How to Fly FPV DRONES with ED RICKER

How to Fly FPV DRONES with ED RICKER


What’s going on guys! I’m with Ed Ricker
here today and we’re going to fly some FPV drones. The nice thing about this video
is that Ed has a lot of experience flying traditional DJI drones and then
also transitioning into flying fpv drones and myself being a traditional
drone pilot I have a lot to learn from ed today so I’m really excited I think
it can be very beneficial for you guys as well so it’s going to share some tips
and tricks with us and we’re gonna get to see him fly first person and let’s
get right into it yeah don’t lose your cookies man no cookies don’t get
nauseous here we go all right so Ed’s all set up so why don’t we talk right
now about what you’re using what exactly do we have here yeah I know some a lot
of people know what all your gear is has shark and so forth but why do you
explain the delay Minh and the people who want to get into it well this is the
ARMA 10 Marmot frame it’s relatively new dropped in like what early earlier this
year and so it is a 5 inch fpv quad frame we have just a conglomeration of
different parts on here we got our gopro session 5 we have a 6s lipo 6 l lipo
battery we also have some mr. steel motors you know mr. steel on YouTube
he’s a really awesome fpv pilot he’s got a lot of his own equipment that you know
he has on there we also have a riot control f4 board and our camera is the
Falco know the foxier predator and so I actually have sounds better oh yeah this
is this is what happens though you start to create you have one and you make
another and then you make another what I like to do is have three working quads
and that way I don’t have to be too careful if I want to be flying somewhat
aggressively I’m not going to have to go home if I break something I can keep
flying and just swap things out so that’s pretty much the gist of this I
got my fat shark HD 3s and then a Tyrannis x9 d plus right here and using
crossfire as the radial link there 915 megahertz and then we got 5.8 gigahertz
coming out of a TBS unified nice that’s awesome I can see it’s been well used
right there as well yes so everything has a bit of a dent or scratch
nothing is perfect anymore but you know we do we can and a good thing about
these being made of carbon fiber they’re very robust and they’re able to be
crashed quite a bit without without too much crying do I hit that stops I’m
pretty hard how long does it take to build one of those and how much
relatively outside of the GoPro whatever camera you put there right how much do
these different parts costs like how much money is it to like get into fpv
drone racing and and like do you have to be do you have to watch a lot of YouTube
videos to build this or how would I even go about after I buy the parts how would
I go about building it how long would that take me well if you’re new to
building it’s going to take you a lot longer and you’d probably also be am
asking some of the tools necessary like if if you’re not familiar with soldering
then you can best bet you get yourself a nice soldering iron and don’t get going
with that okay if you’re not used to you know circuitry and and doing stuff like
that I mean that might be a learning process in itself okay and if you have
an electronic background of any sort you could probably get going faster then
there are people like Joshua bar on YouTube to go through pretty much
everything and then some other older channels like Project Blue Falcon and a
few others that really go through a lot of the the nuts and bolts if you will of
how to create and to troubleshoot your quad okay guys unless you buy something
ready to fly from an online retailer yeah you’re gonna be putting together
pieces that are going to have to be figured out how to be put together in
troubleshooting and what’s wrong and why is it doing this why did it fall out of
the sky for no apparent reason there’s always a reason and that’s a big part of
it is troubleshooting on the bench and that’s why a lot of people don’t keep
going because it’s frustrating this quads about 450 ish I would say dollars
before the Go Pro so with the Go Pro about 600 if I want to fly this over
water I might consider flying something cheaper we’re not using the GoPro or
doing certain things to mitigate the risk of falling into the water because
this is going straight down to the bottom and how long does that take you
to build now being being I would say you know being in advanced or being having
been doing this for a while I would say at least an afternoon and an evening now
it’s easy because I keep my quads identical that way they fly the same you
know everything’s the same and they’re also swappable with parts good if I were
to build an entirely new quai with new components mm-hm that I maybe never used
before or never in the combination we’re probably talking a couple days at least
before it’s acting and flying how I wanted to and I know one question I had
and I think a lot of people out there have about the new DJI fpv system being
that these are all different parts like different companies different
manufacturers etc what’s the advantage of having something like a DJI or you
