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Old 06-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #26
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how it holds up to speed. i use Velcro and a piece of tape to hold it snug


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Old 09-17-2013, 06:01 PM   #27
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Default Some camera mount ideas

1st post for me, so forgive me if it does not work as expected.

I have been working on camera mounts mainly for my Mobius Action Cam, but most would work as well with any 808 keychain camera. I don't have my Super Cub completed just yet, so the pics may show it with no landing gear or in various stages of development. Therefore, I have flown with this camera and can't say how well it does just yet.

Flickr is down at the moment, so some of the pics I'll have to add to my site when flickr is back up. I like diy stuff, so any of the mounts I make are pretty well weighed out to see if they are not too heavy for my Cub when it does take to the skys.

One of my favorite diy mounts is is made from part of a Hang and Hook item that I picked up at my local Target store for $3 bucks. It was in their bargain bin at the One Shop part of Target. I disassembled the three different parts to that item and modified it to fit my Mobius. I figure that the 3 suction cups on it will help hold down any camera shake just as long as it is not attached enough to flatten the suction cups. The actual camera is mounted to the mount with a small rubber band. Shaking didn't dislodge it, so I feel it is secure. I am not so much into the prop wave showing up in my videos, so I'll likely turn the camera around from what is shown in the photos. I'll shoot the tail section as part of my film. If necessary, I can add a small wedge to raise the camera lens up. Although I initially placed the mount into the X of the rubber bands for the wing, I can also mount it to the belly of the plane. My battery box is being modified at present, so I didn't take photos of that just yet.

Any rate, this is just a diy project and i'll have to try it out with some real time flights to see if it works well or not. For $3 bucks though, it is not going to break the bank if it does not work on the plane well.

Hope the photos clearly show what I am speaking of.


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Part of the problem in using Velcro for camera mounts is that the weave and hook parts frequently allow for movement or shake, especially when riding in the wind. Vibrations, even slight ones, can usually be noted in the video when Velcro is used. Industrial strength Velcro can give a firmer grip and reduce much of the movement, but it is generally bulky and not so easy to remove when secured. Gaffers tape, not duct tape, is very good with 808 key chain cameras for the most part, but often dropped frames make the camera video quality a bit iffy in the final results. In addition, any upload to YouTube can also compress things enough to lose some video quality. Mobius is now offering a wide angle lens, but mine in the above pics is the original. I am anxious to get my plane up and flying to see just what the results may be. I thought that the suction cups on this diy mount may help steady the camera a bit, but that is not necessarily so, especially with prop wash hitting it at full force. We shall see though.

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Default Camera mount for rc work

Here are some photos of a diy camera mount I made for my eyeglasses (old pair) and can use when filming the plane from the ground. It works with the key chain cameras and the Mobius. It is light weight and made from an old clear plastic business card holder I bought off of ebay. You do want to anchor it close up front on the ear piece or you will pick up some of your face in videos. It works well in making training or tips and tricks type of videos, too.


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Default DIY key chain camera mount in progress

I love to shop at local thrift stores and always look at things for a different purpose than what they were initially intended for. This diy mount is under progress, as I just found it a few moments ago and have not fully explored mounting methods or locations on my Super Cub. The tubing and foam is very, very light weight and easy to work with. The kicker is that the surgical rubber band from the part will likely work well for making some rubber loops for my prop saver. I have not tried it out, but the foam should reduce some vibration from the external wind and prop wash. Not sure what this came from, but probably some type of work out band for exercise equipment.


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