About us

BaseCam Electronics was founded for the purpose of developing camera stabilizing solutions based on direct drive brushless motors.

The company's first products are the BaseCam SimpleBGC controller — previously marketed under the name AlexMos SimpleBGC (BGC stands for Brushless Gimbal Controller) and Extension board for building 3-axis stabilizer systems. The controllers are used to build camera stabilizing systems for both handheld and UAV mounted cameras.

Basing Gimbals on our solutions allows a wide range of cameras to be stabilized, from GoPro to Red Epic.


New firmware 2.56b7 for 32bit controllers has been released

  • Support of the ICM20608 gyroscope+accelerometer sensor.
  • New option «I2C high-speed». Use it carefuly: high speed mode may cause I2C errors.
  • Support of saving and restoring of calibration data to the IMU's EEPROM (if present).
  • Support of analog encoder (rotary position sensor) on YAW axis in the regular firmware.
  • New option «Advanced» → «Order of hardware axes» that supports several configurations besides the standard «Camera — PITCH — ROLL — YAW» configuration.
  • Support of magnetometer sensor (compass) to prevent drift of gyroscope. Can be combined with the frame IMU or the main IMU.

Find out more

The issue with automatic firmware update

To solve the issue you just need to download GUI of needed version from our site again.

The issue is caused by new SSL certificate which we started to use.

SBGC32_I2C_Drv expansion module has been developed

This module is intended to work as a part of the SimpleBGC camera stabilizer system, performing a motor driver function.

Unlike regular scheme, where all motors and encoders are connected to the main board and driven by the single MCU, in the modular scheme each motor is driven by its own MCU, that lets to optimize cabling: encoder is integrated into the PCB for each module, and motor's cable goes to it by the shortest way. Only 5-wire cable joins modules with the main controller.

This expansion module is supported only in the encoder-enabled version of SimpleBGC firmware.

Details and required files can be found here.


How to Make an LCD-enabled Arduino Based Remote Controller for Gimbals with the SimpleBGC 32-bit Controller

Remote controller assembled

This instruction will help you to build a simple remote controller with an LCD display for controlling a gimbal. The controller can be connected to any SimpleBGC 32 bit controller through the Serial interface. For that, you can use four-core cable, or wireless UART adapter (Bluetooth, 3DR modem, Zigbee, WiFi-UART, and so on).

Letus Helix Jr. was awarded by News Shooter at NAB Show as Best Pro Video Camera Accessory

Needless to say that Letus Helix gimbals work on BaseCam SimpleBGC 32bit controllers. From very beginning, Hien Le, owner of Letus Corporation, with his crew devised the unusual design for the gimbal. It took some time from our team to adapt our solution to the demands of Hien. It was not for nothing.

Letus Helix Jr. gimbal got the winner at NAB Show as Best Pro Video Camera Accessory.

DIY motion controller for gimbal

This DIY tutorial helps you build a Bluetooth motion controller for any SimpleBGC-based gimbals! This means you can simply move the controller, and the gimbal will match its orientation. This is the second project from Mark. We thank him for the work done.

Source code and details can be found here.

How to build a gamepad to control SimpleBGC controllers that have Bluetooth 2.0

An easy and cheap way to build remote control for your SimpleBGC controller (Thank you to Mark for that).

Source code and details can be found here.

BaseCam filter tuning

This is a short tutorial showing how to use BaseCam filters to provide better gimbal performance.

Problem with the spektrum port

Some versions of the controllers can have a problem with the spektrum port: the satellite receiver does not get enough power from the 3.3V internal voltage regulator, resulting in unstable operation (symptoms: signal interrupts, LED blinks randomly, on binding attempt system goes to reset).

Find out how to solve the issue.

Using adjustable variables with firmware 2.43

Using new features of the firmware you can design your own remote control for SimpleBGC.

Serial Protocol Specification (v.2.4)
Serial API Examples (v.2.4)

How to make reliable FPV-follow for YAW axis with the SimpleBGC-based gimbal

For 8bit and 32bit versions of the SimpleBGC-based gimbals.

How to recover firmware on your 32-bit board

Suppose that you somehow damaged the firmware on your board and need to recover it. The following steps will help you to do that.

  1. You need GUI version 2.41b5 or higher. Find it on the download page.
  2. You also need a recovery firmware. You can find one here.
  3. Close FLASH pins on the board using a jumper shunt.
  4. Connect the board to your PC via USB. Note that the Red light has to light up on the board.
  5. Start GUI and do the following steps:
    • Select appropriate COM port. Do not press button "Connect".
    • Open TAB "Upgrade" -> "Manual".
    • Specify location of Firmware HEX file.
    • Select Board version -> v3 32bit.
    • Press button "Flash".
    • Wait until uploading to be finished.
  6. Unplug USB and remove jumper.
  7. Do automatic upgrade as described in the User Manual.

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