Goals: The project will be a success if video captured by a camera can be overlaid with video generated by a 3D computer graphics package resulting in a believable final product.
Description: CPR will move a camera on a programmed path. The camera will be mounted on a platform that allows tilt, pan, and with a jib-arm, boom the camera for use in recording footage of small-scale models, and also real actors. To insert CG graphics, CPR will use ICARUS software to track camera movement.
- Early February, Created this site
- February 28th, Mid-Semester Demo #1, we showed Adam's stepper motor driver to the class and Andy's designs for the chassis on Autocad.
- March 11th, Andy got the designs to the ECE Machine Shop for review and eventual build.
- March 21st, Final designs were submitted to the Machine Shop.
- March 31st, Met with Craig from the Machine Shop and discussed chassis redesigns.
- April 16th, Chassis completed and delieverd to ADSL.
- April 17th, Added chassis images to this site (see below).
- May 2nd, Finished project, with multithreading of four various degrees of freedom.
- May 5th, Finished Final Report which is available for viewing from this website.
- June 9th, Added photos of the demo day into a photo album.
View a preliminary test video created by hand. The movement was *close* to a circular path and the video generated in the computer *was* a circular path. Notice the problem.
Here is a test video generated using ICARUS (see the links to the right). It guesses at the movement without any information other than the digital video stream itself.