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01-05-2020, 04:19 PM

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Camera and projector both mounted with final design mounts. Next step is to do the power wires, and signal wires.


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Camera closeup.


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Projector closeup. BTW the projector model number is ViewSonic PS501W and link is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 incase anyone wants to do the same.


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Table is still full of crap until I do the wire routing and cable tunnels. I never cover the table in-between uses, but the cover has been indispensable the many times over the years I fooled around with things on the ceiling.
  
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01-08-2020, 08:54 PM

I'm almost done the installation. In the mean time, I have some quick video samples. I think they are amazing! Less than 60 sec each for my short attention span They are 1080P, make sure you pick that option on youtube, and check out full screen for best result. No sound due to copyright music playing.

This one is with the DSLR on a tripod, at a low angle (and skewed). Lens is a 24mm prime lens. I really, really, really like this angle (not the skew part, the low part). I really like how big the balls are. The angles are different though, on one super thin cut shot in real life, the angle made it look easy (not shown in this clip). I'll have to experiment more with this.
https://youtu.be/-CkbO2fkRsI


Here is the overhead angle. This is with a 10-18mm wide angle zoom lens set at 10mm (widest). I can zoom this one in tighter, and will experiment later. The lines on the table look straight! A great sign. They should be straighter still if I zoom in slightly.
https://youtu.be/UEy6_WNImB4

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01-08-2020, 10:44 PM

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01-09-2020, 01:09 AM

Iusetoberich, you have done a great job.

I thought I was done with my table/room....but, you are forcing me to rethink things.

Again, great job and congratulations on getting to the finish line with your project. I can see where it would be a huge asset to anyone's game/room.

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01-19-2020, 05:25 PM

The physical install is all finished. Some fine tuning with the software to control the cameras, but it works well enough for now.

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I screwed the transformers to the ceiling for a better job.

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Ran the wires inside a plastic cable hider.

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The black wire is power, the white wire is HDMI to record directly to my computer's hard drive (this did not end up working, I'll discuss it later). (all the wire ties I replaced later with same colored off-white ones).

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I stuck the raspberry and the power strips on the back of the projector with double sided tape. (all the wire ties I replaced later with same colored off-white ones).

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From the front view, the projector looks very clean, which was my goal. All the wires are hidden on its back side.
  
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The "new to me" Mac Pro is under this desk, and the HDMI cable dangling on the right side of the cue rack will fit in the channel there, and go into the Mac. That will happen later. Right now, I'm just using the camera card to record, and climbing up on the pool table to start and stop the recording.

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Lots of holes to patch on the ceiling from the old light.

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Holes on the wall too where the old camera was. This computer will probably go away, once the Mac Pro under the desk is all set up.

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Off topic, I put bondo on the door edge to smooth it. The original edge was particleboard.

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Here is the fished desk, with the bonded edge now painted white. The gf loved it. Oh, you can see the Mac Pro peeking out from under the desk.
  
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Here I went back and redid all the wire ties to be the off white, translucent ones, instead of those neon colored ones I had before. I also got the shortest wires I could find on amazon so there would be less wires in the coils. Yes, I'm anal
  
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01-19-2020, 05:40 PM

Back to the camera on the wall (not the ceiling).

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Marking bracket for drilling.

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Pilot holes.

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Clearance holes for screws.

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Rounding corners.

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Painting. This is actually my wall color. The maintenance people at my apartment gave me touch up paint.
  
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Here is the old mount from the old camera on the right, and the new one on the left.

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Here I'm using a laser level to project the centerline of the table onto the blue tape on the wall. From there I used a traditional bubble level to go upwards.

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Angle channel mounted on the wall, with the bracket. You can see it can go up and down wherever I want.

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Closeup of camera. A 24mm prime lens works great from this distance. Once I figure out the software situation on the camera, I will run power and HDMI to this camera also. Right now, this one is running on the battery and recording to its camera card. That will be later.

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Here is a wider shot so you can see the whole thing. I don't know how often I'll end up using this location, as I really like the overhead shot. (I have 2 cameras, one for each location). For now, I'm keeping them both. Oh, I can also put my original Panasonic camcorder on top of this canon, and put it higher up close to the ceiling. That way I would have 3 cameras. Again, probably overkill. But, that camera is sitting doing nothing right now.
  
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01-19-2020, 06:26 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UGM...ature=youtu.be

Here is the final output. 1 rack, recorded with both cameras simultaneously. 5 min total length. The first 2.5 min is the overhead camera, the second 2.5 min is the wall mounted camera.

The overhead camera the lines are all straight, but the balls get non-round as you get further from center. You can see I have lines drawn on the cloth with marker, and the lines closest to the top and bottom of the screen are slightly further apart than the lines in the center of the screen. Still, I think it is a pretty good representation of the table, and the angles of the shots look about right. Its also the best I've personally seen with an overhead camera that was not one of the big boys.

The wall mount camera for some reason the picture quality looks better. I think this might be a youtube thing, as they both look great from a quality standpoint on the video saved to my computer before uploading to youtube. This view, the balls are all round. Of course, its harder to see the angles of the shots and if balls clear each other. On the other hand, this view is more "human", as you can see more of the shooter, and I think the view itself is more interesting due to that.

I definitely like them both. What is your favorite?
  
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01-19-2020, 10:16 PM

You sir are one incredibly talented individual. I hope you enjoy your setup as much as I've enjoyed this thread. Everything looks amazing and the functionality is phenomenal!


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