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HoggZilla
08-10-2006, 03:03 AM
I have yet to attach my Aiptek MPVR to the plane. Right now I am just practicing in the front yard. I have attached a video so you can see the problem I am having. This is me flying my Air Hog Aero Ace.

Notice how the video is very wavy, lagging. Is this normal. This is supposed to be 640x480 at 30fps. If so, that is terrible. I can't even imagine how bad the video would be from up in the plane. Granted my daughter is moving the camera around to follow the plane, but she is not moving it like it's a hot potato (although her feet are burning on the hot pavement). And this is the same results I got from my other videos today, even those not following a plane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAOr5AoFKEM

Should I return or is this normal? Do I need a high speed SD card like the Ultra II? Your comments are appreciated. I have ordered the Prism which will hook to my receiver and allow me to snap photos so I hate the thought that this is normal for this price recorder. btw, I paid $119 at Circuit City for it.

Also, just for good measure, if you have a suggestion for a good AP video camera, please suggest here. Please mention what plane you are using it with.

Thanks.
Steve

aviatordave
08-10-2006, 04:05 AM
looks like a laggy card, what are you using?

I use the pentax optio s5z (~ $159), also uses the prism. My write speed on the 512 SD card is 15kb/sec, records 24 minutes of video, or lots of pics

here is one of my vids, yours should be similiar under bright light

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=92092&postcount=26

aviatordave
08-10-2006, 04:16 AM
Here is what you can expect from your camera, found this on another site

http://media.putfile.com/Another-MVPR-2K6-flight

HoggZilla
08-10-2006, 04:41 AM
Here is what you can expect from your camera, found this on another site

http://media.putfile.com/Another-MVPR-2K6-flight

Very helpful. Thanks.

I am leaning towards a faster SD Card. I have the SanDisk 512 SD blue card. I think I will try the Ultra II.

aviatordave
08-10-2006, 05:15 AM
make sure it has a fast write speed. sometimes they advertise the read speed as fast, but fast write speed is the best!

kinda sux to keep putting money in, but the way I look at it is the SD cards will work with most digital cameras.

anyway, with a faster write speed you can take higher resolution pics at a faster rate.

keep us posted - Dave

Kosh
08-10-2006, 06:02 AM
The card you have should still work fine for photos and might do ok on 320x240 video. Dave nailed it with the faster write speed and if you hunt around there are some 2 gig Hi-Speed SD cards for around $45 on the market. I have a pair of the PGI I picked up here http://dealnews.com/deals/pqi-60-x-2-GB-Secure-Digital-Card-for-43-shipped/122821.html

Now I'm not saying buy from them as you might find a better deal with a little searching on your own. Its just a link to get you started here on whats out there.

HoggZilla
08-10-2006, 06:43 AM
The card you have should still work fine for photos and might do ok on 320x240 video. Dave nailed it with the faster write speed and if you hunt around there are some 2 gig Hi-Speed SD cards for around $45 on the market. I have a pair of the PGI I picked up here http://dealnews.com/deals/pqi-60-x-2-GB-Secure-Digital-Card-for-43-shipped/122821.html

Now I'm not saying buy from them as you might find a better deal with a little searching on your own. Its just a link to get you started here on whats out there.

Dave and Kosh. Thanks to you both for helping me work through this. My plan is to purchase a fast write speed card. Even if that does not work, my daughter will love the card for her camera.

I will keep you posted.

HoggZilla
08-11-2006, 03:08 AM
This is the card I ordered. Anyone try this?

http://dealnews.com/deals/pqi-150-x-2-GB-Secure-Digital-Card-for-39-shipped/127868.html

Kosh
08-11-2006, 04:38 AM
150x card say it Reads 22.5MB/sec & Writes 15MB/sec so that should work great for you. My order was only around 7 days to arrive so by next week you should be in business.

aviatordave
08-15-2006, 04:39 AM
Steve,

Did you get the new SD card yet? Did it work?

Dave

HoggZilla
08-15-2006, 06:24 AM
Have not received it yet. Hopefully tomorrow? But, I have not even received an email to say it has been shipped. So, who knows. I will reply again when it shows up and I can test it out.

HoggZilla
08-25-2006, 06:03 AM
Just wanted to update. Got the 2G fast SD card in, no difference in the video quality. I have posted a question on a forum for the MPVR.

Thanks all.
Steve

Kosh
08-25-2006, 06:14 AM
Try it 320x240 size just for the heck of it and see if theres a big difference? Not sure but in the smaller size it does better video I think. You can also get back to 640x480 with windows movie maker should it work better. One more thought, A indoor test may not get enough light to that camera so try it in some sun also.

tandemssafetyguy
08-26-2006, 01:16 AM
There is a video stabilizing mode on this camera. Go into your menu and turn it on. Don't waste your money buying a faster card. You do not need it.

Kosh
08-26-2006, 02:00 AM
Don't waste your money buying a faster card. You do not need it.

As cheap as the better SD cards are I never think of them as wasted money. Having a higher write speed ALWAYs pays off for me on any camera I have ever used. Video is smoother with less dropped frames and no cutouts. :D

aviatordave
08-26-2006, 06:16 AM
There is a video stabilizing mode on this camera. Go into your menu and turn it on. Don't waste your money buying a faster card. You do not need it.

Thanks for the tip, I hope it helps Steve out!!

I'm a believer on fast SD cards IMHO, like Kosh said you will have less drop outs and a faster write speed between pics. That can be the life saver for getting the perfect picture in the air.

Thanks

Dave

Kosh
08-26-2006, 06:24 AM
Hey Tandem, Please dont take my remark as a snub on you. Your offering sound advice that will help others here and thats what were all about so thanks. :)

tandemssafetyguy
08-28-2006, 03:19 AM
No problem. My remark was not intended to offend either. My MPVR does pretty well but if a faster card will help, I may try it.

HoggZilla
08-28-2006, 04:00 AM
There is a video stabilizing mode on this camera. Go into your menu and turn it on. Don't waste your money buying a faster card. You do not need it.


I have tried this but it did not make any difference. I will try the lower res as Kosh suggested and let you all know.

Thanks.

tandemssafetyguy
08-28-2006, 03:08 PM
I will try to see what resolution my camera is set at. I would not think that should matter but I have been wrong before. Maybe you do have a bad camera.