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How To Update Bastet Firmware

The way to update MewPro Bastet’s firmware is shown in this post.

We designed MewPro Bastet to be easily updated in the same way as the MewPro 2 board: To do so should require only the following.

  • Arduino IDE software
  • Sparkfun FTDI breakout (3.3V) hardware

However, since the current Arduino IDE doesn’t have supported Bastet’s microcontroller ATmega328PB yet, a rather complicated preparation is required.

The detailed instruction is here.

Once the IDE is ready in your PC then the actual updating can be done in the same way as what you usually do with your MewPro 2 boards.

Letter From GoPro

Today we received a letter from GoPro.

What should we do? Any ideas?



(The date “8 May” written in received letter is wrong. We received this letter today. Also we notice that there is a strange word “gunlock” in the letter.)

UPDATE 24 May 2017: Our attorney sent a reply to GoPro.

UPDATE 18 May 2017: Dead line for replying the mail has been extended to 24 May 2017. We are consulting a lawyer now.

UPDATE 12 May 2017: Signature is painted orange because the sender requested to do so.

How To Use MewPro Bastet

In this post we explain how to connect wires to MewPro Bastet.

MewPro Bastet Pinout

The following picture shows the pinout of Bastet.

There are pins for master, slave(s), and programming (FTDI Breakout Board) denoted by color brown or red, green, and blue, respectively.

Software For Master MewPro 2 board

The MewPro 2 board (MewPro #0 in this diagram) attached to the master camera (GoPro #0) must have MewPro 4 master firmware installed.

To install the master firmware please follow the ordinary steps described in this post with changing the follwing two lines in the MewPro4 source code MewPro.h at lines 6 and 9 from:

boolean debug = true;
#undef  BASTET_MASTER

to

boolean debug = false;
#define BASTET_MASTER

respectively, before compiling and uploading to the board.

Note: Slave MewPro 2’s should have the default firmware without any modification to the MewPro4 source code.

Connect To Master

Firstly, serial line, GND, and sync signals must be connected as follows:

GND and sync signals
signal name MewPro 2 (master) Bastet
Serial TXO RXI
VSYNC VSYNC VSYNC
HSYNC HSYNC HSYNC
GND GND GND

Next, there are two cases to feed power to the master camera:

  1. Camera is powered by internal battery.
  2. Camera is without internal battery and powered by external 5V

[Case 1: Camera is powered by internal battery]

The pins for master are aligned with those of MewPro 2 board. So you can put Bastet on top of MewPro 2 using lead frames or tin plated wires as in the following photos. (If you purchase Bastet from our shop then these lead frames are included.)

Bastet and lead frames

Lead frames soldered

The above is our recommended way of connecting to the master. However, there might be cases that there are no room for Bastet board on top of MewPro 2 in your rig or cases of using MewPro Cable as a master. If your situation dosn’t allow placing Bastet on top of MewPro 2 board then please refer the following table and image.

Camera is powered by the internal battery
voltage rail MewPro 2 (master) Bastet
powered by internal battery internal battery
unregulated 3V8 PWRSTBY PWR STBY
3V3 not connected not connected (*)
5V not connected not connected

Note *: Bastet outputs regulated 3V3 for slave MewPros.

Camera is powered by the internal battery

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[Case 2: Camera is without internal battery and powered by external 5V]

If you like to power the camera by external 5V source please refer the following table and image.

Camera is without internal battery and powered by external 5V source
voltage rail MewPro 2 (master) Bastet
powered by Bastet external 5V
unregulated 3V8 not connected DON’T CONNECT TWO PWRSTBY PINS! not connected
3V3 VCC 3V3
5V VBUS PWR STBY (**)

Note **: Never connect 5V to MewPro 2’s PWRSTBY. To do so will instantly ruin your camera.

Connect To Slaves

Connections between Bastet and slave MewPro 2’s are the same to those between Iliad and MewPro 2’s (Note: In Iliad system all MewPro 2’s are slaves). You can use our Stackable Hub with Buffer or simply connect thru holes by wire or make something like a DIY octopus cable to connect Bastet and slaves.

Moreover, Bastet’s thru holes for 6-core cable to slaves are aligned as the same to Iliad.

Thus, please refer the Connection section of our blog post How To Use MewPro Iliad about wiring for slaves.

Tips For Reliable Use

a) It is necessary to push buttons of master camera SLOWLY. If there is not enough period between two button presses then the master camera fails to notify some events to Bastet through master MewPro 2 board. This is GoPro’s firmware limitation so don’t blame MewPro and Bastet. The failure can be resulted in video/photo mode inconsistency among cameras and, moreover, incompatible sync signals can make cameras freeze. And also, please WAIT 8 SECONDS AFTER POWER ON because camera booting up takes this long.

b) Camera’s “low light” option is not usable with external sync. Thus, it is set to off by MewPro 2’s default, however, you can also accidentally enable the option. So always take care camera’s LCD is not showing you the “low light” icon.

c) After assembling/connecting Bastet, MewPros, and cameras it is normal that the system becomes unstable. In order to overcome this situation Bastet resets all the MewPro 2 boards every time when it receives power off command from the master.

This behavior enables us to reset the whole system by following the steps below:

Reset Procedure of Bastet System

  • [Step 1: Slave OFF] By long pressing the camera’s mode button, power off each slave camera if it is on. (Even when some cameras are frozen, pressing its mode button for six seconds makes it power off.)
  • [Step 2: Master OFF] Master camera’s power must be off at last.
  • [Step 3: Master ON] After all the cameras are power off, power on the master camera by using its mode button or wifi RC. To do this also power on all the other cameras.
  • [Step 4] If something strange happens then go to Step 1.
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How To Update MewPro Bastet Software

Please refer this post.

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