Lick Observatory - Brushless Gimbal


Some video I shot yesterday flying around the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. This video is the start of the reason I got into multi-rotors years ago. Capturing smooth aerial video.

Shot with NO post stabilization or in-camera stabilization. Footage slowed from 60p to 24p. InfinityM brushless gimbal on a Droidworx AD6 frame with XM extended landing gear and quick release rails. Using Alexmos gimbal controller running 2.1 firmware. Filmed with a Sony NEX-7 and SELP 16-50mm lens.


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Comment by Hugues on August 5, 2013 at 3:55pm
Nice. I experience the same shutter effect (perceived as small video stutter) as i do with my NeX and brushless gimbal. I did not find yet the root cause of this but i'm thinking about a certain vibration frequency that interferes with the camera filming frequency.
I may be a bit extreme here but when you get so good quality filming, it ought to be pushed to perfection.
Comment by Steve on August 5, 2013 at 4:02pm

@Hugues Thanks and ya not sure about the stutter. Maybe shutter speed. I used 1/125, from what I have heard with SLR video you want your shutter speed to be double your frame rate. Will experiment more.

Comment by Mark Bateson on August 6, 2013 at 3:23pm

Nice video and maybe next time you can talk them into rotating and opening a dome at dusk while you're flying... that would be a nice touch. In regards to the NEX if you aren't already, try using a very fast memory card and here are some other nice tips in the link provided. I've been shooting my NEX video "flat" as described in the article and yes, it means you're busy in post production making it look the way you want but the results are excellent.

Enjoy your flying...

Comment by Steve on August 6, 2013 at 3:25pm

@Mark - Yep I only use class 10 cards and I shoot flat as I prefer all the color grading work. And yes, would be sweet to get some shots when it is open!


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