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18 Aug 2019 19:13:57
Had another negative encounter, it's been a few years since the last one, just an uneducated ******, going on about drones being illegal yada yada yada.    :-/
Still that didn't spoil my flying time, had an absolute blast  ~~
07 Aug 2019 19:52:01
ooooh mrs jones  :D
30 Jul 2019 15:26:34
D.B. you tightwad.. :cool:
29 Jul 2019 20:14:10
DB that just means you have shed loads of props in the first place ;-)
29 Jul 2019 18:53:33
Just had a thought, even with all the crashing I've done, I haven't bought any replacement props in over a year ~~
09 Jul 2019 19:45:42
May the sun shine and winds be light for BFU#8. Son't forget lots of vids for those of us unable to attend.  :D
09 Jul 2019 18:10:30
Hope you all have a great day  :beer2:
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05 Jul 2019 21:51:05
Good for genital warts as well......or so I'm told.. :hmm
05 Jul 2019 21:48:24
Just fixed a busted SMA connector on my TBS unity pigtail, it suffered badly in a recent crash and split in two, nothing a touch of the soldering iron couldn't fix  :D
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Why I need FPV.....

Started by FragglePete, Monday,September 30, 2013, 10:02:44

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Not a FPV video as I haven';t got that gear yet (could we have non-FPV section?), but this is the result of a me being asked by a friend who is one of the organisers of the Purbeck Marathon. 

This was all done line of sight, and to be honest, a lot of what I took was unuseable due to the wind blowing the thing all over the place, so I put in what I could of flying footage and mixed it in with some nice GoPro Slow Mo (all filmed at 60fps and slowed down) of the camera placed on the floor, held in hand, etc.

This really highlights the next move (funds permitting) that I really do need to get FPV sorted, and a long term goal is a gimbal as I';m jealous of seeing other members superb silky smooth stable video on here!!!  :azn  - I can see myself building a second quad to support a gimbal as the X525 frame I have mine based on is not really accomodating for such wizardary.

Going to point out - this was done purely as a hobby thing and was not paid for doing such work.  I was being over cautious at the start and nerves got the better off me as I completely missed the start; I was cautious on checking everything was in place, props on tight, camera secured, etc that I had the GoPro in the wrong mode when they initially set off.  I was really pleased at what I thought was a good float about at the start and then realised my error when I brought the quad in to land and saw the GoPro was not recording!!!  :embarrassed  :banghead:  :rofl:   Real shame as the 300 runners setting off together was quite a spectacle.  And yes, I ensured I didn';t fly it over people.



A very nice mix of aerial and terrestrial viewpoints.   It gave a great sense of "being there"  ~~

In the FPV section of the forum there are conversations and ideas for starting out FPV on the cheap (relatively speaking).   I';m in the process myself, the video TX/RX is reasonably inexpensive, as can be the FPV camera - and if you';ve a GoPro you';re a long way there - a cheap cable is all you';d need to hook into the video TX.

For me, the most expensive piece seems to be the viewing gear. FatShark is everyone';s choice of best kit but eye-wateringly expensive. There are build your own alternatives - one based on a cheap LCD monitor and foam enclosure (see http://www.multi-rotor.co.uk/index.php?topic=4512.msg36841#msg36841 ).  Good to get started with, even if looking a bit eccentric.  :laugh: 

"Its better than bad, its good"

Current FCs: Pixhawk, APM 2.6, Naza M V2, Naze32, Flip32+ CC3D, KK2.1.5
Aircraft: miniMax Hex, DJI 550 (clone) TBS Disco, 450 Firefly, 250 Pro, ZMR250, Hubsan X4, Bixler 2


Great stuff Pete, imagine how much more fun it will be via FPV, jump in and grab the gear! you won';t regret it  ;D


Really enjoyed watching this. Well done.

Just goes to show what a ';copter can do for commercial or hobby applications. Looks professional.

Just one observation. Maybe at some point invest in a gimbal to steady your shots, it might also mean the camera is lowered a bit so to keep the props out of the frame...still a bloody good video though.



Quote from: FragglePete on Monday,September 30, 2013, 10:02:44
Going to point out - this was done purely as a hobby thing and was not paid for doing such work. [...] And yes, I ensured I didn';t fly it over people.

Good to hear, although you might want to review the CAA rules (posted in several stickies), in general, but particularly on distance from other people, just to make sure you (and the event organisers) aren';t leaving yourself exposed in the unfortunate event of something not going to plan.

Another forum member posted a short clip of the Tour of Britain cycle race which showed that you can still get usable footage of events using a smaller multi-rotor, while keeping within the legal limit.