FrSky Taranis and APM 2.6 Camera Gimbal Flight Test
Director's FPV Review - Pirate's Cove
Storyline: A clear day 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 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. There
was very little interference to the compass, as the compass/GPS was positioned on the right sidewinder
bay of this DM-Apache model and the power distribution is 1.5 inches below the flight controller, at the lowest deck
underneath the battery bay. The flight scenes were shot with a keychain camera #16 Lens D as that was the lightest and easiest way to video anything.
We kept most of the original footage 30 frames at 720p in this edit, except on the last run
(3:23), the sequence was reduced to 24 frames as a test. This flight video
was synchronized with the soundtrack, with the song ending just before landing,
in that way we hear the spinning props again.
The radio system and the entire aircraft was new, out of the boxes, no tuning or prop balancing.. enjoy..
FrSKY Taranis & Ardupilot Arducopter Maiden Flight
Did You Know ? Trivia & Goofs
1). Passing the roof top prior to landing is lunch. Our favorite
restaurant Sweet Tomatoes
2). This quad was build for free and will be shipped away to Georgia, including
3). You can see the propellers move up and down within the frame, showing the
gimbals at work keeping the camera at the same angle regardless of the tilt.
ID: Bind a fixed id in order to setup transmitter failsafe,
to avoid fly away! YouTube: Media export 720p, 29.97 frame rate, Progressive VBR 2 Pass,
Target 5.0 - 7.0 Mbps for all that green.
Mission Exercise: SAR Equipment Test (recreation studio edit for Epic Music Videos)
Location: Orlando, USA
Credits: Drone Mission Squadron 1, noeL Film studios Epic Music Videos (EMV)
Soundtrack: Grandtheft (see youtube video ABOUT for details)