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08-19-2008 06:20 PM  12 years ago
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chilipepper

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Video overlay on Still DSLR photos?
Anybody know of a way of doing this? I've been contacted to do some full scale AP where they will need to track each shot to GPS coordinates. I've been trying to figure out how to use the Eagletree with GPS and their new overlay module to get it accomplished but am pretty sure it isn't possible on the stills? Even for video you'd have to have to have a seperate camera and recording device.

Anyway, does anyone have any ideas/advice? Thanks!
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08-19-2008 07:48 PM  12 years ago
flyboy

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This might be one solution.

I have heard rumors about several small point and shoot cameras that have built in GPS but I don't know anything about them?

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http://www.redhensystems.com

"Blue2CAN is an integrated solution for GeoTagging digital still images with GPS data. Using a BlueTooth enabled GPS unit and industry leading Nikon D200, D2X, D2Xs, D2Hs, D3 and D300 product lines. Blue2CAN allows users to directly capture geospatially referenced images in the easiest, most reliable collection method today. Geo-spatial information (Lat, Lon, UTC etc.) collected from the GPS receiver is encapsulated in metadata tags of every image taken. For JPG files the geo-spatial data is contained in the industry standard EXIF tags, for RAW files the metadata is maintained by RAW image workflows and is put in EXIF tags when RAW files are converted to JPG.

Blue2CAN plugs directly into the 10 pin connector on the front of the camera without the use of cables. It uses a small amount of power from the camera to operate it's BlueTooth radio and connects automatically to any BlueTooth enabled GPS receiver in near proximity. There is "zero configuration" required, just plug it in, turn on your GPS receiver and start shooting, not buttons to push except the shutter!

Note: You will need to purchase a BlueTooth GPS receiver independently. The GPS receiver can be mounted on the camera, carried in your pocket or put on the dash of your car. Please click on the numbers below the image of Blue2CAN to see more views of the product and how it attaches to the camera."
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08-19-2008 08:18 PM  12 years ago
daytonabeach

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Chilli!

This is what youre looking for:
http://www.navigadget.com/index.php...08/geotate-kato

Go here for more details, the device is called Kato.
http://www.geotate.com/en/products

Price is about 40$, its practically a give-away
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08-19-2008 10:12 PM  12 years ago
chilipepper

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Wow those are very cool products. The Geotate Kato looks to be the real ticket with the only exception that it is not available yet!

The other is cool as well however I'm shooting Canon DSLR's and they look to only support the Nikon D1/D2 cameras.

I did email Geotata and so we'll see if they respond and if so how far out those are.

Seems like a pretty cool technology that would certainly be applicable to the RC AP platforms. May not be realtime but to have it download all the data for each photo and plot them in google earth would be very helpful. I would assume it would have some elevation data in there as well.

So I'm kind of back to the drawing board.. any other ideas?
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08-19-2008 10:21 PM  12 years ago
daytonabeach

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Well, thats basically what the Eagleetree gps expander does, you just download the data to your computer, save it for Google earth, and when you open that file, google earth zooms automatically down to the coordinates you have been flying, youll get a 3d graph "hanging" in the air on the google map, both horizontal and vertical movements
http://www.eagletreesystems.com/UAV/2.htm
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08-19-2008 10:37 PM  12 years ago
chilipepper

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I would love to use what Eagle Tree has out there however, this is a full scale AP job. I'm not sure how I can get it to capture the GPS data and tie it back to the photos. It is basically a mapping shoot that I need to do and will be taking pictures all day from a full scale helicopter using my Canon 40D. What I need to deliver is each photo (probably about 2000 individual shots) with a GPS coordinate of exactly where it was taken.

I have the option of shooting video but it would have to be high definition and the Eagle Tree doesn't support that (as far as I know). A person could do it manually by punching waypoint into a GPS receiver and then go back and tie them to the shots but that would be A LOT of work for 2000+ shots! :^)
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08-19-2008 10:58 PM  12 years ago
daytonabeach

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Man, i hope youre getting well paid for this, are you aware of how much work it is to just go through 2000 pics?
And THEN your gonna tag every single one of them?

Youre looking at a two week 24/7 assignment
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08-19-2008 11:26 PM  12 years ago
flyboy

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Chili,

You might look at the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A
It is not cheap but has the ability to stamp GPS info on your exif data.

"Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A, Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A incorporates a number of significant new features into a robust, camera-powered system to make wireless transfer faster and easier than ever. It transfers images wirelessly through either 802.11 b or g, has an Ethernet connection for situations where wireless transfer is impractical or impossible, as well as a more powerful antenna, capable of transmission up to 490 feet/150m* from the computer, or an accessory router/access point receiver. It can connect to compatible third-party GPS device via USB; generating GPS information in each image's EXIF data. Or, you can plug a compatible USB v.2.0 hard drive into the transmitter's USB port, and actually shoot directly to a large portable hard drive. (note: the WFT-E1A or WFT-E2A Wireless Transmitter units are not compatible with the EOS 40D)"

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http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/c...odelFeaturesAct

I hear that the GE E1050 TW has built in GPS?
http://www.general-imaging.com/us/n...r-20080131.html
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08-20-2008 03:40 AM  12 years ago
chilipepper

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Yikes that is very cool (the Canon Grip) but quite expensive...however, that may be the option that I'll end up with since the rest are kind of vaporware or not designed for my camera. At $700 it better be cool... I wonder what it weights? The wireless downlink could be cool to play with under the Raptor AP rig! I'm afraid it will be to heavy and bulky!

Plus I will still need to add a USB GPS receiver to it as well.

I will place a call to Eagle Tree tomorrow and see if there is something they can come up with for me. However, I will have to have some automated way of doing things or like daytonabeach said I'll spend 2 weeks processing pictures!

Thanks guys!
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