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Old 10-18-2006, 11:16 AM
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Talking First time vid

Ok.. here is my first camera experiment. Since my laptop is not USB 2 capable.. I had to find out a way to record from a distance greater than what the camera’s specs say.

The camera should transmit up to 250 meters… but my only capability to record is on my computer in my “war room”.. but my house is about 500 meters from my field.. So..

The camera and battery boxed in foam and banded to my fuselage.. My receiver on my roof and a tin-foil… yes tin-foil.. dish of sorts to catch the transmitted signal.. because the receiver alone caught nothing when it was by itself.

I ended up with a video… of questionable quality.. fading in and out but better than it was before I went MacGyver on it.. Below are the pictures of the setup.. I am editing the video and will post it later.. for what its worth.

Junior Pro Trainer
Wireless 2.4 Ghz Micro-cam
Packaging closed-cell foam
Rubberbands
Simple Receiver
Dazzle USB 2 Composite video receiver
Darn long RCA cable
PC

I will be getting a new Laptop and an AC power adapter for my van next month so I can record on site… I also have a VR headgear that I am thinking about using.. he he he… My gal calls me the mad scientist…
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:04 PM
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Neat set up, I'll be looking forward to some video!

Hey, can you get HBO or Showtime with that antenna? :p

Since your in Germany, do you have access to most hobby supplies like you would over here in the states? Just curious as to whether its the same or better/worse when you need something right away.

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Old 10-18-2006, 01:17 PM
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Well.. I can't get HBO... but I did get another wireless camera for a second or two...

I can get parts.. Germany does not differ much from the US commercially. But the population is about 1/4 that of the US so 1/4 the R/C hobbyists... Stores are not as easy to find.. but when you do find them ( Conrad for me ) they tend to be quite stocked to ensure business..

Oh... and while some may grin at the Tin Foil... it increased my reception range from 230 meters to over 570.. (just measured it out on Map24's web site)
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:25 PM
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Heck almost 2000 feet, thats not bad. Have you looked at making a patch antenna from RC-cams site?
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:40 PM
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well.. that looks like fun... I get to cut metal!!!! My gal will be thrilled!! gonna have to try it
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:29 PM
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If you do, post your work...I'm thinking of getting a downlink and making this antenna also. Are the materials available over there? I suppose you have a lowes type store down the street?

The SMA connector is the only thing I will have to mail order to get....unless Radio Shack has them - which I doubt.
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:13 AM
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Ok... I have decided to put down my silly tin foil and rubber-bands and loosen up my wallet a bit.. I have gone mobile..

Heres what I have..
(In order of signal)

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4ch "Junior Pro" trainer
self-adhesive Velcro
2.4ghz Wireless microcam (and standard 9v battery)

Ground
2.4ghz Receiver (came with the cam)
Dual RCA cable (mono-audio, video)
Xoro (panasonic) DVD recorder with 160gb hard drive
Single RCA cable (video)
Portable DVD player with RCA video input (to monitor)
Power for ground equip provided by 125W DC to AC converter plugged into my cigarette lighter.

I wanted to describe to yall what I use to show that you really don't need $10k to make this all possible..

result??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i8sVvv4YJU
alot was lost in the compression for uploading but you get the idea.
Oh.. and the van you see in 3 shots driving.. is my gal driving while I sit in the side door flying the plane.. just to prove the FULLY mobile capabilities of this creation....

the 3 "landings" I showed in the end of the video were the 3 most interesting (the others were just normal.. the first one was a bird strike.. lots of birds headin south this time of year and one appeared out of the gardens.. I tried to bank right to avoid it but he lightly bumped my main wing.. he went on to fly away.. I found a tree. Second one was a lawn dart moment.. the loop that never was... and the third was a fight with a low battery vs unstable headwind..

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Old 11-02-2006, 02:15 PM
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Really neat. What were you using to switch camera views? or was it a couple flights with the camera repositioned?

(Do they really call them 'quarter pounders' in EU since they are in the metric system? :p )

good video!

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Old 11-02-2006, 03:48 PM
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Well.. They are actually "Hamburger Royal mit Kase" but I figured not may people would know what that was... sharp eye man..

The different angles.. well My boss just asked that same question.. "How many cameras did you stick to that thing??"

I have only one cam and only (currently) one position per flight.. that video is diff cuts from diff angles from diff flights.. the very first scene where I am checking my controls, you can see the black patches of velcro. I just stick the camera wherever I want it.. even the joke of the first scene is actually the camera rubberbanded to the side of my sunglasses.. but since my lil cam dont have autofocus.. that was really the only useable portion of that flight.



the angles I used were:
Gun cam: cam facing straight forward
Sea-sick cam: cam hanging over the side facing left and down
Tail-gate cam: cam facing towards the rear

My next idea... built and ready for testing is the..
"I bet I cam": my cam on 2 servos in an X-Y moveable config..
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:27 PM
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I've seen "Pulp Fiction", I know what a "Hamburger Royal mit Kase" is.

nice vid.
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:16 AM
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well... Pulp Fiction or not... Still the best burger there.. ;p
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:42 PM
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ha ha..thats what reminded me to ask, I saw that on Pulp Fiction! I prefer the Big Mac.....

I heard they dip their french fries in mayo..opposed to ketchup here...(also on Pulp Fiction...lol)

well back on topic.... ------> I'm looking forward to see you mount that thing on an x-y axis, FPV seems to be getting popular, alot of new stuff is being designed for that application.

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Old 11-03-2006, 02:43 PM
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well.. right now I am exploring puting gyros on the X and Y servos... for an attempted "super stable - I bet I cam"

heck.. Im on my way to building a Predator

(extra receiver and batt from a chopped heli I had)
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Old 11-06-2006, 04:01 AM
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Hey Dave I cheked out your newst postings after I tried to get my new T-rex off the ground with my vidcam but I crashed twice. 1st I broke a landing skid! glued it then later tried again & destroyed my only set of blades! This heli although easier to fly is still twichy.I like your setup & it's simular to my gear. But I'm wondering if your transmiter is more superior to mine since you get a lot less static and it looks bigger & maybe more powerfull. Is it easey to get? And do you know the guy who sells the heli trianer on this site? How ever I will try your dish antena method It may help me . Thanks Dave. Artie
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Old 11-06-2006, 08:03 AM
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well.. I got the Gyros... twitchy twitchy twitchy... I thought my cam was having a ceasure... guess I have to tweek em a bit...
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technical virtues aside, I love the mud. Looks like you've been doing some real bush landings.
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does give it that 'road warrior' look huh...

I fly at a group of farm fields.. lots of mud on the path ways from the tractors. at one point I just got tired of washing it off because she looked like that after every landing.. then I got smart and took off the landing gear.. just bellied into the grass.. cured the mud problem ;p
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