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13 August 2014

Removing GoPro fish eye

Here you can see the difference between the original footage (1080, 60fps, M FOV) and the results removing the fish eye with the lens distortion effect (value:  -15) in Premiere. In my opinion recording in medium (or wide) FOV helps preventing the jello effect and makes the footage look nicer.

27 July 2014

Aerial Real State

V014. Recording date: 21-07-2014

Some scenes have been filmed with FPV. The GoPro Hero 3 with medium FOV, in my opinion, makes the video look better and probably helps avoiding jello and vibrations in comparison to recording in narrow FOV. I used the ND filter (3 stops) too.


Here you can see the difference between the original footage (1080, 60fps, M FOV) and the results removing the fish eye with the lens distortion effect (value:  -15). In my opinion recording in M FOV helps preventing the jello effect and makes the footage look nicer.

http://niropter.blogspot.com/2014/07/removing-gopro-fish-eye.html

Setup:

Frame Tarot Iron Man 650
Maytech 620kv motors
30A T-Motor 400Hz ESC for multicopter
13x5.5 Carbon fiber propellers
Naza M Lite with GPS
DIY visor for GoPro and ND filter 3 stops
GoPro H3 black, 1080x60, M FOV
5200mAh 3S 35C battery
Futaba R6208SB receiver
Fatshark FPV camera
Fatshark Predator goggles
ImmersionRC 600mw Tx
1000mAh 3S 20C battery for video Tx
Gimbal Tarot T-2D
500mAh 3S 20C battery for gimbal
Futaba 8FG Super Transmitter

21 July 2014

Flying the Iron Man 650 with Tarot T-2D gimbal

V013. Recording date: 21-07-2014

After recording the Countryside aerial video I had to wait for a landing leg spare part. I reviewed the balance of the propellers and went to fly. I used the ND filter for these sceenes, but I also tried without it and could not be able to find the difference...

I tested the max tilt for the GPS mode,  and it is quite fast. In Atti mode the quad makes some funny movements due to not 100% prop balance I guess. Too much wind affects as well the general behaviour, or it does this weird movements by itself...

The GoPro is in Medium FOV, but removed the fish eye in post.



Setup:

Frame Tarot Iron Man 650
Maytech 620kv motors
30A T-Motor 400Hz ESC for multicopter
13x5.5 Carbon fiber propellers
Naza M Lite with GPS
DIY visor for GoPro and ND filter 3 stops
GoPro H3 black, 1080x60, M FOV
5200mAh 3S 35C battery
Futaba R6208SB receiver
Fatshark FPV camera
Fatshark Predator goggles
ImmersionRC 600mw Tx
1000mAh 3S 20C battery for video Tx
Gimbal Tarot T-2D
500mAh 3S 20C battery for gimbal
Futaba 8FG Super Transmitter

14 July 2014

Flying the Iconic X FPV

Fun flight with this quadcopter. I haven´t worked on the jello issue yet as I haven´t had many free time lately. This quad is light, fast and powerful!

One of the screws holding the GoPro platform was a bit loose and I lost it, so the platform rotated and the camera has hit with the propeller. Now the camera is not sending video live!! I´ll reset it with the factory settings and hopefully it will work again.

For better view DO NOT put full screen ;)



Setup:

Frame Iconic X FPV Foldable
BL-2830/11 1000kv motors
20A SK ESC
10x4.5 Plastic HK propellers
KK2 controller board
FrSKY V8FR-II receiver
Turnigy 9XR transmitter

19 May 2014

Iconic X FPV foldable maiden flight


This is the maiden flight with the frame Iconix X FPV foldable. I have only placed the basics (no FPV equipment yet) to test it.


The camera is placed on the front of the frame, directly over it with no anti-vibration dampeners (only the ones that come with the frame to isolate the top plate). The results, as you can see, are dreadful!! I guess this is because the old motors, whose holders are a bit bended and  produce this horrible vibrations :)


The total weight of this equipment is 1.9kg, and I have had the following flight times:

  • 14 minutes with a Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh 
  • 17 minutes with a Turnigy 3S 5000 mAh 

There´s something funny about two of the motors. If I attach them with more than 1 screw out of 4, the motors don't work!!! So those two motors are attached to the frame with just one screw each!

Setup:

Frame Iconic X FPV Foldable
BL-2830/11 1000kv motors
20A SK ESC
10x4.5 Plastic HK propellers
KK2 controller board
FrSKY V8FR-II receiver
Turnigy 9XR transmitter

10 May 2014

Build of the Iconic X FPV foldable

Yesterday I worked on the Iconic X FPV I bought on September. It took me some hours for this basic setup, as I have reused the motors I had before, same propellers, ESCs, the KK2 and the FrSky receiver with the Turnigy 9XR. Ready to fly!

The objective is having a better setup and probably a gimbal as well. But so far I will just see how it flyes. I need the FPV equipment also!

Setup:

Frame Iconic X FPV Foldable
BL-2830/11 1000kv motors
20A SK ESC
10x4.5 Plastic HK propellers
KK2 controller board
FrSKY V8FR-II receiver
Turnigy 9XR transmitter

Iconic X FPV Power distribution board
Iconic X FPV Power distribution board
Iconic X FPV with KK2 control board
Iconic X FPV with KK2 control board
Iconic X FPV with KK2 control board
Iconic X FPV with KK2 control board
Iconic X FPV with FrSky receiver
Iconic X FPV with FrSky receiver
Iconix X FPV with ESC
20A ESC
Iconic X FPV with 1000kv motors
Iconic X FPV with 1000kv motors
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable
Iconic X FPV foldable




8 May 2014

Contryside aerial with Tarot Iron Man 650 and Naza M Lite with GPS

V012. Recording date: 03-05-2014

After the last huge crash with the FY450, I decided to start a new project with the Tarot frame Iron Man 650, and lower kv motors, different ESCs and bigger propellers. See here the mayden flight.

In this video I test the gimbal Tarot T-2D with the new firmware (v1.5) and modified gains to try to reduce vibrations and making the tilt movements smoother (see previous post). Tiny yaw movements still pending to be improved...

It was a windy day and I could not risk to get closer to the water or to a different location, as the quad was still doing some funny movements from time to time. And because of the wind I still get some vibrations, specially when the movements are faster, or I´m not quite slow when ascending or descending.  I also reckon that using the GPS mode does not help to get rid of vibrations...


Despite of this I think the results are not bad. By the way, I can´t really make the online video look as smoother as the original one, I still need to play around with the Premiere settings in order to obtain some better footage when I upload it. Actually it looks nicer from a smaller screen :).

Music by Matthew Mullane.

Setup:

Frame Tarot Iron Man 650
Maytech 620kv motors
30A T-Motor 400Hz ESC for multicopter
13x5.5 Carbon fiber propellers
Naza M Lite with GPS
DIY visor for GoPro and ND filter 3 stops
GoPro H3 black, 1080x60, N FOV
5200mAh 3S 35C battery
Futaba R6208SB receiver
Fatshark FPV camera
Fatshark Predator goggles
ImmersionRC 600mw Tx
1000mAh 3S 20C battery for video Tx
Gimbal Tarot T-2D
500mAh 3S 20C battery for gimbal
Futaba 8FG Super Transmitter