|Oct 22, 2012, 05:23 PM|
NEW 3in1! 3way Video switch, RC Shutter, High current switch for FPV & AP
I want to present you small multifunctional device I have made for FPV and Aerial Photography. I call it RC Camera Controll (RCCC).
RCCC has following features:
You can choose camera Shutter cable for your camera for additional 7$ except GoPro cable for 9$.
RC Video Switch is 20$
GoPro Multifunctional cable is 20$.
GoPro RC FPV cable is 30$.
Tracked shipping is 4$ worldwide.
You can buy some of my stuff here:
It is small 23mm x 40mm (including connectors) board weighting approximately 8g with cable that combines 3 devices: Camera shutter, Video switch and High current switch. It is controlled with sum PPM or regular servo signals from RC receiver.
3 CHANNEL RC VIDEO SWITCH
You can use 3 source video switch for example to switch between flight camera, GoPro camera and back view camera in your FPV plane or multicopter.
LED RC SWITCH
You can use high current (up to 2A) switch to control LED stobe and Headlight (1W...10W) LEDs and also have low battery warning indicated on Headlight LED's.
Shutter is compatible with GoPro HERO1 and HERO2, all C3 plug and 2.5mm plug Canon cameras, Nikon cameras and also many other cameras that have shutter connector.
I have tested GoPro HERO2, Canon 5D, Canon 600D, Nikon D5000.
(Shutter function with GoPro camera operates as On/Off switch. You must set GoPro to One Button mode to start recording when turned On)
You can use Shutter controll to turn ON GoPro camera while in flight to record only needed footage and turn OFF before landing.
GoPro HERO 3 Silver and Black can be turned ON but not OFF. I have heard that White can also be turned OFF (not tested).
I have these shutter cables:
I also have Multifunctional GoPro cable with 3 functions:
There is also available RC FPV cable that has:
Using live video from GoPro is not recommended as primary video for FPV because it has some delay.
It works with original HERO and HERO2. I haven't tested but it should work with HERO3 White.
With HERO 3 Black you can get video out, turn it ON (but not OFF) and charge camera (with latest firmware update).
If cable plugged in HERO2 new playback menu item appears and you can play captured videos.
GoPro camera compatibility chart
User Manual for RCCC v2.0
User Manual for RCCC v1.1
User Manual for RCCC v1.0
Here is video where I tried to show all features of RCCC
Strobe function added in v1.1
Here I am using video switch function for FPV
Multifunctional GoPro cable
Please feel free for any questions.
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|Oct 22, 2012, 05:23 PM|
Setup when using regular servo channel outputs (PWM) RCCC V2
Setup when using sum PPM RCCC V2
Setup when using regular servo channel outputs (PWM) RCCC V1.X
Setup when using sum PPM RCCC v1.1
Setup when using sum PPM only RCCC v1.0
|Oct 22, 2012, 06:09 PM|
Very cool and well priced! This would be really good for aerial photography with a multi-rotor. Could fly into position with the FPV cam, turn on altitude hold and position hold, then switch to aerial cam that you could have on a gimbal system and position it how you like then take a picture.
|Oct 23, 2012, 02:48 AM|
I use N channel mosfet that is rated not less than 8 amps, but I haven't tested it with really heavy loads like this. I will try to do that using automotive headlight bulb.
Usually pin headers and connectors are rated for 3 amps. 3 amps should be no problem for this board.
I will post the results when I finish testing.
|Oct 27, 2012, 08:50 AM|
So I tested RCCC with 60 Wat automotive bulb that is 5Amps at 12V.
After 10s switch became hot. I didn't tested longer than 30s (maybe some day in fire safe place)
I think 3 Amps continous will be OK (will find 36W bulb to test).
And if you need 60W for something, you can use it for short times or added heatsink
|Oct 28, 2012, 02:55 PM|
Right now I have picture of my first GoPro cable, that has pretty big connector.
I Just got other connectors that are smaller and will solder cable next week and will have photo.
I will make photos of all available cables as soon as I will have them assembled.
|Oct 29, 2012, 11:15 AM|
Don't have good lights for photography but here are cables for GoPro and Canon with C3 connector.
Hi resolution pictures in first post.
All shutter cables have 3 pin servo female connector that connects to RCCC board like in this picture:
P.S. More pictures will come.
|Oct 29, 2012, 11:19 AM|
Be careful: The resistance of a light bulb is strongly temperature dependant. When the filament is cold, the resitance could easily be half or less of the resistance when white hot. The initial current of a 60W, 12V light bulb could be 10-15A.
Nice device you have designed, BTW.
|Oct 29, 2012, 01:35 PM|
GoPro cable is used to turn GoPro On or Off because GoPro connector interface does not have record pin. All existing solutions I know for GoPro use power On/Off.
To start recording after power on you have to enable One button mode.
|Nov 15, 2012, 04:01 PM|
Finally I have new batch of RCCC boards.
This time it is little improved:
Cables also have just arrived and I have shutter cables for Canon with C3 and 2.5mm connectors, Nikon with N3 connector and GoPro 30pin connector.
|Nov 16, 2012, 11:03 AM|
Can I use this board with a MK Flight controller ?
( wiring on a servo output for instance )
Your solution is cheaper than the GentleWIRE cable to control my canon 600d.
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