AI ON THE JETSON NANO LESSON 30: Building a Servo Pan Tilt Camera Controller

3 3 views
8m Mar 7, 2020

You guys can help me out over at Patreon, and that will help me keep my gear updated, and help me keep this quality content coming:

In this video lesson we learn how to build a pan tilt camera controller. The pan/tilt controller is run from the Jetson Nano. In this video we show you how to do the mechanical build. We are using the following hardware for this project.

You will need either a Logitech WEB cam:

Or you will need to buy a longer camera cable for your Raspberry Pi camera:

The camera cable is the more affordable option, but I do really like using the Logitech WEB cam on this project.

Next you will need servos to control the pan/tilt camera system, which you can get here:

UPDATE:!!! Since making this video, I have gotten several bad batches of the MG995 servo sets linked above, so CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND THEM. I AM NOW RECOMMENDING THE HiTEC HS-422 Servos. You will need two:

While I had a lot of luck for a long time with the cheaper MG995 servos, the more recent ones are very poor, so recommend the better HiTEC servos now.

Then, you will need the pan/tilt bracket system itself:

Best practice is to not use your single board computer as a power supply for the servos, so you can get a simple power supply to provide the power for the servos here:

And finally, you will need a PCA9685 Servo Control Board, available here:

OK, now this is the gear I am using for my Jetson Nano project shown in today's video. Lots of folks have expressed interest in this project, so I will do a big tutorial series on it. It is good if we use identical hardware for the project, so links below will take you to the gear I am using. Make sure to get the V2 picam, which is what I linked to. The earlier picams will not work. Also, you can use USB keyboard and mouse if you do not want to spend for the wireless ones below.

Jetson Nano

You need a GOOD power supply:

You need a GOOD SD card:

I love this cool Acrylic case with fan:

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse that works with Jetson Nano:

I like to run with minimum wires, so I am running this wifi card, which works very well. If your budget is tight just use an Ethernet cable, as all my lessons will work with just an ethernet cable.

Finally, you can use either a Logitech C920 WEB cam or the Pi Cam. I am using both, but you need at least one camera working with the nano:

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This means if you visit the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.]

About Paul McWhorter

I am Paul McWhorter from and I will be putting together a series of tutorials on use of the Arduino microcontroller.


Markdown is supported.
EEVblog – E875
4 years ago
EEVblog – E538
7 years ago
eevBLAB – E27
4 years ago
EEVblog – E623
6 years ago
EEVblog – E903
4 years ago