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R/C helli with micro steadicam!

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I have been interested in remote control hellicopter filming for some time now. One problem is the small size of the hellicopter that can make it quite un-steadi in the air. I wounder if it could be possible to design a small steaicam arm that would hold a small sled and camera, then it could be fixed to the R/C hellicopter.

The cam only has a lens and a box with the ccds in it, and so is quite light. The arm that holds the mini sled and cam wouldnt have to hold much wieght and could be verry small. I think the hole micro steadicam and cam could be lifted by a good R/C helli.

If anybody has any ideas i'd love to hear them!

 

Cheers

Matt.

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There is a company here in los Angeles caller coptervision. Basically it is a radio controlled hellicopter with a camera mounted in a stabilized housing. It is pretty cool stuff. Check it out.

 

www.coptervision.com

 

BJ McDonnell

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Matt, though I don't know much about heli´s, I think that it cannot work, for the same reason as you already mention in your first post: the unstable behaviour of a RC heli.

 

Remember: when you hold a steadicam on your body, you keep the connection to your body (the socketblock) in a relatively fixed position and orientation. That way you keep the sled at a certain place too. Same with a hardmount, that only works if your vehicle is not rolling and tilting on it´s axis.

Transfer this to your heli and you know that it does all that, the rolling and tilting and only sophisticated electronics can suppress that.

 

Other than that, anything sticking out of a heli is subject to a major downwash and we all know that wind does to a steadicam.

 

And I once saw footage of a stupid manouvre of a helicopter pilot, flying only 4-5 meters above the see, he threw out a line that was catched by someone on a boat with motor troubles.

Just the mere pulling of this man, not even the boat, caused the helicopter to become unstable, wiggle and crash into the sea.

 

Basically, the two systems bite eachother.

just my thoughts, of course.

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Hi Matt

 

Also in the uk try hovercam

 

Have a look at the steadicam part too! steadicam! with a twist

they have been using this weird custom built bit of kit since 95.

 

Anthony Graham

 

Hey bud good to see ya ;)

 

That site is cool, wouldn't really fancy flying their rig, it looks like something from the new Hitchhiker's movie :P

 

Jase

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...Well there went my sugestion of a fully remote head on a Steadi...

 

Good thing it's remote too, as the (1st?) Opp has no monitor..

 

Hmm.. I wonder why they blurred the opp's face..

 

SIX gyros? I wonder where this baby get's it's power? Maybe there's a small reactor in the bottom pod too. :lol:

 

 

- Mikko

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Hmm.. I wonder why they blurred the opp's face..

 

 

- Mikko

 

 

Yeah Mikko funny that isnt it :o :lol:

 

Great linkz guys some realy interesting stuff their.

Did anybody watch the ford KA video on the hovercam page ?

Was a great add but i never seen it on tv in the uk. Not surprising realy the adds we get in the uk are normaly diabolical.

 

Cheers

 

"Matt Aaargh i'm on 56k for a bit while i move house Burton"

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Hi Matt

Take a look at this:

http://www.flying-cam.com/fset.html

 

Robin

hey Matt.

If you are interested to this as a project and want to make something to work with micro cams as you have mentioned I can either make you or help you make a gyro stabilised remote head for the cam to skip vibrations, pitch and yau errors of the heli and also remote control it.

Constantine

please contact me directly

flexy@otenet.gr :)

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Hi Matt

Take a look at this:

http://www.flying-cam.com/fset.html

 

Robin

 

Hi robin,

 

Looks like a great company, they are even asking for cv's for perspective employe's :) I have maild them for some details. How much fun would that be !

Have fun at NAB u lucky bugger, I wana job that sends me to vagas hehe.

 

Cheers

Matt.

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