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    Came across this online which I thought was pretty cool:



    Basically it's a a mount for a 5D MKII attached to a radio controlled helicopter. Pretty tricky to use but a hell of a lot cheaper than having an actual helicopter shot in your work! Not too sure I'd feel to happy about attaching my camera to it though...
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    I've been looking for an RC heli that will hold my Go Pro for a while. I've got a cheap indoor helicopter that I was given for christmas last year, which got me hooked on wanting a "big boy" version for outside. I've seen some of the footage you can get with these, and would love to combine two hobbies. Anyone flying these with a Go Pro?

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    Let alone the cost (which I would be interested in knowing) it must take a lot of practice to be able use. I did see an image of the operator with an LCD screen attached to his controls so he could see what he was shooting but can imagine it still being a little tricky!
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    This is the kind of thing i want to do, i have a few canon 5d mk II's and a few gopro's and ive tried to find a heli or something that will take the weight, aagin ive found its all a bit vauge and your probably going to need to take up a new hobby of R/C just to get to know he basics.

    Any tips advice on gear, mounts, helicopters etc would be great but again i feel i wont any replys

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    We had a long discussion about this last year. Shrimpfarmer is the guy that actually does it. I bought a 450 size heli to give it a go, but after crashing the heli a number of times without really getting it to do what I wanted, I'm afraid that I've lost a bit of enthusiasm for the method.

    However, since then there has been a new product launched that is far easier to fly and has a better weight carrying capacity. It's called a Gaui Quadflyer 330X s-version
    Gaui 330X S Quad Flyer Multi Rotor RC Helicopter - Perfect for aerial photographing

    As a 4 channel vehicle instead of 6 channel like a full heli, it is supposed to be very controlable. Not got the funds to try it yet though! (anyone want to buy a 450 that has only been lightly crashed??)
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    That's the best RC heli footage I've seen. Very cool stuff.

    Though, I do wonder why they used a 5D Mk II. You'd have thought that a camera with a CCD sensor would have been a better choice, as it doesn't suffer from the 'jello effect', which is even worse when one uses image stabilisation (which they have here). Regardless, it looks awesome.

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    Ian may be you would be better off with something like this



    It seems to have a shaky image but looks safer for your camera.

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    I've done many trials flying cam mounted on RC helicopters. The copter was a Raptor with a deep undersling to mount the cam. This protects the cam as the copter lands. Got some footage up in cyberspace somewhere. The cam was a helmet cam which sent the video signal down to a recording camera.
    A very experienced heli pilot is needed as helis are very, very dangerous things. Carrying weight is a big problem too. The heavier the load the bigger the copter needed. Still have all the gubbins somewhere
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    Thanks Midnight, thta's really helpful!!!

    As far as the original post is concerned, yes, it is nice to see a helicam used in a sensible way, rather than just 'look how high I can get my camera!' type shots.
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    The type of aircraft in the 'FPT factory' clip looks the safest and easiest, and probably cheapest method. Given the number of crashed and irrepairable RC model aircraft amonst enthusiasts; perhaps the RC parts and motors could be mounted to the camera; thus offering options to change the cam orientation using a second RC.
    Whilst the operator still won't 'see' what they are filming, it would give them more options for going up/down/left/right.

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