Friday, April 25, 2008

Skate Park 1

Okay, here's another video for you all. This was filmed at the skate park in town. It's a fun little place if you can get it without skaters there. We were there around 7:00 a.m. so no one was there. Good fun.

I did about three laps of our little course on this one. Near the end, Dave flipped his car and then I got adventurous and went for a big jump. I probably got about 6 feet but only after my first attempt was thwarted by a metal bar.

I'll post pictures of my camera setup sometime. Acutally, I'll just put it here.

That's without the body. Here it is with the body.

The camera was actually really stable. I was really surprised. Even on landings on the jumps, it didn't shake as much as I thought.

So, watch the video, and leave any comments if you have any.


Length: 2:52

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

VXL FPV with an XL-5

This was taken from my own truck. It's pretty quick and I had some fun doing this. I was out there with my friend and we had a good time running around. You can see his truck in some of the shots as well.

Length: 1:54

Traxxas Rustler Onboard Video

This video is the first I took from a truck. I took the body off, taped the camera onto the truck, and headed off on our little track from the previous video. This again is in my brother's truck. It's really pretty shaky because I'm on dirt so be warned if you get motion sickness easily! It gives you an idea of what things look like from the truck's perspective when going around the whole course. Enjoy!

Length: 3:57

Running with Dave

This was posted by a friend who took this video with his camera. It's not a first person view from the truck but it gives you a good idea of the area we like to run in. This was using my brother's truck until I got mine.

Length: 5:38

First Slow Stick with 'Chute

This is my first video with my Slow Stick. I had taken all my previous videos with my Stryker. For more information, you can check out the equipment section.
This is a very slow plane hence the name Slow Stick. The Stryker can get up to 80mph but the SS is closer to about 25mph or so. I don't know the exact speed but it's probably even slower that that.
I put this plane together after we got back from Tucson to start school and had a fun time putting it together. I didn't want to just fly though and wanted to be able to do things with it, even for kids and other events so I put together a little contraption and was able to drop things from it. It had to be pretty light so I could take it up without folding the wings together so I mainly take up army men with parachutes. That's where the 'chute came from in the title.
Around 0:45, you should see two little army men parachuting to the ground. It made for a fun video. I hope to one day take some plastic Easter eggs up with some flour it in and get video of my little bombs exploding on impact. My sister said that people might think it's anthrax or something so I shouldn't do it but I doubt people are that paranoid. I'll definitely get it up as soon so I do it though.
I have about 5 or 6 more aerial videos to edit and eventually get posted but I haven't gotten around to it with school. It just takes time to get it just right. Maybe I'll put some music to it as well and see how people like it although I prefer hearing the motor and wind instead.
Remember, your comments and ideas will be taken into account for a future video!

Length: 3:05

Front Without Crashing

This was my last video in Tucson. Pretty standard. Starting with this video, I cut out boring parts and anything too repetitive to make the videos shorter and more enjoyable. I really like sitting there and watching the videos but most people don't want to sit around for 6 minutes watching something from the air. Hopefully we'll end up back in Tucson once I finish with school. It was a great place and they love r/c planes there. Maybe one of these days, I'll get video of other planes flying around. We'll see.


Length: 3:10

Many Firsts

Well, this is called many firsts for a reason which you'll see at the title screen. It's the first time I was able to get the camera pointed in the forward facing direction. It made for more stable videos that don't make you quite as sick as the other videos. It was great to see what it would be like if I was actually flying the plane from inside. It made things really fun.

This was also the first video that I realized I was flying out so far. On my approaches for my landings, I would fly over the school and come in from the West to the soccer fields as I touched down. Well, it was with this video that I realized I wasn't over the school when I would make my final turn for my landing approach. I was way past the school. So, it helped me realize that I was flying a lot further than I realized and that I needed to keep it in closer.
The other first was my first crash with this plane. Watch and then I'll explain.

