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Mad Mike Hughes – Steam Powered Rocket Jump – Beats world record of Evil Knievel

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Stuntman Mad Mike Hughes fly’s in a steam powered rocket at a distance of 1374′, breaking the world record. Launched on January 30, 2014 2:00pm in Winkleman Arizona.  With 420 psi of steam and about 4 seconds after the launch you hear the rocket breaking the sound barrier, which is 340.29 m / s or 1100 feet per second or 761 miles per hour.  With the force of 4 Gs, he is feels the pressure of four times his weight.  About 20 seconds into his flight, he releases his parachute.  This was his 5th attempt to launch in Winkleman Arizona.   I was there for 3 different attempts, providing aerial footage with my DJI Phantom Quad Copter.  Equipped with a GoPro Hero 3, Black Edition camera, I was able to film the launch site that is shown in the video.

Mike plans on doing the jump again after he rebuilds his rocket.  His goal is to have the people from the Guinness Book of World records present and record the flight.  The location is yet to be determined, but he is looking in Southern California, and is also looking for sponsorship.  If interested in watching his next flight, subscribe to his youtube channel or visit his website at

I want to thank Mike Hughes and Mike Hawkins for inviting me to be part if his team in this event.  Best of luck to you in your next launch.

DJI Phantom Zenmuse Gimbal, Fatshark, upgrade kit installation

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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This is a 3 hour + video that I created to help you install your upgrade kit to the DJI Phantom, the Zen Muse Gimbal, and the FatShark FPV Attitude goggles and display.
In this video I hope to show you some tips that will help you avoid the pitfalls that I have experienced. Things like using the right cables, opening up the remote control, using the correct soldering iron, items that are extra that are included in the kit, how to test what you have done and many more.

I have made this video as a reference video for future installs. If you are interested in having me do an install for you, feel free to visit my website and contact me there.

This project took me about two days to complete, as I didn’t have all of the parts needed to complete the installation. Actual hands on install time took about 4 hours.

Visit my parts list page for more information
Thank you for watching my video. Be sure to like it and visit:

David Kull

Mammoth and Lake Tahoe Aerial Shots with the DJI Phantom and GoPro Hero HD Camera FPV

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Friday, June 21 2013, we have arrived at Mammoth Mountain.  Went on up to the Devils Postpille.  Traveling down a two way road wide enough for one car we have arrived our destination.  Packed up the back pack and hiked in.  I was able to capture the mountain side, craters, lakes, streams and even the San Andreas earthquake fault.  I think the crater was the hardest area to fly, as you loose the depth perception once you are flying over the center of the crater.  Loosing my sense of direction, I was about ready to hit the fail safe button on the remote, but decide to press on.  Once I was realized that the wind was a major factor on what caused me to loose my sense of direction, I was able to continue my flight with a a big relief and my panic state had subsided. I wonder what would have happened if I did flip the switch to trigger the fail safe mode.  Would the GPS mode work correctly and return the Phantom back to where I took off from, or would it land in the center of the crater?  I am glad I didn’t find out the hard way.

This 15 minute clip is a compilation of 7 flights and some shots with my Canon Vixia HF R40 Camera(1080p 30fps).  The in car camera is a GoPro Hero HD(720p 120 fps wide fov).  The camera on the DJI Phantom Quad Copter is a GoPro Hero HD 3 Black Edition (1080p 60 fps narrow fov).  I am using iMovie to edit the footage.  I am still looking for music that I can add to the video without youtube taking it down.

Overall, I am very happy with the turn out of the videos.  I know I can get better footage from the Quad Copter if I were to purchase a gimbal for it.  The one that I have my eyes on is designed by DJI and is made for the Phantom and GoPro Hero Black Edition Camera.  It features video stabilization, vibration reduction, and in the future transmits video and OSD back to the controller or mobile device.

