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Honk
10-16-2010, 06:32 PM
So! Now I got my fist mission as a contractor from my Commissioning Body, the head of state here in my house (mum :) ) to inspect the previous work made by the vice president (dad) on the chimney repainting it.

The results was pretty ok, we found several spots of rust with one spot on the top plate to be a potential risk, the rest seemed fine.

I did one go with pictures being automatically taken without auto focus, so only one focus setting for all 700+ pics taken. Too bad. I NEED AUTOFOCUS next time.

Then I did a similar run in video mode. I know what to do to get rid of the vibrations I think. Props are well balanced but the mount was just not good enough (stiff enough!).

Firstly the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ff9y3ozoPY
Then some screenshots from the raw video:
http://www0.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/00dd834a2293bf423283fc2d3a9ad8305g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=7fdpr741k0x802e&thumb=4)

http://www4.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/f263dac2dac42756910e533a104b85dc5g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=11dw5512aewm4ri&thumb=4)

http://www3.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/c03c9a590a4d11d33283ebba3f19ef395g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=v7epn3np6vc6ai7&thumb=4)

http://www4.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/f263dac2dac42756910e533a104b85dc5g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=11dw5512aewm4ri&thumb=4)

Pics below are taken from the actual photo mode (2000p something, 6megapixels):

http://www4.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/ebbf8c239d20d9611d212c4c729d1da45g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=i3dviqqiyi545p1&thumb=4)

http://www1.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/3b278cb7574e22123e3cd0aeef5d9fc95g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=vfd85rdt9y0vuoe&thumb=4)

http://www2.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/7a8fc12fd1e9c74fd18deca00c489eca5g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=45ntf279sv3zuf2&thumb=4)

http://www4.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/e69e27cf5c0a1f53a8a13fe6f3a60ad45g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=a4rxbgjmzrdyfo3&thumb=4)

http://www2.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/56384b7b7609647ac296b07d81d530e65g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=gvub1qd123bdu92&thumb=4)

http://www2.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/7f3076b921fd53b862a6dfc9cb867d1e5g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=ivvvwheo55gs5t4&thumb=4)

And this is how a happy contractor looks:
http://www1.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/2ac7008c26e0d76aab71f18defe600475g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=7bnbubokak9nd7y&thumb=4)

jpkh
10-16-2010, 06:51 PM
Honk what camera you are using and how you mount it?? It looks like there are still a lot of vibrations due video gets a bit blurred? Have you tested any rubber dampers or similar?

Other than that looks good :)

Honk
10-16-2010, 06:54 PM
Ah sorry I didn't say. It's an Canon IXUS 800 IS and it is mounted in front of the battery below the quad, on the "belly" with a piece of foam in between battery/camera and the frame. The thing actually holding the camera is 2 straps of velcro holding both the battery and camera together, and the ends of the velcro is tied to the 4 arms.

The propeller vibration is very low so this is strange...

Here's a bad picture of what I mount it under (with camera removed of course):
http://www2.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/7d3de6e36ca1229eb8f7af287ad539195g.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=a6yx364c7za67c6&thumb=4)

I just think I will have to attach it more firm to the frame since the upper part of the camera is just held in place by the pressure against the foam.

lokling
10-16-2010, 07:20 PM
Nice - does the job pay well? The market seems a bit limited though? :P

I almost spilled my coffee watching the news here in Norway some weeks ago - a farmer was on the news with his quad from microdrones talking about how this was the future in corn field monitoring. Im assuming its used to take a high altitude picture simply for analysis, but the video on the news was him doing acrobatic manouvers which Im guessing is really its main purpose ;) Cred to him going as far as getting on national news to proove to his wife that its not just a toy.

Honk
10-16-2010, 07:27 PM
Haha, well, since I'm the only one in town I set the price. Which is roof over my head :) Which happen to contain rust.

