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Posted by Olivier_C | Oct 12, 2014 @ 04:26 PM | 1,161 Views
Filmed this summer (august 2014) with my 450mm FPV quadcopter :

FPV Quadcopter - Maubuisson, lac d'Hourtin (7 min 6 sec)


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Posted by Olivier_C | Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:53 AM | 2,114 Views
Tomorrow (friday 18) the Tour de France is passing 100 meters away my house, from the city of Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse, so I plotted various places I filmed with my 450 in the past, on the map for the race

Before you ask, I have no plan to fly above the race this day, there's way too many people gathering along the roads, it would not be safe at all.

The cyclists will arrive from Saint-Etienne, flat lands near point (3), then they'll pass very near my house, waypoints 10 and 11, then down into the valley, they'll go around the Vercors mountains where I filmed the waypoints 4 and 5, then some serious climb in the Chartreuse mountains toward waypoint 7 and 8, then back into the large city of Grenoble, where I never filmed for obvious urban reasons, and then the last climb, very long and hard, up to Chamrousse and waypoints 13 and 14 !

(1) : Chamechaude 1 : VIDEO
(2) : Chamechaude 2 : VIDEO
(3) : Rainy Racing : VIDEO
(4) : Vercors Nord : VIDEO
(5) : Ridges : VIDEO
(6) : Le Moucherotte : VIDEO
(7) : Orgeval : VIDEO
(8) : La Pinea : VIDEO
(9) : Herbouilly : VIDEO
(10) : Moo Sunset : VIDEO
(11) : Spring is coming : VIDEO
(12) : Dent de Crolles : VIDEO
(13) : Chamrousse : VIDEO
(14) : Lac Achard : VIDEO


Posted by Olivier_C | Apr 19, 2014 @ 11:57 AM | 3,155 Views
I made a build thread in the forums, providing the 1:1 scale schematics just in case someone would like to build such a funny machine. Very simple design, it's light and tough, very tough, can easily lift a Gopro and some FPV gear if needed.

All infos are there, including drawings, photos and videos : http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2149283





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Posted by Olivier_C | Mar 15, 2014 @ 04:38 AM | 4,223 Views
Making a comeback at FPV with my DJI F450, I swapped my 8" LCD monitor for a brand new set of Zeiss Cinemizer goggles, it's much better. For now training around here, polishing the details before the spring is back for good and I can go fly in the mountains.

Quadcopter - La Forteresse (3 min 37 sec)


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Posted by Olivier_C | Feb 14, 2014 @ 03:35 PM | 4,874 Views
Few photos of a frame I built, I should maiden it tomorrow.

For now it's fitted with a partial DJI E300 kit : 2212-920kV motors, and the 9.4x4.3 propellers.
Since this frame allows props from 8 to 9.5", 320mm or 360mm between motors, I plan to also test with :
Tigers MT2208-18 1100kV, propellers HQProp 8x4.5 (should be the most agile)
Tigers MT2216-11 900kV, propellers HQProp 9x5 (should be overkill, but overkill is underrated)
Batteries : 3S-2200mAh, 4S-1800mAh, 5S-2000mAh (yes 5S *hehehe*)

Total weight with the current E300 motors and propellers and a 4S-1800 : 690 grams
I designed it to get as few things as possible in the air flow.
And only 8 screws for assembly.





Fitted with the DJI E300 2212-920kV motors, and the new 9.4x4.3 propellers :

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Posted by Olivier_C | Dec 28, 2013 @ 06:01 AM | 4,276 Views
First batch of videos, filming south-east of France with my Quadcopter, it's been a slow start for the winter season, atrocious weather, not a lot of decent footage available so far, despite the 10 or so attempts at flying, many times I had to cancel because of fog/rain/snow/wind/wind/wind!!!.

First video, on top of the Vercors mountains, in the Alps, south-east France, not a lot of snow, a lot of wind, will probably go back there some day when there's more sun and snow :

Quadcopter - Lans en Vercors (5 min 19 sec)


2nd video, the huge and derelict ski jump from the 1968 winter Olympic games in Grenoble, France, the poor thing has been decaying since, at the end of a day in the shade it's a sad place, I should go back next spring, with flowers and more green than brown it should be more alive then :

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Posted by Olivier_C | Nov 16, 2013 @ 01:54 PM | 6,932 Views
I crafted (with love) a best-of of the 100 flights I made during the past 5 monthes, in various places over France, from the ocean to the mountains, I hope you'll like it as much as I enjoyed visiting these places, I met many nice people always interested in this strange flying thingy.

