How to add a pan-tilt camera mount to ArduCopter

Gigio (udrones) has added a great tutorial to the manual on how to add a pan-tilt camera mount to ArduCopter using Hobbyking parts. Total cost: about $57. Perfect for a GoPro camera.

 

AC2 defaults to autostabilizing the camera (tilt/roll servo outputs are one Out 5 and Out 6). We'll be adding the ability to automatically track a position on the ground soon.

 

 

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Comment by hemanthtguru on June 10, 2011 at 6:36pm

Hi,

 

Slightly out of topic, but how to enable camera stabilization on ACM 2.23, or is it enabled by default....and to which pins should i connect my pan and tilt servos......


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Comment by Dany Thivierge on June 10, 2011 at 6:48pm

Nice! and not too expensive...

Would be nice to add what servo is recommended for the go pro type of weight... HK says a 9g servo but I guess we want a nice strong one with precision to ensure things are smooth...

any preference?

 

And on the legs, are they strong enough to take a hard landing? just want to know if you need to be an expert pilot to fit these on the quad.  I still land pretty hard from time to times!

Comment by diego colonnello on June 10, 2011 at 8:15pm
i used the hobbyking camera frame, now i want to autostabilize the camera!!!!!!!!!! gonna post a video and more pics in a couple days.....
Comment by Taylor Cox on June 10, 2011 at 8:29pm
Does anyone have any recommondations on how to attach the servo to the two arms coming up from the tilt system?
Comment by Taylor Cox on June 10, 2011 at 8:33pm
Also....I have this pan-tilt mount...but how is it a pan mount? I can see how it can tilt...but how does it pan?
Comment by Steve on June 10, 2011 at 10:57pm
This looks like just tilt, not pan/tilt. Also, wouldn't roll/tilt be what you want for stabilization & pan/tilt for object tracking (if not yawing the quad)?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2011 at 11:33pm
Yes, only the tilt is hooked up in that picture. The way quads work is that the gimbal does tilt/roll, and the rotation of the quad itself provides the pan.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2011 at 5:44am
Yes, I mention that in the manual, but I find them a little too close together so we recommend that you add the outer legs. But it's a matter of taste.
Comment by Amit on June 13, 2011 at 8:07am
Is it possible to control the till and the pitch (RC inputs)?  or it just stabilized?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 13, 2011 at 10:08am

Amit, if all you want to do is manual control of the tilt/pitch, just connect those servos to the desired channels on your RC recevier. If you want the code to do it, you can see code samples here:

http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/AC2_Camera

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