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Commander_Drake
02-13-2006, 04:07 PM
I bought an inexpensive digital camcorder to play with. Poloroid Studio 4, $99. Of course I had to buy an SD memory card also. I attached it to the front of my Vermont Belle electric plane with rubber bands and flew it around. The camcorder is just barely better than toy quality but still I am having a lot of fun with it.

Pros: Low cost, light weight.
Cons: Short battery life, fixed focus.

Commander_Drake
02-13-2006, 04:25 PM
Here is a frame grab:

rcers
02-13-2006, 04:32 PM
Post the video for us!
Mike

Commander_Drake
02-13-2006, 06:14 PM
Post the video for us!
Mike

As soon as I get some editing software to cut it down from its current 120 mB size ;) .

Here is the same pic un-cropped:

ForestCam
02-13-2006, 06:45 PM
Try Windows Movie Maker, convert it into a WMV and it sould really shrink in size.

I can't wait untill better weather so I can try out my CVS camcorder. I want to mount it to a Slow Stick (that I haven't gotten yet) but it was pretty calm and sunny yesterday and I almost tried strapping it to my Formosa.:D

Commander_Drake
02-13-2006, 06:56 PM
Try Windows Movie Maker, convert it into a WMV and it sould really shrink in size.

I can't wait until better weather so I can try out my CVS camcorder. I want to mount it to a Slow Stick (that I haven't gotten yet) but it was pretty calm and sunny yesterday and I almost tried strapping it to my Formosa.:D

Thanks, I'll try that.

I was amazed at how easily the Vermont Belle carried the camcorder. I had to keep turning the plane in the air to check and see if the camcorder was still attached. It flew like there was nothing there. When I post the video you'll see how quickly it climbs. It was a windy day too.

rcers
02-13-2006, 07:28 PM
What OS do you use? Windows Movie maker OK and is free with XP.

Mike

Commander_Drake
02-13-2006, 08:50 PM
I'm still clinging to Windows 98, sigh. My daughter has XP on her laptop. I'll try it there.

Glen

Commander_Drake
02-14-2006, 04:34 PM
OK. Here are some short clips:

takeoff http://www.youtube.com/?v=U36xmJtWymo
mid flight http://www.youtube.com/?v=yN5VxySC1sE
landing http://www.youtube.com/?v=lvsPdS-H-6M

aviatordave
02-14-2006, 06:26 PM
looks good....cool videos!

time to upgrade to windows XP !:p

-Dave

Commander_Drake
02-14-2006, 06:40 PM
Thanks Dave,

I'm kinda' proud of that landing. Pretty much on the paint. I think carrying a camcorder is going to make me try harder to make good landings :D

Yes, I was pleased with the Windows Movie Maker. Time to upgrade my own computer I guess. My daughter kept needing her laptop back.

Glen