From june to october, I wanted this as a full 2013 recap', but in the end I did not include from january to may because the quality of the Gopro 2 footage was vastly inferior to the 1080-50 from my new GoPro 3b, and I did not wait the end of the year because I had already way too much footage for a single video (500GB) ...

Winter is coming nicely and of course I'll go on with my usual mountain climbs, F450 on the backpack, with snow this time.
So yes there will be more, long live our hobby !

Details about the quad and the setup are somewhere below in this blog.

Quadcopter - 2013 (5 min 46 sec)

Posted by Olivier_C | Nov 09, 2013 @ 07:39 AM | 4,723 Views
First part of a mini serie, using the non-linear-editing software Sony Vegas Pro to produce great looking videos from our aircrafts.
Actually using Vegas Pro 11, but it's looking fairly the same under v12, and probably still will in the next v13.

Starting with the basics, then later I'll try to cover the specifics of aerial videography.
Open the video in Youtube, and switch to HD1080 or HD720, or you won't be able to read the small details...

And turn on the captions, with the "CC" button on the Youtube player !

Vegas Pro for aerial videography, part 1 (9 min 26 sec)

Posted by Olivier_C | Oct 27, 2013 @ 03:19 AM | 4,464 Views
Playing with leaves, it's autumn, then a short preview of a great session ontop of a local peak, still have to sort all the footage for a real video, should be soon, and also trying to steal apples with very limited success.

Quadcopter - One leaf at a time (2 min 23 sec)


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Posted by Olivier_C | Sep 22, 2013 @ 05:43 PM | 5,492 Views
Another build for my quad, a DJI F450, the 8th version so far (I like numbering versions!), a full rebuild after almost 165 flights, this time crafted as a short range FPV cruiser.
(Many more photos below)



My goal was to have an easily transportable quad to film during holidays and around here in the mountains ("winter is coming!"), this quad and the groundstation will be travelling on a backpack for several hours so I need something light, reliable and decently shock proof. Means no gimbal, and means the Gopro 3 black camera well protected in its casing.

You can see the previous versions in the air here : http://www.youtube.com/olivierc600
Subscribe for more climbs and summits, very soon !

Specs :

- DJI F450 frame
- T-Motors 2216-11 900kV, ESC DJI Opto 30A
- 3x batteries Dualsky 4S-2800mAh 5C/30C, flight times : 8 to 10 minutes.
- Flight controller Naza-M v1 + GPS, firmware 4.0
- Gropro HD Hero 3 + casing, doubling as FPV camera (using the USB port).
- Transmitter Futaba 14SG, in FASST 12 channels mod, receiver : Futaba RX7008SB, SBUS.
- Propellers : HQprop 9x5 or Graupners eProps 10".
- FPV OSD : ImmersionRC EzOSD + 100A sensor
- FPV transmitter : 250mW 5.8Ghz With Spironet antenna.
- FPV vTX power supply : 12V BEC from the main 4S battery.
- FPV ground station : 5.8GHz receiver, spiro, 8" Fieldview TFT LCD from Hobbyking.

Weights :

- Frame without battery and camera : 980gr
- Frame with battery, no camera : 1265gr
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Posted by Olivier_C | Sep 22, 2013 @ 03:09 AM | 4,616 Views
This is a serie in 3 parts, flights made this summer in south-western France (near the spanish border), around the towns of Capbreton, Hossegor, and Seignosse, over some famous surf spots, beaches, harbors, and golf courses :]

Emptied 37 Lipos in 13 days, for an average fly time of about 9 minutes, for a grand total of more than 5 hours of footage, from a GoPro3 at 1080 50FPS. All line-of-sight with my usual DJI Flamwheel F450 setup, more details are around there on my blog. There's no post-processing in these videos (apart minor contrast tweaks), or speeding up, or stabilization, or colorization, or whatever, you see what the GP3 saw. Resist the gimbal trend ! RESIST !

Hope you'll enjoy the videos as much as I enjoyed flying there !

