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manywiresloose wrote:I wanted to mount my cam on the kite, but with the wide angle lens, it's just too far away from the board to be of much use...the rider appears tiny. So, I once again used the base of the display case to fashion a line mount for the cam. Line mounting is inherently problematic since the lines tend to twist and spin...making video an editing nightmare...but I can't think of a better place to mount the cam that will deliver good video.
I drilled a couple of 5mm holes on either side of the display case's base and threaded through the two lines that run to the leading edge of my kite. As you can see from the pic, I was fortunate that the HQ Neo's control lines fork just above the safety release pulley - which provides some resistance to spinning. In my simple tests, the cam stays fairly stable when the kite is pulling the lines taut, but its orientation varies a little too much for my tastes (moves from portrait to landscape as the line slacks). That approach works, but I wanted less variability in camera orientation and easier editing, so I rigged the cam to the trailing edge lines instead. It involved tying a a couple of knots in the control bar's trailing edge lines (just as they attach to the trailing edge lines from the kite - about 7' from the control bar) and then threading a couple of 2' lengths of paracord through the holes I drilled in the display case's base. I ran the paracord in an "X" pattern for stability and then tied it off on opposite sides of the knots I'd tied in the control bar lines (to prevent the paracord from slipping in either direction. When the lines are taut, the camera mount rests just in front of the [url=http://www.repuestoshelicopterorc.net/]control bar[/url]'s center line (the one that splits into two and attaches to the kite's leading edge) and the camera seems as stable as it's ever likely to become while line mounted - and it can't change orientation. I think this will be the approach I test in the water on the next windy day.
I'd appreciate the advice of anyone with helpful suggestions as to how to improve upon this mounting system.
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