FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Target Setting Specifications:

 

CLAYS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 20 seconds of inactivity
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 2 seconds pre-shot, 1 second post-shot
  • Records as two videos if there is longer than 6 seconds between shots fired

 

FLYING BIRDS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 30 seconds of inactivity (bump gun to restart 30 seconds)
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 3 seconds pre-shot, 3 seconds post-shot
  • Records as two videos if there is longer than 9 seconds between shots fired

 

GROUND GAME:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 300 seconds of inactivity
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 6 seconds pre-shot, 20 seconds post-shot
  • Records as two videos if there is longer than 10 seconds between shots fired

 

PAPER TARGETS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 60 seconds of inactivity
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 2 seconds pre-shot, 1 second post-shot
  • Records as two videos if there is longer than 8 seconds between shots fired

 

RECORDING TIME SPECIFICATIONS:

  • "Short" = 1/2 the "normal" recording time
  • "Normal" = See above
  • "Long" = 2x the "normal" recording time

 

ShotKam Questions:

 

How do I start a recording?

The ShotKam has an accelerometer which registers forces to tell it when to record. When the action of the gun is closed, the ShotKam starts to record a video (through a memory buffer). Once the ShotKam feels the recoil of the gun, it then saves the video from the memory buffer onto the SD card (memory card). It only saves the critical time before, during, and after the shot.

 

Can the ShotKam be mounted to a Rifle?

Yes. Below are the suggested brackets for each rifle:

- The 12G bracket (included with purchase) is used on large caliber African guns (416, 458, etc).

- The 20G bracket is used for 30 caliber rifles (270, 30-06, 7mm, etc).

- The 28G bracket is for 243 sized rifles

- The .410 bracket is for 223 sized rifles

 

How sturdy is the camera -- and more importantly -- is it water resistant?

The camera is very sturdy. It is 100% weatherproof when the rear cap is on. The lens should be cleaned with a soft cloth after exposure to rain.

 

Is this an action camera?

No. This is an accelerometer-controlled aiming system (ACAS) video camera. It was developed by an engineer with expertise in military laser-targeting systems, and is designed for high shock and vibration environments. The ShotKam has a patent pending recoil absorption system which is combined with an accelerometer. This allows the ShotKam to buffer and only record-to-memory the few seconds before, during, and after the discharge of bows or firearms. It records video in HD 1080p at 100 frames per second.

 

Does the 5 1/2 ounce weight include the ShotKam and attachment brackets?

Yes.

 

Does the ShotKam require batteries?

No. The ShotKam has an internal battery which is recharged via the USB port. This battery cannot be accessed directly. Lithium ion batteries last 2 - 4 years (depending on use) and a battery replacement is $40.

 

How does the camera adjust to varying target distances and light conditions?

The ShotKam has unique light-balancing technology which automatically adjusts the view within a 5 to 100 yard range.

 

Using the ShotKam:

 

Does the camera signal that a shot was taken and video saved?

Yes. A blue LED will flash – but again, we encourage users to ignore the ShotKam and focus on shooting.

 

What is included on the 32GB SD Memory Card?

  1. SHOTKAM - This is the video file with all the saved shots.
  2. MISC - This is the configuration file for the Wi-Fi. DO NOT edit.
  3. Shtkmcfg.ini - A configuration file for the setting specifications. DO NOT edit this file.
  4. Complete User Manual - A PDF format of the ShotKam manual.
  5. ShotKam Support - A link to our website's "Support" page.

 

Does the ShotKam need configured?

Not necessarily, but if specifications are desired then the ShotKamPro app (available on your smartphone) allows for customization. The target type, gun type, recording time and playback speed are all adjustable.

  

How to prevent false video triggers:

Select “Less Sensitive” in the Recoil Sensitivity settings options. Also, be aware of how hard the gun is closed. Close smoothly without a “slam.”

 

How to wake-up the ShotKam more easily:

Select “Very Sensitive” in the Wake-up Sensitivity settings options. NOTE: If you are walking with the gun or riding in a cart, it may be continually woken-up, which will significantly reduce your battery life.

 

Video Recording:

 

Will editing be required?

No. The patent-pending memory buffer system, combined with the accelerometer, allows the shooter to set the recording time. Only the few seconds before, during, and after the discharge are recorded.

 

Can the pellets be seen frame-by-frame?

Yes, but only for a few frames. VLC Media Player is a free option that has frame by frame capability. Download VLC Media Player, then press "e" on the keyboard to go frame-by-frame, or use the space-bar to play / pause the video. Please watch our step-by-step video tutorial for instructions on how to go frame-by-frame (Start at 2:15).

After the gun is discharged there is a distortion of 1 - 2 video frames and then there are typically 5 - 8 video frames where the individual pellets in the shot string are visible. Visibility of the pellets depends on the distance and background conditions. The wad is clear for many frames.

While it is interesting to see the shot string, the primary feedback to rely on is the reticle.

 

Is the double-shot saved as a single video?

Yes - a true or report pair is saved as a single video. Anytime two shots are fired within 6 seconds of each other, the ShotKam registers it as a pair.

 

How do I know the shot was saved?

A blue LED will flash after the recoil. When the shotgun action is closed, the ShotKam LED will briefly turn yellow then go solid green. If you shoot within 20 seconds of closing the action (for clays), then the blue LED will flash for a few seconds. 

 

Does the ShotKam lens magnify the field of view?

Yes. The ShotKam has a magnification equivalent to 4x.

 

How are the video clips titled?

