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09-08-2013 03:15 AM  5 years agoPost 1
theflyingman2

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Took me a few weeks, but I finally got to shoot some video today. I had to build a make shift landing gear as I am still un decided on landing gear at the moment.

This is the DJI F550 with Naza M v2 w/GPS. It has a Tarot gimbal with a GoPro Hero 3 on it. I am running the tilt into channel 5 of my radio so I can control it. I made the landing gear out of some 1/2 inch low pressure PVC. It was the best thing I found a Lowe's this morning when I decided that I was going to rig the landing gear. It is very light and seems to be good enough in strength. I am thinking about a set of the Tarot carbon landing gear. Im running the stock 8" props, haven't tried the 10" props yet.

I ran the GoPro on the 1080P 60FPS settings. The raw video on my laptop looks as good as my DSLR.

I have to say that I am very impressed with everything so far. I have it all (Naza and gimbal) in default settings and it is very smooth. It was windy today and you can see the ground is perfectly smooth, but the landing gear and arms are moving around a LOT! Now I have to figure out how to edit the video and get it up here.

Below are some pictures of the setup. Enjoy:

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09-08-2013 07:30 PM  5 years agoPost 2
CF1

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Looks great. I'm building my 550 this weekend.

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09-09-2013 12:19 AM  5 years agoPost 3
AA simon

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How do you connenct the gimble to the naza? Do you not use the naza software as you say you into chanel 5

I only ask because i am thinking of getting this setup for myself but i dont understand what is needed and what to expect, any info would be helpfull as i am at research stage

Thanks
Simon

Simon Ribeiro

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09-09-2013 03:13 AM  5 years agoPost 4
theflyingman2

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Hi Simon. I have actually tired several different configurations Since I posted that post. I have settled on the following. I found it here:

[url=http://www.riot.ch/tarot-t-2d-gimbal-configuration-for-pitch-controll-on-a-dji-phantom/]

The only difference is I am not doing it on the phantom.

It allows me to control the Tilt using a knob on my transmitter. I have it set so that at neutral, the camera is pointed straight out, and when the knob is all the way turned, the camera is straight up or straight down. It works well for me.

I shot some video today and it is uploading to YouTube. I will put up a link here when it is done. Currently says about 2 hours for upload to complete

Thanks.

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09-09-2013 04:02 AM  5 years agoPost 5
ErichFrrElite Veteran - Sutton, NH - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I run my Tarot Gimbal tilt through the NAZA F channel, but I have the gain set to Zero so that the gimbal stabilization on the NAZA is inhibited.

You will have great results with the Tarot. Mine has been a lot of fun to shoot with.

I have the Tarot carbon landing gear, but the set comes with absolutely no way to mount the legs to...anything. There literally is no bracket, hardware, nothing. There is the U-Shaped clamp thing, which looks like the boom clamp/fin mount from a 450 heli. It's useless.

I just got a set of servo-less retract mechanisms and fabricate my own retractable landing gear setup. Meanwhile, I'm using one of the readily available tall skid setups off Ebay, seen in this pic:

Video sample here:

Watch at Vimeo

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09-09-2013 10:52 PM  5 years agoPost 6
theflyingman2

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Hey Eric. What software are you using to edit your video? I have been experimenting with some free ones so far.

Thanks,
-Wayne

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09-09-2013 11:07 PM  5 years agoPost 7
ErichF

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I bought Corel Video Studio 6 Ultimate from Best Buy for $80. Some functionality is familiar from Windows Movie Maker, but has much more capability once you learn it. Has built in PIP, stabilization (I haven't needed it with my brushless gimbal), and a ton of effects. It will also do motion tracking effects, which is at the higher end of the learning curve. I am going to start messing with it at some point. Finally, it supports AVCHD, 4K, and 3D video as well. The last three will require a fast computer, though.

Erich

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09-09-2013 11:15 PM  5 years agoPost 8
AA simon

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erich your set up looks real good,

I have just ordered the naza v2 and a f550 to get me started but will probably end up with a gimble and some sort of fpv set up,
so thanks for heads up !

Simon Ribeiro

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09-10-2013 10:43 PM  5 years agoPost 9
HansAuf

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I saw the Tarot Gimble on ErichF's Hexa last weekend. It's probably the best design for GoPro's under $400 that I have seen.

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09-10-2013 11:46 PM  5 years agoPost 10
theflyingman2

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It is a good deal. I'm working to add a third axis to mine now (yaw).

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09-11-2013 12:30 AM  5 years agoPost 11
ErichF

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Yeah I was thinking of adding a Yaw servo to mine as well, and tie in a small tail gyro to control it. However, adding another degree of movement will make it hard to operate solo. What might work better is to put on a gyro and run it in rate mode instead of heading hold. That way, any of the small left/right yaw movements through the airframe are dampened out, but I don't have to actively control the gimbal yaw axis when I want to pan around with the airframe.

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09-14-2013 04:30 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Sidneyw

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Here is mine ....

Watch at YouTube

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09-15-2013 05:50 PM  5 years agoPost 13
theflyingman2

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I downloaded the demo of Corel Video Studio x6. It seems to be straight forward enough to figure out. I am curious though after I process the video and have an edited mp4 file to upload it to Youtube, when the HD version is ready on Youtube the quality is significantly less than when viewing on my computer (the file I uploaded). I imagine that is something they do to stream it to us faster. Is there a way maybe in Youtube to have it not muddy up the quality?

Anyway here is a video I did. I did one of those "gimbal stability test" things at the beginning. I have since toned down the movement of the gimbal with servo speed in my transmitter. I tried the stock 10 inch props today and they seem to be better for me than the 8 inch ones I had on it in this video.

Watch at YouTube

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09-16-2013 12:48 AM  5 years agoPost 14
ErichF

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Looks pretty good to me. I tried the 720 and the 1080 versions. Youtube does have some form of compression that might make it look different from your native version.

Try saving the video file in a different format and/or compression.

Also try using Vimeo. I actually purchased an upgraded account on Vimeo, and life is much better over there.

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