Quadcopter - Capbreton/Hossegor part 1 (3 min 14 sec)


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Posted by Olivier_C | Sep 21, 2013 @ 03:22 AM | 5,554 Views

Posted by Olivier_C | Aug 09, 2013 @ 02:10 PM | 28,443 Views
How to configure the Naza and the Futaba 14SG and its bundled SBUS-2 receiver the RX7008SB, so it works in SBUS mode.
This is now possible since the newest DJI 3.16 firmware.
Before this, only SBUS(1) receivers would work.

WARNING!
This guide was made with the Futaba 14SG running the v 2.0.1 firmware (some fixes, and the speech feature).
I noticed a change in the way the PROG. MIX. is working between my previous firmware 1.2 and this 2.0.1
Be very careful that the Failsafe Force and Flight Mode switches are working as intented in the DJI assistant software !


Updated 09/AUG/2013 : Corrected the PROG.MIX. section so it works with the new 2.0.1 firmware for the 14SG.
Updated 10/AUG/2013 : Changed the order of the PROG.MIX. and FAILSAFE sections, more photos.
Updated 13/JAN/2014 : Newest 14SG firmware is now the 3.0 : http://www.futaba-rc.com/software-updates.html
Updated 20/MAY/2014 : Newest 14SG firmware is now the 4.0 : http://www.futaba-rc.com/software-updates.html
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Needed :

- Futaba 14SG radio
- Futaba SBUS-2 receiver : RX7008SB or RX2008SB. Or any SBUS receiver.
- DJI Naza flight controller, any full version (V1, V2). Warning, SBUS mode with a SBUS2 receiver will not work with a Naza lite !
- A multicopter ! For this guide I have a DJI F450 Flamewheel quad.

The instructions below are for a mode 1 radio setup (Throttle+ailerons on the right, elevator+rudder on the left).
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Posted by Olivier_C | Aug 04, 2013 @ 03:36 AM | 5,035 Views
A new alpine video, filmed last week, on a mount named "Chamechaude", means the "bald rock" in old french.

Very special mountain, despite its only 2082 meters above sea level, it's the 4th peak in France by prominence (Topographic prominence), and 20th in Europe. Meaning, it's not very high, but everything around it is quite low, so it's looking taller, feeling like you're on top of the world.

It's a cool place, the west side is a very large plateau angled about 35-40°, leading to the brutal east cliffs. There's some ways to climb these (see one of these breaches, and the steel cable at 0:40 and 1:15) but if you're mentally sane, and you have a multicopter attached to your backpack, it is much safer to climb from the angled easy side. It's a moderately hard climb, the slope is quite steep, the path is going up and up and up, never resting flat.

First video was near the summit, and further down near the main ridges.
Can see the usual alpine choughs, and a couple of swallows following the quad, always got flying buddies up there.

The location : France, Alps mountains, Chamechaude, summit and ridges, altitude 2082m.
Date : July 2013

Quadcopter - Chamechaude, les cretes (3 min 16 sec)


The second video was filmed on the return path, near a weird rock named "La Folatiere", got absolutely no idea why.
And it's angled, the same way the whole mountain is angled.

The location : France, Alps mountains, Chamechaude, "La Folatiere" altitude 1743m.
Date : July 2013

Quadcopter - Chamechaude La Folatiere (2 min 0 sec)

Posted by Olivier_C | Jul 31, 2013 @ 02:01 PM | 5,050 Views
Another alpine video, filmed in june, on top of a mount named "Pic Saint Michel" (Pic = Peak), in the french Alps.
The place is a noteworthy summit of the The Vercors plateau.
Despite the place being moderately high (1966m), it's featuring a very impressive cliff on the east side, the valley below is at altitude 280m.
The drop of the cliff alone is about 500 meters, hardware failure was not an option.
It was not easy flights, there was a lot of winds and updrafts, as usual along such cliffs.
Its moderately easy to climb up there, not a hard walk, about 90 minutes way up.
From the slopped west side.
Because there's also path on the cliff side, aswell, not for me.

The birds seen at the end are called "Chocards", Alpine Chough, these are your best friends when you fly higher than 1500m around here. They'll follow you if you have food, and they'll also check that you're not going too close from their nests. Good companions overall !