talked about the ready to make drones I’ve heard that from the drone pilots I
know that those aren’t as good that it’s better to buy all different parts and
kind of like custom to the way you really want it to me can you comment
about like buying something ready to make and is this new DJI system any good
because it’s all kind of like one manufacturer one brand or would you be
like kind of leery or hesitant about buying something that we’re all from the
same facture yeah well yeah there are a
couple different good things about the DJI fpv system it seems to be reliable
least up to a certain range that’s built for it seems to be very good video
you know better video than we’re used to with our fpv goggles and stuff because
we’re usually using analog video so that’s digital HD video with very low
latency which until written until now he was largely unattainable at a reasonable
price point so is that latency the best in industry right now would you say DJI
or its courts right dates it’s I think it’s comparable to many other existing
analog of preview systems okay but the fact that it’s HD is thicker
that’s the magic right there so I think DG eyes made something that’s it’s not
gonna fail on you because it’s tried and true and tested parts that go together
however there are things I don’t like about it like anyone with these goggles
can tune into my fpv feed like you know even way over there they could tune in
it’s just because it’s 5.8 gigahertz being broadcast out and if you can
access that you’re gonna go with the DJI system though it’s their own special
digital broadcasting system gotcha so if you don’t have DJI goggles which means
if you don’t want to spend the money on the DJI fpv system
you can’t watch what your friends are doing and part of the fpv experience is
the community aspect and part of that community aspect was being able to tune
into anybody and watch everybody and it’s fun it’s a group experience so if
when you get nature when you get the DJI system and your friends don’t you’ve
just alienated yourself from that aspect of it a little bit so that’s what I
don’t like about it and in terms of compatibility and how things work and
troubleshooting I really have no idea I spent about an hour trying to help
someone over Skype tonight though I really don’t think I did much at all for
me so I’d have to really get it in my hands before I did not I do not have it
in my hands right now yeah but maybe one day looking forward to it okay okay cool
alright and so now that you’ve told us a little bit about fpv about getting into
it what it takes to build it and so forth who exactly is this Ford is this
for like traditional drone pilots do you think they they would want to get into
fpv drone flying is it who is it just for people who want to race who should
get into this and and why it’s the adrenaline junkies no it’s I mean it’s
just a different perspective you know I started out with DJI intelligent GPS
assisted Auto leveling Auto hovering drones yeah which was a great great way
to get introduced to them uh-huh but for an fpv drone yeah it creates a level of
excitement that I don’t think DG and I can match in many instances maybe not
all insist but in many instances I feel like this is much more reactionary and
potentially skill based in terms of reaction time piloting you know spatial
awareness and everything like that whereas DJI drones you add that camera
element where you can just hover that thing for five minutes and dial in your
camera settings exactly right with this it’s a GoPro on complete auto settings
and if it auto exposes and overexposed to the sky well too bad no one’s really
watching for that anyway they’re watching for the tricks so it’s just a
different mentality it’s like if you skateboard it when you were younger or
if you you know like to watch extreme sports or if you do something like that
there’s a bit of an element of that it’s I feel a lot of times like a
skateboarder trying to find a spot to fly being a little covert try not to get
kicked out and and you know just just doing these tricks and stuff it really
feels like an extreme sport that’s not physically taxing my body and and one
thing you talked about was that and I’ve heard actually from my drone flying fpv
friends is that if you want to be a good pilot you have to fly fpv drones how
much of that is true and like like you said like being able to do all these
different maneuvers and moves that most people fly DJI drones might be aware but
they don’t really go into the settings and adjust the pitch the roll beyond
some of these things that you have to use with a fpv draw do you think this
has made you a better filmmaker or drone filmmaker or is it just expanded your
awareness if I learn how to fly this drone and then I go to like a Matic –
Pro when I fly my Matic – Pro am I going to just have
or I guess feel or control over my drone and just be a better drone pilot I feel
more confident flying a DJI drone after I fly this thing yeah with all these
safety mechanisms and the bells and the whistles of a DJI product or something
similar yeah I really feel more confident flying one of those after
having done this go you fly this over water and then you go back to a GPS as