June 19 Narrow FOV over SB

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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Today I decided to use the Narrow FOV Setting on the GoPro Hero 3 B.E. Camera. I actually like the fact that the Fish Eye look has drastically been reduced. However, the Jello Effect is a little noticeable when the wind picks up. The other problem was that the video stopped recording mid flight. I was able to get about 6.5 minutes out of 10 before it stopped. I am using the San Disk 32gb micro sd card from Costco, Class 10. I am guessing that it could not keep up with the required bandwidth to continue recording. I also have done the latest firmware update on the camera. This can be really disappointing when filming a once in a lifetime clip.

Thank you for watching my video. Be sure to like it and visit:

David Kull

DJI Phantom with GoPro Hero 3 FPV 1080p 60 fps medium straight down shot Aerial view

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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The goal of this video is to show how video filmed from the GoPro Hero 3 mounted to the DJI Phantom Quad Copter would look. I created the extended mount for the camera with InstaMorph Moldable Plastic. The gave me the needed clearance to mount the camera flat on the Quad Copter. It also helped dampen the vibrations created by the Quad Copter. This reduces the Jello effect seen on some videos. I had the use the Medium field of view with the shot to remove the landing gear from the video. My next project will be using this shot over the Code Red Park. Shots over trees and over troops uncovering themselves from the ground. If all goes well, I will be able to enter the footage into the next Film Festival. Stay tuned for more details, as I will be posting them here on this channel and on my website, listed below.

Thank you for watching my video. Be sure to like it and visit:

David Kull


Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Go Pro will be launching its Wifi module for its GoPro HD cameras. It will allow you to stream video or photos via WiFi. You can control up to 50 camera’s at one time. Estimated price is $99.00


LunchCast – Underwater Cameras – GoPro Hero and Sanyo Xacti

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Looking for an underwater camera?  I found two great cameras that may do the job.

Last minute, I found another Camera.  The Panasonic Lumix TS1 $229 (not reviewed here)


GoPro Hero $299

The GoPro Hero is an HD (1080p) waterproof video/camera that can go underwater up to 180 feet deep.

The camera can also shoot automatic 5MP photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your drive or ride, hands free. Press the shutter button once and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality photos.

Waterproof to 180’ / 60m and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your HD HERO camera affordable and convenient. It’s a GoPro…go for it.™

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 is an HD (720p)  waterproof video/camera that can go underwater up to 5 feet deep.

Xacti VPC-CA9

Xacti VPC-CA9 $299

The VPC-CA9 was awarded IPX8 certification (which requires the device to operate when fully submersed in water) based on JIS C 0920 waterproofing guidelines. Being waterproof down to 1.5 m (5 feet), the CA9 gives you the freedom to shoot the action in any weather and in any season, whether it’s a winter sport*2, a marine sport, or just a rainy day. Furthermore, it employs the advanced compression technology of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, a video format that’s easy to handle on your PC and handy for web applications. The CA9 records high-definition 720p video in a waterproof body.

GoPro Sanyo
$299 msrp $299 msrp
5mp Still

9mp Still

1080p, 960p, and 720p in 30 and 60 fps (720p) 720p Video
Wide Angle Lens Standard Lens
LCD menu – No video display Lcd Display
No Zoom 5x Zoom Shooting: 12x max., Playback 62.5x max. (12M mode, depending on the resolution)
Underwater up to 180′ Underwater up to 5′
Sport mounts no mounts
2 1/2 hour battery – usb charger Lithium-ion battery x 1 (DB-L20 included: 720mAh)
no stabilizer Photos: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic), Videos: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic)
We’ve invested more in the HD HERO camera’s sound system than most companies spend on their entire camera development. You’ll only be hearing the sounds of your sport, not the howl of the wind. How? Obsessive audio engineering and an understanding that good sound is as important as good video. Microphone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in monaural (L+Rch mixed output)
Video Format: H.264 compression, saved as Windows- & Mac-compatible MPEG4 (.mp4) file Photos: JPEG (DCF*1, DPOF*2, Exif Ver2.2*3)
Videos: ISO standard MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4)
Audio: 48kHZ sampling, 16bit, 2ch, AAC
Light Sensitivity: Super low-light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec) Approx. 16 lux (Auto mode, 1/30 sec.)
Approx. 4 lux (High-sensitivity/ Lamp mode, 1/15 sec.)
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