The location : France, Alps mountains, Pic Saint Michel, altitude 1966m.
Date : June 2013

Quadcopter - Pic Saint Michel alt. 1966m (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by Olivier_C | Jul 27, 2013 @ 11:20 AM | 5,744 Views
First post of a serie, I spent the past monthes flying at various locations in south-eastern France, near the city of Grenoble (host of the winter olympic games in 1968). I've got several videos already made atop various mountains, I plan to do much more in the coming weeks, stay tuned !

If you've got questions about these places, just ask in the comments, I'll be glad to detail.

The gear, that's my now usual setup : Frame DJI F450 + Naza with GPS
Motors : TM 2216-900kV, Propellers : HQprop 9x5 or Graupners 10x5.
Lipos : 3x Dualsky 4S-2800mAH Flight time : From 9 to 11 minutes per pack.
Radio : Futaba 14SG + RX7008, with telemetry
Inboard camera : GoPro3 Black, 1080p-50FPS for the newest videos, Gopro2 720p-50 previously.
Pilot : Giggling Tim.



All the things I have to carry up there (sandwiches and drinks not pictured) :



Tada ! packed !

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Posted by Olivier_C | Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:02 PM | 6,548 Views
This is the latest build for my DJI F450, flight after flight I ironed out all the small details, polishing things and this time its flying just fine. Nothing awesome, just a quad that works, reliably

You can see it in the air here : http://www.youtube.com/olivierc600

Specs :

- DJI F450 frame
- T-Motors 2216-11 900kV
- ESC DJI Opto 30A
- 3x batteries Dualsky 4S-2800mAh 5C/30C (flight time between 10 and 11mins).
- Naza-M + GPS
- Gropro HD Hero 2 + casing.
- Transmitter Futaba 14SG, in FASST 14 channels mode.
- Receiver : Futaba RX7008SB (not using the SBUS, do not bother, its not working right now, DJI said they will fix it).
- Propellers : Graupners eProps 10", or mix of both sizes (10" rear, 9" front), or 9".

Settings :

Gains : 140/140/100/120 - 100/100
Futaba 14SG timer : See HERE
Little change since this, the timer is now counting upward, instead of downard from 10mins to zero then minus.

Configuring the Futaba 14SG for the Naza : See HERE
And another change since I made this, I removed the ability to remotely set the gains, its worthless once you've found the good values.

Weights :

- Frame without battery : 860gr
- With battery, no payload : 1140gr
- Complete, with GoPro2 : 1320gr

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Thats the normal setup, without the FPV plate, I finally realized I do not like FPV :
If you want to see the FPV plate its detailled HERE



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Posted by Olivier_C | Apr 20, 2013 @ 03:16 AM | 5,627 Views
Few videos I made, "snow themed", lots of snow
1st if from my F450 quad, location is the Romeyere pass, Vercors mountains, French alps (near the city of Grenoble) (HD720) :

Quadcopter - 25/02/2013 - Col de Romeyere (2 min 19 sec)


2nd is a skiing video, still in the Vercors mountains, a tiny and cool ski resort in the village of Lans-en-Vercors (HD720) :
(Even if you're just looking for RC stuff I think you should watch it because that was a beautiful day)

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Posted by Olivier_C | Mar 19, 2013 @ 05:21 PM | 5,738 Views
Below are 3 posters I made, with the help of my loyal buddy ("Nemo").

Disclaimer, I hold no grudge against the DJI company, or whoever else, the purpose is just to make a little fun of the manuals in our beloved hobby, no harmful intent. DJI products are good, you buy it !

And please remember you dear friend, the indicating lights are for the purpose of showing good status of radio linkage to aircrafts, red is meaning poor status and green is for meaning of proper status of flying control is established. You must be prohibited of operation pending battery replacement when light is a red sparkling. Please be familiar with the caution of and usage of the model by the thourough readings of this manual ensuring the safeties !



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Posted by Olivier_C | Mar 17, 2013 @ 02:46 PM | 6,222 Views
Few photos from my DJI F450 KOMPACT®, upgraded design, version 4 !

This is the normal setup, with just a GoPro and a Landing gear from an Align T-Rex heli :
Both are easily removable with no tools to get a no-payload version.



This is the "FPV module", sadly I could not find a way to have the FVP camera there, it's a flaw in the modular design...



The FPV plate is screwed to the bottom with 4x M3 nylon screws, and with 4x 15mm M3 spacers, from the landing gear :

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