it’s a drone and flying over water is like if they made you nervous at all
you’re no longer nervous because you it’s there’s so many safety nets with
the GPS intelligent drone with something like this you get past your fear and you
don’t feel so scared or so nervous about doing something
now of course DJI drones are more expensive they’re they’re not supposed
to be crashed so they’re more fragile yeah yeah you’ve been places with this
drone you’ve seen things you’ve been in situations that you would have never put
yourself in with a DJI product and so then you go back to a DJI product just
feed us a little tame you know it doesn’t feel bad just feels more tame
and more able to be controlled you know the more under control I would say so
you said it’s flying over water so if I were trying to do some more advanced
moves where I was flying I know there’s a gazebo right over there you can’t see
in the camera but if I were flying like through that gazebo or I wanted to do
some move where I was flying around and being a little risky as you said and
more advanced wood flying fpv drone is it more psychological or is it is it
more like physical maybe I’m just beating a dead horse here you what I
feel like it helps you in some way get those more advanced you’re not well in
terms of joystick movement and and in reaction and remembering what’s behind
you and matter to you and to left on the right when you’re not looking at it
that’s where the spatial awareness comes in with fpv mm-hmm if you start out
flying fpv all you’re concerned about is what’s right in front of you in the
camera view but when you get to be accustomed to flying fpv frequently and
you’re more aware of what’s behind you and around you and you can actually kind
of move around with that in your memory and and so I can back up through objects
because I remember how it was aligned when I was not looking at what I was
looking at them so there are some tricks and remind me to do them okay where the
chi-ling blind moves you’re moving you don’t really see where
you’re going but because you remember where they were and it sticks in your
brain in a 3d space somewhere up there and your brain you can still move
through space and accomplish that movement so yeah I think flying these
things it just makes you more confident as a pilot in general and that now bleed
over into any type of piloting you’re going to do I’ve seen some new
commercials like I told you about the Kohl’s commercial where they were flying
indoors yeah retail store do you think FPV
flying is just an entity to itself or do you see this as a way to incorporate
into traditional filmmaking because myself I still want to do a lot just
with traditional drone flying it from my channel just traditional drone tutorials
but I feel like if I’m shooting for a client I feel like if I use this drone
right here that you have isn’t that P V drone and add some shots into it if it
fits the particular project that I’m working on
for that client I feel like it could add an element that could really be useful
do you see it as a part of an integral part of filmmaking or is it just
something that you just get a adrenaline rush and more per community and drone
racing you’re limited by the camera with one of these it’s got to be light so
that’s why we’re using a GoPro good point you could use a full-size GoPro
which can maybe up your production value a little bit but you’re still not going
to be matching the red camera on the tripod that’s the rest of the clothes
commercial or something so it can be kind of limiting in that way but you can
make a GoPro look pretty good but I think it lends well to action
environments there are some Flyers like Johnny FPV that does a lot of automobile
drifting videos there mr. Steele who does some other stuff Oh Johnny FPV also
does like motocross and he also did some downhill skiing videos where these are
shots you just never be able to get now in some of his compilations
he just has drone footage but I can imagine that that would be part of a
bigger video that would incorporate other elements as well but as with
everything I mean any type of drone work you don’t really want to overdo the
drone stuff if you do too much drone stuff you’re saturating the video
and you know the variety is always good so unless it’s a video just about what
drones can do I think any video is going to incorporate other elements other
cameras and other types of shots in addition to fpv style but yeah in the
future I mean I’m hoping people will find much more complex there’s different
ways to utilize an fpv drone and it’s not just racing and breakneck speed but
actually something that’s creative and something that other cameras just can’t
accomplish all right I think we’ve learned a lot I think this is really
helpful for just learning about how to build a drone who it’s for what type of
flying we can do why don’t we get into the tips and tricks and just wrap it up
some of the things I really like to do with the fpv drunk especially when I’m
flying near buildings or around trees is to do diving power roles split s and all
these different types of like tried-and-true trick like the base the
