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    Default FPV cam system

    Just a question .. has anyone considered using a micro FPV system off a small size RC airplane to mount in front of the loco for real time video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccountrypilot View Post
    Just a question .. has anyone considered using a micro FPV system off a small size RC airplane to mount in front of the loco for real time video?
    If you do a web search, you will find that there have been many videos on the web like this.
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    Default FPV web sites

    A quick search turned up 3 web pages about FPV.

    http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...0ff398034830ec
    http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/fpv-rc.html
    http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/fpv-camera.html

    I've been wanting to look into this for some time now.

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    yea me too
    but can something be found small enough to work on N scale. I know you can find ones that will record several hours of video and you can play later. What I am looking for is live streaming FPV

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    We have some threads here where members have used wifi spy cams.
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    I have a camera that is a cigarette lighter. Dirt cheap, but the quality is not great. None the less, it's a fun toy.
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    Those Chinese spy cameras take a pretty decent video, but I don't know of anything small enough for live streaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maccountrypilot View Post
    Just a question .. has anyone considered using a micro FPV system off a small size RC airplane to mount in front of the loco for real time video?
    Hi maccountrypilot, here is one serious problem when using those cameras for n-Scale shots from the front of a loco! All the cheap or even the less cheap cameras has a limit of the focus range! In other words: If you shoot from a loco´s front or from a camera laying on a flat car you will have a shot which is not sharp in the close proximity! The sharpness starts at about 16 inches as you can see on the photo below (red arrow) That doesn´r really look good! BTW, the shot was not made with a cheap camera but with a GoPro Hero3BE. On bigger scales locos as for example a 1" scale loco the problem would be much less disturbing because everyting, the track, the buildings, bridges and tha landscape is much larger/wider than in N scale!

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    I'm resurrecting this old thread.

    Has anyone found anything new that works well? I really want to start streaming live video off my layout to my computer.
    I also really want to record it and post some nice vids.
    This is for the experience, but far more, this is so that I can get a better sense of my scale detail. There is nothing like seeing your setup from the real point of view to know what you need to improve.

    Wifi would be best.
    Live streaming preferred.
    Viewing on iPhone not as important as getting it on my computer.
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    Have you thought about anything a small drone uses? I am not a hundred percent positive on the wifi connectivity, but some cameras film and take pictures at or around 720p for videos, maybe a 8-12mp camera as well.
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    Look into the camera systems that the drones use. They are tiny and affordable. I fly R/C airplanes and helicopters. Not into drones but am aware of that aspect of the hobby. You can pickup small cameras and a transmitter for easily under $50. You will need to mount the rig on a flat car as although tiny, not tiny enough to fit into any loco or freight cars.

    The next thing you need is a receiver and either a screen to display the image or goggles. Screens are rather cheap but goggle can run $80 and many times upwards.

    Take a look at this vendor for all the available drone equipment.

    http://www.readymaderc.com/store/

    - - - Updated - - -

    This might be a better link with all the available equipment piecemeal.

    https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...index&cPath=11
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    Thanks guys.
    I'm still digging into it. Power supply seems to be the biggest problem with streaming. May be able to build a pickup lead off the DCC that I can convert to proper power.
    (Time to break out the Breadboard)

    I did find a cheap one on Amazon that could be torn apart, but I think the resolution is low and may not be worth the effort.
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    Most of these FPV drone cameras with build in transmitter use a single cell lipo. Cheap and light and runs for a few hours off a cell. No need to mess with the power from the rails.

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    Years ago I built a live camera car using a ConCor Bi-Level Gallery Cab/Coach, Kato passenger trucks, a spy camera, LED and a Micro Mark power converter.




    The camera is available on eBay or Micro Mark, http://www.micromark.com/Wireless-Mi...-Sound-2-4-Ghz Note the link for the converter.

    The camera case is seriously modified to fit inside the car body, so is the car's glass. The car floor has to be slotted to allow the trucks pick-up tabs to stick through.

    Though the camera looks through the door window rather than the cab. The view is great. The camera I got allows you to focus by twisting the lens. Do tiny adjustments only!

    The advantages to the Cab/Coach are the size, the car has no interior, and it is operated in push/pull operations, so it looks perfectly natural in front of a backward facing loco. Because of the new interest in Commuter trains around the country, this set up can be used anywhere. Many start up commuter runs are kinda shoestring, used Metra/RTA cars are found all over the U.S. Former S.P./CalTran cars could be found in the West.

    Now, the camera does show you some bad stuff. The camera does sit in front of the truck, so tight radius curves are over emphasized. You also find that you generally are running too fast! Distances can be tough to judge through the lens, be careful when following another train or at the end of the line.

    By the way, the LED acts as a headlight and live camera indicator. You can see it on top of the camera body.
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