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Arris CM2000 Gimbal Dead On Arrival

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Categories: Aerial ImageryCamera GimbalPhotographyRandomVideo

During Christmas vacation I finally was able to dedicate the proper amount of time to getting my new Arris CM2000 gimbal working with my DJI Phantom quadcopter.  I was stoked to get it running to do some flyovers of some New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The first step is to get power to the gimbal.  There is an auxiliary power cable DJI puts in the Phantom for this exact reason.  It is located in the plug near one of the landing gear.  Unfortunately in trying to get the wire out, I shoved it into the unit.  That meant taking the whole top cover off.  So while I had it open it was cool to take a picture:

DJI Phantom Opened

I had to stop by a local hobby shop to get a JST connector which I soldered to the end of the aux power wire.  That allows easy plugging and unplugging of the gimbal’s power.

That is the extent of the “good” part of this story.  The gimbal was supposed to be RTF (ready to fly) out of the box.  It was not.  The unit would not move and there was a quickly flashing green light on the motherboard.  This indicates a problem.

The next two days were hell.  I needed to connect the gimbal’s motherboard to my computer to check it and perhaps tweak the gimbal settings.  Being a Mac user made it difficult, as these types of things are usually windows based.  I did get communication established, but there were errors.  So I booted my Mac in Windows mode.  After a lot of trial and error I finally got the proper drivers loaded and was able to talk to the board.  My work hit the wall at that point as I got a “sensor not connected” error:

gimbal-sensor-not-connected

I’m suspecting it is the sensor below the camera.  There’s a small cable connecting it to the board.  I looked at all the connections with a magnifying glass and all looked good.  I have yet to get a multimeter to check.  In the mean time I’ve contacted the company I purchased the unit from on Amazon, looking for a replacement or refund.

I ordered this unit at the end of October 2013.  It took weeks to come from China.  It is now January 2, 2014 and I still don’t have a working gimbal.

I ordered a different unit with three axes, as opposed to two.  If I get a replacement for this one, it will be a backup or I’ll sell it.  Otherwise just hoping for a refund.

 


Site Theme

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Categories: Random

Since I had some notes I really wanted to get posted I got the site up and running as quick as possible with a standard theme, just threw a DJI Phantom Quadcopter in the header.  When I have some extra time (yeah, right), I’ll work on a logo and customizing the site.


Maiden Ambient Flight

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Categories: Random

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All I need is another website to manage and create content for…

I’ve been wanting to log some notes, findings and fun things with regards to photography, video, aerial photography/video, computers, web design, mobile devices, nature, music, art, Photoshop, audio, gear, drones, hobbies…  you name it.

After a little thought I decided to create a new website to chronicle some of my  experiences in the above worlds and more.  I may talk gear, photography, PHP programming… who knows.  This site will be a big note pad for me to log and capture photos, videos and experiences which I find interesting.

Ambient Flight

I tried to find a website name that was catchy, which could also be broad and artistic enough to cover these many things I may write about.  When searching through some photography terms I came across “ambient light.”  I’ve been an audio professional and musician most of my adult life so the word ambient means quite a bit.  Ambience in audio engineering/music relates to a space and how sound reflects in it.  Ambience in  photography/video is similar, but related to light and not sound.  Since I’m diving into aerial photography, the word “flight” worked, but could also mean a journey.

Asleep yet? The short version: Here I will log my endeavors in artistic areas and activities which I dig.  You dig?


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