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Baloo

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camera mount
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:44:41 PM »

hi

l bought Chris's FPV kit that he had for sale recently the intention was to mount it on my X600D quad but as we all know the X600 has had a recall and the new bits wont be here till halfway through March, so in the meantime l want to have a play with it, l was out at the week end playing with the buggy fullsize buggy that is, and while its pretty easy to mount the video camera some where on the buggy once you have switched it on you cant do anymore once the buggy sets off,  heres a couple of examples, the first is with the camera bolted on the roof of my buggy looking back while my pal follows, and the second is with the camera fixed on another buggy facing forward and this one shows the problem, l had the zoom set wrong and it dident make good viewing as you couldent see far enough in front to make sense of the landscape in front,




so while l wait for the X600D upgrade to arrive l though l would have a play with the fpv kit, my camcorda and a buggy, what l would like to do is mount the camcorda on the buggy roof facing forward or backward but have it in some sort of mount that l can rotate and pan left/right using an old transmitter and servos from an old radio controlled car l have here, to this l would like to add another servo that will work the zoom in/out,  using the vid out on the camcorda fed into the transmitter that comes in the fpv kit which should transmitt back to the reciver and then to the goggles, if this works l should be able to pan the camera left right and zoom in/out whilst some one else is belting round in the buggy, going back to the first vid above you can see  the second buggy doing the chaseing keeps going out of shot as the first buggy turns the corner since the camera is fixed solidly facing backwards, now if l could stand in the middle of the track with the goggles on "seeing" what the camera sees l could pan left/right and keep the subject in shot ?
so first question is it possible to buy such a camera mount or do l have to make it ?  although l it could be as heavy as you like whilst on the buggy l would like to use it on the quad at some point so lightness is important,  l would hope to fly the quad and have someone else work the camera at first

thoughts please

Andy
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Doofer

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Re: camera mount
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 03:29:03 PM »

FPV camera mounts don't have to be complicated - some can by made just by bending a piece of aluminium. See http://www.rc-tech.ch/index.php/en/hobby-shop.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=63&category_id=42 to give you an idea.

And yes, never mind buggies whizzing around in 2D, gyro-control with video glasses is the only way I know to sustain air-to-air shots. I will put up some video of a 3m Fox slope-soaring being tracked by my FPV Easystar at some point.

(You may see that, even on full throttle, the Easystar isn't really able to keep up with that beautiful, slick aircraft!)
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Baloo

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Re: camera mount
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 08:45:44 AM »

hi doofer

l look forward to seeing the video,   in the meantime l need educating on servos  ;)  l have found some plastic gears on ebay to use to make a camera mount,  l would like the camera to be able to pan left/right 360 degrees or there abouts, l have some old servos from a radio controlled car but they have a small swept ark of movement what l think l need is a servo that l can fit a small plastic gear on the output spindle that will turn ( lots of times ) when l have the lever pushed forward and then stay put when l let go of the lever and then spin the other way way l push the lever the other way and again stop where it is when l let go of the lever once more, does such a servo exsist and where could l buy 2 please

l found this pic on RC which shows what l want to do but only smaller and lighter and with gears instead of belts


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Re: camera mount
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 07:09:53 PM »

Hi Baloo

Have a look here you might find what you are looking for.

http://www.servocity.com/html/spg425a-360_360o_rotation.html
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Doofer

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Re: camera mount
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 06:10:02 PM »



If you want to know what is possible with head-gyro-directed cameras, watch this!
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Baloo

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Re: camera mount
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010, 07:19:48 PM »

wow nice vid, l am impressed with  the control you have over these planes, l have bought a simulator to practice with before l test the destructability of my easystar again,  but l have to say the simulator is a lot harder to fly than the real thing, by a long way, l havent acheived a single successful landing on the sim yet, but hey hoe l will get there, or the quad bits will come  ;D

anyway l have made my first mount for the  video camera, sure its to heavy to fly, except down hill maybe  ;) but it only a prototype and the next will be lighter and the next even lighter etc etc, eventually l will have something l can hang under the quadcoptor and still get of the ground












Andy   
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