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Low Cost HD-Zoom-Tilt Project

(Jacob) #21

I want to try one of these out, which options did you select for the purchase? It’s not really clear what’s the ‘basic’ type.

(Etienne Demers) #22

I selected BG cable but ended up getting a camera with an extra board.

The camera comes with a variety of options including local usb storage, composite out, etc etc.

The last 2 cameras I ordered from them I just emailed them with what I wanted and they sent me direct links.

They answer very quickly.

I would ask them if the basic version comes with the ethernet and power breakout cable.

When you get it, you will need to access the camera with internet explorer only. The other browers don’t work.

The camera is 38mm x 38mm so slightly too big to fit inside the 2inch housing which is a bloody shame…

(Jacob) #23

I figured it out after digging in a bit.


I emailed them and asked if they had any sort of API or interface documentation; I want to control the zoom with the joystick.

(Etienne Demers) #24

they are onvif compatible which means you will be able to send commands to it

(Etienne Demers) #25

I asked them before, they sent it over. Let me know if you want me to email it to you.

They have a software to control it in the package they sent me but I haven’t tried it since I am going down the ONVIF route.

(Jacob) #26

Please do! jacob@bluerobotics.com

(Etienne Demers) #27

Here is the ONVIF white paper.

(Christian) #28

Just ordered a bigger for two cameras… :wink: sometimes you need to have a target And follow something else :wink:

(Etienne Demers) #29


I just thought I’d share my experience and this last picture to conclude this topic.

This setup is only for above the water line inspection.

Overall, it worked beautifully.

The buoyancy blocks I bought from BR and cut in half then painted with Jotun epoxy paint.

Three lights are shifted to the top bracket (I just didn’t position them for the picture.)

I was initially concerned that I would need more lights so I bought 4 extra but it turned out totally unnecessary.

The client was really impressed with the picture quality and how we could zoom in.

The bracket does show if you zoom out too much but not necessary in this setup.

Also note there are no verts since the blocks are keeping the whole system afloat.

After this build, I am thinking that using this bulky enclosure as a hub for extra perpetrators would be the way forward.

I am also interested in repeating this on a 3 inch enclosure with a smaller camera at some point in the future.

Improving the bracket for the next build using a 3d printer and also darkening the back with paint on the inside or some kind of dark plastic wold be ideal.

On a side note, I thought the BR2 looked a bit bad ass with the big buoyancy and it is definitely making me want to improve the frame and double the thrusters. But that is a whole other topic :slight_smile:


My best mod to date - Aft camera in the battery enclosure
(Oystein Skarholm) #30

Very cool. I have also made a horizontal camera, but without zoom. My camera is inside the 3" enclosure due to depth rating. In the original 4" alu bottle I have an analog cam looking aft. All the parts from my cam is from BR except from the servo plate, which I got 3d printed locally.

I really like the idea with the zoom cam. Have you calculated the depth capabilities for the 4" acrylic tube, I do believe it can take probably close to 300 when it is as short as the one you have.
Below is some pictures of my cam ( INVENTOR)
If anybody would like stp files just shout.

(Etienne Demers) #31

This is my latest one with a bigger zoom capability.

(Kevin) #32

@etienne Do you have any sample images from those cameras?

(Etienne Demers) #33

Yes of you scroll up.

(Kevin) #34

I’d be interested in any open water shots you can get, especially a comparison between the BR HD camera and yours like what you did in your shop.