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Adding A Camera to Mission Planner & Tower (Droidplanner)

by on Jul.13, 2015, under Uncategorized

Since we searched all over and couldn’t find information on how to do this for Mission Planner (only for Tower), here it is.

We sell cameras for surveying, namely GoPro Heros and our MAPIR line. Neither of these (modified) cameras are listed as a camera in the drop-down of Mission Planner or Tower, so in order to calculate the overlap during a survey mission the program needs to know what camera you’re using. Here’s how to add a custom camera depending on which program you’re using and what lens:

Mission Planner:

  1. Find your Mission Planner install folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mission Planner
  2. Locate file named “cameras.xml” and open in text editor (Notepad)
  3. Add below text before/after any of the <Camera></Camera> sections

GoPro + 4.35mm Lens:

<Camera>
<name>GoPro 4.3mm 12MP</name>
<flen>4.3</flen>
<imgh>3000</imgh>
<imgw>4000</imgw>
<senh>4.686</senh>
<senw>6.284</senw>
</Camera>

GoPro + 5.4mm Lens:

<Camera>
<name>GoPro 5.4mm 12MP</name>
<flen>5.4</flen>
<imgh>3000</imgh>
<imgw>4000</imgw>
<senh>4.686</senh>
<senw>6.284</senw>
</Camera>

GoPro + 7.2mm Lens:

<Camera>
<name>GoPro 7.2mm 12MP</name>
<flen>7.2</flen>
<imgh>3000</imgh>
<imgw>4000</imgw>
<senh>4.686</senh>
<senw>6.284</senw>
</Camera>

MAPIR + 4.35mm Lens (Standard Lens Included):

<Camera>
<name>MAPIR 4.3mm 12MP</name>
<flen>4.3</flen>
<imgh>3024</imgh>
<imgw>4032</imgw>
<senh>3.379</senh>
<senw>4.506</senw>
</Camera>

Tower or Droidplanner:

Tower Instructions:

  1. Create new folder on Android device:  /sdcard/3DRServices/CameraInfo/
  2. Open text editor (Notepad), copy text below exactly, save as something descriptive such as “GoPro Hero 4 5.4mm 12MP.xml” making sure extension is “.xml”.
  3. Restart Tower and 3DR Services app.

Droidplanner Instructions:

  1. Create new folder on Android device: /storage/emulated/0/DroidPlanner/CameraInfo
  2. Open text editor (Notepad), copy text below exactly, save as something descriptive such as “GoPro Hero 4 5.4mm 12MP.xml” making sure extension is “.xml”.
  3. Restart Droidplanner and 3DR Services app.

Here is the text to put into the xml documents:

GoPro + 4.35mm Lens:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<cameraInfo>
<Name>GoPro 4.3mm 12MP</Name>
<SensorWidth>6.284</SensorWidth>
<SensorHeight>4.686</SensorHeight>
<SensorResolution>12</SensorResolution>
<FocalLength>4.3</FocalLength>
</cameraInfo>

GoPro + 5.4mm Lens:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<cameraInfo>
<Name>GoPro 5.4mm 12MP</Name>
<SensorWidth>6.284</SensorWidth>
<SensorHeight>4.686</SensorHeight>
<SensorResolution>12</SensorResolution>
<FocalLength>5.4</FocalLength>
</cameraInfo>

GoPro + 7.2mm Lens:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<cameraInfo>
<Name>GoPro 7.2mm 12MP</Name>
<SensorWidth>6.284</SensorWidth>
<SensorHeight>4.686</SensorHeight>
<SensorResolution>12</SensorResolution>
<FocalLength>7.2</FocalLength>
</cameraInfo>

MAPIR + 4.35mm Lens (Standard Lens Included):

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<cameraInfo>
<Name>MAPIR 4.3mm 12MP</Name>
<SensorWidth>4.5056</SensorWidth>
<SensorHeight>3.3792</SensorHeight>
<SensorResolution>12</SensorResolution>
<FocalLength>4.3</FocalLength>
</cameraInfo>

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Using the GoPro Hero 4 on Professional Video Shoots

by on Feb.19, 2015, under Uncategorized

With the introduction of the non-fisheye 5.4mm f/3.0 60d HFOV 10MP GP54030 (No Distortion) lens for the GoPro many of our customers are finding that not only can they now get shots from unique angles (namely on a small UAV) but that they no longer need to solely rely on larger cameras for the majority of their scenes.

We met videography Trevor Fulks of Partial Pressure Productions at the Los Angeles Drone Expo where we sold him a 5.4mm lens for his Hero 4 Black. He had a small film coming up that they were needing to capture in 4k and he liked the way our non-fisheye lens produced very “non-GoPro” looking media. Here are the shots he captured during the shoot using a small UAV:

Most of these shots were used in the final film below. As Trevor says:

“We had planned it to be about 90% Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 footage, 10% GoPro Hero 4 Black – 5.4mm.  But once we got a good look at the footage it ended up 50/50 Panasonic/GoPro, which is crazy to think about.” – Trevor Fulks (Partial Pressure Productions)

We think he couldn’t be more correct.

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