I should have mentioned, I currently have a GoPro clone with video out, so what I'd really like is a Tx/Rx setup where I can initially use the GoPro-ish for FPV, but later can run a separate FPV camera.
So what I'm looking for is the easiest to wire / simplest to run Tx/Rx combo that I can plug whatever camera into on the quadcopter side, and whatever display (goggles, TV, immersive holodeck environment from the future) into the Rx side.
I kinda know nothing about the options, and when I hit google I get posts from the dawn of RC to the present, so it's hard to figure out what are the, say, three most common setups in current use.
@ruouttaurmind ok great! I wonder if @puffyfish (did I get his name right) get anywhere. I got the gopro 3 usb cable. I thought I would be able to solder extra wires to the pin but it's siliconed. I guess I can take it off and try but rather buy a cable than to tinker around.
@garyhgaryh YW. Glad to help. I got that diagram from a French drone site. The person that posted it says it was provided and confirmed by AEE engineering group in Hong Kong. They do not make the cable. But I can make that. Easy. Using these connectors from eBay (10 for $5 from China) I think the key is to remove pins 7, 3 and 8 to allow easy access to pins 9, 5 and 10 to solder without shorting to neighboring pins. Short 1" jumper from 5 to 10, two leads out, little heat shrink tubing and done done and done.
@ruouttaurmind Hey I'm looking carefully at both of the image (the one I got and the one you just posted). It's the same! The pins are just numbered differently so it looks like the same info (collaborated). You have the url where you got the connectors? Interested in making one for me? I'll pay ya :).
@garyhgaryh Sure enough, they are the same. I guess I just ignored everything related to audio because... well, I guess I've heard enough weedeater video noise to tide me over for a minute. LOL! Here's the eBay listing with the USB connectors. I'd bet they can be had in-country for a similar price. Maybe Radio Shack or Fry's Electronics online. http://www.ebay.com/itm/250943668160
@garyhgaryh That was fast. I already received the 10 pin mini USB connectors I ordered from China. So I'm going to give it a shot (building a FPV cable for AEE cam) and need to know if you want the leads to be bare, or if you want female JST connectors on them? Oh, and about how long do you need the leads to be?
@ruouttaurmind Wow great! You can put a female jst connector on there. I plan on putting jst connectors on all my simple connections so I can just plug/unplug things vs soldering. Wow, I can't believe you got it so fast!
@garyhgaryh Dang it. false alarm. It's the wrong 10 pin mini USB connector. I guess I was premature in my assumption that there was only 1 kind of 10 pin mini USB connector. It looks like this: Is that the correct connection for the AEE? My Vivitar has a connector that looks like this:
@ruouttaurmind Yeah, that's the right connector that should go into the AEE S71. Want a picture of it? I looked at a motorola connector I use to charge it and it's slightly different.. but yours should work I think.
@garyhgaryh Oh, that's good news! When you have time, please post a pic of the AEE side. I was hoping to fiddle with the output on the Vivitar and figure out live analog video, but I'll have to keep searching for that other kind of 10 pin USB.
@garyhgaryh Any chance at all you still have the parts to make another one of these cables? I have the same AEE S71 camera and am looking to add the video out to my 3-way switch so I can fly with the FPV cam, lock GPS, switch to S71 gimbal cam and get a little better look at things I'm inspecting on our jobsites. If you do let me know and if not, at least now I know it's possible and you've provided just enough detail for me to "attempt" it myself. I'm descent with the soldering iron, but this will certainly test my limits. Thanks in advance!
I just put fpv, upgraded main board and iosd mini on my p1.1.1 The mini iosd was a nightmare to get going on this quad but its all done now. I also found a set of fatshark additudes and imerson 600 tx, for $275.
Honestly your best bet for fpv will be a imerson 600mw tx and black pearl monitor/rx. You must have the latest "ssj4000" to video out of the usb port, then you can get a cable for around $5
@garyhgaryh Oh man its a long story lol. I ended up getting the dji iosd mini ($69), and the v3 upgraded main board ($70) the upgraded main board has a built in pmu, easy would be to add the iosd and a pmu v2 add on box, but thats just more weight, so i did the board. Thats the easy part, hard part is the iosd needs a can bus port to work (there are hacks for the p1 board, but i didnt do that),the v3 version of the updated board does have a can bus but its not the same plug as the iosd, i found several pinouts online, but they were all wrong, i ended up figuring it out myself.
@garyhgaryh Yeah it started out as buying the iosd mini thinking it would be plug n play, after i found out it wasnt i was damed and determined to make it work as close to oem as possible. I think i read the problem with the cheaper osd is they wont display all info, i dont remember if it was battery or gps they didnt show, but it was something like that.
@nltownsend843 awesome! I love pictures! I almost ordered the iOsd mini because i also thought it was pnp, then realized later it wasn't and would cost about $150 or so to do. Then I discovered the rembizi and their Chinese clones and the n1 osd. The n1 you can use the naza's Gps and hookup is simple but everything is in Chinese. :(
@DJMajickMan No link? I found about three writeups for the can bus online and they all had the wrong pinouts for the main board and iosd mini.
Its also note worthy that this updated main board has a built in ccontroller for a zenmuse gimbal and video out to run to the transmitter (when using a zenmuse) so you could buy a zenmuse gimbal without a controller cheaper and plug it into this board if you wanted.
@DJMajickMan Kinda but different, all those extra boxes they installed are built into the updated main board, swapped in the new board and built a custom patch cable to get can bus to fead the mini iosd. If you went the route in the video and wanted telemetry you would have three extra boxes crammed in the phantom, the pmu v2, a gmu for the gimbal and a iosd for telemetry.
@DJMajickMan Another thing to consider is to do the add ons you'll have to buy two modules at ~$70 each, the upgraded board has those built in for $70.....i boils down to if you want to spend double for a slightly easier install.
@nltownsend843 Since I'm looking to later add the 2.4G Bluetooth Datalink I've already bought the CAN hub. Who knows maybe one day I'll upgrade the board too but for now I'm trying to go the "easy route". Where did you get your board from? Just so I have it for future reference when/if I buy one :)
@DJMajickMan Thats because you have the original p1 main board in yours, i remember seeing ways to hack your board online. i didnt read the link you posted but looking at the picture, he has a version 2 upgraded board you have to solder wires to it for canbus. The updated board i bought is version 3 it has a place to plug in canbus but you have to build a custom cable. Ill see if i have a picture.
@nltownsend843 That took forever to get in but now with it finally installed I now know what all the extra cables were for on the video out cable I bought for my GoPro. Now I just need to resolve the CAN-hub not working. It looked like the leg CAN-hub should have just plugged into the board but it's not working so I may still have to solder it to the board.
@nltownsend843 right but the board (v3 i think) I got came with a 4pin connector which made me think it was designed specifically for this leg connector to be plugged in. And the cable fits. But the devices aren't powering on so...
@nltownsend843 Okay found that post and it looks like the pin out is reversed. Going to have to see if I can pull the pins from the connector and reverse them, or I'll have to do like they did and cut and splice them together in the correct order. Why DJI? Why couldn't you have pinned it out to match?
I was documenting this guys work on the cabling and I spotted a flaw in his thinking. Why did he leave the leg attachments connected to the board that's just added unnecessary weight lol
Thanks for all the replies. I'm going with the immersion 600mw tx and a black pearl display/rx. And after that, probably osd. Currently intrigued by the minimosd which has open source software to talk to the Naza.
@zippyus What a lovely gimbal! Looks just like mine. Yeah, it shouldn't take that long. Less than an hour which includes setting up your area, unpacking, etc. I drilled a hole in the body to pass the tilt wire.