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Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

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Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby steve8 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:20 am

Preview of what i m framing on a real helicopter. I can't bring a pc with me!
Any suggestion for the mounts and where to place the cam-which mounts?
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby Greg_E » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:41 am

Best suggestion would be to drill a hole in the camera housing so you can play the file back into a monitor. If you need live video while recording you can search for the hack or wait until GoPro brings us the feature to do it.

Unless the FAA has changed its rules (or you are in a different country), everything attached to the outside of a helicopter needs to be inspected before first use to make sure there is no impact to the flight characteristics. We had a bunch of issues at my last job when we were dealing with rigging some gear onto a small helicopter. Just something to consider and the FAA inspector will probably look at it and just say yes.
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby steve8 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:27 pm

Thanks Greg, What kind of monitor (cheap solution) would you suggest to me?
Did you try the gopro on a real helicopter?

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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby Greg_E » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:05 am

Not the GoPro, I haven't been in a helicopter for about 8 or 9 years now. But I did a lot of work on a RF system on the one we were trying to use. Pretty damn fun.

There are several LCD video monitors on ebay that might work, the Sun might be an issue though so you may need to find an old CRT monitor. If you are in central NY and I can get free rides, I'd be glad to help.

The vibration issue are probably going to be somewhat similar to my motorcycle, there will be a high frequency flicker to pretty much all images. Theory is to make a custom housing for the GoPro, use something like Spenco gel to isolate the camera from the housing, but still hold it somewhat firmly if there is a big movement. Notice the word theory as I have not worked this out yet.
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby steve8 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:24 am

sup Greg!
First of all thx! I wish a was still in NY...unf i m in europe right now! I can t bring a crt on board:(
i was guessing what kind of cheap lcd could be my choice even on ebay here in eu! Dou have anything on mind?
Would u suggest the suction mount on the windows?
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby Greg_E » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:54 am

Suction mounts on the windows might work, it isolates a lot of the vibrations. There are a few LCD monitors that people have posted, I haven't bought one yet so I don't have any specific input.

WHat are you trying to capture with the camera? Outside the aircraft or inside the aircraft? Inside I would definitely try the suction cup mount. Also are you the pilot or just a passenger? if a passenger you might use one of the small monitors that some security companies use to install cameras. They are small and battery powered with an eyepiece so you can block out the Sun. Also how big of an LCD did you want? Most of the cheap ones are about 3 inches which is just enough to see what you are shooting and probably around the size of the one I will be buying when I get around to it. The larger issue is finding one that operates on a battery.

If I'm board tonight I'll look around and see what I can find.
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby Greg_E » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:22 am

This one is a little bit of money, but gives you an idea of what to look for:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0482469330
Has a battery which would be good.

There was also a 2.4inch battery powered LCD with a wrist strap in the same price range that might be interesting.
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby Greg_E » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:41 am

There is a pile of 3.5 inch displays on ebay for $25, but they do not have a battery so you would need to build one. I would probably build one out of a 3 cell Lipo battery pack.
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Re: Go pro on a real helicopter, how to frame?

Postby steve8 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:58 am

so the workflow should be: drill a hole on the case then connect to tv right?

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