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Splash Accessory - User Manual


The Splash is a water collision (water drop) accessory for use with a VersaTrigger system, it is easy to use and will reliably produce collisions using either water or solutions of slightly higher viscosities.

1. What’s in the box?

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1. Splash control unit

2. Solenoid/Reservoir

3. Two friction clamps

4. Support tube

5. AUX cable

6. Pipe cleaner

2. Splash control unit

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1. Start button - this starts the double drop/camera trigger sequence

2. Size control - this controls the size of both water drops

3. Interval control - this controls the timing between the two drops

4. AUX - this connects, via the supplied cable, to the VersaTrigger control unit

5. Valve - the Solenoid cable (blue plug) mates with this connector

3. Fitting a Battery

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  1. Place the Splash face-down on a flat surface, remove the battery cover by gently pulling the retaining clip down.
  2. Fit a new PP3 battery by pressing the battery snap on to the battery, replace the cover.

4. Assembling the Splash

1. Take a friction clamp and the support tube and push the tube into the larger hole of the clamp, gently tighten the cross-head screw on the friction clamp such that the tube is secured (do not overtighten this screw as it may damage the thread on the clamp).  Take the second clamp and push the tube into the larger hole of the clamp and, depending on what the clamp is to be secured to (a tripod or a shelf/table), orientate the clamp such that it is either at 0° or 90° to the first clamp, gently tighten the cross-head screw taking care not to overtighten.

2. Locate and tighten one clamp onto the supporting surface (tripod etc), take the Solenoid/Reservoir and locate in the jaws of the free clamp, tighten the clamp (again, do not overtighten the clamps).

3. Plug the blue connector into the blue Valve socket of the Splash.

4. Remove the lid of the Reservoir, half fill the Reservoir with watr (the level within the Reservoir may be incresed later).  Replace the lid.

5. Place a drip bowl directly beneath the outlet of the Solenoid/Reservoir assembly, fill the drip bowl with water (it is advisable to place the drip bowl in a separate tray in order to catch the excess water).  Position the Solenoid/Reservoir such that the brass nozzle is about 500mm above the height of the drip bowl.

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5. A note on the Mariotte syphon

Filling the reservoir with a liquid and replacing the sealed lid creates a device called a Mariotte syphon, the purpose of this is to maintain a constant water pressure to the solenoid valve such that each drop is consistent with the previous one.

Essentially, as long as the water level within the reservoir is above the lower end of the plastic tube the water pressure is dictated by the head of water above the solenoid valve and will remain constant.  Raising the plastic tube within the reservoir will increase the pressure (ensure that the gland around the tube is tight after re-positioning the tube).

6. Testing the system

Using the Size control, turn the unit on, adjust both the Size and Interval controls to minimum.  Prime the system by pressing and holding the Start button until a steady succession of drops is observed, release the Start button.  Momentarily press the Start button, two drops should be released (note, it is not necessary to press and hold the Start button, a short press will suffice).  If no collision is observed increase the Size control slightly and try again, continue adjusting the Size and Interval controls until satisfactory collisions occur.

7. Connecting to the VersaTrigger and camera

Set the camera to manual focus and position on a tripod, focus the camera onto the drip bowl at the location of the water collision.  Now connect the AUX cable between the AUX connector of the Splash and the AUX connector of the VersaTrigger, connect the camera cable from an Output connector to the camera.  Switch the VersaTrigger on, now switch the camera on.  Having previously adjusted the Size and Interval controls on the Splash it is now time to adjust the delay control of the VersaTrigger (note, once collisions are occurring it is only necessary to adjust the Delay).  Press the Start button, you should see a collision and the camera should trigger, view the image and, if the camera is triggering too early or too late, adjust the Delay control such that the camera captures the collision.  Now that the camera is synchronised try adjusting the Size and Interval controls for different effects.

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