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Old Mar 26, 2008, 06:00 PM
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Video cams... what do you use?

I am very interested in showing videos of my planes, but want to know what you fliers use. Do you use the video feature on your digital camera, or a cam-corder? I've got both, so which is best?
I have videod planes using the digital camera, and put them on our computer, but the screen to view them seems very small, usually about 3x2 size. Is this good enough to post? How do you post vids?
Also, what mini cam/video do you carry on your plane? I've seen videos taken while the plane is flying and they are quite nice, I'd like to do this too. Thanks for any suggestions, recommendations, and advice.
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 06:16 PM
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I use a comcorder to video my planes, then post them on Youtube. I then post a link on RCgroups to the Youtube vid.

On my planes, I use the Black Widow CCD video camera with its receiver connected to the analog input of my camcorder to take quality videos.
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 09:29 PM
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I use my digital Camera, Casio Exilim, 7.2M... Works well for a Mellon-Cam (mounted on a hat), but an optical viewfinder is very handy for tracking a plane, if you are filming a buddy.

On cams w/o optical viewfinders, we've glued a tube (3/8" or so) on them for a sight... works surprisingly well.
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 11:48 PM
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Our digital camera is a Canon Power Shot A560, that does have a view finder. We've used it to video our planes, but have not posted them due to not knowing how yet.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 08:45 AM
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Rusty

by not knowing how what exactly do you mean. Uploading? Formatting?

My dvd camcorder makes AVI files only. So I plug it into my computers video card and record into windows movie maker.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:11 AM
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Getting our digital camera video to upload into the computer is easy, but how do I then post it to RCGroups? Do I do it the same as posting pics?
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:21 AM
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I use a cheap little Aiptek ISDv digital camcorder,like 120$ plus an SD card.My videos are just O.K. but the AP video is quite nice.If my plane crashes with the cam onboard it won't hurt too bad if it gets destroyed(the camera).
I never did figure out how to embed video in your post like a pic so I just start a thread in videos-electric planes IIRC,then link to there in my regular post,
Bob

BTW My camera uses ASF files so I convert with Windows movie maker,and save it as an Mpg,with a small enough size to upload nicely,
B
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Yep same as posting pics. Go to the video's section. Start a thread, upload. make a link to it in foamies etc...
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 12:26 PM
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post the video to Youtube, then copy/paste the url of the video in your post on this forum. The video will embed in the post and people can view it without leaving the thread, or wailting for huge downloads.

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Old Mar 27, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Has anyone tried the Flip Video cam? Supposed to be idiot proof. Looks like it would make a good "melon cam."

http://www.theflip.com/
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Flip cam looks very nice, easy to use. If it were smaller/lighter I'd want one.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:09 PM
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Rusty, if you're looking for something small, check out the 5in1, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=421745. It's so small I mounted it on an old glasses frame. Video quality is ok. Actually, I guess it pretty amazing given the size of the cam.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:18 PM
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Thats a nice small cam, would be nice to have.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 09:46 PM
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Thats a nice small cam, would be nice to have.
It works well, but is hard to find now. Cons are only 128meg internal memory (not expandable, gives me about 6minutes video), and internal battery. Battery requires about 2hours plugged into usb to charge. Don't know how many times I have plugged it into laptop and forgotten and turned off laptop short time later, to find it not charged for the morning .

I am tempted by the FlyCamOne version2 at about the same price the 5in1 camera used to sell for. Just a little hard to justify at present.

Good thread on FlyCamOne2 and being compared against the 5in1cam.
Side by side video of flycam one, two, and edvr5in1, great to see video quality difference.
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Old Mar 27, 2008, 11:09 PM
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Lakota... thank you for the link.
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