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DIY Build – CAME-TV 7000 32 Bit 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

I am by no means an expert in this area but I have successfully assembled at least 6 different gimbal stabilizers from scratch, and have upgraded my older 8 bit to a new 32 bit board with dual IMU sensors. I’d like to think that i’m at least capable of helping others get started with a basic gimbal assembly, and basic troubleshooting.

One of the most popluar 100% DIY 3 Axis Gimbal Kits on the market is currently the CAME-TV 7000 [Found Here]. Because there are several parts to building the CAME-TV 7000 DIY 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer Kit,I thought I’d just add it to a single page.

 

 

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Some of the videos need to be updated to reflect the new 32 Bit Gimbal and so this page will change over time. For now you can browse some of the videos I have posted about my build process (below)

 

 

Unboxing / List of Parts / Mounting Pan Motor

 

 

Assembling Top / Side Handles

 

 

Wiring Brushless Motors

 

 

[An older video showing where the wires are run]

 

 

Mounting Control Board and IMU Sensors

 

 

This video briefly explains what you should know about mounting your IMU sensors. The software attempts to keep your camera level, but it first needs to understand which direction your sensor is facing. If your camera is going wild, double check to make sure you have both the Camera IMU and Frame IMU sensors correctly set in the software.

 

 

 

 

Installing Joystick Wiring to 32 bit Board

 

 

I have the joystick positioned with connecting wires facing down. Then I run the wires behind the handle, so it’s barely visible.

 

Installing Joystick
run joystick wires

 

 

Installing driver installing software
First download the version of software that matches your board. For the 32 bit version you can download here.

Once you have the software installed connect the gimbal via USB, select a connection using the drop down, and then hit Connect.
Selection Connection USB Gimbal

If your computer cannot communicate, you may have to install a driver. If you’re running MAC OSX you can install a driver for the software to communicate with your Gimbal via USB. (DOWNLOAD DRIVER HERE).

[More Info] You can also take a look at screenshots about Launching the SimpleBGC Software (here).

 

 

Calibrating IMU Sensors
This video will show how I perform a 6 point calibration on the IMU. For gimbals that have 2 IMU sensors, you will need to perform the same technique with both. Just make sure you choose the correct IMU to calibrate which is Camera IMU or Frame IMU. BTW, it’s not necessary to hit ‘write’ after each position.

 

 

This video shows how i’m going through the same steps with (2) IMU sensors, both the Camera IMU and Frame IMU. You can see how i’m selecting different IMU sensors in the new 32 Bit software before performing the calibration.

 

 

 

Balance Gimbal / Balance YAW
This is by far the most important step before configuring the software. The performance of your gimbal relies heavily on your camera being able to maintain a level horizon.

 

 

Configuring basic PID settings
Gimbal going crazy when you power it up? This next video will show you some basic settings to check like possible inverted motors, sensor position, motor poles, etc. It will walk you through configuring PID settings from scratch. (a more advanced version of this video to come at a later time).

 

 

 

So if you’ve followed the information on this page from the top, by now you should have your gimbal fully assembled and balanced. Here are a couple of other videos and articles about small Tweaks i’ve done on my own personal systems like Adding a Project Box to protect the controller, covering up unsightly wires, securing the YAW shaft, and more.

 

Build Tweaks
Adding a Project box to cover the Control Board

 

 

Creating a template to drill for your Project Box.

 

 

Securing the set screws on the YAW Shaft
If you’ve assembled the CAME 7000 Gimbal, you may be concerned about the two small set screws at the YAW shaft. To ensure I don’t have any issues, i’ve located where my set screws hit the shaft and recessed it with a drill bit. This will allow my set screws to sit into the shaft as opposed to relying on friction. I’ve also added Loctite Thread Locker to the set screws preventing it from backing out.

 

 

Covering up Wires
If you can’t seem to run certain wires through the frame, you can always cover them up with spiral wrap. I cut small pieces and apply it to different areas of the gimbal to ‘black out’ some of the colorful wiring. Not only will it add an aesthetic value, it will protect your wires, and it’s easy to remove when you need to service your gimbal.

spiral harness wire wrap cable ties
find-price-button Spiral Harness Wrap

 

 

Label your Parts
There will be times when you need to service the Gimbal. If your wires are all tucked through the frame you may not remember exactly where things need to reconnect. Always label your wiring so you can disassemble and reassemble the system quickly.

label gimbal connectors
Labeled Wiring Roll + Pitch + Yaw
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Emm
June 20th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I tried to keep these videos fairly short, but if you have questions about anything in particular, I will try to add more refined instructions. I will also be adding more content to this website as I continue to build, tweak, or test new video gimbal stabilizers.

