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PostSubject: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:31 pm

My Parkzone Archer - first video attempt with an el-cheapo 808 keychain cam. It was quite windy and gusting, so the flight isn't smooth at all.  Becuase of the weather conditions, I limited the altitude and had to land in a pretty good crosswind.

Oh well, at least it landed on the wheels without a nose-over. Very Happy 


Stupid me, I didn't tilt or angle the camera enough, so the front gear and prop lines are always in view. Sorry for the newbie-video mistakes. Things happen. I just got in too big of a hurry to make an aerial video with it.  Mad 


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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:55 pm

The lines reminded me of a 50's...except it was in color. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:04 pm

nifty Rob my Dad and my Uncles used to fly rc planes back in the 80's fun shtuff, I used to try and shoot them down with my model rockets, only came close a couple times
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:10 pm

That's really cool in spite of the lines. You'll get it all together next time. Be sure to video the event and share it with your brothers.bounce 

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:21 pm

Neat stuff Rob.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:58 pm

Thanks, guys.  It really is a cheapo cam, $10 shipped on Ebay.  The Class-10 8-gb Micro SD Card cost me more then the keychain cam. Shocked 

Sorry about the video having the nose wheel strut and the prop lines, I knew better but was in a hurry.

While the Piper Archer model does great and flies like the camera isn't even there, I think I'll slow the whole thing  down a bit by putting the cam on my Radian glider and see how that turns out.  It's a 2-meter Powered Sailplane and will glide forever it seems like.  That should slow down the sharp turns shown in the first video and make things more smooth and fluid.  I figure about a 30-45 second climb and then cut the motor, should make a good medium-altitude video.  

The Radian has a folding prop and won't be under motor power for very long.  So even if the prop lines are present initially, they won't be there for long. Cool 





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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:17 pm

Ya gotta rig the plane to drop water ballons on your neighbors. Now that would make for some cool video.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:31 pm

So I guess you'll be flyin' over the local nudist camp.  lol!
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:41 pm

Looks like high-adrenaline fun !

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:49 pm

That looks like way too much fun rob.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:23 am

Hermit wrote:
So I guess you'll be flyin' over the local nudist camp.  lol!

You wouldn't say that if you saw the 'local population'... Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:24 am

Yak wrote:
Looks like high-adrenaline fun !  

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Yes sir. With the wind and gusting it was a bit more exciting than I prefer it to be. Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Oh man Cool 

You have some great toys Rob! I love the flight video and can't wait for the next one!
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:22 pm

Nice job, Rob. The refresh rate of the camera's capture needs to be equal to (or double that) of the prop spinning. Sounds weird, but that's what's making the lines. Video still scrolls from top to bottom (or bottom to top, I can't recall) and the horizontal sync is what omits that. Higher-end cameras that film in 120Hz+ don't usually have that problem. With a keychain camera, that's some damn good results. I actually like "cheap gear quirks" like that. Otherwise, it's a GoPro 1080i HD camera, which would work wonderfully, but the suckers are $500+.

Is the piece of wire in front of the camera what is securing it to the plane? My advice, if so: zip ties and try not to block the lens. I might ask for some video footage and put it in a film concept I'm splicing together. I love you

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Aerial Video attempt - too windy.   Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:39 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Is the piece of wire in front of the camera what is securing it to the plane?  My advice, if so:  zip ties and try not to block the lens.  I might ask for some video footage and put it in a film concept I'm splicing together.   I love you 

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Thanks, Kyle.  The el-cheapo camera does a fair job.
Biggest problems in that first video attempt are my newbie mistakes - that I knew better than to do, just got in a hurry before the wind really picked up. Very Happy 

The wire hanging down is for the front wheel - see pic below.  No zip-ties for that.  Shocked 
The camera is attached with a large strip of HD Velcro, so no worries there either.
I've made a few foam 'sandwiches' at different angles to experiment with.  This angling will eliminate the prop lines and give more ground coverage in future videos.  Also a larger/slower plane to carry the camera will give a much smoother overall result, as the Archer is quite aerobatic and it was too windy & gusty to begin with.  Hense the jerkyness and fast high-banking turns. Laughing 

Video Footage?  Let me work the bugs out and you've got it, Brother!  Just say the word.
Future videos will (hopefully) not contain the wire and/or prop lines (unless requested).  Cool 


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