Adventures in Remote Video

Adventures in Remote Video

I've always been fascinated with photography and videography, and what would be cooler and merging soaring that photography and videography? Following in the footsteps (and standing on the shoulders of) the RC-CAM 4 project, I set out to build a wireless video rig. With some diligent hunting on eBay and an order from Mouser, I had all the pieces-parts to complete the setup. The camera (an X10 XCam2) was only about $40 and the receiver was around $25 (I got a good deal). The extra pieces-parts I mostly had laying around, but in sum I think the whole rig probably ended up around $80 to complete.

Finally having a chance to work on it, I completed the setup last week and had a chance to test it out last Thursday, and finally do my first recordings this last Sunday during our Sunday fly. The all-up weight, including batteries for the camera module is a scant 3 ounces, and the range seems to be greater than 300 meters. Considering that it actually worked, it was a blazing success! The video signal was actually better than what I thought it would be, though it could stand for dramatic improvement and I intend in the coming weeks to improve the antennas for both the receiver and transmitter modules. For a first test, it was a great success.

Check out the two in-flight videos we recorded Sunday:

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2004.09.12 – Inflight Video Gallery *

The first video, "BOT" is the camera strapped to Eric's (new) Bird of Time. The second is David Gruneisen's Kyosho Stratus (a powered sailplane). Many thanks to both of the pilots, and all who provided recording equipment.

* – NOTE:
In order to view these videos, you must have the DivX video codec installed. I would HIGHLY suggest downloading and installing the K-Lite Codec Pack, as it provides not only the DivX codec, but just about every other codec you are likely to encounter on the web, and a compact version of the Window Media Player. It's a great one-stop shop for everything you'll need to view video from the Internet.

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