Arial video using RC helicopter

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    • #49528
      AvatarMichael
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       Has anyone used a remote control helicopter to get ariel video? I’ve read up on several manufacturers the make the helicopters (and some come with cameras attached). I’m looking for opinions on the equipment (helicopters and cameras). Any help would be papreciated. Thanks.

    • #202739
      Daniel HartDaniel Hart
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      No, I can’t say that I ever have. However, I (personally) would be skeptical about the quality of video I would get from a built in camera on a helicopter. I would rather buy an RC helicopter with no camera and strap my GoPro to it.

      But I could be wrong about that.

    • #202740
      AvatarD0n
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      google parrot drone… also second the go-pro solution…

      I’m looking at helium blimps with rc controls as well… of that is a tethered solution…

    • #202741
      AvatarAnonymous
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      No, I haven’t, but I want to. I have been checking these out with great interest.

      http://www.helipal.com/t580p-quadcopter-body-w-camera-mount.html

      Dave.

    • #202742
      AvatarMichael
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       Thanks for the replies…   as for the quality of the video, my first goal is to get the system to even work. Most of the video would be “B” roll (to start with), shooting a baseball game for example, and learning the ins-and-outs of controlling the camera and helicopter together. I’ll keep working on it.

    • #202743
      Avatartheonecanoe
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      Just started playing around with R/C helicopters about a month ago. Ended up purchasing an Protocol Accelerator at BestBuy for $90. It’s basically a big toy, not professional or anything, but a good place to start. After a bit of experimenting I was able to mount my GoPro. I tried mounting on tthe belly, and then on the nose with temporary mounts ie. elastic bands, and got some great results. A bit of vibration, but still working on it. The bottom line is, it can be done, but my suggestion is practice, practice, practice, before even considering mounting a camera on it unless you are already an exper flyer.

      Cheers -Wayne-

    • #202744
      AvatarD0n
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      @ Wayne.. what r your flight times with that particular copter and go pro?

    • #202745
      Avatartheonecanoe
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      Don, With that unit I only get between 5 and 7 min. of flight time. Having checked out other electric R/C helicopters online that seems about normal. I’m thinking it’s a limitation of the rechargable battery that came with the helicopter and replacing it with a higher rated mAh battery might improve things. I’ll have to ask the guys at the local hobby shop.

      -Wayne-

    • #202746
      Avatarmfish653
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      I was an RC (airplane) enthusiast about 6-7 years ago but at the age I was I dropped it because I couldn’t afford it. I always wanted to attach a video camera in my kid dreams but at that time nothing like a gopro existed. I am seriously considering getting back into it for the reason of aerial shots. That adds so much to a video. I would agree with those that discourage a built in camera. Gopro looks like an amazing camera for a cheap price. Now with the live streaming via Wi-Fi BacPac & Remote to your laptop/tablet/smartphone that could change the game and really make aerial shots affordable to those of us on a small budget. Let me know how it works out cause I want to get into it myself and would love to hear your success

      Cheers!

    • #202747
      AvatarD0n
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      for indoor use, and possible out door use while tethered… I think a blimp with helium is gonna be the best compromise between cost, flight time, and safety for many applications…

      http://airswimmers.com/

    • #202748
      Avatardoublehamm
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      If it supports the weight of a GoPro I will order one today.

    • #202749
      Avatardoublehamm
      Participant

      On second thought, the moving tail might create more shake than intended, but still a cool toy.

    • #202750
      Avatarcomposite1
      Member

      Sunkleep,

      Take a look at an old post of mine on this very subject.

      helo-aerials-with-gopro

    • #202751
      AvatarD0n
      Participant

      those toys won’t carry a go-pro…. unless you tether a couple… of together… but the idea has a lot of merit compared to ‘copters… esp for indoor shooting…

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