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Old May 16, 2001, 01:39 AM
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Zagi-Cam Video is available

Okay, I just posted some video from our little Zagi-cam system. It is a little grainy, and it is around four megabytes in size (~20-30 minute download), but it does exist. Make sure you have Windows Media Player version 7, otherwise it will not run. It is a simple flight on my little Zagi around a field near our house (though the field is being developed with houses now... ) I'll actually construct a page one of these days to show what the setup looks like, but in the meantime: www.scs.unr.edu/~benc/ac1.asf
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Old May 16, 2001, 02:03 AM
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What video system did you use and how much was it? I tried one of those $100.00 Plantraco B&W units and couldn't get more than 20 ft. away from the video reciever. Looks like your vid quality is very good. I'd like to put one of those on my Twinjet!
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Old May 16, 2001, 10:27 AM
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It is actually a small MPEG-4 vid cam that we attached on to a standard Zagi canopy, complete with modified power cable to feed off of the main battery. My dad got it on auction dirt cheap for another project, but since it wasn't capable of high enough resolutions, we found another use for it. It is a Sharp camera, model VN-EZ1. To be honest, I'm not sure where one could find the little guy anymore: sharp doesn't even list it on their web site!
As for Specs, this flight was on my little 'ol Zagi, using a Permax 480 motor, 8x500 battery pack, and an otherwise stock configuration (except for an aluminum arrow epoxied into the body to add support). The majority of flights, however, were on my brother's Zagi, which has a standard 400 and (most frequently) powered by 8x600 packs. As stated before, I'll post some pictures of the setup in a bit, hopefully on a full-blown site!


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Old May 16, 2001, 03:36 PM
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I'm running Media 7 and your video errors out after hmmm, 7 seconds of play. I can see the launch and a little of the flight....
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Old May 16, 2001, 04:03 PM
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Same here on the Media Player 7.0
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Old May 16, 2001, 08:08 PM
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same here
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Old May 16, 2001, 11:05 PM
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same error
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Old May 17, 2001, 04:40 AM
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same here
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Old May 17, 2001, 10:14 AM
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Understood. I think there was a minor glitch in the upload process. I will commence a new upload right now. Sorry about that...
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Old May 17, 2001, 11:26 AM
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Here ya go: www.scs.unr.edu/~benc/ac1.zip
Right click on it and hit "save as" if it gives you some grief. Also, you now need a zip decompression program to open the file (i.e. winzip). Sorry about the problem: I didn't specify binary mode transfers in FTP previously!


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Old May 17, 2001, 10:02 PM
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cool

but i was hoping the landing would be included

can you describe the modification you did to source the power from the battery?

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Old May 18, 2001, 10:42 PM
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Ben, Great video. It made me want to take the Zagi out of storage and throw a camera on it. I'd like to know how you used the onboard batteries to power the camera also. Since the camera requires 6 volts did you run it off a 7 or 8 cell pack...and that extra voltage worked without damaging the camera?
For those looking for a place to buy the camera, and it ain't cheap, Amazon has it for $279.99. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...472067-8942933

I actually did a search and found it for as much as $700.00. I guess they weren't told the camera has been discontinued. For PCWorld review, which was a negative review: http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article.asp?aid=11930

For more info on the camera: http://www.sharp-world.com/sc/gaiyou/news-e/990317.html

I have a Canon G1 digital that takes 30 second movies with sound, but I think I'll wait till I see one on Ebay for about 100.00, and save my $800.00 Canon for less dangerous trips.
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Old May 20, 2001, 12:16 AM
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Ben,
Where do you fly at? There are a bunch of us zagi nuts out a Rancho San Refeal every weekend and just about every day for lunch during the week. You should come by.
Mike
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Old May 20, 2001, 04:16 PM
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I'll see if I can. I just took out my new PJC for its trial runs this morning (nickname: "Zerstoerer"), and I was quite pleased with its speed and climb out on a 480 n500 9.6v pack. I just need to increase the throws, though, as they are too slow for my tastes. My brother's gas-Zagi conversion has been redone in a pusher config , though the balance is somewhat screwed now. We're about to go test the little guy. Just so you know, we're the Zagi guys you hear about out in Hidden Valley! Dad (Gary Carman on the board), Greg, and I all fly up there, engaging in some vicious combat and other insane maneouvers (and some spectacular crashes). Are you one of the guys in Rancho San Rafel that have one of those Astro 020 motors? I heard those things scream! Once our fleet is fully operational, we may just have to swing on by RSR park sometime! It'd be nice to have some grass to land on for once!
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Old May 20, 2001, 11:29 PM
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I have a colbalt in my Zagi, but we do have a guy with the 020. He had to send it in for repair after a bad crash. Another friend of mine was flying his PJ today and he was having the same problems, not enough throw.
Yes you should come buy some time, I would love to see that gas version zagi. We even have pylons set up some times.
Mike
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