How to capture video with the Walkera QR Ladybird and 808 camera

When I received my FPV QR Ladybird, I was entirely disappointed that I could not record video. A lot of search went into “can I record video with walkera ladybird”. All I could establish is that it is possible to connect a video cable to the radio, and then hook this to a DVR. Bulky and complicated setup.
What I did was to get a 808 car key cam off ebay, very cheap. Then I temporarily stripped out the “native” video transmitter and came to the solution shown in the video.
Hope this can be useful. Any info on better quality, lightweight camera to test in a similar setup is most welcome.

Concerning the flight with payload, the ascensional phase was quite smooth and the Ladybird can lift the weight of the 801 camera easily. The descent was more turbulent and in more that one case I was only able to control it and slow it down, but not to stop it (in short a few crashes occurred). No damages though.

Helipal Storm Drone 4 first test flight

A short test flight with Helipal Storm Drone 4.

This radio controlled quadcopter comes ready to fly. It is a reasonably priced multirotor, very stable and able to lift a GoPro hero camera.

Check it out at Helipal

I choose it as a first quad to learn to fly manually, very happy so far.

For the photos, the GoPro was mounted to the extreme front “nose” of the quad upper platform, balanced by the battery on the other side (back) of the upper platform. You can see the placement of the gopro adaptor in the video if you look carefully. This is different from the placements suggested by Helipal, however I found that this works nicely and allows to minimize the amount of propellers and motors included in the photos/videos. The balancing with the battery should be done carefully though.

I am new to drones and as a photographer I find it invaluable to be be able to freely select my shooting point. This is a revolution in a way. Stay tuned for more vids

– Credits –
Camerawoman: Laura
Camera: iPhone5
On board photos: GoPro Hero3 Black
Editing: iMovie
Quad addict/pilot: Personal Drones (PD)
Soundtrack: Revolution Void – “Biomythos”

Thanks for watching!

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