DSLR camera Jib crane arm Pan/Tilt

Hello ! I've made a motorized Pan and tilt DSLR Jib crane and a slider dolly. At the moment I am working on remote(wired). I wanted to use a single remote for both devices. A remote contains arduino board, 3 potentiometers, 2 for pan tilt jib crane and 1 for slider dolly speed, 1 battery level checker, 1 joystick for paining and tilting, 1 LCD and an on/off button. I would like to know is there any program e.g when I switch on the system it should ask me to select 1. JIB CRANE / 2. DOLLY and then accordingly function. I also need code for it . Will appreciate any help as I'm not that good at arduino programming .

How do you want to see the choices and choose? How will it ask? Do you want to use the serial monitor? Answer with serial? And LCD screen? A button? Do you want to be able to switch on the fly or will you reset the board any time you need to switch between the two?

As well as @Delta_G's questions you also need to explain more clearly what is the relationship between the remote and the Crane and Dolly.

For example are they quite separate so that you never need to control both at the same time?

Are there separate connections to each of them from the remote?

Do you want a joystick to control the Crane on one occasion and the Dolly on another occasion or are there separate dedicated joysticks for the Crane and for the Dolly ?

Maybe a simple diagram of your proposed system would make things clearer.

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@ Robin2 and Delta_G's Hi, Thank you for replying. Well I guess I should go for separate remotes, one for jib crane and one for dolly. But I require your help in developing Arduino code to work for Jib Crane Arm I have attached a picture, please go through that. The remote should contain 1. Arduino Board 2. 2 Potentiometers 3. Joystick for Pan Tilt 4. Battery Level/ status checker 5. Membrane Keypad 6. On/Off Switch for Arduino 7. 4 Pin output for motors 8. An LCD I have also posted the links below for the parts that I want to use, Could you also suggest me which Arduino board I should buy? Please let me know if you recommend any changes in following parts

Thanks *Motors used 12v 20 RPM Pan and Tilt angle required ~ 360 degrees REMOTE IMAGE LINK

http://i.imgur.com/sn1F6eY.jpg

LCD Touch http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pc-3-5-inch-3-5-TFT-LCD-Shield-Touch-Panel-Display-with-TF-Reader-for/1814791861.html

Motor http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Torque-12V-DC-30-RPM-Gear-Box-Reversible-Electric-Motor-Speed-Control-Free-Shipping-140208/1928808314.html Membrane Keypad http://www.aliexpress.com/item/5PCS-LOT-4x5-Matrix-Array-20-Key-Membrane-Switch-Keypad-Keyboard-4-5-Keys-for-Arduino/32307401547.html Joystick http://www.aliexpress.com/item/PS2-Thumb-Joystick-Game-Controller-Sensor-Module-for-Arduino-AVR-ARM-RPi/32222032822.html On/ Off Swictch http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2pcs-Rocker-Switch-Module-2-files-Rocker-Switch-Button-For-Arduino/1832996665.html Potentiometer http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Dimmer-Module-100W-with-Switch-Speed-Regulation-Module-DIY-Kit-For-Arduino/32263021879.html OR http://www.aliexpress.com/item/electronic-brick-potentiometer-10K-with-knob-for-arduino-diy/32353890671.html

Battery Level Checker http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2PCS-Battery-Style-Digital-Tube-LED-Battery-Level-Display-Module-for-Arduino-AVR-ARM-PIC/2025558433.html

Shakoor: But I require your help in developing Arduino code to work for Jib Crane Arm

When you said, earlier, "I've made a motorized Pan and tilt DSLR Jib crane and a slider dolly." I thought you had all that working and just wanted help with the remote control part.

You need to develop code in small parts. When you know how to do each part it will be time to start joining the parts together.

Have a look at planning and implementing a program.

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@Robin2 Yes, Jib arm and slider dolly is already done , just the remotes are pending. Will go through the link you have sent me , looks informative ! Thanks

Shakoor: @Robin2 Yes, Jib arm and slider dolly is already done , just the remotes are pending.

