When I first started my FPV/Long Range adventures, my friends convinced me to purchase the best options first, to not risk something stupid happening because of cheap hardware. They recommened the Pixhawk 2.1 + Cube and the Here2 gps.
Of course I loved it, but one of the huge hurdles was to figure out how to get some OSD embedded into the video output.
As anyone who’s done this already, you know you have to purchase another module like MinimOSD, and some third party software to flash that device, and plug it in between your cam and VTX. There’s virtually no documentation on how to wire this, and barely any guidance on how to get the OSD configged. If you google “OSD VTX pixhawk wiring”, the diagram I created is actually one of the top results because of just how little info exists on getting this to work.
Much later, I wanted to build another FPV platform, something lighter and cheaper. So I bought myself a Matekf411 and wired it all up myself.
I noticed two things right off the bat:
- INAV is leaps and bounds more user friendly than MissionPlanner
- The OSD IS BUILT INTO THE BOARD.
#2 blew my mind. No third party software or OSD injector necessary. You just turn on “OSD” and it worked on the first try.
So… my question is this…
Why does the Pixhawk 2.1 have no native OSD capabilities, and why do I feel like I’m the only one bothered by it. Does someone know something I don’t?