Category Archives: Gears

Remzibi Poor Man’s OSD for FPV

Synopsis: Remzibi OSD is a very versatile OSD that can be adapted on any FPV system, as it has a GPS integrated into the system! The OSD board uses the GPS module to capture information like heading, speed, altitude and lat/long coordinates. In addition, it uses an ATMEL processor to capture information like battery voltage (video and main/motor) and other functions like Variometer which shows up and down changes in altitude. The configuration software written by HappyKillmore is by far one the best one, complete with all functionality a pilot would need. For our tests, we plan to integrate Remzibi with Walkera QR x350. Even though you have to remember to click the button each time to save the home position, it is definite the easiest OSD to integrate on any FPV setup…

FrSky Taranis and APM 2.6 Camera Gimbal Flight Test

Storyline: A clear day on October 2013, out to test a completely new quadcopter we built, along with a fantastic combination of new gears. The first scene starts off with the Taranis and build-in Gimbal test, as that was new and a highlight to this flight (everything is new except the video camera). The gimbal was managed by Ardupilot (a flight controller, basically a computer) that kept the camera level at all times during accelerations and dives. We have never used the gimbal function (A10) before, so that was exciting to see how it handles video. Entering Pirate’s Cove (0:18), that was filmed at 60 frames per second with a Sony DSC-HX30V camera, and frame rate was reduced by 50% (30 fps) giving a smooth slow motion effect. A signature shot of the aircraft added to a moving car scene and then back to the sequence showing a couple taking photos of the big shark. At 0:45, we began the flight in first person view, another classic signature shot with the props spinning and the motors running (got to have that sound of the motors spinning up). The flight scenes were shot with a keychain camera #16 Lens D as that was the lightest and easiest way to video anything.

The control over this new quadcopter was excellent, maybe it was the Taranis or maybe the Opto ESC and DJI motors, or maybe just a combination of everything and the design…

Portable DVR Monitor Blackbox Ausek Dual Lens Car DVR

Angel Eye

Synopsis: We have been looking for a portable, light weight monitor and recorder to go with any transmitter on the field. The Ausek AK-X3L designed for car video recorder is a H.264 Dual Lens Car DVR /G-Sensor HD1920x720P /2.7′ LCD/HDMI/External IR Rear Camera. It is low cost and does just the job. It records all of our flight data with a click of a button, which allows us to airborne within 2 minutes on the scene. It is our favorite choice because is so light and convenient and attaches to our flight goggle.

Ausek DVR

This DVR records at 720p high resolution videos, the purpose is to record all flight data, especially GPS co-ordinates…

Angel Eye Mini Video Recording System KS-650M

Devo 10

Synopsis: We have been looking for a portable, light weight monitor and recorder to go with any transmitter on the field. The KS-650M Angel Eye designed as a Spy button DVR is low cost and does just the job. It records all of our flight data with a click of a button, which allows us to airborne within 2 minutes on the scene. It is our favorite choice because is so light and convenient and attaches to our flight goggle. This DVR will not record high resolution videos and degrades if enlarge bigger then 2.5 inch, the purpose is to record all flight data, especially GPS co-ordinates

We have no issues flying with this DVR, you may have to re-arrange your flight OSD around the DVR OSD timestamp, which unfortunately cannot be turned off. Pay no more then: US$57.59…

On Screen Display MinimOSD and MinimOSD Extra

minimosd board

Virtual Cockpit HUD heads-up display using OSD, is any transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. Displays a set of instruments to assist in flight. We use these early development board MinimOSD and MinimOSD Extra.

Battery A (VA)
This panel shows your battery voltage. To read correct values you have to set it in MP.
This panel has a warning assigned
MinimOSD-Extra can be set to warn you if voltage gets below the value you set in CT or OSD menu.
Landing Aid (small horizontal line on the right)
Ground level indicator. If you descent lower then home (like in a valley) the “-” sign would go above horizon line…

Fatshark Attitude

Synopsis: The best all round FPV headset in the Fat Shark lineup. Smaller and lighter than its predecessors, the Attitude SD is packed with new technology. The new 35 degree FOV display strikes a perfect balance between large screen immersion and compact pixel density clarity. The AttitudeSD uses the same polarized backlight technology in the Dominator display for vibrant colors and has adjustable IPD for dialing in the optic sweet spot. Without IPD adjustment, it makes it hard to fit your eyes, thanks for bringing that back in Attitude. The improvements extend to the exterior as well with a rubberized velvety texture, tactile motion IPD sliders, secured rubber eye cups and a thinner head strap.
The AttitudeSD includes the latest generation MIG tracker (V4) head tracker with new algorithm refinements for drift free precision head tracking. Package with the integrated 5.8Ghz receiver module is latest generation with improved sensitivity that increases range by 40% over previous models. The module has also has improved high pass filtering to make it impervious to 433Mhz and 2.4Ghz UHF radio interference. Don’t want to use the build-in receiver, just turn it off and use your own external receiver of your choice and video in. This headset looks and feels great from the inside out.

APM Arducopter Camera Gimbal Setup Mission Planner

APM

Synopsis: We have been skipping the ArduPilot Camera Gimbal page for a while, so finally we are back to revisit this feature. ArduCopter can stabilize a gimbal with up to three axis of motion using any of the free output channels. This really mades APM one of the best flight controller around.

As recommended, we did not connect the servo’s power (red) and ground (black) wires to the RC10 (A10) or (A11), as it may cause the APM to brownout when the servos move. Instead we rerouted the wires to power the servos from an external BEC from the APM’s rear power rail (Output 7) with the JP1 jumper removed. For this DJI Opto ESC, we needed a UBEC, we therefore used a 3A/5V on Output 8. Once you have your wiring done, you will use Mission Planner to setup your gimbal. If you plan to assign your Input Ch to RC6, please remember to complete a radio calibration with the dial you have assigned to RC6, if not you may see your gimbal behaving erratically.

That leads us to another favorite video putting the gimbal in action.  I had fun filming at the Pirate’s Cove.

Walkera Devo 10

Devo 10

Synopsis: We have been looking for a low cost quality transmitter. One transmitter does it all, the Walkera DEVO 10 2.4Ghz Digital Transmitter. Walkera DEVO 10 is one of the best priced versus performance radio system on the market. Usually for more channels, it cost more, now this DEVO 10 has 10 channels and comes with a RX1002 10-Channel receiver for under US$150! This DEVO 10 has a clear and easy to understand menu, the respond time is quick. Walkera placed a new computer chip inside the DEVO 10 and re-wrote the program menu, making it fast and responsive. It is one of the few transmitter that has telemetry functions.  Best of all you can deviate it to fly DSM2 and many protocols.

We like the DEVO 10 radio system alot and we recommend this to all RC modelers, we use all the 3 ways switches for different flight modes. You can use this DEVO 10 for the Walkera DEVO series helis, the famous QR x350 Pro, QR-Ladybird, Genius CP, Mini-CP and of course all diy builds!

Keychain Camera 808 #16 Lens D

Synopsis: Since we use the keychain camera #16 alot during DM training exercises, we have a quick video to show team volunteers how to hook up the provided JR connector from camera to an OSD to the video transmitter.

Keychain Camera 808 #16 version 2 is one of the better and affordable camera made ready to fly (RTF) for RC hobbyist. Comes with a JR connector, to connect to your video transmitter for FPV. Super light-weight ~17.  Here is an episode #16 on-board the plane, still going strong!