Camette instructions

Camette setup instructions.

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First if you want to know what is possible with the Camette, I’ll recommend you to take a look to my vimeo account. All recent videos where done with the object that will be describe below.

A little description

The Camette aim to be video camera that you build yourself. I essentialy use it for timelpase purpose but you can use it for video recording, tutorial making, or stop motion. The fact that it doesn’t cost much means that you can print a lot of them in order to connect them together. And that’s what I do. In this way you can have different point of view of the same scene.

Building a Camette

What you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi type B (Type A should be enough but I never tested it)
  • Rapsberry Pi Camera Board
  • SD card 8Go minimum
  • Wifi dongle

In order to power the Camette you’ll need an extra battery. Ones that you can use to use your charge your phone. Or only micro-usb cable connected to you computer.

If you intend to use a battery, be careful with its capacity. keep in mind that 1000mAh roughly represent 1 hour of use. Be sure that you size battery and SD card according to your needs.

If you want to have a GoPro effect on the picture, you can use a wide angle. The kind that fit a phone. Like this one.

For the wifi dongle, be aware that 10$ ones are really short range. They also don’t really fit for live streaming. I recommend you to find one with an antenna. They are not really more expensive and they have a better range.

Plugging part together

Watch this video before plugging the camera board to the raspberry:

Setting SD card up
This is the tricky part. Those instructions assume that you’re using Linux. I didn’t tested on other platform yet.

Camette is based on ArchLinux. I’ve just completed instructions from ArchLinux website.

Start by downloading Camette system.
As root, (su or sudo)
Uncompress archive somewhere in your home.
Start fdisk to partition the SD card:
fdisk /dev/sdX
At the fdisk prompt, delete old partitions and create a new one:
Type o. This will clear out any partitions on the drive.
Type p to list partitions. There should be no partitions left.
Type n, then p for primary, 1 for the first partition on the drive, press ENTER to accept the default first sector, then type +100M for the last sector.
Type t, then c to set the first partition to type W95 FAT32 (LBA).
Type n, then p for primary, 2 for the second partition on the drive, and then press ENTER to accept the default first sector, then type +1G for the last sector.
Type n, then p for primary, 3 for the second partition on the drive, and then press ENTER twice to accept the default first and last sector.
Type t, then 3 to set third partition, then c to set the third partition to type W95 FAT32 (LBA).
Write the partition table and exit by typing w.
(unplug and plug in the SD card back if necessary)
Create and mount the FAT filesystem:
mkfs.vfat /dev/sdX1 mkdir boot mount /dev/sdX1 boot
Create and mount the ext4 filesystem:
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX2 mkdir root mount /dev/sdX2 root
Create and mount the FAT filesystem:
mkfs.vfat /dev/sdX3 mkdir boot mount /dev/sdX3 boot
Download and extract the root filesystem (as root, not via sudo):

At this stage unplug your SDCard and plug back in your computer slot.

Copy boot into the folder mounting /dev/sdX1
Copy root filesystem into the folder mounting /dev/sdX2
mkdir /folder/mounting/sdX3/videos /folder/mounting/sdX3/timelapse_movies
There may have some trouble with some error with lighttpd log causing http server crash. Just do a chmod a+rw /folder/mounting/sdX2/var/log/lighttpd/error.log

Your Camette SD Card should be ready. Plug it to the raspberry pi and turn it on.

With any device, you should be able to see the newly created Camette wifi access point. Connect to it.

Playing around

Open a web browser and connect to http://192.168.0.1/

You should be able to see this page.

camette_index

Enjoy !