Delano
November 24th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Great videos. I wished they helped me. I have my gimbal connected to my mac and the GUI is open. Under the “connections” it says Board: and connecting. It never actually connects and allows any control of settings of the board. I have tried to flash the board but I’m not sure I have flashed anything. Help

Emm
November 24th, 2014 at 6:10 pm
Mitch
June 21st, 2014 at 4:19 am

Just a question,(in regards to commercial use) do you really think its worth saving the money and building your own stabiliser or saving the hassle and buying an M5 or G5 etc

Emm
June 21st, 2014 at 5:16 am

@Mitch – The higher end systems have some additional features not found on the less expensive gimbals, and the M5 and G5 are designed to carry heavier loads. If you’re just looking to fly a small camera (like a GH4), then maybe you don’t need to spend more than 4 times the price of a DIY.

Regardless of which gimbal you end up you will still need to get familiar with balancing the camera, tuning the software, and practice techniques. For the price to build one, i’m learning a lot and I didn’t have to pay for a class.

If you’re not into building one there are still more options available for around $2K that can fly small cameras like the 5D.

lolicht
June 21st, 2014 at 7:11 am

Wooooow ! great wok ! many thanks … this page is really full of tricks… there’s no other place on the web packed up with so many useful infos …
@Mitch one good thing I see about building your own gimbal is that you know it precisely. That makes it easier to fine tune and to disassemble / assemble to ship it. That’s to me the 2 main troubles I have with my gimbal (an eagle eye DYS, same as Cam). For example I went to some remote location in North Canada recently. I had to disassemble it to ship it, cargo is expensive and space is restricted in small planes like a Twin Otter. Then I assemble it on site (-40°c) and had an hard time to make it works as it is very very much temperature sensitive, tuning change each 5° … Finally I get my shots but I’m sure that I would not have make it with a Gx or Mx …
The most interesting reedy-made gimbal to me is this one :
http://www.shadowcam.tv
as you can fold it ! and it has a physical dampening system for the vertical axis … but it’s pricey !

Nick Bicanic
June 22nd, 2014 at 7:56 am

Emm you are DA MAN ;)

Saw this earlier today and went through the videos quickly.
Interestingly there’s a problem in the IMU calibration videos which is EXACTLY the problem I run into
and have no idea how to solve.

When you watch your calibration video I’m sure you’ll notice that the calibration are not actually happening.
I’m referring to this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDdnsCGeJHU

check 1min54secs in – but every time your friend/assistant hits calibrate – simpleBGC fails to actually calibrate (you can tell it’s failing because it only does a single beep at the end of the slow series of beeps (as opposed to the rapid set of beeps) and the text on screen says “Accelerometer is not calibrated”)

Any idea why?
I keep running into this and the only way I solved it is to calibrate both sensors at the same time but that is awkward and I think it’s giving me incorrect results

Emm
June 22nd, 2014 at 8:12 am

@Nick – You will get the message until you calibrate both IMU sensors, not just one.

Nick Bicanic
June 22nd, 2014 at 1:10 pm

wait a sec…so you’re saying that the sequence of 8 slow-ish beeps followed by a single beep is NOT a failure…I sent you an email with some extra information on this (which I’m happy to add to the thread if you think it’s relevant…I just remember from the 8 bit board that a successful calibration of each of the 6 points was indicated by a rapid series of beeps…a single beep indicated failure of some sort

ben
June 22nd, 2014 at 10:55 am

Hi Em,

Can I ask the runtime on how many hours it can last till i change the battery; for the gh4 and the 5dm3?

Emm
June 22nd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

@Ben – At a car show we ran it for about 4 hours before changing the batteries. Some people will only get about one hour use. This is based on your PID settings, how much power you have set to the motors, and how hard the gimbal has to work.

I highly suggest buying extra batteries. They are fast to swap out, and not very expensive. For the CAME 7000 you are looking for a 3S Battery at 11V with at least 4000mah and a Deans Plug. Here’s a really good one which comes with various terminals.

http://www.amazon.com/Venom-4000mAh-Battery-Universal-System/dp/B000W7WWFW/

I would also recommend that you get a better battery charger for a 3S LiPo battery.

Luke
June 22nd, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Emm,
I’m not sure if my controller board is defective based on my IMU calibration but it is now non responsive. Video clips below. Let me know what you think.

https://vimeo.com/98853164

Emm
June 23rd, 2014 at 4:23 pm

@Luke – What does the system do when you connect the battery (without the USB).

Luke
June 23rd, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Same thing, with the USB unplug and the power cord connected, the gimbal remained idle, no response from the motor, controller board doesn’t beep and the red light remains steady and green light flashing. I have also emailed the video to CAME-TV and see what is their response.

info.fixyourbloodsugar.com

David Warrenchu
June 22nd, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Good job, now that you have built it and it can lay it flat by removing the top handle and you want to take it too some remote locations what shall I carry it in ? Any case suggestions ?
I am on my version 3 of a DIY gimbal and just finished working with a DOP where we put on Canon 5d mark iii and a canon 14mm 2.8 and it worked great with a 8bit board …but I have no case for this. I need a super light case so any suggestions where to go would be nice.
PS love your site I visit it weekly

Emm
June 23rd, 2014 at 4:38 pm

@David Warrenchu – There is definitely a large Pelican case that you can get, it’s expensive but can be used when traveling by airlines where you need to check it in. Here’s a photo of mine inside of a Pelican Case.

