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11-28-2011 06:05 PM  5 years agoPost 1
yourself123

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A buddy of mine created this video simply using a Trex 500, FPV equipment and a handheld Sony HD camera. There is nothing special about his setup, but it just goes to show how flight skill is a determining factor in producing good quality video and photos. Apparently he spent less than $2000 on his setup. Just goes to show you don't have to put $10,000+ into your system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XocNSqQpgl8

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11-28-2011 09:18 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Burnt Offering

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Proffesional Quality Video? Your your kidding right? His flight skills might pass but his ability to get rid of vibrations leaves a lot to be desired. You would have to be blind not to see the waves in the video produced by the vibration from the heli. Makes no difference how great a pilot you are if you have vibration in your video and no offense but geting rid of vibration is a HUGE part of producing pro video. No, You don't have to spend 10k on a system, but you spend 2k and we just saw what you get.

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11-28-2011 10:23 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Al Austria

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I thought that that was a VERY nicely cut video. Definitely more interesting than most "PRO" videos I've seen, vibrations and all.

Burnt, you sound like a pro, let's see what kind of footage you can get with similar equipment.

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11-28-2011 10:32 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Burnt Offering

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I didn't say it was bad. I said it wasn't pro. Pro is what you get PAID for. Thats the difference between amatuer and pro. His FPV flying skills are good I am not denying that. All I am saying is no one would PAY for that. If someone did, then they obviously don't care for pro quality video. The potential is there, keep working get rid of the vibrations and he will really have something.

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11-28-2011 10:46 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Al Austria

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I said it wasn't pro.
Still want to see your pro 'copter work...

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11-28-2011 11:15 PM  5 years agoPost 6
MichiganFlyer

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Very nice video! Might not be Pro but I bet any Realestate seller would hire him. Kudos to him for giving it a go.

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11-28-2011 11:37 PM  5 years agoPost 7
tott

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The video is nice.

Low budget or not... it is a decent video with good perspective.

In the end it is plagued by bad vibrations....period

The difference between professional vs Amateur goes way beyond how much one spends on equipment.

Using equipment that is intended for a specific task generally lends to a SAFER work environment.

I have seen people get good video from all sorts of flying objects (some cannot even be classified as a heli or MR).

When one spends 10,000 + on a system they are not trying to just get better video quality as compared to the hobby heli converted for Ap......They in fact are looking for a specificly built tool that has relability, repeatablility, and mainly SAFETY.

That is not to say that all 10,000 + AP machines are safer than the hobby grade heli converted for AP....The statement is just to cover what is accomplished with such an expensive piece of equipment.

Now take into account if someone is just taking a few videos or still here and there compared to the COMPANY that does it for a living....This can be seen in any industry...if you are a truck driver (as a profession for a living) you would want to have the best (usually more expensive) truck....can that same driver do his job just as good with a 30 year old used and beat up truck......perhaps YES..

Any piece of photo video equipment can and has been used to get good or perhaps even great results. Again if you are doing this for a living you know that simply having the best equipment you an afford in your arsenal helps. If you are Meeting with clients that have knowledge of photo, video and perhaps Ap equipment....It helps to have the best equipment you can have.

Taking into consideration that most of the 10,000+ Ap helis have a autopilot system installed that adds greatly to the overall price but also adds just as much if not more in reliability, repeatability and most of all SAFETY....

Now add the fact that most expensive purpose built AP helis use high grade and expensive electronics...This adds greatly to the same as mentioned above.

Now add the purpose built (expensive-relative to this discussion)camera gimbal on the purpose built (expensive) Ap machine. This adds the same above mentioned parameters as well.

Just taking the few things mentioned above and subtracting them (the autopilot, expensive electronics, and expensive camera gimbal) one can reduce the said 10,000 (expensive) AP heli down to $2000.....the same as many (but not all) hobby grade heli's converted for Ap.

10,000 expensive Ap heli
- 3,500 Autopilot (such as DJI ACEone)
- 1,500 additional cost of expensive electronics (redundant batteries, HV servos, HV ESC's, Bigger motor, etc, etc).
- 3,000 camera gimbal and stabilization
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$ 2,000 final cost of everything else related to this expensive AP helicopter that was purpose built for AP.

AGAIN.....NOT ALL 10,000 systems are going to be better than the hobby grade heli converted for Ap. I have personally got great results using such a platform (hobby grade) and on the flip side I have owned and used systems that cost over 15,000 with terrible results that just became paperweights.

Being a good hobby grade heli pilot (even 3D) DOES NOT translate into a good AP pilot either. the pilot in the above mentioned video obviously has a good start for Ap. The framing of most shots was good, the movement of the heli showed interesting angles, the subjects in the video make for a video that one wants to watch (vibrations and all.

NOW, I bet if you give that same pilot a purpose built AP heli (expensive) he would get MUCH BETTER RESULTS....but again that is just my opinion and perhaps not the reality.

Either way... I would like to see more from the pilot in the video. What equipment is he using, any additional videos of photos from this rig, etc, etc ??

The intention of my post is not to take a side on this issue but perhaps to shed light on what the differences are between "MOST" purpose built (expensive) helicopters Vs. Hobby grade ones converted for Ap. I know there are MANY getting great results with the hobby grade conversions and I mean them no disrespect.

HAPPY FYING TO ALL.......

MAHALO NUI LOA,
JASON

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11-28-2011 11:45 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Burnt Offering

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Well said tott. Its what I wanted to say but didn't want to take the time to type.

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11-30-2011 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 9
yourself123

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I definately agree I should have used a different word, but with the same system and an hour of tweaking he significantly improved the quality just a couple weeks later. Check out this golf course video. I just posted the other video because the video itself is cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkkpUr3WnAo

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11-30-2011 01:03 AM  5 years agoPost 10
MichiganFlyer

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This one is very nice!

Watch at YouTube

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12-07-2011 10:37 PM  5 years agoPost 11
rocco.sj

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Nice video!!... Makes me want to go to the place where you shot it at!. Thanks for sharing.

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12-08-2011 03:40 PM  5 years agoPost 12
TECO

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i like the first video a lot,,,nice work men, can you post some picx of your BIRD?

thanks

teco..

"Never argue with an idiot - he'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience

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12-24-2011 05:44 PM  5 years agoPost 13
switch blade

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Aeria photography trex 500

Yeah can we see photos of your bird ?

and your setup ?

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12-26-2011 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Eroto

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your Trex500 video

yourself123
Very very nice video indeed.
Can you please tell me what is the name of the track you used.
Your edit matches beautifully to your choice of music.
Honestly I would say 10 out of 10 for your work.
and don't let anyone tell you any different
Keep up the good work and keep flying.
Can you share your set-up? with a few photos (or is it your friend I need to ask?)
Can you also tell me - in the first video, what height is the heli at at 2min 28sec?
cheers!

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