If you supply the info I requested in Reply #2 it will be much easier to help you.

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@ Robin This is what I'm working on , Please click on the below link to watch the video. I need to control the two given motors with wired remote. Till 0:50 sec video shows the jib crane arm ,thereafter it shows Jib arm attached to dolly . Dolly part is already sorted out . I only need help for Jib crane arm. I need make the L brackets of jib arm to rotate in the same way as shown in the video , 2 motors should control 2-axis. Should you need any further information , kindly revert. Thanks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdRujhQNjZU

Is that your machine in the video - looks very professional.

But you still have not answered the questions in Reply #2 and Reply #1.

Just list each question followed by your answer.

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Carefully reading this post, it seems this project is still in the “planning” stages. This will be a very complex project, so you will need to build in stages. To test your cam pan/tilt motors once you have built your pan/tilt device, you could use an on-off-on center return toggle switch wired like in the attached pix.

motor-toggle.jpg

@Robin , Zoomkat is right , it is in processing stage. This video is a demo video , I am currently working on its hardware part , just waiting for some time belts and pulleys to arrive . But by the time hardware part finishes ,I need to finish the groundwork for remote part , like arduino program/code and hooking up parts together in order to make the Jib arm work.

Here are the answers :)

How do you want to see the choices and choose? As in this link http://i.imgur.com/sn1F6eY.jpg How will it ask? It should either allow me to type the number or highlight the option and execute by pressing Enter or # Key on Keypad membrane Do you want to use the serial monitor? Something that will display options/ Menus preferably 3 inch display. ( Not sure what is the difference between serial monitor and lcd ) Answer with serial? Yes or highlight the option using arrow keys on keypad and execute by pressing Enter or # Key And LCD screen? Something to display my options , welcome message extra. A button? Keypad Membrane. Do you want to be able to switch on the fly or will you reset the board any time you need to switch between the two? I only want to use it for Jib crane arm as I have planned to design separate remote for dolly slider. What is the relationship between the remote and the Crane and Dolly. Crane jib arm has two L moulds/brackets which are attached to slow rpm motor/ Potentiometer controlled motor via reducing pulley. One of the arm holds camera and moves on second L bracket. Two L brackets are attached to each other in such a way that they make the camera to rotate in 2-axis direction. Please watch Demo Video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdRujhQNjZU

For example are they quite separate so that you never need to control both at the same time? NA as project idea changed little bit . I'm going to design separate different remote for dolly.

Are there separate connections to each of them from the remote? NA as project idea changed little bit . I'm going to design separate different remote for dolly.

Do you want a joystick to control the Crane on one occasion and the Dolly on another occasion or are there separate dedicated joysticks for the Crane and for the Dolly ?

Separate .

Joy stick should control two 12v dc motors.

  • After watching some videos over the internet . I think I also need to use Arduino Motor Shield apart from the parts I mentioned in reply # 3 to operate/control 2 motors at same time. This Project may look complicated but its very simple, Its just about making two L brakets to rotate under controlled speed using an arduino/potentiometer.

Thanks

@ Zoomkat , the two dc motors need to be controlled by a Joystick. On/Off is for switching on the arduino board.

Shakoor: @Robin , Zoomkat is right , it is in processing stage.

Then why did you say, in Reply #5

@Robin2 Yes, Jib arm and slider dolly is already done , just the remotes are pending.

I'm afraid I am completely confused about what advice you are looking for. At one moment it seems like you just want advice about how to add remote control to an already working system. And in the next moment it seems like you have no programs written for any of it.

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@Robin2 , Yes I'm looking for program and also help regarding hooking up the arduino parts . :-[

@Robin2 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opi6kfLZgFQ

Shakoor: @Robin2 , Yes I'm looking for program and also help regarding hooking up the arduino parts . :-[

Don't you realize that this is too vague. What programs have you already got and what program are you looking for ?

Also, don't expect us to write the program for you. We will help you if you get stuck writing your own program. If you want someone to write a program for you for a fee you should ask in the Gigs and Collaborations section.

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