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Jello Free! Flight Test with Sony HDR-CX430

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jessebarrios, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Jessebarrios

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    This is in regards to my previous post one month ago: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=150

    I was finally able to take the Phantom out and test it this morning, despite some slight winds here in Las Vegas and WOW! The camera preformed as good as I hoped! The new Sony BOSS (Balanced SteadyShot) system is amazing! I've used the camera in the car while driving, hand-held, and the footage stays stable.

    As far as the performance goes on the Phantom, it is a heavier rig. Using the stock battery, I was able to get around 8mins of flight time. I discovered to get the Phantom off the ground, 75% throttle or more is needed to get in the air as opposed to the 50% with a GoPro. Once in the air, flying is no problem.

    The following link to the video footage is raw, I have NOT stabilized the video at all in any editing software. The only thing I've done is added music from Vimeo's commercial free music library via Vimeo online. Please note that this is one of my first times flying the Phantom, so my skills and shots aren't that great; with that been said, it does show how great the camera preforms with sudden jerks and turns.

    I did place some moon gel underneath the Sony camera to keep it a little more stable on the camera mount I purchased from Infinity Hobby. Here is my setup:

    -Balanced Graupner CF 9"x5" Props

    -Damping camera mount: http://www.infinity-hobby.com/main/prod ... ts_id=8244

    -Moongel

    -Sony HDR-CX430v ( http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-CX430V-D ... s=sony+430 )


    Vimeo compresses the video greatly and actual video quality from the camera is much better. Finally, the link to the video:

    HD Version (no music): https://vimeo.com/62632304
    STD Version w/ Music: https://vimeo.com/62640599
     

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  2. jdawson

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    well done sir
     
  3. Sac D

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    Wow! That Sony takes some fabulous video! I like the narrower POV, too... no distorting like with the fisheye lens cameras.
     
  4. Jessebarrios

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    Here is another video test using the Sony CX430 on the Phantom. This test did give the results I was hoping for, proving the Jello issue doesn't discriminate! Most of this was my fault, I didn't secure gimbal as tightly as the original footage, which seems to make the difference in some/no jello. In the raw footage, the Jello was slightly present in some shots, but when editing and slowing down the video in FCP X using Optical Flow, the jello is more pronounced as the process basically creates frames causing a ripple effect. Anyway, I'm still happy with the video quality the Sony cam provides! I appreciate any feedback.

    https://vimeo.com/62966634
     
  5. Adam

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    Jesse, awesome videos and testing. I have been following the Balanced Optical Steadyshot technology since last years CES and have really wanted to get one...it is a heavy beast and I thought i'd be too big for the Phantom, but you pull it off nicely. I almost ordered that dampened mount to but never got around to it.

    I really can't decide whether to order a better camera or wait and see what happens with Brushless gimbals for the Phantom. The technology looks incredible and the pricing isn't bad, either. I just haven't seen one yet that seems light enough for the Phantom. DJI should be releasing their Zenmuse for GoPro soon, but they haven't said whether or not it will work with the Phantom. Either way exciting times ahead and stable, jello free video is around the corner for everyone.