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  1. Hello Dave. Having just acquired a similar machine - a Spectrum (modified up to ASAP standard) Beaver, I'm on a similar quest.
  2. I'd have been surprised if trikes topped the list. Yes, I just read the H/Sun thing. Not much in the way of detailed statistics there, either. In any case, a fatal crash is always a terribly sad event. I'm sure a lot of us are thinking this day of the families and the flying community in Yarrawonga and the wider world.
  3. Is that quote about the ATSB trike fatalities (in the Border Mail article) correct?
  4. Hi Crusty, I had a look at the POV and will probably get one, but I'd be interested (as would others) in having a look at what you film with it and how it all turns out. The wing mounting sounds interesting. Much more stable than a helmet, or even the pod. Cheers, Jim
  5. Weather looks nice up there, Scott. The camera might be better off to one side, but, if you have a look at the scenery beyond the dancing-around pod, you can see that it stays fairly stable and makes for better viewing. Apart from when you're necessarily moving the bar when landing, the camera mounted there stays steady. The bloke who did my sample movie worked out that the most stable part of the microlight is the wing and, consequently, the control bar, which is part of it. Not the perfect solution to all trike photography, but not bad for landscape stuff. Glad you got down without eating the camera! Cheers, Jim
  6. Hi Ray Yes, I have a JVC myself. There is, I think, a simple answer to the problem of the file type. Just manually change it. If the file name is whatever.mod, just change it to whatever.mpg Someone told me a few years ago that JVC (don't know about other cameras) actually takes straight mpg / mpeg movies but, for reasons of their own, give the the .mod thing on the end. Try it on a .mod file. You can always change it back! Cheers, Jim
  7. All, I wouldn't really like to recommend any converter. I've had good, consistent results from programs - both bought and downloaded free - in the past, only to find that either the conversion programs or the files themselves go into a sort of "Mark three-and-a-half" metamorphosis and nothing works any more. Is it necessary to convert to FLV before uploading to YouTube? I thought you could put up straight WMV files, which would be converted at the YouTube end. Scott, Ray I can see that it might be a case of photographic horses for courses. The control bar method may be for wide-angled lenses only, as in the example at the beginning of this thread. I can also see where the control bar-mounted camera could cause problems, both in aviating and in the vulnerability of the camera itself. I might do a bit of practical research before I head off to the high plains to photograph brumbies at 500 feet! Jim
  8. The landing still looks good to me. :thumb_up: Were you taking a short cut to the hangar? (Also, when I ran the video the first time, I got the raw stuff, as it had the sound of the motor on it. The second time it had a background of jazz piano. Did I run it between uploads?) The camera on the mast works fine, but positioning it on the control bar seems to make the take smoother, as the wing stays pretty steady (unless I'm driving it on a bad morning). I think the camera needs to be completely disconnected from the trike and things attached to it. For wide-angle landscape shots, anyway. Cheers, Jim
  9. I thought it was a bit smooth, but I put it down to flying skill, not editing expertise. ;) Cheers Jim
  10. There are poor offshore rig workers? I run a small, small business out of my back shed. No SST for me. I'll be lucky to afford a new Redback. That means I'll be able to get into Bill's strip - as long as I can get in the air early enough to be there before nightfall! Got lights yet, Bill? Jim
  11. Alf, Yes, Geoff's been risking his life on the back seat for a while now. I think he's mentioned both you and Bill. As for Bill's strip, with all those improvements, there may be landing fees soon! Cheers, Jim
  12. Hi Bill, Yes, I've seen some of those. Some of 'em are good, too, but this US pilot is consistently watchable. And I think it's probably as simple as the place he mounts the camera. When I finally get my ticket, there are a few places around the southeast and the coast where I'd like to give the method a go. You're based at Lakes? Nice scenery to fly over. Jim
  13. Trikes are probably the best platform made for photos and movies, and yet, after watching hundreds of on-trike videos, I've often thought that they all look alike. The mounting points for the camera all seem to be in front of, or behind the pilot, or on the wing-tip looking in. The results are often a bit static. I ran across this video at [media=vimeo]5738319[/media] and found that the photographer mounted his camera on the control bar, to the right of where he places his right-hand glove. He has a vertical-horizontal adjustment on the camera, but seems not to use it often, as the bar does most of the work for him. What I'm saying is tha, if you're banking right, the bar will go left and forward. When it does so, the camera mounted on it ends up looking approximately where the trike is going. The camera is also steadier than when mounted on the trike-pod or the trike struts. No motor vibration either. The photographer uses a fairly cheap camera with a wide-angle lens. Cheap or not, I've never seen better results. It may be that others have mounted the camera on the control bar, but I've never heard of it. Anyone have more? Jim
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