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Old Jul 31, 2001, 02:52 PM
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video cam on a Zagi?

Does anyone know of a cheap setup in install a live video camera on a Zagi? I thought it would be cool, to have a first person perspective while flying the Zagi.

Chris
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 04:02 PM
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I don't know about a cam on a zagi, but I saw a video posted on a picojet the other day. You might want to try to do a search on it.
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 06:05 PM
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That was my pico-jet.

Details of the plane are here: http://yb2normal.rcplanet.com/picocam1.html

And a couple of video's are here: http://home.earthlink.net/~strongb1/index.html

(first video link is not working yet but the other two are)
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 09:55 PM
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Wow, way cool video!!! Nice way to roll it.
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 02:34 PM
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You bet,,,keep working on them and keep that video rolling!! Good luck.
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 02:49 PM
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I went to the national rocket shoot in Lucern Dry lake bed two weeks ago. This guy had a camera setup on the nose of his rocket looking back down and filmed the entire flight. He called the camera an "X10". The range in the documentation is like 100 feet but his altimiter in the rocket said 1300 feet and the entire trip (other than the parachute popping out) was very clear. Sound and everything. Really cool.
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 03:06 PM
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Here's a link to my amp'd up transmitter on my wingo, in case you were curious.
http://www.geocities.com/picocam1

Ignore the name of the link, it's really from a wingo, not picjet.
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 08:21 PM
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ok, so if i understand this all right you are not using the xcam2 camera anymore and you have replaced or modified the transmitter. mmm - i was thinking of doing this for some fun but the process is not totally clear to me. btw some of the video links seem to be dead. how well did the original camera work and how much range did you get from it ? oh, and how long does the tx run on what size battery ?

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Old Aug 02, 2001, 12:09 AM
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yb2normal,
how much was your setup? And where did you get the equipment?

Chris.

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Old Aug 02, 2001, 12:30 AM
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cclap,

I've written up tons of information on the evolution of my project and put in on my webpage.
http://yb2normal.rcplanet.com/aerialvideo1.html

It talks about the whole process of getting the video system running on my Wingo. I talk more about the detail of applying it to the pico-jet here:
http://yb2normal.rcplanet.com/picocam1.html

With regards to cost, the particular system flying on the pico-jet cost me about $250 to put together.

cruzomatic, thanks, I've been practicing my rolls... still working out the stick movement to get it perfectly axial.

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Old Aug 02, 2001, 10:56 AM
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pfg,

First, don't be discouraged by all the mod's you see being made to the xcam2 transmitter. If you are just looking to get your feet wet in aerial video, you can do so with a minimum of modification. Much of the modifications you'll need to make are dependent on the type of plane you'll be installing on. Earlier this week I strapped a completely unmodified XCam2 video transmitter to my Wingo and it flew fine, since the Wingo could carry the weight. I wouldn't try this on a pico jet though .

Anyway, tell us a little more about what you'll be flying on and we can suggest the minimum mods to get you in the air.

- Bill
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