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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.

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