SmartFilmProjects BTS: Our Drone Setup | Camera anti Vibration Mount

SmartFilmProjects BTS: Our Drone Setup | Camera anti Vibration Mount

Because us arrived many questions due to the last weeks: How did we shot out drone videos and what are the components of the drone? Lets give it a try with a short overview in this video. The frame is a DJI S800 Hexacopter. All six arms are individually removable. We also use the Naza control by DJI. We fly with GPS support. In front here ist he GPS module. The landinggear can be pulled up, so we can turn 360 degree with the gimbal. With that you have no restriction in your sight. For the remote control we have decided us for the Graupner MZ18. Its indeed a pretty expensive model, but its very easy to handle, Its indeed a pretty expensive model, but its very easy to handle, So its very user friendly. The battery pack is a rather cheap model, The battery pack is a rather cheap model, We got 8000mAh for 1,1 Kg with 6 cells, this pretty nice. The gimbal itself is by ACR Systems – the BeSteady One, which already has some years. But works alright. However, for quite a long time we had problems with vibrations, even with the gimbal. We managed to get rid of the vibrations with Taica Alpha Gel, which we got from Composite Point. These are gel pads, which we modified to our own adapter plates. They consist on 3 levels. Furthermore we had to work on more adapter plates and brass pins to attach it all. In Conclusion it all works pretty fine. Here you can see how our first recordings looked like. They are very shaky, blurry and there much movement in the picture itself. And here an example, how the anti-vibration plate managed to handle the vibrations. The good thing on this gimbal is the modular structure, which means we can simply plug in an RC receiver. You can then with a further remote control, in our case a Graupner MX12, control the gimbal. That means 2 persons can individually control the copter on the one side and the camera on the other side. To adjust the camera in a proper way you have to know what is filmed at the moment. This means you have to know what the camera is currently seeing but we also have a plan for this. We got this AV- transmitter, it consist of this sending unit and this receiver unit. The only problem is that the Panasonic GH4, whith what we are filming, just has micro HDMI output This means we are getting the HDMI signal in here, this goes to this HDMI to to AV converter and the AV signal then goes to the sending unit, who sends the AV signal. The video signal is then received by an AV receiver. And from that it goes in our mobile monitor. Equipped with that you have a good view on what is filmed currently. The only problem was that the sending unit needs an extern power source. We got a solution by taking the gimbal batteries from the BeSteady, that, ill show it to you here, just have this connection, modified them and brazed a second power connection. So now, Gimbal and Sending unit getting supplied parallel with voltage. This works pretty well, because of the high capacity and the gimbal also doesn’t really needs so much power

One Comments

  • Rik Houtman

    January 8, 2017

    Tip dont use a dji naza its going to crap out with the octacopter firmware on 156 meters, be safe and buy an x star


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