Originally Posted by Frank
To quickly answer the live video question:
The on board laptop computer has two composite video to USB capture devices and they are being multiplexed using Stereoscopic Multiplexer from 3DTV.AT.
The laptop is running Stereoscopic Player with the input from the Stereoscopic Muxer.
The laptop is running UltraVnc server.
I simply log in remotely and view the live video along with my controls.
When using my Ipad or Iphone, I use Iteleport to connect to the laptop and display the video in anaglyph.
When connecting via my computers that are using my Samsung UN40C7000s as 3D monitors I set the video output as checkerboard and watch it with my shutter glasses.
On board I have a Phidget 8 relay board that operates the basic pan tilt zoom rec/stop functions.
The cameras both have LANC interfaces and are controlled with a Lanc Shepherd dual camera controller that I interfaced to.
I use a small webcam to monitor the LCD display of the shepherd so as to see the camera sync error in milliseconds.
That is very helpful. Thanks. So UltraVNC preserves the 3D output from the laptop? I didn't think it would. So you just have the Stereoscopic Player running on the laptop and just log into it with a VNC viewer? Then set the TV to checkerboard and that's it? That makes sense. I will have to try a few things out when I get my 3DTV.
From the picture, it looks like the cameras are mounted to a fairly standard pan-tilt base. Then I guess the LANC controller handles the zoom on the camcorders. So with the Dual Camera controller, I guess that is how you keep the zoom synchronized.
For now, I gather that the RC car components are not controlled together with the cameras. I assume the RC Car is controlled by the RC Car controller that it came with (or one like it).
If I ever put this together, I think it would be easy to set up an interface with an Arduino board or something that could control the car's motors from the laptop. Then you could set up a website or something where people could control the car and camera set up remotely. (Of course, the rig would need some ruggedization (is that a word?).
Thanks again. This definitely gives me some ideas.
I would still like to know what you are doing for power. What type of battery set up are you using and how long can you have it running before you have to recharge? The cameras would have their own batteries and so would the laptop. I guess the only other part is the car. So thinking this through, I guess it wouldn't be that involving to keep everything powered for a while.
Any information you care to share would be very helpful (and appreciated)