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Posted by Tim Green | Apr 19, 2019 @ 09:27 PM | 4,020 Views
Exuberent FPV, by yours truly, round the yard, this spring - slowly at first - as I locate the twigs (4 min 3 sec)

After a winter of hooting around the house every day in small ducted quads - yeah - 75mm ducted quads - AKA Whoops - I find I can enjoy FPV out in the yard more - as I'm not crashing every battery. This is HD from an FPV flight on my 135mm quad this spring, yesterday actually - no music. But hey - I'm diving a bit now - this modern world - what's next? Good parts start around 1:20 or 1:30.
Posted by Tim Green | Aug 21, 2018 @ 08:58 AM | 29,966 Views
Flying Seniors - Geeze Louise

This week, I flew a couple model planes – sucessfully. A 2m glider called the Pulsar. And a 1.5m cub-like model called the Tundra. (Been flying nothing but drones since 2010.)

Where a month or so back, I decided I was too old to fly planes - after crashing the never flown before Tundra – right there in front of the Geneva RC Club membership - with family in attendance. I put on a game face, as I carried the wreckage off the field. Hearing one old timer remark that it looked like it was flying nose heavy. Old timer? Really? I’ve got to be one of the older guys at the field – Geeze.

Thinking back over that embarassing bit, especially the “old timers” remark – and accessing the plane’s behavior while I was trying to land – it just wouldn’t glide – yeah – it could well have been a bit nose heavy – meaning - I didn’t finesse that while figuring out where to mount the battery (battery placement is how we control COG (Center Of Gravity).

So – I finally finessed it – and yeah – the battery wants to be 2” further back from where it was – to balance in the middle of the COG. In that Tundra.

And that Tundra, the one with the batt 2” further back – it flies like a sweet heart.

But Geeze - I use to finesse the COGs in my planes – AND - the old ones that I setup back in the day – all still fly well. But .....Continue Reading
Posted by Tim Green | Sep 02, 2016 @ 06:51 PM | 30,677 Views
FPV with Said the Spider (3 min 41 sec)

Just some FPV fun. On an Atom 122mm frame.

If you watched it, then you know, I'm still very much the amateur FPV pilot. Learning with every flight.

As you can see ... I like to fly under my trees - ground hugging all the way.
Posted by Tim Green | Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:06 AM | 31,819 Views
A man, his dog and his drone (0 min 9 sec)

A serendipitous moment, at the end of the first flight this year.

And the long version, with my son-in-laws music ...

Late Winter's Drone About the Yard with Optional Gravy (3 min 47 sec)
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Posted by Tim Green | Jan 03, 2016 @ 10:47 PM | 33,087 Views
No Snow Today - video recorded in log color, post processed auto level (9 min 20 sec)

Noodling about the yard in a drone - on a recent snowless winters day. Was flying a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced.

Vid was recorded with camera color set to log mode - which creates a shockingly dull video, but doesn't throw out any data while recording. Leaves it all there for post processing.

Post Processing ...

Edits were done with Corel Video Studio Pro v8. Settled on an auto level filter for putting the color back.

It's long - didn't cut it down at all, since I wanted to study the effects of the auto level filter as the views changed. Besides - I like the view from up there.

Added some music - and here we are.
Posted by Tim Green | Dec 24, 2015 @ 12:33 PM | 32,966 Views
Beer Bottle Flip 2 (1 min 25 sec)

Taken with a Phantom 3 Advanced - always fun.
Posted by Tim Green | Dec 24, 2015 @ 11:56 AM | 32,876 Views
A Drone About the Yard (0 min 59 sec)

Improved this video with a couple edits - better beginning and ending now.
Posted by Tim Green | Dec 01, 2015 @ 05:06 PM | 33,298 Views
Edit: it turns out that having the iPad Air 2 display in some proper shade is also key to enjoying the FPV experience. And I was in deep shade, while flying the P3A on this day. I plan to get a proper light shield. Trying things like black sheets, etc.

Ahhh - to dream of flight - and then to live that dream, with both feet still on the ground ...

Phantom 3 Advanced Live - saucy pilot has swig of beer (0 min 32 sec)

That was the dream realized, via the P3A's 720p live video stream. What I saw while I was flying.

Here's a sample of the promise, without the realization ...

DVRs from F550 w Hero3 Black+ on Mini3D gimbal (2 min 6 sec)
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Posted by Tim Green | Sep 22, 2015 @ 02:21 PM | 33,298 Views
Taken with a P3A ...

A Drone about the Yard (1 min 5 sec)

Tried new video editing technique (new for me) - using a bunch of short segments (less than 10s each, most less than 5s), tied together via the music. Allows one to make an ordinary video somewhat exciting and fun.
Posted by Tim Green | Sep 14, 2015 @ 07:15 AM | 33,661 Views
Got a Phantom 3 Advanced, a couple weeks ago. So, I included a stock photo, since they're all the same. Didn't have to do a thing to it. Nada. Zip. Includes a simulator - so you can try before you fly. And it's cheap. Cheaper for the functionality, than my built up multi rotors. And, it provides better live video. And, it's got an OSD to die for. FPV. Maps. You name it - it's all available on the live display (your iPhone or tablet, mounted on the included transmitter). Everything's designed in. Including a few auto flight modes. I won't say more, as this is a well documented, and well known product. (and well designed, I might add, from the software, to the case)

The thing about it is, that, it's a game changer for multis.

You don't have to be handy, any more, to fly.

