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The Bird Project

Bird OSD


You have Raspberry Camera and you need FPV, but you can’t fight 100-200ms latency? Then there is a solution.

Bird OSD turns your Raspberry PI into FPV stream source with OSD overlay.


Since raspberry has Video Composite Output, you can then cast raspberrian screen just like a regular FPV signal over FPV transmitter module!

Raspberry Pi works on broadcomm SoC  with VideoCore processor so that means we can apply OSD overlay to camera stream with really low realtime latencies.

X server is not requried

Bird OSD is a systemd service, it uses raspivid app to grab camera image, and it uses own bird-osd GLES2 application to apply overlay with sensor data on it.

So finally you should see something like this:

(GPS was broken, sorry, still can’t demonstrate in real fly)

Another pic from FPV goggles:


  1. RPI device with sensors board (navio2 is ok)
  2. Raspberry Camera connected to it.
  3. Something sending MAVLink data to ardupilot, arducopter, whatever)

How to install

Download .deb package onto your raspberry device:

$ wget http://ppa.dyatkovskiy.com/raspbian/pool/main/b/bird-osd/bird-osd_1.1.2_armhf.deb

And then install it:

$ sudo dpkg -i bird-osd_1.1.2_armhf.deb

Then you should target MAVLink channel to

E.g. for arducopter:

$ sudo nano /etc/default/arducopter 

Ensure you have string like this:

TELEM1="-A udp:"

Or like this:

TELEM2="-C udp:"

In case you modified /etc/default/arducopterconfig, then you should restart service:

$ sudo systemctl restart arducopter

Finally you should start bird-osdservice with this command:

sudo systemctl start bird-osd

Then on monitor connected to your raspberryyou should see whatever your camera sees + overlay with sensors data!

It is still very first version:

  1. I only tested it on RPI 3, I added dependency to raspividand to bash:
    libraspberrypi-bin (>= 1.20180417-1), bash (>= 4.4-5)

    Perhaps dependency versions are higher then it really needs, just had no opportunity to test it on another envs.

  2. Do not to blame me guys for not opening sources. There are such a mess, need to sort them first.
  3. It still consumes too much of CPU time. After holidays I’ll work a bit on optimizations. It uses text atlas, but still builds text layout dynamically. It should render every static text to texture; per profiling survey results, it should improve performance on 30-40% (since most of text labels are static).
  4. Any proposals are welcome.

How enable or disable service

If you want to enable bird-osdon boot, you should run:

$ sudo systemctl enable bird-osd

This command disables service:

$ sudo systemctl disable bird-osd

How to uninstall

And this command removes bird-osdfrom you raspberry device:

$ dpkg -P bird-osd

Relevant topics

Edge detection for text – simple edge detection shader for text-like foreground drawings

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Cross compilation for Raspberry from Sierra

In very short

If you need to compile something for raspberry just run this:

path/to/clang --target=arm-linux-gnueabihf --sysroot=/some/path/arm-linux-gnueabihf/sysroot my-happy-program.c  -fuse-ld=lld

In command above “arm-linux-gnueabihf” – is my target triple.

If you don’t like LLVM or just need GCC, read Yuzhou Cheng’s article . Or lookup in nets something like “cross compilation for raspberry”. This may help. Below we describe how to do it with LLVM.


We assume that reader knows how to deal with command line. If not, don’t worry, it’s ok, not to know some things in our life. Feel free and just ask questions in comments.

Let’s start

Root FS

Of course you still need rootfs. And also you perhaps need gcc binutils, but perhaps you would like to use ones provided by llvm infrastructure. But. You don’t have to build it, just get it, e.f. from Linux package. But actually I’m looking for solution how to make it enough just to mount my raspberry rootfs.

How to get LLVM

At current moment there are precompiled binaries for Mac OS (go to “Pre-Built Binaries” paragraph):


Or for version 7.0.0 you may run this in terminal:

$ wget http://releases.llvm.org/7.0.0/clang+llvm-7.0.0-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.xz

Compiling LLVM from sources

Don’t worry this is a bit different from building gcc. Difference is in statistics fact, that it usually successful and you can really drink cup of coffee.


Below are few brew commands which adds all dependencies we need.

$ brew install swig
$ brew install cmake

Get sources

Get LLVM, Clang, LLD and LLDB sources, once again same link:


Or for 7.0.0:

1. Extract LLVM sources.

2. Extract LLD into llvm/tools/lld

3. Extract LLDB into llvm/tools/lldb

4. Most tricky part: lldb needs to be code signed. This article describes how to to that. Actually you should find it in your lldb sources dir, in lldb/docs/code-signing.txt.

5. Create some binary dir, let say “llvm.darwin-x86_64”, and cd into it.

6. Compile

cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release <path to llvm sources>

make -j<num-parallel jobs, for me it is 8>

7. Test it.

make -j8 check

8. Use it!

Post scriptum

Optionally you may use legacy binutils. In this case install them with brew:

$ brew install arm-linux-gnueabihf-binutils

But I prefer just to use single solution.

CMake Toolchain

Below is my cmake toolchain file, which uses clang (built from sources). Hope it will be useful for you.



# Custom toolchain-specific definitions for your project

# There we go!
# Below, we specify toolchain itself!

SET(TARGET_TRIPLE arm-linux-gnueabihf)

# Specify your target rootfs mount point on your compiler host machine

# Specify clang paths
SET(LLVM_DIR /Users/stepan/projects/shared/toolchains/llvm-7.0.darwin-release-x86_64/install)
SET(CLANG ${LLVM_DIR}/bin/clang)
SET(CLANGXX ${LLVM_DIR}/bin/clang++)

# Specify compiler (which is clang)

# Specify binutils

SET (CMAKE_AR      "${LLVM_DIR}/bin/llvm-ar" CACHE FILEPATH "Archiver")
SET (CMAKE_NM      "${LLVM_DIR}/bin/llvm-nm" CACHE FILEPATH "NM")
SET (CMAKE_OBJDUMP "${LLVM_DIR}/bin/llvm-objdump" CACHE FILEPATH "Objdump")
SET (CMAKE_RANLIB  "${LLVM_DIR}/bin/llvm-ranlib" CACHE FILEPATH "ranlib")

# You may use legacy binutils though.
#SET(BINUTILS /usr/local/Cellar/arm-linux-gnueabihf-binutils/2.31.1)

# Specify sysroot (almost same as rootfs)

# Specify lookup methods for cmake

# Sometimes you also need this:

# Specify raspberry triple
set(CROSS_FLAGS "--target=${TARGET_TRIPLE}")

# Specify other raspberry related flags

# Gather and distribute flags specified at prev steps.

# Use clang linker. Why?
# Well, you may install custom arm-linux-gnueabihf binutils,
# but then, you also need to recompile clang, with customized triple;
# otherwise clang will try to use host 'ld' for linking,
# so... use clang linker.

Sometimes you need to run “cmake” twice, for first compilation gives you this:

error: invalid linker name in argument '-fuse-ld=lld;-fuse-ld=lld'

I have no idea why that happens. Rerunning cmake really helps.

Ok, that’s it.

Message me if you feel lonely dude, I’m still on it, it will try to help!

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