Using the PocketWizard Utility
The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are ready to go right out of the box. Just install the batteries, slide them on a camera and flash and start shooting. PocketWizard is continually working on new functions that take the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 beyond simple radio triggers and beyond TTL. The PocketWizard Utility software is your gateway to new functionality and simplifies customizing your radios to specific applications you may have.
Download and install the latest PocketWizard Utility from http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/. Start the Utility and connect your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 using the USB cable provided. Your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 doesn’t need to be turned on but if they are turned on before they are connected, they will also display their battery level.
Note: Make sure a serial number appears just under the PocketWizard logo. If no serial number appears, contact your local service center.
Updating your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5
The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are designed with future upgrades in mind. When new features are released, it’s simple to update your radios. Simply click the “Check for Updates” button to make sure you have the latest firmware.
If updates are available you will be prompted to install them on your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. Just follow the steps on the screen. The update only takes a minute or two.
If you’d like to be automatically notified when updates are available, be sure to register your radios. If you have already registered your radios at PocketWizard.com, you will be notified automatically when updates become available. If you would like to register your radios now,
Once the update is complete, you should always manually record your settings and do a factory reset of your radios.
C1 and C2: More than just channels
Channels enable you to work with other photographers and to keep your triggering exclusive. Some Channels operate on different frequencies to help you avoid interference. All PocketWizard radios set to the same Channel work together.
The MiniTT1 has two Channel configuration settings; C1 and C2. Each can be programmed as needed with specified Channels. There are 20 ControlTL channels (three ControlTL channels for CE 433Mhz radios) for TTL photography or Manual Power Control, and 32 standard channels for manual flash photography. Channels can be configured with the PocketWizard Utility, or use the Learn function to quickly program channels, or the reset function to configure back to factory settings.
Important: When a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 is used as a Transmitter, it always sends out two triggers, one ControlTL trigger on a ControlTL Channel, and one Standard trigger on a Standard Channel. This enables you to use the E-TTL II system with other manual flashes. The ControlTL system synchronizes both triggers precisely. Make sure you choose a set of Channels/frequencies that will not interfere with or trigger other PocketWizard users.
Right out of the box the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are set for Standard PocketWizard Channels 1 and 2 as well as ControlTL Channels 1 and 2. You can use your radios right away on these Channels or select between 32 Standard PocketWizard Channels and 20 ControlTTL Channels (three ControlTL Channels for CE units) via the Utility.
Refer to the PocketWizard Wiki for a Channel/Frequency chart.
To chose a Channel, first select the “Channel” tab.
Then simply click on the up/down buttons to select any of the 20 ControlTL Channels (three ControlTL Channels for CE units) for remote TTL auto flash. If using manual flashes, either by themselves or intermixed with your TTl flashes, select a Standard TX Channel of which you have 32 Channels to choose from.
Tx = Transmitter
Rx = Receiver
Note: The radios can transmit both types of Channels at the same time, but the FlexTT5 can only receive on one type at a time. You can set the FlexTT5 Transceiver to receive either a ControlTL Channel signal for TTL auto flash from a ControlTL (factory default) OR to receive a Standard Channel signal from a Standard Channel (by unchecking the "Use ControlTL for Receive Channel" box).
Hypersync allows you to use a Speedlite or studio flash at shutter speeds beyond your camera's sync limit (normally around 1/200). For more information about HyperSync and a Hypersync Offset Chart for particular cameras and flashes, click here.
To adjust your HyperSync Timing, first click on the “Sync Timing” tab.
Slide the tab to adjust the HyperSync offset to the desired offset. It may take some trial and error to find the best setting for your equipment.
High Speed Sync Disable Mode
For a comprehensive look at High Speed Sync, click here to watch the High Speed Sync tutorial video.
High Speed Sync Disable Mode allows you to disable the HSS feature. Your remote flashes will not use HSS/FP Mode when triggered. Instead, the system will use HyperSync timing for full power flash all the way up to 1/8000, if possible.
High Speed Sync Begins at: allows setting the speed at which HSS flash begins and HyperSync ends automatically.
Note: PocketWizard recommends adjusting this to 1/250 for Canon 5D/5DMKII when using Speedlites as your remote flash.
There are two options to save battery power in remote flash units:
Remote TTL Flash Sleep Mode
This causes remote Canon E-TTL flashes mounted on FlexTT5 radios to sleep after the camera sleeps. For example, "Delay 60 secs" means the remote flashes will sleep 60 seconds after the camera sleeps. This is set on the transmitting (on-camera) radio only. Waking up the camera wakes up the flashes. (Note: the Flex units are not put to sleep)
Flash Idle Time Out Mode
This causes remote Canon E-TTL flashes mounted on FlexTT5 radios to sleep if they aren't used after a certain time. For example, "Delay 120 secs" means the remote flashes will sleep 120 seconds from the last time they are used. This is set on each receiving (remote) radio only. Trigger again to wake up the flashes. This mode is designed for when triggering from a MultiMAX or Plus II.
This tab allows you to make changes to several settings including:
Basic Trigger Mode
This allows use of a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 as a basic PocketWizard radio transmitter on any camera it will fit. Read more about Basic Trigger Mode here.
This uses special recognition information for each camera for faster operation. PocketWizard recommends using AUTO if using the MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 with more than one camera.
Transmitter Only Mode
This mode prevents the FlexTT5 from receiving radio triggers. If you are using a FlexTT5 as a transmitter on your camera with a Speedlite on it, and you are sharing remote flashes with other photographers, then this mode will make sure your on-camera flash isn't triggered by your partner's radio.
Bottom Shoe Disable
This mode prevents the FlexTT5 from being triggered by its bottom hot shoe. This is useful when you are using the FlexTT5 to trigger a remote camera and you do not want to have the remote camera trigger any remote flashes.
Force TTL Master Mode
This mode allows for using a 430EX or 430EX II as a MASTER flash on the camera's radio. Normally these flashes cannot perform this function, but ControlTL lets them be the boss! This mode also reduces communication pre-flashes when using a 580EX or 580EX II - less annoying for your subjects. This mode is enabled by default.
Set Both Configs
Once you have selected your options you must click “Set Both Configs” to save your changes to your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5.
Note: If you unplug your MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 before you click “Set Both Configs” all your changes will be lost.
Replicate enables quick programming of a second or third radio to settings made for your first radio. For example, if you’ve just made changes to a FlexTT5 radio and clicked “Set Both Configs” you can then unplug that radio and plug in a second radio. Then simply click “Replicate” to set the second radio to the same settings as the first. You can repeat this for multiple radios.