS Only for CH340 chip,controller version earlier  before 2019 Jan(tested on macOS Mojave10.14.1; High Sierra 10.13.6 &  10.13.1 and mac OS Sierra 10.12.6)

If your controller is marked as FT232 in packing list,please download driver from FTDI’s website .Please choose the corresponding file for your system.

If you have problem with Mac OS,please refer this page MacOS driver solution

After install the driver and connect the control box,you will see mac usb1

Select device then press “connect”,Then press “Save”take effect.If you are using distance mode,please use mouse to click “total steps”to generate steps number,then press “Save”

mac usb 2

The reference document for develop  document ,please contact us.

2,software for stack

Zerene-Stacker 30days trials

Helicon focus 30days trials

CombineZP free

3,Some windows systems may need to install package as below if you can not open or run the control softare.

Visual C++ Redistributable Packages

.Net frameworks 4.5 

.Net frameworks 3.5 for XP

Controller Firmware Update:

If your controller is earlier than middle of 2017 May,and want to be compatible with Helicon Remote,please follow the guide as below
(The tools is windows only)
https://www.wemacro.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/updatefirmwareguidev14.pdf
Please send email to us if there is any problem about updating william@wemacro.com

Please notice all controllers after 2017 May,are all firmware version 14.There is no need to update it if your order is later than 2017 May 15th.

brief

WeMacro  automatic focus stacking rail,total travel length 100 mm, minimum step can be set as 1 micron in precise mode.Fully controlled by computer or android phone.You can control by android cellphone with bluetooth or OTG function now. Iphone’s app is available in app store now!Search “WeMacro”you will find it! (iOS device at least ipad 3 or iphone 4S)

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Android Bluetooth control download.  (android at least 4.3 with bluetooth 4.0 )

              OTG control for android phone

Two new modes be added in android software.Much easier to control.Demo for new android)

Make focus stacking easier and more efficient!

Let you enjoy  focus stacking!

about focus stacking

Focus stacking (also known as focal plane merging, z-stacking or focus blending) is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focal distances to yield a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images. Focus stacking can be used in any situation where individual images have an undesirably shallow depth of field; macro photography and optical microscopy are two typical examples.

To exemplify the technique, let us look at a couple photos of a spider.

At f/11 DOF is quite shallow despite the large numerical f-number.

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To yield a greater DOF, we can take 8 photos at different points of focus at the same aperture of f/11. These photos are combined using focus stacking software such as Zerene Stacker, the result is a greater DOF.

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(Image: Wikipedia)

There are a variety of focus stacking software to choose from. Adobe Photoshop also offers focus stacking.

Zerene-Stacker trial 30days  download 
Helicon focus trial 30days  download
CombineZP free software download

What we do

Usually,when we take focus stacking pictures,screwing the macro rail or micrometer(used in high magnification) by hand are popular in focus stacking photograph.

But it’s hard to get precise step length and sometime it’s boring if there are a lot of steps.

WeMacro automatic focus stacking rail can free you from manual works with high efficiency.
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https://youtu.be/-HShG_e6-AU

Butterfly wing scale test
objective lens :Nikon BDplan 10X and 40X
camera:Sony NEX C3
10X: step length 6 micron
40X: step length 1 micron

Theoretical value when you set 1 micron as a step it will be 0.9375 micron.It will help in high magnification.

https://youtu.be/zFANHEPImqw

Spec and update info

 

basic-pack

STANDARD PACKAGE PARTS LIST

1,shutter extension cable;   2,control box;  3,1/4 inch screw; 4,stepper motor cable;  5,the rail;  6,adapter(depending on customer choose);  7,shutter cables(depending on customer choose); 8,USB cable 9; Specimen holder 10: OTG& type C  adapter(for those android without bt4.0 but have otg function ) 11;2 nylon blot(is a lite version of “ring support” to support lens)

(9-11 not on this picture)

Product Name WeMacro focus stacking rail
Camera support Nikon,Canon,etc
Demension length 250 mm, width 80 mm, height 81 mm
Rail weight about 1.3 Kg
Total travel length 100 mm
 Minimum step 1 micron (single direction)
 Backlash 220 micron(recommend value setting in software)
 Speed two (fast in millimeter mode ,slow in micron mode)
 Operating system win XP,Vista, Win 7,Win 8,Win 10 ( VC runtime library supported)

Android phone with bluetooth 4.0 or OTG  download

iphone (app is available in APP store. Please search”WeMacro”)

OS X control  download by bluetooth 4.0

OS X controlled by USB port  download (new!)

 Back to start support
 Beep after finish support
 Shutter output 2.5 mm
 Power supply 12V , 2A (global support)

Working current :about 0.3 amp in micron

Idle current:about 0.3 amp in micron

Coarse adjustment current in mm unit mode:about 0.8 amp

 Vertical load 3kg
Horizontal load 5kg
 Communication cable USB B-type,1.5m
 Shutter output 2.5 mm
 Total package weight about 2.1 Kg

 Update info:

1,The black decorative frame on control box is removed since July,2016.Because we found it easy to crack if the box fall on the ground or in very cold circumstance.We hope all parts can be used for quite a long time,so we remove it.If the users find there is crack on the plastic frame,you can easily remove the frame by a Phillips screwdriver.

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2,The color of usb cable can be different from the picture above.

3,From Aug 8, 2016,the control box will be bluetooth version.Unless you send us email ask for otg version,otherwise bluetooth version will be sent as default.The bluetooth version can be controlled by any android phone with bluetooth 4.0 and iphone.If you need control by PC,please use USB cable.

4,The holding time of the shutter release had been extended a little to fix pentax’s system trigger problem.

The problem was mentioned in Johan’s review .And the screw-in camera bolt had been changed to shorter one to fix pentax’s threaded hole.