Yeah, I crashed hard. I was coming in for my landing because I wanted to make sure I caught it on video. I was obviously a lot farther out that I realized and lost my orientation. I thought I was banking left but it looked like I was going right so I went to correct it. Then I was so low that I lost it behind the school and couldn't see. In desperation, I tried to pull up because I thought I was close to being upside down and throttled it up so I wouldn't stall if I was going up. Well, as you saw, I throttled myself right into someone's roof.
I'm all worried now because I thought my plane was in 100 pieces and I didn't know where it was. I thought I had hit the top of the school and was stuck there or possibly in an open area inside the school so I searched there for about 5 minutes. I couldn't see it so I decided to throttle it up knowing that I would probably ruin my speed control in the process, especially if the propellor was stuck on something.
I hit the throttle and heard it behind me and went looking for it. I thought it might have just hit in a ditch because I heard it hit quite hard. I went looking and started moving the elevons to try and hear it and sure enough, I heard it and found it in the tree you saw in the video.
Now was the scary part. It was about 6:15 a.m. and I had to either jump the fence and grab it or wake someone up to get it. I decided to knock on the door, apologize over and over again, and hope they didn't get mad and decide to keep my plane.
I knocked and some older guy in his late 50's came to the door and it seemed like he had been awake for a little. That didn't surprise me too much because people in Tucson tend to wake up earlier because you can get more done in the morning before it heats up.
I proceeded to tell him what happened and apologized and he said he would go look for it. It took him quite a while to get it so I was worried that there were several pieces that had to be picked up or something but he eventually came back and said he had a hard time finding it since it was in the tree. I thanked him and apologized again and then left.
I went to look at the plane and surprisingly, the nose was a little scraped up and the camera had a few small scratches where it hit the roof but other than that, everything was still in great condition. I wasn't expecting that at all.
Then I got really excited because I might have gotten it all on video. I waited to see it happen and was blown away that it was all recorded. Kendall was surprised that I was so happy even though I had crashed my plane. There wasn't much damage done so I really didn't care. I got great footage so all was good.

Length: 3:44

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Semi-Front View

This is my first attempt at getting a forward view from the plane. It wasn't faced all the way forward but enough to get a better FPV from the plane. I did barrel roll in the middle of it. Just be careful, you might get sick. I also didn't catch the landing on this one. I hate it when I misjudge how long I've been up and miss the end. There are quite a few videos though so there are many others.

Length: 4:17

Aerial Video Part III

This is part 3 of the set. It's nothing amazing but still an interesting video to watch. Nothing to explain in this video. It's pretty normal and nothing out of the ordinary.

Length: 5:46

Aerial Video Part II

Here is part 2 of the set. The most interesting part of this video was that there are some birds that I got on video as we were flying past each other. Pretty exciting that something like that happened! It's not quite like some others who had a hawk attack their plane on video but it's almost as good.

Length: 5:52

Aerial Video Part I

This is the first of a three part set of videos. It was orignally four videos but the fourth file got corrupted somehow and I couldn't recover the video. If I remember correctly, it was the one I looked forward to the most. Oh well, you can't have it all I suppose.
Again, this video was taken in Tucson, AZ. Most of the videos were all taken early in the morning around 5:00 or 5:30. We woke up really early since we stayed on an Oklahoma schedule. Also, it wasn't 115 degrees outside then either but more like 80 so it was quite nice to fly. It also helped keep the temperatures down on the speed control, motor, and battery so was less taxing on the electronics onboard the plane.
This was the first video with a view from the side. I turned the camera sideways to get the view because I still didn't know what to do to get a good forward facing view. The same applies for the other two in this set. It was a pretty standard flight. I did get so high that I couldn't figure out which way I was going so there's a spot where I lose control a bit.
When I was taking the videos, I really enjoyed flying but I looked forward to the videos I got afterwards. It's always interesting to see what you get when you finally get the video on the computer.

Length: 5:06

My Very First Aerial Video

This is my very first aerial video I took with the camera. I got the idea from some various forums online with people doing the exact same thing.
The video was taken in Tucson, Arizona while we were out there as I did an internship with a company for the summer. This was my first attempt and I hadn't figured out how to mount the camera to get a view out the front so the camera is just pointed down. I will warn you though that you may get sick watching this video as the plane is not very stable because of winds and my mediocre flying abilities.
Kendall did some work as commentator during the video taken from the ground. I need to figure out a way to overlay her comments with the flying video. That would make for some good videos that familiy will like watching.

Length: 6:30

About This Blog

If you've come to this site, it's most likely because you read our other blog. This is just a compilation of all the videos I have taken from my plane, helicopter, or truck. It's a lot of fun to do and watch. Some are edited and shortened to be easy to watch and some are just as they were taken from the vehicle. Beware that some of the videos can make you sick if you get motion sickness easily. Enjoy the videos and post any possible ideas you may have for a good video that won't be too risky to try out. Enjoy!