Everything changes, all the time.
Posted by Tim Green | May 27, 2015 @ 11:02 PM | 36,856 Views
A new gimbal, a dog, a pond and a barn (1 min 31 sec)

Flying my stock DJI F550 hexacopter, with a NAZA 2 FC, an H3B+ camera, recording at 1920 x 1280 x 60fps, supported by a brand new FY MiNi-3D 3 axis gimbal. Nice. And a very nice day to try it out on. Beautiful.

Inverting it is simple. Remove cam. Invert gimbal. Rotate roll 180 deg. Put cam back, right side up. Done. It adjusts to the new orientation on power up.

Bought mine here http://hobbywireless.com/gimbals-hea...al-p-1865.html

Added on June 22, 2015 ...

Just tried my working nicely 4 ball mini gimbal with the special Hero cable that connects the hero cam video with the internal mini harness, by plugging into the special plug on the hero mounting frame of the gimbal. BUT ... it's noisier, much, than using a direct plug of my own, bypassing the included mini wiring harness - a typical H3 cable that plugs into the H3 then directly plugs into my NAZA OSD wiring harness.

I'm not surprised. The direct connection has fewer conns and is a twisted pair, so should be less noisy.

Back to original post ...

Some pics of the gimbal mounting ...
Posted by Tim Green | May 17, 2015 @ 09:23 PM | 35,436 Views
Yesterdays Adventure (0 min 34 sec)

Was flying a Vector FC on a Naza F450 frame with an e300 pwr system. I fat fingered the controls, panicked just a tad, but recovered during the sudden unexpected downward fall. Didn't see the tree, until afterward, while viewing the recording. Lucky Man I am.
Posted by Tim Green | Dec 17, 2014 @ 03:46 PM | 35,625 Views
Vector vs Naza LoiterGPS Mode Comparison (15 min 28 sec)

Video showing back to back loiter/GPS modes by two different F450s. One F450 with a Vector FC, and one with a NAZA M FC. Each flight consists of a bunch of hovering using loiter/GPS mode. And each flight ends with an RTH test. The video starts with the NAZA flight, and finishes with the Vector flight.
The main video was taken with a Kodak digital cam mounted on a tripod.
I forgot to turn on the DVR until 2 min into the NAZA flight so the video starts without the DVR OSD stuff showing on the overlay in the left hand corner.
It was a windy day, as you will see from the trees in the background, should you view any bits of this long video.
Posted by Tim Green | Nov 10, 2014 @ 03:35 PM | 31,142 Views
Posted by Tim Green | Oct 24, 2014 @ 05:22 PM | 35,488 Views
A stock DJI F550, a FY-G3 3-axis gimbal, a Hero 3 Black+ at 1960x1280x60fps - some great autumn weather - some editing, my back yard, and a cat (Boris) a dog (Miles) and two humans - Corey and myself ...

F550 at Dusk, Behind the Ridge, Around the Pond (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by Tim Green | Oct 13, 2014 @ 11:05 PM | 36,480 Views
Here's an example of what the FY-G3 3 axis gimbal does - at least on a stock NAZA M F550 ...

Video taken with H3W camera mounted in an FY-G3 3 axis gimbal - flown on a NAZA F550 (5 min 54 sec)
Video taken with H3W camera mounted in an FY-G3 3 axis gimbal - flown on a NAZA F550 (5 min 54 sec)

Posted by Tim Green | Oct 13, 2014 @ 08:47 PM | 36,693 Views
Edit on October 20 ... Really like the gimbal. Wonderful fun.

Just finished mounting an FY-G3Ultra 3-Axis gimbal on a stock DJI F550. $209 from http://hobbywireless.com/gimbals-hea...al-p-1321.html

Here's a link to the gimbal mfg ...

I used this thread as a resource (thx wattnoise) ...

Video taken with this gear here ...

I have not programmed the gimbal. I have never hooked it up to my laptop even, so I do not know which version of software is running on it.

It boots up ready to use, in heading follow mode - meaning I control the tilt. Roll, tilt and yaw are stabilized. And when I yaw, it follows. With a lag.

EDIT: There's sometimes a recurring yaw correction going on in the gimbal - of a few degrees. It's not always there.
Installed FW v1.12 on Oct 25, 2014, and it fixed this problem. FeiYu-Tech makes me happy.

I am running 4s. The gimbal works best at 12v. So I used an LC filter connected to the battery balance connector, and connected that to a 12v regulator, which feeds the gimbal.

The tilt conn from gimbal to Rx only has the signal,wire, as the heading cable has the gnd wire in it. Since I do not control heading in my system, I moved the gnd wire to the tilt cable. Else there would be issues.

All in all - I like this gimbal. Only been up twice so far - both times today.

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Posted by Tim Green | Sep 22, 2014 @ 03:03 PM | 32,110 Views
Posted by Tim Green | Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:18 PM | 37,240 Views
And a shorter vimeo HD version.
Drone over South Ridge (2 min 15 sec)

A video demonstrating the video quality of the new home built camera tilter. Used a Hero 3 Black+ cam, running at 1920x1280x60fps.

Camera Tilter in Action 02 (4 min 57 sec)
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Posted by Tim Green | Aug 12, 2014 @ 08:06 AM | 36,674 Views
Here's a benchtop demo of the camera tilter mounted on an F450.

Benchtop Demo of Custom Camera Tilter on f450 (0 min 24 sec)

It's a Vector FC. The servo is connected to the Rx ch 8. the Rx is powered by the Vector PSU's 5v tap. Note that I measured the current draw of the Hitek HS5245MG servo before hand - and that it maxed out well under 1 amp during use. Even when I stalled it. This is important, cause the PSU 5v supply can drop if the draw exceeds 1 amp.
I mounted the tilter away from the center. That's why the battery was moved back from before - to keep the COG in the physical center of the quad - better for the FC that way....Continue Reading