Is it possible to change the behavior of the sticks while the craft is in PosHold in order to use them to control the gimbal and camera? I thought I might be able to do this with custom functions on my Taranis triggered off a flight mode switch. Any ideas? Thanks!
You can program your Taranis to do that. ie instead of the sticks sending on CH1-4 sending on other channels, after a switch change…
Even though it can be done, I would probably suggest you left the sticks alone. You never know what might happen if you don’t have direct access to them if a ‘situation’ arose! Instead, I have a 3 pos switch setup for gimbal mode:
switch back (1000 pwm) - sets the gimbal in follow mode (so in STorM32 this is ‘hold hold pan’) so yaw will follow copter, pitch and roll is fixed to horizon) - in this mode I have my right side pot controlling gimbal pitch and S2 controlling roll)
switch middle (1500 pwm) - sets the gimbal in fixed mode - (so in STorM32 this is ‘hold hold hold’) so yaw, pitch and roll are all fixed to a point on the horizon - in this mode I have the RS pot controlling pitch, the LS pot controlling yaw, and S3 controlling roll (not that I ever use this.
switch forward (2000 pwm) - sets the TR1-TR4 inputs for the gimbal control - so a 2nd radio connected on the trainer port can then control the gimbal (so a camera jockey).
This works really well. For the RC input I simply have a Y cable coming from the X8R sBus port one end going to the Pixhawk and the other going to the gimbal.
I also have a switch set to center the gimbal.
Yes, repurposing the sticks mid flight is IMHO a very bad idea…
Thanks for the response. I do like the idea of a tethered 2nd controller.
I’ll have to look into that. Thanks!