An entire neighborhood XMas lightshow from a quad

Holy subprime seasons.  While it was always possible for an entire neighborhood to synchronize its lights, it wasn't possible to actually see it until last year.  It's really a sight that cost a fortune until the rise of the quad, higher sensitivity cameras, & then the brushless gimbal.  Of course, flying a quad that high above a neighborhood is a very nerve wracking experience for someone who's done it long enough to experience a few crashes. It almost makes our taxes to support the house flipping industry seem worth it.  Now if only batteries lasted long enough to make timelapses.

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Comment by Hugues on December 9, 2014 at 10:52pm

Nice sync with music! How are these housing lights synced to it?

Comment by Dave Wicks on December 10, 2014 at 12:31am
Very cool! I want to move into that neighbourhood!
Comment by Fnoop on December 10, 2014 at 4:27am

amazing, at the same time wtf surely better ways for the world to spend it's time and resources!

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on December 10, 2014 at 10:21am

Now this is a neighborhood after my heart!

Comment by Chim Xotox on December 10, 2014 at 2:38pm

Nice, can you tell us what airframe, gimble and camera? Also a tip; As you see, speedy horizontal panning yields an unpleasant vertiginous jerkyness. It seems to matter not what camera is used, video panning only seems to work decently if done slowly. I use my Pixhawk's circle mode with the radius set to zero to determine what pan rate is tolerable at what frame rate/resolution (lens) with what camera. Try around 7 degrees per second as a starting point.  It will of course also be affected by the subject distance but gives an idea of what will be tolerable. Another solution is to just edit out jerky pans, replacing them with a transition effect that gives an implication of moving one way or the other. 

By the way, I thought the cars driving by added a little touch of life. Not too sure though about the guys in the driveway of the big non-participating house in the right foreground - I think they're maybe giving you the evil eye and one of them looks like he might be making a dash inside for his shotgun,  but he doesn't come back out until you've repositioned.  (LOL, just joking, Merry Christmas!). 


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