Keri Wilk and I have started a new site called Rotorpixel. We are both relatively-new in the RC multi-rotor aircraft hobby, but finally feel like we have amassed enough knowledge to start to share with others, publicly. Both of us will be posting about our journey, and Keri will be designing, fabricating, and selling multi-rotor imaging accessories like gimbals. My writing will be found at my Rotorpixel blog.
I went up on the roof with [Sterling](http://sterlingz.net/) to fly my Walkera Lama3 RC helicopter, which has custom carbon fiber skids and [GoPro HD Hero](http://gopro.com/) camera mount (made by my good friend, Don Kehoe). It was my first outdoor flight with the rig -- scary, because the 'copter is front heavy now, which means that it really wants to go forward, and because there was quite a bit of wind.
The custom mount is beautiful, but a little tight, which means that the isolating foam isn't thick enough to prevent vibrations. CMOS cameras with rolling shutters (like the GoPro) really need to be shock mounted on helicopters to prevent the video from suffering from CMOS "wobble."
Eventually, I'll have this thing trimmed perfectly with a mount that doesn't vibrate, after which I'll be able to fly it without worrying that it will end up in pieces.
My buddy Don Kehoe built new landing skids and a GoPro HD Hero camera mount for my Lama3 RC helicopter. I popped it off of the ground briefly to see whether the new rig is balanced, and it is! Can't wait to take it somewhere to take some aerials.
One issue to deal with: the GoPro is vibrating harmonically. I think we may need a larger mount with more foam to dampen it.
Dual GoPro Hero HD cameras for 3D shooting, mounted on an RC10
Eventually, I hope to mount two of these camera onto a somewhat larger car (and helicopters) for remote wildlife photography, but we all have to start somewhere. :)
Making stuff, with Don
Don took the car and cameras home and made something that is a lot more rugged. Check these out -- he's a great machinist.
The first video from our homebrew setup [is available at YouTube](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqh2ht5fq0k) (viewable in 3D). Now, does anyone have a couple cats I can borrow for the next phase of testing? ;)