I’m still trying to look for a more portable inexpensive solution myself.

David Warrenchu
June 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Thanks I am aware of this solution, I am looking for something a lot lighter for canoe tripping actually. Those pelican cases are heavy but may be the only solution out there

Luke
July 9th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Emm,
Thanks for the tutorial videos. That helps tremendously. The issue with my gimbal controller has been resolved. It turns out that the controller which came with the gimbal was defected. After changing to a new one, everything works as it should be. The only issue I have is the pitch which will bring the camera to a flat position (pointing upward) no matter what number I put in the pitch PID. It will only stabilize itself when I put zero in the pitch PID. Any idea?

Kevin Conder
October 3rd, 2014 at 10:38 am

On the birdycam, what exactly does the push on the joystick do? Does it just load another pid profile or does it do more, like change the behavior of the joystick like, follow movement faster, or pan but no tilt or what? thanks

Emm
October 3rd, 2014 at 10:42 am

It loads an entirely new profile. They just happen to set it up to act slightly different.

Juan
October 22nd, 2014 at 5:45 am

Hi, i just got the Came 7800 and it tilts to the left no mater what i do, otherwise it works well, can anyone tell me where to get the software for calibration? do i need to? and will it work on a Mac? regardless of mac or PC please let me know where to get the software, Thanks in advance

Emm
October 22nd, 2014 at 2:25 pm
Ken
October 31st, 2014 at 12:35 am

Hi Emm, thanks for all your videos on line.
I am facing an issue with my Came 7500. I have contacted Came TV support but haven’t heard back from them.
The link is the problem of my Came 7500
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5fjGsA69m8&feature=youtu.be
as you see, it keeps rotating and tilts to the left.

Also, I connected to the GUI software but don’t know witch option should I choose in the connection window. There are four of them but none of them have response to my gimbal.

Any help will be appreciated.

Emm
October 31st, 2014 at 3:58 am

@Ken – First double check your YAW balance. With the unit off you should be able to tilt the handles (left handle up + right handle down) and the camera should remain in the middle. You should also be able to tilt the handles forward (over the camera) and the camera should not move. If you can’t do that, you’re not balanced well. Slide the top post forward or back, and also rotate the top post left or right trying to square up the frame.

Also try to click on ‘Calibrate Gyros’ in the software. Once you have the unit plugged in and the software installed on your computer, power the gimbal on, hold it as square and level as possible and then click Calibrate Gyro, and wait till it’s finished.

Ken
November 1st, 2014 at 7:03 am

Thank you for your kindly reply.

Maybe I didn’t state my problem clear.
The problem in the video doesn’t have anything wrong with balance. The camera is perfectly balanced. All the gimbal function work fine (joystick is also working) but just don’t stop slowly rotating and tilting to the left as showing in video.

Also, I am confused with the four options as showing in the picture
http://postimg.org/image/e34tt52bj/
My Gimbal is Came 7500, so which one should I choose?

Thanks again for your help

Box
November 1st, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I had the exact same problem. Just load up the program and caluibrate the gyro.

Ken
November 2nd, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thank you Emm and Box.

Problem resolved!

Thank you for kindly making the world a better place.

Petter Sand
November 4th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hi Emm! Thanks for your hard work, I really love what you do. For that i am very thankful. I bought the came 7000 in july. I have the 32 bit version with 2 sensors. Do you know if there is some way to download and installing the new predefined Pid´s on the board?
Best regards Petter

Leandro
March 5th, 2015 at 12:23 am

Hey Emm. The cable from the board to the sensor is too short im trying to find a longer one but no lucky. Do you where can I get it? the conector is a 6 pin one. Thank you

Marius
April 2nd, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hi, I have Came 8000 gimbal with Black Magic Cinema Camera and Sigma EX 10-20 lens. What values you use or what would you recommend to use to PID and Motor Configuration Powers? The gimbal is twitching when i put the power on and it´s not stable.

Richard
August 24th, 2016 at 10:27 am

I’ve got it up and running and all seems fine apart from the camera turns very slowly to the left and points down ever so slowly. Could this be a balance issue or something else?
When the joystick is off its stable and centered.

Emm
August 24th, 2016 at 2:57 pm

@Richard – Sounds like it could be a few things. If it’s stable with Joystick off, then you have a problem with your joystick wiring or trim. You can adjust trim under RC settings. Basically you just leave the joystick in neutral and then hit RC Trim. It will measure the joystick resistance and set that at neutral.

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