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Can you use xbee to transmit video?

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rocket100

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I haven't used xbee modules before but they sound pretty cool! So I was wondering if you could stream video over xbee from a camera? Because this one on sparkfun says it can transmit up to 15 miles! SparkFun Electronics - XBee Pro 900 XSC RPSMA

So if anybody could give me an answer that would be great thanks!

One more thing, how do they communicate?
 

3v0

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The short answer is no.

Data rate for the module is 9.6kbps Max

According to Wikipedia

Video

  • 16 kbit/s – videophone quality (minimum necessary for a consumer-acceptable "talking head" picture using various video compression schemes)
You can send image data but not fast enough to make it look continuous.

They communicate via radio???

3v0
 
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DirtyLude

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Not with that one.

9.6kbps Max data rate

With a regular one at max datarate point to point of 250kbps possibly, but I hate math. You would need to work out exactly what bitrate you would need for the image quality/FPS that you want. You'll need to use some type of compression.

This may help:
SparkFun Electronics :: View topic - Xbee baud rate question

EDIT: Ninja Posted by 3V0. Guess I sat on this one too long.
 
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rocket100

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What I am trying to do is have a rig attached to a balloon, the rig has a camera with servos for controlling its position, and I wanted to use a xbee module to control the servos from earth and also relay video info back to earth, so I could see the earth from way up there:D
 

bill_best

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What I am trying to do is have a rig attached to a balloon, the rig has a camera with servos for controlling its position, and I wanted to use a xbee module to control the servos from earth and also relay video info back to earth, so I could see the earth from way up there:D


I would suggest you look at using an xbee setup for telemetry data, but have a separate wireless video link with a GPS tracking antenna. I'd recommend 5.ghz instead of 2.4 to get a better image with the video transmitter.

To control the servos I'd recommend a long range UHF system like this one..

(video shows it working out to 21km, but you should be able to increase that with a 7W booster)

YouTube - 21Km FPV flight with Scherrer VHF system. Better quality.

Hope that helps! :)
 
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