Yeah, I've done exactly that in this video - shown towards the end.
For this demo I'm using helicopter tail gyros. I'm yet to setup a multicopter flight control board or even read about them as I've been too busy with the frames and website. But I've been into helis for 8 years.
So if you have a spare Tx channel on a seperate receiver on your multicopter you put the gyro between the Rx and pitch servo and the gryo plugs into your spare channel and another channel for gain.
In heading hold the servo moves with your stick and will hold your input position when the airframe/outer gimbal pitches.
but is it possible just using the APM, without having to add extra hardware?
Camera stabalization is built into ArduCopter, right out of the box. In airplanes it's harder, since what you really want is pitch/roll stabilization, and most camera gimbals are pan/tilt. But we've got it working in beta and will release soon.
Iv got the stabilization working. But i can only have two configs.
1. Pitch and roll stabilization without pitch control via TX.
2. Pitch stabilization with control via TX, but no roll stabilization.
I need both pitch and roll stabilization, with the addition of being able to control pitch via the TX.
that is exactly the thing i am also looking for.. probably it's a question of tiny (code?) modification, but i'm stupid enough to not be able to locate the place where it should be done..
if (or when) you will make it work - please do not be shy to post recipe here :)
You posted this just before Christmas:
"Camera stabalization is built into ArduCopter, right out of the box. In airplanes it's harder, since what you really want is pitch/roll stabilization, and most camera gimbals are pan/tilt. But we've got it working in beta and will release soon."
Is Camera Stabilization for ArduPlane still in the que for release? If so, when?
I have a roll only gimbal. The servo is Yed to the APM 1 Roll/Aileron output. This works somewhat but there is no response tuning (PID), limit, reversal, or centering control.
BTW - how do we use the "CAMERA SHUTTER A9" pin on the APM 2? I can't find any documentation for the use of pins A5, A6, A7, A8, or A9, or references to '10', or '11'.
Chris, how is the Beta coming along for Arduplane Pitch Roll camera gimbal Stabilization? Is it possible to download the beta and play around with it?
You are doing something wrong then, because with the APM, i can get pitch+roll stabilized and have pitch manual as well.
You have a cable for pitch running from your RX -> APM? And got it all configured in your TX?
this is my config according to the wiki:
Ch5 is connected to pitch servo.
Ch6 is connected to the roll servo.
If i want pitch control, i need to connect a ch of the RX to the apm. Which channel?
If i connect out6 on the APM to my RX like the wiki says, then where do i connect the roll servo.
My problem is: I want three functions: 1. Roll Stab. 2. Pitch Stab. 3. Pitch control.
But there are only two channels :(
Maybe Im doing something wrong?
@ Jaan, i also figured it would require a slight code mod. Basically just assign the pitch control to another output on the APM.
Yet according to Daniel, he said it works for him.
We can await his reply with bated breath :)
You are mixing up output and input on the APM.
The servos from the cam mount are connected to the output side, and then one cable from input nr 6 to your RX (for example AUX, AUX2, which one you desire) and then you still have to activate your switch in the TX-Menue (depending on which tx you have)
Hope that helps!
OMG! Im a moron! lol!
It works now!
I was trying to connect the pitch control to the servo out (CH6)
Connect it like this:
Out 5 (APM) -> Pitch Servo
Out 6 (APM) -> Roll Servo
In 6 (APM) -> RX Ch (pot)
Thanks Dan! You rule! :)