Hmm, do you even got farms in Norway? I though you all lived off of oil... :P
But that's great though! I mean there ARE actual purposes of these things. But nothing is funnier to to than crazy maneuvers!

jpkh
10-16-2010, 07:29 PM
Yeah that "farmer" is rather famous guy and he is one of the guys who has made over 10km FPV flights. His nick name is FPV-Leif and you can see his videos on Vimeo under his stream http://vimeo.com/fpvleif ah and almost as good looking dude like Honkster :P

Honk, try to get Sony Bloggie. It's really nice camera and size about cigaret box, it's flat and camera lens is on end of box. I squeeze it with 3 small foam pads to my frame.

Heres one pic of Bloggie mount that I have used on my AC. OK this picture I have a bit too big foams.. Normally I use just 3 foams size of 2 x 4 cm. All those YT vids where I have onboard cam has been done with this mount and camera. Now trying to get on GoPro HD so I could test and create mount for it too..
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Honk
10-16-2010, 07:35 PM
Thanks JP for the info. It seems to be a very compact and easy mount... I'll think about it. But I will probably not get a Sony Bloggie... Just the name of it scares me away! :P I looked on your onboard videos and it looks pretty sharp though!

A GoPro seems to be the choice since it's apparent excellent vibration dampening.

But I wanna be able to take good hi-res still pictures too...


Oh my!!! I just watched that farmer fly!!!! :
http://vimeo.com/15692181
I am speechless...

jpkh
10-16-2010, 07:50 PM
Oh my!!! I just watched that farmer fly!!!! :
http://vimeo.com/15692181
I am speechless...

Hahaha yeah Leif really rams he's EasyStar... He takes it to all weird places like middle of paintball games, on that saw area and million other places.. I wonder how many million times he has been crashing it.. According how he's plane look.. many ;)

Yeah GoPro should be rather nice so let's see..

Honk
10-16-2010, 08:00 PM
AAAAH! THIS GUY IS AMAZING!! The best use of a multikopter I've EVER seen! A beer transporter!!!

http://vimeo.com/12493464
It actually seems to be 0.5l beer too!!!

jpkh
10-16-2010, 08:05 PM
Hahah yeah.. and even if you had few too many, you can always command it to home with RTH (Return To Home) command... Well if you remembered to set your Home location in first place ;)

Not an ordinary farmer.. well i actually think that he's working on that saw mill or something else.

Honk
10-25-2010, 07:40 PM
Operation: Roof Inspection 2.0 (much clearer picture this time due to change of camera mounting!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQpU4ga2_Q

UndCon
10-26-2010, 07:23 AM
Here is my "Roof inspection" done with a Tricopter (gyro only)

http://www.undcon.com/2010/07/21/tricopter-at-a-barn/

recorded with a crappy camera - my new GoPro HD will deliver much better footage

Hamburg
10-26-2010, 07:32 AM
Looks like hes flying an Octo Mikrokopter

UndCon
10-26-2010, 08:10 AM
FPV-Leif has a FPV-fleet :)

Really cool videos.

Honk
10-26-2010, 11:56 AM
Looks really smooth and artistic Undcon, nice! I guess it is slomo though?

I still get very ruff and jumpy footage, but at least the vibration blurrs are gone.

I'm gonna try to finally take some manually but externally triggered photos next time since I've found out how to externally trigger the shutter through a tip to use CHDK on my Canon IXUS here.



FPV-Leif knows how to not run out of beer, that's for sure! :) I'm not hatish jealous, but since he seems to have a lot more money to spend, he can just buy whatever multicopter he wants that seem nice and fairly finished. I think he focuses more on flying than on building/coding... :)

Honk
10-26-2010, 11:57 AM
Looks really smooth and artistic Undcon, nice! I guess it is slomo though?

I still get very ruff and jumpy footage, but at least the vibration blurrs are gone.

I'm gonna try to finally take some manually but externally triggered photos next time since I've found out how to externally trigger the shutter through a tip to use CHDK on my Canon IXUS here.



FPV-Leif knows how to not run out of beer, that's for sure! :) I'm not hatish jealous, but since he seems to have a lot more money to spend, he can just buy whatever multicopter he wants that seem nice and fairly finished. I think he focuses more on flying than on building/coding... :)