Alpha Link s.BUS Setup

Ronin 1 / MX / M

INTRODUCTION

For most customers, by telling us what gimbal you have purchased, we will pre-configure your Alpha Link S.Bus for you. However, if you are having difficulty, you can follow these steps to set up your Alpha Wheels and Alpha Link for your gimbal. 

CHANGE THE ALPHA LINK'S MODE

mode,2

For Ronin 1 / MX users the mode should be set to 2.

Follow the instructions in this video to change the mode in the Alpha Link Receiver.

What if my Alpha Link Receiver does not have a USB port? You have the V1 Alpha Link. Click here to view the correct instructions. 

UPDATE YOUR ALPHA WHEELS FIRMWARE

Alpha Link S.Bus Requires AW Firmware 1.2 or newer

Download TyQT for your operating system from the Downloads page.

Download the newest firmware for your Alpha Wheels from the Downloads page.

Follow the instructions in this video: 

CONNECT THE ALPHA LINK RECEIVER TO THE RONIN

Using the supplied 1A Tools cable, connect the Alpha Link Receiver via the OUTPUT connector to the D.BUS port on the Ronin. 

SETUP RONIN

You will need to change a few settings in your Ronin under the Control menu of the app.

 
GIMBAL Ronin 1 Ronin MX Ronin M
SETTING
Pan/Tilt
Pan/Tilt
Pan/Tilt
Maximum Speed:
Remote Operator
50/50
17/17
20/20
Smoothing
0/0
0/0
0/0
Deadband
0/0
0/0
0/0

Maximum Speed You may adjust the maximum speed. But we really recommend these settings. Adjusting it will change the gear ratios.

Smoothing You may adjust the smoothing, but adding in smoothing will reduce repeatability in the camera moves.

Deadband Never adjust deadband. It should always remain 0.

 

 

CONNECT THE ALPHA LINK TRANSMITTER TO THE ALPHA WHEELS

Turn off the Alpha Wheels.

Using the EXT cable on the Alpha Link Transmitter, plug the Alpha Link Transmitter into the Alpha Wheels' EXT port.

Turn on the Alpha Wheels.

Always make sure the Alpha Wheels are off before plugging in the Alpha Link. The Alpha Wheels will only search for an Alpha Link during boot up. 

INDICATOR LIGHTS

The Alpha Link Transmitter and Receiver both have indicator LED to give you status info.

On the Transmitter, if the LINK light is on, that means it has established connection and recently received  confirmation that data has reached the Receiver.

On the Receiver, a solid STATUS light indicates that it is on, and is receiving wheel data.

On the Receiver, a fast blinking STATUS indicates that while it is receiving data, data is being lost. This could be due to poor signal strength or too high of signal strength. The transmitter can overwhelm the receiver if too close.

On the Receiver, a slow blinking STATUS indicates that it has lost connection and is attempting to re-connect.

OPERATING OVERVIEW

To change the speed, adjust the knobs for pan and tilt independently. There are 5 speeds, two directions, and a neutral gear for each axis.

With a knob vertical, that axis is the neutral gear.

By rotating a knob to the right, or clockwise, that axis will increase speed in the REGULAR orientation. 

By rotating a knob to the left, or counter-clockwise, that axis will increase speed in the INVERTED orientation. 

GEAR RATIOS

When your Alpha Link and Gimbal are setup properly according the instructions above, the gear ratios will have a range of speeds that line up with conventional Arri gear heads with some additional speeds.

 
Alpha Link PAN TILT ARRI Equiv.
Slow
1:120
1:160
--
Med Slow
1:65
1:105
Gear 1
Medium
1:52
1:55.5
Gear 2
Med Fast
1:35.5
1:40
--
Fast
1:19
1:28.8
Gear 3