Sunday, April 10, 2011

GoPro Flight

Make sure to watch in HD and full screen

GoPro & CNC

After disappointing video quality with the KX191 camera (the best video that I could record was about 1.5 FPS), I purchased a GoPro HD helmet cam. This little cam supports video out and 1080p HD recording.
I cut the audio out of the composite cable (leaving just the video to the transmitter) I soldered the video signal and ground wires into the transmitter's harness. Now the GoPro records HD video and streams lower quality video back to the laptop. Todays flight is uploading right now but since it is HD its going to take a while... should be done by the morning.

I also used the CNC machine at school to route channels to lay the video and motor cables in so that they are not dangling out in the open anymore. I think it gives the plane a cleaner look. By the way, this is a good example of how NOT to setup a CNC machine.
duct tape and 2x4s-how NOT to setup a CNC machine

Friday, April 8, 2011

FPV VIDEO-sort of

I still have not downloaded a program that can record the video while showing it in the GCS and a screen recorder (would be nice because it would also record instruments) drops the frame rate of the the video, so that's out. My dad took this on his iPhone and while its not a full recorder it shows what I see when I'm flying.

I am disappointed with the resolution of the camera and after putting it on a regular TV I think the converter is hurting the quality. I am going to keep an eye out on craigslist for a cheap flat screen TV about 20" that has inputs and outputs so I can hook up a recorder to save the flights, or run it back to the computer and record it that way.

Its looking a little cobbed together... I think its time to put it on the CNC machine and hide some cables


I put the camera and transmitter on velcro so they can be moved forward and backwards to balance the plane.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Live Video

Camera and transmitter came in and I got it all setup on the plane.  Also setup the analog to digital converter that turns the RCA cables from the receiver into a usb so I can view the video on my laptop.  It was pretty cool to take the plane off and then fly it from the camera without having to look at the plane.  I don't have a program to record the video yet so no video and its too windy today but I'll post a video in the next few days.