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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:44 am

Teaser pic of the Camera fitted:
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I've used a couple of velcro dots for the moment, refinements will be done later
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The camera is a HD Wing camera from Hobbyking, brilliant piece of kit for the price, not the best camera out there but if its gets crunched or falls off, no worries :D :
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__17200__HD_Wing_Camera_1280x720p_30fps_5MP_CMOS.html

These are also pretty niffty and can be lifted by a beetle quad no sweat:
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__13447__Turnigy_KeyChain_Camera_w_o_memory_card.html
or they can be found on :twisted: bay look for 808 key chain camera, many have free shipping :D

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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby casper » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:07 am

Good cameras Morrigan and very reasonably priced.
I like the HD camera with its wide-angle lens and SD card slot
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:58 am

Hi Morrigan,
Are the cameras RC controlled as well? :)
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:56 pm

Paul wrote:Hi Morrigan,
Are the cameras RC controlled as well? :)


The one I have isn't, but with the right gear, you can control pan and tilt and if you spend some $$$$$ you can go with FPV (first person view) and head tracking i.e move your head and the camera follows rather than using your radio.
Basic camera gimbal: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__12875__FPV_Fiberglass_Pan_Tilt_Camera_Mount_L_Size_.html
Big $$$$ here:http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__12175__True_640x480_8ch_2_4_5_8Ghz_Dual_Rx_w_HeadTrack_Video_Goggles.html

Also needs some serious groveling to your respective SWMBO/ HWMBO!!!
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:02 pm

One inflight test video. No editing just sound a sound track so rough and ready!!!!
Excuse the vibration, I really need to balance the props and put some cushioning between the camera and frame. A chunk of old neoprene mouse mat should of the job nicely.
I'm also waiting a faster class 10 micro SD card to arrive, as a class four is a little bit slow to record HD smoothly, and the audio was all out of sync.
And yes the garage roof needs painting!!!!! :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdc4dMPv6Hk

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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:07 pm

morrigan wrote:One inflight test video. No editing just sound a sound track so rough and ready!!!!
Excuse the vibration, I really need to balance the props and put some cushioning between the camera and frame. A chunk of old neoprene mouse mat should of the job nicely.
I'm also waiting a faster class 10 micro SD card to arrive, as a class four is a little bit slow to record HD smoothly, and the audio was all out of sync.
And yes the garage roof needs painting!!!!! :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdc4dMPv6Hk

Hi Morrigan,
SWMBO has chopped my hair today !!!! :shock: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby baby_astons » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:12 am

i'm not allowed to view you garage roof morrigan...
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:41 am

baby_astons wrote:i'm not allowed to view you garage roof morrigan...



Should work now, had a minor kefufle with Google+ as it displays my full name rather than my nickname so had to delete google+ after getting of digging through settings try to change the displayed name to my nic, but it broke my youtube channel for a bit.
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby baby_astons » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:30 pm

living in vienna + memories of 2001 the space odyssey = great soundtrack - and I really like the wobbly look to it :D
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:53 pm

Love it Morrigan :D
Are you also going to use it to chop the neighbours trees?! :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:54 pm

Paul wrote:Love it Morrigan :D
Are you also going to use it to chop the neighbours trees?! :laughing-rolling:

Oh and add a paint sprayer to do your garage roof?! :)
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:03 am

Paul wrote:
Paul wrote:Love it Morrigan :D
Are you also going to use it to chop the neighbours trees?! :laughing-rolling:

Oh and add a paint sprayer to do your garage roof?! :)


I was thinking more along the lines of water balloons filled with paint :laughing-rolling:

the trees might need a special quad with chainsaws for motors as they tend to eat regualr quads (and HWMBO's)
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:30 pm

Paint balloons and chainsaws ......
Heck, I think some heavy duty mods might be in order to carry that load, and the cameras ! :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:51 pm

Here we are, some vibration free footage without the washing machine effect!
Bonus cats included.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz0oZUyDG8o

The prop blades have been balanced with bits of tape and the camera mounted on a wrist rest purloined from a cheapo shop mouse pad.
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby GrantJ » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:33 am

What a difference your mods have made!!!

That is some very nice vibration free footage - am surprised the cats dont try and attack it :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby baby_astons » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:47 am

they'll probably quite dislike the high pitch produced by the blades/motors -
a question though which arose while looking at the video - can you fly around the corner like you would with a car? as it seems from the angle the cam is pointing the quad cannot turn around?
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:43 am

it can fly around a corner, but going out of sight is not reccomended especially where there are windows :lol:
Of course some FPV gear resolves that problem! (.........hint hint HWMBO)
I'm also careful with orientation in confined spaces as if the 'front' is not precisely where you think it is a lot of bang crash thud can result.
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby baby_astons » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:55 am

hmhmhm :shifty: need to change the question to understand the answer:
when in the air, can you "turn around" - let's say like a heli - so a virtually chosen front will point to somewhere else -
I know you wouldn't fly around the corner when you don't see a thing but does it behave like an airplane i.e. there is a front which always points in the direction you fly -
as I said it seems to me from the cam position that the quad simply flies sideways when you want to change the direction so there's not really a "nose" which it will follow...
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby Paul » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:02 pm

baby_astons wrote:hmhmhm :shifty: need to change the question to understand the answer:
when in the air, can you "turn around" - let's say like a heli - so a virtually chosen front will point to somewhere else -
I know you wouldn't fly around the corner when you don't see a thing but does it behave like an airplane i.e. there is a front which always points in the direction you fly -
as I said it seems to me from the cam position that the quad simply flies sideways when you want to change the direction so there's not really a "nose" which it will follow...

Ah, even I understand this new question BA ! :) :) :)
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Re: DIY Quadcopter

Postby morrigan » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:47 am

A quad can Yaw or pivot like a helicopter, but a quad in an symmetrical configuration like mine doesn't really have a 'nose' to follow , which can catch you out occassionaly as a multicopter will move happily in all axes and all three dimensions unless something solid is in the way.

Some people prefer a six motor Y configuration or the dead cat configuration which has a definite 'forwards' bit while still allowing a camera an unobstructed view

The dead cat layout:
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6 motor Y:
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