I am starting my plan for adding a video down-link to my quad copter and I have a question regarding the video input to the laptop. From everything I have seen so far it looks like most people use some type of USB video capture card for importing the live video into the mission planner. Is there any way to use an IP video source? I have access to an Axis video to Ethernet converter and would like to bring in the video that way. So my questions are:
1. Is it possible to use an IP based video source?
2. Are there any USB capture boards that are known to work out of the box?
currently it is not possible.
What camera do you have? and what format does it output?
Sorry for highjacking but probably good idea to keep similar questions together.
I have a similar problem here, ie how to get real-time hud display up and working?
Config page only shows webcam option (ignores my working video grabber)?
Michael, what is in the video input requirement/format?
I want to usb in, no firewire on my W7 laptop
any usb directshow capture device will work.
Right now I don't have any cameras picked out. I have access to a few Sony bullet cameras but I have not decided yet. My plan was to use an analog video transmitter to get the video to the ground, convert it to an IP based video, and then try to display it in the mission planner. We have done this on several other UAV projects I have worked on at work and was hoping it was possible here as well. I will take a look at the mission planner code and see if it can be added easily.
Ip transmit video if you can do.
I am using this system. integration with the apm planner is what is missing.
The Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System connects to any analog camera and converts the signal to digital, which is then broadcast over the 802.11n wireless protocol. This means you to can use analog cameras as IP cameras and connect to them using the Base Station Digital Receiver. Converting analog cameras to digital with the Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System allows you to:
Note that the Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System does not support taking still pictures while recording video (for which the complete IP camera system is required).
Digital transmission has several advantages over conventional analog signals, including:
Analog to Digital Video Converter and Server
The Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System features an Analog to Digital Video Converter and Server, which is mounted on the Draganflyer helicopter fuselage with any analog camera. The Analog to Digital Video Converter and Server reads NTSC or PAL output from the analog camera and converts it to a digital signal, which is then sent to the included 802.11n Wireless Access Point. The server draws power from the helicopter flight batteries, so no external power supply is needed. It can be used to convert any of our analog cameras to digital.
The access point is a device that connects to the Video Server on the helicopter and broadcasts digital video over the 802.11n wireless protocol. The wireless access point is mounted to the helicopter with the camera and allows you to connect to the camera using the software and any laptop with an 802.11n wireless network card. You can enable wireless encryption to keep the video stream secure.
Analog Camera and Mount (optional if upgrading existing Draganflyer Camera)
The Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System is compatible with all Analog Cameras and mounts. Add an optional analog camera and mount if you want to add digital functionality to an analog camera you don’t already own.
Base Station Digital Receiver
The Base Station Digital Receiver is an 802.11n wireless client that allows you to connect to and receive video transmitted from the Access Point on your helicopter. The Base Station Digital Receiver is a Wi-Fi radio system like the Wireless Access Point, but has been configured to work as a Wireless Client. The Base Station Digital Receiver plugs into any computer running via a standard Ethernet link, and forms a small local network between itself, your computer, and the Wireless Access Point.
The Analog Camera Wireless Digital Video System can be either be purchased with a UAV helicopter and analog video camera, or it can upgrade an existing analog camera to use Digital signals.
I use software http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ for playback of video.
in the next version i will be adding mjpeg support.
ie if it plays in vlc it should work in the planner.
I can't get any picture from my MJPEG source in Mission Planner. Do i need to set an filename in the end of the URL ? http://127.0.0.1:8080/something.jpg
depends on your camera. so cant realy say
what sorta distance do you get outa that setup. I have been thinking about doing the same as you listed.
a new planner has just been uploaded to the download section.
just right click the hud, and put in the mjpeg url
That is complete this mission planner. thanks.