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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by growe19, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. growe19

    growe19 Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Posted by growe19, Feb 17, 2013 #1
    Hi Guys,

    I've had an AR Drone and linked it up to my laptop for flying via an Xbox controller but with a GoPro underneath it just doesn't do the job.

    I've seen some videos and really like these on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/41406911, http://vimeo.com/34676743, http://vimeo.com/28706477

    So I'm taking the plunge and upgrading but before I buy I wanted to see if what I was getting was a good setup in the opinion of the multirotor community.

    I've been on www.buzzflyer.co.uk and this is what I've spec'd:

    DJI F550 FlameWheel
    Kit Specification: Assembled by Buzz Flyer
    Battery and Charger: 14.8v 4250Mah LiPo and B6D Programmable Charger
    GPS: DJI NAZA GPS Upgrade
    Autopilot: DJI NAZA
    Transmitter: Walkera Devo10
    Receiver: Walkera Devo10 RX

    Aeroxcraft DJI 550 GoPro Gimbal Landing Gear Set

    Fat Shark Predator V2 FPV goggles

    I'll be flying with a GoPro HERO3 so will need to slightly modify the gimbal as it is designed for the HERO2.

    Any advise is greatly appreciated.

  2. b0nafide

    b0nafide Member

    Posted by b0nafide, Feb 17, 2013 #2
    Hey Growe...

    Welcome to the community.

    Stepping up from a AR Drone is a good first step :)

    The DJI Naza F550 is a good copter (so I've heard). I'm building one myself right now. My suggestions:
    - Build it yourself... this way when something goes wrong, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to fix it.
    - Slow down... don't bother getting an FPV system right off the bat. Figure out how to fly it and get it working for you first.
    - If you insist on getting all of the running at the start. Upgrade your props..

    ...You realize your talking from moving from a $250 AR Drone to a potential $1500 system with all your gadgets?
  3. growe19

    growe19 Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Posted by growe19, Feb 17, 2013 #3
    Yeah I checked the price, it is quite a step.
    I was going with the FPV because I thought it would make it easier to fly.

    I had a few cases of lost Drone when wind took it up up and away! Those videos I link in my opinion had some pretty good flying. Couldn't be achieved without FPV.

    And as for building it. That is a definite no no. I tried building a 3D printer and that doesn't work. So luckily as Bzuzz Flyer are quite local to me I can just take it there for a once over.

    Do you think the footage will need much stablisation? And if so, what do you guys use (Mac)?
  4. kloner

    kloner Aerial DP

    Jan 5, 2012
    San Diego
    Posted by kloner, Feb 17, 2013 #4
    depends on the camera and gimbal if it needs alot of work to make watchable clips
  5. growe19

    growe19 Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Posted by growe19, Feb 17, 2013 #5
    Well the gimbal compared to others available is very very cheap so maybe not great. The camera will just be a GoPro. I was going to try it on each of the modes to work out what was best.

    I had some raw footage from another pilot I ran through After Effects CS6 and it seemed to do a good job of stablising it.
  6. Kilby

    Kilby Active Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Posted by Kilby, Feb 17, 2013 #6
    The problem with stabilizing GoPro footage is that the fisheye lens always gives it away. Yes, it might come out less jumpy, but then it starts to look like it was warped in the areas that the stabilization happened. This doesn't happen on a lens that doesn't barrel the image.
  7. growe19

    growe19 Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Posted by growe19, Feb 17, 2013 #7
    Ok then that transitions nicely to another question then. Could the DJI setup above lift a Canon 600D (Reble Ti2 I think in the US)?

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