Does any of you have experience to install a BaseCam (AlexMos) SimpleBGC gimbal to the Pixhawk, or have the technical knowledge to inform me if this is possible?
More information about the brushless gimbal controller can be found here: http://www.basecamelectronics.com/simplebgc/
I used this gimbal in combination with DJI Naza V2. I assume the Pixhawk can be used as well to control the gimbal (if DJI can do it, Pixhawk should definitely be capable). The gimbal controller board will take care of stabilizing the 2-axis tilt & roll. I only want to be able to control the camera pitch. Is this possible?
Thanks for suggestions.
Nobody who can answer this question?
Plainly nobody has done that and perhaps you are not as airmazing as you think. No need to be quite so rude.
I'm sorry if I sounded rude. It was not my intention. TMHO I wasn't being offensive nor making insults. I was just curious if someone could give some suggestions. That's all.
Have you looked into the Wiki for the built in camera gimbal function? (http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-camera-gimbal/) then just hook up your AlexMos controller as written there, to prevent the APM from controlling the gimbal automatically just disable the "Stabilise Tilt/Roll" tick boxes. Assign a control to the particular channel you selected in the screen given in the links (on both your Tx and on the APM itself) and you should be all good to go...
Thanks Luke! I've must have missed that Wiki topic.
I will try your suggestion and post the outcome ASAP.
Can you give an example of what you're trying to accomplish? I control my AlexMos gimbal's pitch neutral point directly from an otherwise unused R/C channel on my Tx/Rx, so without involving the PixHawk. I presume you are more interested in an autonomous pitch change, say like pointing the camera down on arrival at a waypoint, or maybe when a particular flight mode is engaged, etc.? I too would like to learn how to do that, if it's possible.
I don't see a single rude word or implication in your posts. Only rudeness appears to emanate from the "Admin". Nice.
The last time I looked, the gimbal control code in ArduCopter was for controlling an old style servo gimbal, with stabilisation and all. The SimpeBGC does not need any of that.
I suggest you run a servo wire directly from your receiver to the gimbal controller (pitch control). One more for yaw control, if you have that, There is not much ArduCopter can help you with there - except Point of Interest if you want to use that.
Hello Chim Xotox,
I used to fly my Multicopter with a DJI Naza V2. After reading so many "unwanted behavior" from Naza I decided to upgrade to Pixhawk. I was able to control the 2-axis gimbal's pitch through the Naza (pretty easy setup). The SimpleBGC control board can hold the camera position stable without interference of any flight controller. But I would like to be able to control pitch using my TX (Futaba 14SG).
If autonomous control is possible that would be an ideal situation. But as I'm a noob with Pixhawk I have no idea how to accomplish that. For now, I just want a stable camera, with pitch control.
You mention 'Point of Interest'. Would it be possible to program that with the combination I have?
There is another issue I'm facing. Futaba R7008SB (8 channels + S.BUS) doesn't work well with the pixhawk even though the Pixhawk (3rdRobotics) specifications tell differently. Check: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/problem-connecting-pixhawk-and-fu...
I had to order a PPM encoder board (still in transport) to be able to control the Pixhawk correctly (great support from 3rdRobotics BTW).
This PPM board will use all channels of my RX if I connect all Servo wires to the RX. Thinking about it, I can also connect 7 servo wires to the PPM Board and leave 1 available for gimbal pitch control. Will that work?