HD2 Aerial quadcopter filming Rally & Racing School

Discussion in 'Motor Sport Heros' started by HansAuf, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. HansAuf

    HansAuf New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD2
    My first post here. It was a lot of fun filming this via Quadcopters at The FIRM - International Rally Racing School. I'll get to film here a good bit from now on. They told me to come back whenever I wanted, and they were really cool about me flying and filming them. I had a bunch of awesome rally video (including a 400+ HP rally car run) that was lost because of a GoPro that burned up because of a defective battery. The manufacturer of the battery was awesome though. The owner of the company contacted me personally after seeing my review post on Amazon and had a new GoPro and battery set to me the very next day. He even apologized for the lots footage, which was really cool of him. The I know the lost video was pretty exciting stuff though because I did get it on my ground station DVR, but the quality is not HD by any means. A lot of diving through the dust clouds and stuff, pretty dramatic looking. Took two hours of air compressor cleaning to get all the dust off my stuff, and nothing to show for it. So, we'll try again. GoPro Hero HD2 mounted on thick adhesive backed weatherstripping and tightened down with thick rubber bands. Works great and no post processing deshaker used on the video. Minimal color-correction. Ground shots were with a Sony NEX5N.

  2. Poltergeist

    Poltergeist Administrator Staff Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, Hero3 Black
    :cool: I've looked at the quad-copters but I don't really have a place close that I could use one on a regular basis. Keep thinking if I got one I would use it once and that would be it. Now that track I could have fun with my Camaro and GoPros. :happy:
  3. HansAuf

    HansAuf New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD2
    They're a blast! I found that you can just about fly them anywhere and film just about anything with them. The best thing to do is get with someone who is flying them Line of Sight (LOS) or First Person View (FPV) in your area and see if you think that you can fly one and actually want to or not. I always tell people to get on one of the RC forums like RCgroups or Runryder and communicate with folks to see if anyone in your area is using them. Most of the folks that I know that fly are so enthusiastic and willing to help, you'll be hard pressed to shut us up about it.

    And, yeah... I have a NISMO Z and that track looks pretty darn fun to me as well. :D
  4. Poltergeist

    Poltergeist Administrator Staff Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, Hero3 Black
    Very :cool:
  5. Niblett

    Niblett New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, GoPro HD2, Hero3 Silver, Hero3 Black
    I'm giving this puppy a try since I cant afford the major expense of a quad....I've seen vids of this unit flying a HD2 so the HD3 will be no issue for sure.
    I have not so much as spooled it up yet and still paying with a coax at the moment. Hope to get a chance to at least fly it sans Hero soon and see what I'm in for before attaching the extra $$$.

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  6. Niblett

    Niblett New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, GoPro HD2, Hero3 Silver, Hero3 Black
    I'm giving this puppy a try since I cant afford the major expense of a quad....I've seen vids of this unit flying a HD2 so the HD3 will be no issue for sure.
    I have not so much as spooled it up yet and still paying with a coax at the moment. Hope to get a chance to at least fly it sans Hero soon and see what I'm in for before attaching the extra $$$.
  7. Niblett

    Niblett New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, GoPro HD2, Hero3 Silver, Hero3 Black
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    It's a Blade SR

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  8. HansAuf

    HansAuf New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD2
    Yep, you will be hard pressed to pull an HD Hero 3 around with that Heli to a point where it would be useful. I have helped a lot of people with the SR and although it's a great heli to learn on, it's a bust as far as payload capacity. Cheapest Heli that I have successfully seen scoot around at a decent speed with a GoPro is a TREX 450. And you can likely get into a quad, which is far more stable than even that for less money. You can probably carry an HDflatcam or something about that weight though. Now if you went without the protective case and just used a lighter mounting method, the SR may be able to carry one. Hope I didn't put water in your boat with this reply, but I just wanted to let you in on what I have experienced.
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  9. Niblett

    Niblett New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, GoPro HD2, Hero3 Silver, Hero3 Black
    I understand what your saying....I'm not looking for speed or great length though, and I'm planning on using the HD3 without the case (perhaps just the frame) on that unit when I get it. Only quad I've seen that was cheaper (new) was the Parrot AR drone, and what I saw was limited. I got this SR for $250 Can. because the owner crashed it once and broke the blades. He had no understanding of flight dynamics and wasn't cut out for this. He should have got what I am using now for fun...a "Wi-spy" small coax chopper. I'm not even spooling up the SR until I get perfect conditions to do so...and this might yet be only another stepping stone....$$$/GF will dictate if anything else comes.
    For now given what I've seen with a HD2 under it....I should get what I want out of it with the Hd3 (being a tad lighter). I do value your input though and any other thoughts you have on this though!
  10. HansAuf

    HansAuf New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD2
    Stay away form the Parrot... :) Best advice I give all of the time that's almost never heeded and they always tell me they should have listened afterward. Yeah, anything I can do to help, let me know. If you google search my nickname multirotors you can find some howto's I put up on how to build anything multorotor related from a budget quad for fun, to a budget Hexa recipe for filming, on up to a full heavy lift Hexa. One good thing the multirotor field has going for it now is the DJI machines. The DJI Flamewheel 450/Naza combo is about the most affordable and easy to fly quad yet. I have set them up for several new pilots and they seem to just take right to them. Short lived though because they all get so addicted they start building other stuff. But you could get tons of great video with the DJI 45o setup. I'm real interested to see how the SR does for you though. Wish you all the luck with it.
  11. Poltergeist

    Poltergeist Administrator Staff Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD, Hero3 Black
    If enough copter videos get posted here I'll add an aerial section to the site.
  12. HansAuf

    HansAuf New Member

    Type of GoPro(s) owned:
    GoPro HD2
    That would be cool. I'll encourage my flying buddies that film with GoPro's to join and post.

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