The following two short clips were shot in Villa Borghese in Rome with the Walkera brushed Hoten-X quadcopter with wide angle 808 camera #16 setup illustrated in the previous post. Video was stabilized with Final Cut.
The light was just perfect at around 8 in the morning, shortly after sunrise. Wind was very gentle.
So unless I improve my pilot skills, which is actually happening every day, this is about the best I can get now with this equipment. It’s starting to be decent although still far from the nice footage I am aiming at.
Stay tuned for developments!
An aerial view of the Globe Theatre in Rome, Villa Borghese
An aerial view of the Pincio in Rome, Villa Borghese
So far we have been experimenting a bit with the most small devices, Hubsan H107C and Walkera Ladybird or Spacewalker with a normal 808 camera onboard. The video we could capture with those, is basically poor. This is because the quadricopters are very small, lightweight and wind sensitive. This makes the video inherently shaky. The relatively low quality of the cameras does not really help to get a great result.
Those are still valid devices maybe in situations in which a bigger drone would attract unwanted attention, and the event to be captured is still worth the poor quality, maybe because it is interesting for other reasons anyway, as it happens for so many videos we see on youtube.
Anyway, as a next step I took of the DEVO-4 FPV camera off my brushed Hoten-X quadcopter and I built a little sorbothane basis to attach a 808 #16 camera with a velcro strap. Since the lens of the camera was nearly to the floor after mount, some foam was added to skids to gain some free space under the camera. See the picture gallery.
The resulting video is a net improvement over the previously captured footage. Stability is much better, no traces of Jello effect, possibly thanks to the sorbothane mount and the mount for the DEVO-4 with little rubber foots that I left in place.
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.
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