Have you ever seen those players that have the ultimate Gran Board setup with a camera on themselves throwing darts and a close up camera on the dart board and wondered if you could do a similar setup? It’s much easier than you may think. Bandit walks us through the simple step by step process.
The easy bit
First things first, you’ll need to get yourself a second device that needs to be connected to the same wifi that your primary device is connected to. For example, if you already use your phone or tablet to connect to your dart board with the Granboard app then you will need an old phone or tablet to use as your second device.
Next head to your app store (iOS devices) or play store (Android devices) on your second device and get yourself a copy of the free app titled Gran Camera. Note that you do not need to have the Granboard app on this device.
The hard bit
My best advice now is to reboot both devices, making sure that each device is connected to the same WiFi. *** Note *** I had best results with standard 2.4GHz WiFi, not the 5GHz that many wireless routers offer these days.
Switch your board on and connect as per usual through your regular device and the Granboard app. Tap on online battle and then click on the blue circle on the bottom right that says option.
In this menu you should be able to see your current camera running on your regular device. This is generally the one that you have focused on yourself as this is the device you use to navigate through the game menu. On the right hand side of the screen you should be able to see a white box that says Gran Camera that has an On/Off slider switch underneath it. Tap on this to activate the 2nd camera function.
Before your leave that screen, take your second device (the one with Gran Camera installed on it) and open up the Gran Camera app. This app will use the camera on your second device and (hopefully) communicate with the Granboard app on your first device. You can see that it is working when the green light comes on at the top of the screen next to the words Connection Status and you should see the camera’s output on your primary device’s screen where there used to be a white box. This can sometimes be a fiddly (and frustrating!) process to get it syncing it up correctly. Most importantly make sure that both devices are connected to the same WiFi signal.
Still with me?
The fun bit
On the second device you can choose x1, x1.5 or x2 zoom for the camera. This helps you get a nice tight shot of the dart board depending on where you choose to mount it. It looks best when kept relatively close to the dart board (no more than a couple meters). How you choose to mount the second device is up to you. It can be on a tripod, some type of gooseneck mount, or just stacked up on a chair and some books. Ideally it would look amazing connected to your own home made board mount. You also have the options for switching cameras on the device, flipping the screen, camera resolution, and even brightness/contrast/saturation levels.
Once you’re satisfied with your second device’s positioning all you need to do now is start an online battle with someone. When it is your turn to throw you should see a screen that looks something like the one below with your second camera in its own window on the top left. If you have been blessed with good quality internet speed there shouldn’t be too much of a delay between your throws and the vision on the camera. You can also still see your opponents camera on the bottom left.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below and we will try to help you out. Granboard’s official video link to setup can be found here however a few updates have come out since then and some of the menus have changed slightly.