MCP Electronics

2018-07-10T21:52:21+00:00July 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The adafruit Feather M0 WiFi arduino board has turned out to be the perfect board for the Master Control Panel. There are many pre-made ‘wings’ that can connect together through a common set of pins, including the OLED screen on the top of the MCP, and the servo controller.

Since the board diagrams

Master Control Panel

2018-07-10T20:23:17+00:00July 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

This camera robot thing became way too complicated.

I had gotten all of the individual pieces working, thinking that the whole thing would come together piece by piece. As started drawing diagrams of the wiring, it quickly became apparent that I would have to minimize the wires. I want the bot to have complete freedom of

cambot mcp

2018-02-09T03:17:06+00:00February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s been more than a year since I first set out to make the camera move around in a repeatable way. Sure, I was busy with another Chinese action movie, and life and such, but mostly it’s taken this long because building a robot is hard.

I knew it was going to involve challenges, but I

robo cam

2017-05-04T16:11:19+00:00January 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Now that I am able to control the camera, I was able to get back to the automation goal. I originally set out to AUTOMATE the camera, but I was just thinking of the camera controls – focus, iris, f-stop. And then, I figured that if I was going to automate the camera in a

Wired Camera Controller

2017-05-04T16:12:03+00:00October 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera showed up at the end of March. By the time it arrived I was knee deep at work on a Chinese action film and didn’t have a lot of free time to focus on it. After playing with it a few times I realized that the camera controls are an

BLE & MIDI

2017-05-04T16:12:46+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , |

The ultimate goal, the reason I started mucking about with Arduino, is to be able to control the camera wirelessly, in a repeatable way. If the camera ever ships, I will be able to test these theories. For now, I’ve gotten the bluetooth and USB controllers to work, as far as I can tell, but they are

MIDI to Arduino – USB Edition

2017-05-04T16:13:53+00:00November 12th, 2015|Tags: , |

Yet another delay in the camera shipment date. And, because I’m an optimistic fool, I returned the cheap-ass on-camera monitor I’d gotten, and back-ordered the on-camera monitor from the same company the camera is back-ordered from. At this rate the camera and monitor will ship in January.

As I wait, I forge on with the next phase of the camera

Ard-wii-no

2017-05-04T16:05:05+00:00November 4th, 2015|Tags: , |

So, as I wait for the camera to arrive, I have been refining the control setup.

I got it to work with wires, made the PS3 controller drive it over USB. Then I got rid of most of the wires and got LANC working, triggered off of the USB controller. The circuit

Past the Breadboard

2017-05-04T16:24:26+00:00October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

I haven’t dallied with electronics since high school. I soldered robot kits, and light sensitive buzzers. One summer I played with etching my own circuits. I couldn’t draft or silkscreen the boards, and I ended up drawing them with graph paper and a magic marker. The etching chemicals were toxic, and the experiment was short