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Old 11-16-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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I'm flying a t-rex SE v2 right now, but next spring I plan to add a raptor 50. I find aerial photo/video a rather neat part of flying an r/c heli and have been considering the possibilities for a rig. A friend in the city (Rob) who's been helping me get into helis posted a video link under the rotary wing section of a video he took with a small wireless spy cam rig on his rex. The video on it frequently broke up with horizontal lines and got jittery during piros, FFF, and so forth. I thought maybe one could take a great quality video by cutting out the wireless transmission part. At first I thought using the spy camera plugged into something that'd stream to a CF or SD card would be a great rig, but the only solid state recorder I've found that takes a small external camera is like $800 for the recorder alone. My digital camera can only record up to 60 seconds of video, but Robs can keep on streaming to the card until it's full. At first I thought could use the AP rig I've seen others use for a raptor and use a digital camera recording to video, or use a DVR. The DVR's I've seen are either shaped like a camcorder or vertically oriented book, so I'm not sure how well they'd work out mounting. Anybody here have any experience with taking digital videos? Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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If you are are recording directly onto memory (SD or CF) there will be no problems with vibration or breakup.

You could also use a better downlink that will not give breakup either.

I don't do any hard maneuvers and a mini DV camera does just fine. The tapes on these are on a tensioning system that will keep it on the drum and resist external vibration.

I would avoid DVD or hard drive camera's as they will not perform as well under flight conditions. The DVD will be prone to skipping as the focus system is sensitive to vibration. I would not put a hard drive under these conditions as it will probably lead to premature head failure.
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