The video clips are saved as SHOT001, SHOT002, etc. Organizing these files/shots into folders is very important. Create a new folder and move all the days' shots into it. Please see our step-by-step video tutorial for instructions on how to organize the shots (Start at 4:13).

 

Why does the video date not change?

A real time clock constantly draws a small amount of battery power. In an effort to maintain maximum battery life, a real time clock does NOT run. The date will say 2015-01-01.

 

Why are some shots not captured on video?

The ShotKam will typically record over 90% of shots. Increasing the recoil sensitivity is an option but this may result in more "false" triggers. The most common reason some shots are not captured is because it has gone into sleep mode. Use the ShotKamPro app to ensure your target setting specifications are as desired.

 

ShotKamPro App:

 

How to download it?

The ShotKamPro app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded from the App or Play Store and is free. The app can only open when connected to the ShotKam's built-in Wi-Fi.

 

Changing the ShotKam's Settings:

Turn the ShotKam into Wi-Fi Mode (hold power button 3 + secondsand wait about 10 seconds for one LED to stop flashing and the other to turn solid green). Open the "Settings" icon on the smartphone, iPad, or tablet. Go to Connections > Wi-Fi > SHOTKAM. Once connected, go back to the phone's home screen and open the ShotKamPro app. Press the "Settings" icon to tehn change them. Go back to the screen where you can see what the ShotKam sees and check that the settings in the top right corner are correct. Exit the app and turn OFF the ShotKam.

 

Why is there no sound?

The ShotKamPro app does NOT have sound. Please watch the shots using VLC Media Player on a computer / laptop for sound.

 

Mounting to Barrel:

 

Mounting systems available for:

The ShotKam comes with a 12G bracket.

We also have 20G, 28G, .410, or 12G side-by-side brackets available for purchase, as well as a bow mount.

 

Where on the barrel should the ShotKam be mounted?

Mount the ShotKam 3 to 10 inches from muzzle end of the barrel (NOT on barrel porting holes, but behind them). Do not mount too close to the end of the muzzle or debris will land on the lens.

 

Will the brackets damage my shotgun barrel?

No. The soft rubber pads on the bracket interior prevent any metal to metal contact.

 

Technical Questions:

 

How do I calibrate the reticle?

Either a computer or Smartphone is necessary to calibrate the reticle. Follow our manual instructions or watch our step-by-step tutorials for details.

 

Reticle Styles:

  •  Crosshair Icon
  •  Gun Icon
  •  Orange Circle Icon
  •  Orange Crosshair Icon
  •  Red Dot Icon
  •  ShotKam Icon
  • (Reticle OFF)

 

Why does the reticle NOT appear?

First check that the reticle setting has not been turned OFF, and that the ShotKam is not in Sleep Mode (slow flashing green LED).

The lack of a reticle could signal that the configuration file needs reinstalled. To reinstall, use the following steps:

  1. With the ShotKam connected to the USB port, go into the root directory (either Finder or File Explorer).
  2. Delete (drag into trash) the “shtkmcfg.ini” file.
  3. If a folder called “MISC” or a file called “shtkmcfg.tmp” appears, then also delete them (drag into trash).
  4. Disconnect the ShotKam from USB port.
  5. Turn the ShotKam OFF, then ON. The factory defaults have been reinstalled. The reticle will now appear.

 

How to Improve:

 

How should the videos be watched for personal improvement?

It is best to receive input from an experienced shooter or qualified instructor as the answer to this question is complicated.

We suggest to “shoot in front, but don't look in front." The important thing is to have the conscious brain focused on the target, while the subconscious brain positions the muzzle. It is easy to fall into the habit of checking the gun barrel → target relationship, but this is what should be avoided.

Watch videos of hitting and missing targets while focusing on the clay. Train the conscious brain to focus on the target, while the subconscious brain places the gun correctly.

     

     

    Videos:

    Will the videos play with Apple’s QuickTime?

    No. QuickTime does not support the AVI format we use to enable “stitching” of buffered videos clips. We recommend the VLC Media Player for Mac users.

    Please note that the videos cannot be watched frame-by-frame in QuickTime/Windows Media Player.

     

    Date and Time:

    The ShotKam DOES NOT have a real-time clock because it significantly reduces battery life. All ".avi" files will say, 01-01-2015" and the time will be the time since the ShotKam was turned on (Example: 00:01.30 = One minute and 30 seconds). Creating individual folders ensures the shots stay organized.

     

    How to Simulate a Recording at Home:

    Ensure the gun is empty. Change the settings using the ShotKamPro app to the following:

    1. Target Type = Clays
    2. Gun Type = Handgun Semi-Auto
    3. Recoil Sensitivity = Very Sensitive

    Turn the ShotKam ON (standard shooting mode, one click of the power button). Gently tap the ShotKam to begin a recording; the LED will turn blue when recording and green when finished recording.

     

    Laser:

     

    Can the laser position be changed?

    No. The laser is a training aid that is not used during normal ShotKam use. It is designed to aid shooters with their mounting technique while practicing indoors with an unloaded gun.

     

    Is the laser the same thing as the reticle (red dot in the videos)?

    No, they are completely unrelated. The laser is simply a beam of light that comes out of the ShotKam and is available so that you can practice your mount at home. The reticle is the red dot or crosshair seen in our videos. It is a patented reticle alignment system available only through ShotKam.

     
    To practice your mount, turn ON the laser by holding the power button down for 15-20 seconds. Next, point it into the corner of a room and try to mount the gun to your shoulder without moving the laser.

    NOTE: The laser is typically 3-6 inches below the gun’s point of aim and cannot be adjusted.

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