Archive / March, 2017

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

(coming soon. please wait.)

Introduction To MewPro Bastet

MewPro Bastet is a small device that enables us to control/genlock GoPro Hero 4 cameras. Unlike our monolithic MewPro Iliad, it simply listens broadcast by the master and provides sync signals for all of cameras while recording.

MewPro Bastet is ready to purchase in our shop, however, its product description is still under construction (I’m now editing it…).

Demo

The following video shows the three Hero 4s are synced and controled by Wi-Fi RC. (Power on — change mode -(video)- start recording — stop -(photo)- take a photo — power off.)


To make the footage we used:

  • 3 GoPro Hero 4 Black (one master and two slaves)
  • 3 MewPro 2
  • 1 MewPro Bastet
  • (cables and plugs/receptacles)

The white PCB is Bastet, the blue PCBs are MewPro 2s.

In the photo above you’ll also find bulky RJ45 Ethernet receptacles or “Stackable Hub with Buffer”, however, these parts are not always necessary for syncing cameras in, for example, weight restricted environments such as shooting videos from the sky.

How It Works

In Fig. 1 the number of GoPro Hero 4 cameras is five for example. Of course, any number of cameras can be synced in this way.

MewPro Bastet is put between the master camera (GoPro #0 in Fig. 1) and the slaves (GoPro #1, #2, #3, #4 in Fig. 1). It wiretaps the command packets that the master sends to the slaves. It understands all commands and changes its internal states accordingly. And once master’s shutter button is depressed then it begins to generate sync signals (VSYNC/HSYNC).

Fig. 1

In the diagram above “Hub (optional)” can be either solder joints of wires or our Stackable Hub with Buffer or some kind of DIY octopus cable or a strip board with 6 lines in parallel or something. We only offer a solution with Stackable Hub with Buffer but you can do it yourself in place of this in order to reduce the space.

Comparison Table Between Iliad and Bastet

For your information the following is a brief comparison table between Iliad and Bastet.

Iliad Bastet
Size larger than Hero 4 equal to MewPro 2
MCU ATmega2560 ATmega328PB
LCD 16 x 2 none
Switches 3 0
Infra Red 1 0
Wi-Fi no master camera (*)
Software MewPro_Iliad MewPro_Iliad
MewPro 2 all slave all slave but one master (**)

Note *: All the cameras are controlled by the master regardless of whether the change is made by using Wi-Fi or master camera’s button press.

Note **: The MewPro 2 board attached to the master GoPro must have MewPro 4 firmware that is compiled with #define BASTET_MASTER compiler directive. While other boards should have the default MewPro 4 firmware.

How To Use MewPro Bastet

In the next blog post we’ll explain how to connect wires between Bastet and each MewPro boards.