foundation for most fpv flying and then from there we can incorporate other
things but there’s the these few elements like the roll the flip and the
power loop that pretty much happen in a split that happened in almost almost
every flight and so we’re gonna try to incorporate that into some of these
elements some of these these different areas that were kind of around right
here it’s a great area to fly and with any luck I’m not gonna lose this on the
top of the building simply here we go I was wondering when you started out did
you just learn this all in your own or did you take a class from one on a
course or how did you get started my first experience with fpv was using
the program lift off there’s some people from lift off it’s a simulator on Steam
and it’s basically like fpv on your computer and it’s a way to save yourself
a lot of heartache a lot of crashing and so I basically learned how to fly using
a remote just like this so you’ve got a usb on the back and you can just fly
straight from your computer okay and that way once you do get the confidence
to get your own quad and build your own quad you already have some flights under
your belt right and you’re not going to annihilate your quad the first flight at
least I hope so that’s where I started so velocity on liftoff DRL simulator DCL
I think is another one okay yeah they’re all under 20 bucks some are free and
a really great way to get started without risking real damage or getting
this thing stuck in a tree or whatever else could possibly happen
cool I’ll put links to those in the description below so people want to get
started there you go awesome alright and these goggles have a fan which is really
nice this kind of hot out here not too hot but kind of hot and sometimes this
thing get foggy alright let’s do it alright guys we’re gonna go fly whoa Yeah right here is the earbud so there’s
a microphone in my video transmitter okay and I can hear what the quad is
doing I actually hear the motors and if I’m flying this intricately and fast
okay really far away then the delay of sound that I’m hearing okay I start
messing me I’m also from flying with other people I can hear my quad only in
the earbud and I can really hear what I’m doing as opposed to being kind of
disoriented by all these buzzing and buzzing sounds in the sky and you’re saying that while you were
flying the vibration reduction went on on the GoPro or something like that
sometimes I wonder if the GoPro when you shut it off or you know maybe you run
out of the battery that powers off it kind of reboots some of its menu or
something because what happened there was the image stabilization turned on
okay and you think that’d be a good thing for a drone uh-huh not for an fpv
quad quick so so small and fast that the video turns to jello and so you might
have noticed in some of these high throttle punch outs earlier we were
getting a little bit of video like degradation and kind of like a jello
effect and now it should look pretty pretty decent in comparison
just because stabilization was turned off which is a little bit
counterintuitive but you know it’s just the way things have to be and so when
you’re doing that shot with just straight down like that what are you
trying to do or is it a difficult thing to do against the wall like that uh yeah
it can be difficult especially if it’s windy then your drone is pushing you or
the wind is pushing you into the building which makes you run the risk of
landing on the roof here’s another trick I like to do and this is an intentional
small crash if you will so this is what they call a wall bunk okay so you
basically touch the the building with your drone the bottom of it yep and just
kind of like hit it lightly and then I heard it right back off here are the
building if you want to see up here okay cool see it right here
yeah

9 Comments

  • Brett Garamella

    August 31, 2019

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  • jims droneing

    August 31, 2019

    hey Brett great guest Ed is fantastic FPV pilot have watched some amazing video FPV he's done

    Reply
  • jims droneing

    August 31, 2019

    great job Ed

    Reply
  • Jet Martin

    August 31, 2019

    Really nice interview. Well done! Excellent questions.

    Reply
  • Ed Ricker

    September 1, 2019

    Awesome hanging out with ya Brett! We should do it again sometime

    Reply
  • Shaun MacWilliams

    September 2, 2019

    Great job to both of you, Ed you should teach Brett on a build and let us all watch. I’ll build one with you guys.

    Reply
  • Overland Family

    September 2, 2019

    These videos inspired me to create my own channel 🤙

    Reply
  • Tom Clisby

    September 4, 2019

    Another amazing video from you guys! Just discovered FPV (haven’t got one..yet) this was super helpful and answered a bunch of questions I was wondering about. Thank you both so much!!

    Reply
  • Luis Pablo Lee

    September 10, 2019

    I am so sorry Brett, I cheated you w Bill the Drone Reviewer, but now I am back. Glad to see two of you having fun. Great Job! PS. You should’ve gone on weekends 😉

    Reply

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