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Old 02-13-2006, 05:07 PM
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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.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:25 PM
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Here is a frame grab:
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:32 PM
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Post the video for us!
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by rcers View Post
Post the video for us!
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As soon as I get some editing software to cut it down from its current 120 mB size .

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Old 02-13-2006, 07:45 PM
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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.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ForestCam View Post
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.
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.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:28 PM
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What OS do you use? Windows Movie maker OK and is free with XP.

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I'm still clinging to Windows 98, sigh. My daughter has XP on her laptop. I'll try it there.

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Old 02-14-2006, 05:34 PM
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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
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looks good....cool videos!

time to upgrade to windows XP !:p

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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

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

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