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Boolander
08-11-2010, 05:59 PM
It's a blast getting these videos with the quad! Looks like I'm going to have to get an FPV system sooner than later - I don't want to go too much higher because I lose all perspective of what's going on up there.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22A3a6OaDs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIy2MN5J7bE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYp9k-FzZ9Q

kjinx
08-13-2010, 12:00 AM
AWESOME! Boo ... you're my current Aeroquad hero [just below Mikro ... of course :-) ] ! I'm DROOLIN' all over my keyboard watching there ... can't wait to get goin!!! On the FPV issue I'm setting up to feed the composite out from the GoPro to a 900 Mhz transmitter ---> 900 Receiver [both from rangevideo.com] ---> El Gato EyeTV video USB dongle ---> a window on my MacBook Pro. I'd like to be able to work out a way to directly interface with the controls on the camera too so that you get a live feed normally and then when you're ready you can control REC/STOP, as well as be able to turn the video transmitter ON/OFF for power conservation. I'm thinking tilt might be useful, maybe pan would be unnecessary given the lateral maneuverability inherent in the copter itself (what do you think?). Keep posting these great vid's mate ... awesome, just awesome!

Boolander
08-13-2010, 02:03 AM
Thanks for the comments! But I have to give two thumbs up to the guys who develop all this software that allows a total electronic-illiterate person such as myself to actually be able to build and fly one of these things!
I like where you're going with your FPV setup, and as I said, when it comes to "hacking" electronics, I have no clue. I was just going to start off with an inexpensive system from hobbyking and see where it goes from there. I agree that tilting would be a definite but the panning not so much. I will be very interested in your setup because it sounds like an ideal solution, so be sure to keep us all posted on your progress!

kjinx
08-13-2010, 03:50 AM
I was just mentioning to HONK in another thread that I have no qualms about tearing into the GoPro and coming up with a way to feed it digital control signals for ON/OFF/REC/STOP and maybe even resolution selection. Also since I will probably dedicate this camera to the quad I think I can strip it down a lot for weight reduction. I hate to even think about ditching the awesome case but ........ weight is the enemy right? I'll definitely post whatever modifications I make to the camera and details on an FPV system once I get one up and working. HONK mentioned he has tilt under servo control and following the gyro output for stability when he wants. That's a neat idea huh?