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10-21-2004 12:49 AM  13 years agoPost 1
vince

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I have noticed in some pictures that the frame is not level most of the time. Who makes the mount that keeps the camera level. I have seen the high end ones but there must be some cheaper ones that work without paying huge cash for the high end ones.
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10-21-2004 12:56 AM  13 years agoPost 2
marked23

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Not what you are asking for, but you can fix a tilted image in the computer after the fact. Any good image program will allow you to rotate an image at any arbitrary angle.

-Mark

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10-21-2004 04:08 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Slowpoke

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What mount will give me a level picture

Vince,

Most commercial mounts are self leveling. My Helicam Sport 60 mount has a pivot mount for the camera itself, it swings back and forth.

Sometimes though, during a quick bank or turn you'll still get a shot that's great, although not perfectly level, and, as Mark said, this is where your photo imaging software such as Photoshop is a lifesaver.

Doug

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10-21-2004 04:13 AM  13 years agoPost 4
daggit

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my Airfoil mount levels the picture.

most pictures are shot pretty level but when I catch it offgaurd it can be as much as 6 degrees off horizontal. Not much of problem to level in Photoshop.

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10-21-2004 12:09 PM  13 years agoPost 5
FLAP

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some leveling, with the mounts mentioned, comes with experience. It helps to be in a hover. If you use a cameraman...or force your kids to work for you as I do, they also must know this. Once the initial excitement of those first flights wear off, your shots will level out if you keep this in mind. Steady hover helps with the focus also.

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10-21-2004 12:12 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Lock-Tite

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catch it offgaurd it can be as much as 6 degrees off horizontal. Not much of problem to level in Photoshop.
But rotating a picture in PS or any other softwares, leaves black edges that we dont want, thus making the whole picture narrower. Ideally a picture should be originally leveled.

Frank
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10-21-2004 05:44 PM  13 years agoPost 7
HeliKalle

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My mount will do it for sure

/Christian

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10-21-2004 08:36 PM  13 years agoPost 8
CKY

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Rotating with photoshop and others will lose some definition as not all pixels rotate at the same rate or distance. The bigger the file size the better for rotating but getting it straight in the beginning is preferred.

Chris

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10-21-2004 08:50 PM  13 years agoPost 9
JestRR

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Balence

Most mounts have a self leveling system built in...where as the camera can self level in a non G loading situation, Like in a hover. even if the heli is starting to lean the camera can still be level.
also, the self leveling portion of the camera pod must be ballenced with the camera attatched. I made mine all level, then when i put the camera on it, it was all out of whack!!! Hence the balence part!!!

Hope this helps

Mike Spinner
Florence OR
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10-21-2004 09:19 PM  13 years agoPost 10
flyboy

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I couldn't be happier with the self leveling feature of the Airfoil mounts. In my opinion if you have to "fix" anything in PS then you are doing something wrong. Shoot the photos as close to perfect in the first place and then "improve it" with software.

My two cents.

Flyboy

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