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Aftermarket gimbals

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by paradiseaerial, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. paradiseaerial

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    Does anybody here have any experience with any of the numerous aftermarket Chinese brushless gimbals available on eBay such as this one:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Phantom-Bru ... 4174bde540

    Some say they come with no manual, I wonder if you need to be a rocket scientist to connect them, or if the control board works independently of the Phantom. I am wondering also if there is an option with these of panning the tilt down in flight using the 7th channel.

    Looks like an advantage of these is that they work with GoPro 1,2, or 3. I use the Hero 2 and have virtually no trouble with jello in my videos. In addition, YouTube has an option for image stabilization which takes about as long to process as the original upload, and seems to work fairly well.
     
  2. Gizmo3000

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    People have been having semi-successfull results with the offmarket gimbals, but they definitely require some research and understanding about setting up the proper balance and such. Google about Simple BCG and Martinez controller boards, which most of these gimbals operate with. They all provide the option to manually tilt, and even roll.

    youtube's built in stabilization does not compare to stabilized footage from a gimbal
     
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    People have been having semi-successfull results with the offmarket gimbals, but they definitely require some research and understanding about setting up the proper balance and such. Google about Simple BCG and Martinez controller boards, which most of these gimbals operate with. They all provide the option to manually tilt, and even roll.

    youtube's built in stabilization does not compare to stabilized footage from a gimbal[/quote]

    Any suggestions as to exactly what to research besides your suggestions regarding the controller boards? How can I find info about how to set up these boards and gimbals?
     
  4. Gizmo3000

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    Well, first thing you might want to do is search out for other online forums where others have similar gimbals.

    there's lot s of discussions going on at rcgroups.com

    http://www.rcgroups.com/multirotor-talk-659/

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1901828

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1917049
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1892797