Last year, I stuck a small camera on an old radio control airplane and flew it whilst the local Magpies attacked it.
This year I have taken a much larger aircraft, a Bixler 2, and moved the motor from the rear to the front, and placed a GoPro 3 where the motor used to be.
The result – much improved! HD video of the Magpie in flight and attacking the tail of the aircraft. Here’s a sample still from the video I have made from 4 flights today.
Watch the video here.
Can’t wait till this movie build is done and I can leave Camtasia alone!
Our battle to the death continues!
Spent the morning working with it and it hasn’t crashed – BUT it has eaten an entire project.The morning’s work is lost again. My deadline passed 8 days ago! I am so close to a result it would be crazy to change tools now.
So here’s my Camtasia 8 tips
- Buy something else – this things gonna kick your arse!
- Double or triple your estimate of how long your video is going to take – your about to meet the ex-wife of software!
- I was switching between 4 project files this morning and suddenly Camtasia started saying that the project was corrupt – should we use the back up copy? Never answer yes! The back up copy is ages old!
- Render all source video in Camtasia’s own codec – yes a project for each video file. Yes you will need to check the rendering settings every time – some of them seem to be unset each time you return.
- Always take backups every hour of working with Camtasia.
- Always make copies of project files. – Multiple copies!
- Never switch projects inside Camtasia. Exit and start again. If you think that’s bad read about the audio work flow and the little ghosties. OMG!
- Don’t have comfort food within 100 meters – you will eat anything from the stress. When I work with Camtasia, my darling wife regularly delivers fresh fruit so that I am constantly full and cant eat chips and chocolate – which she’s hidden.
Your not alone!
I know I am not the only one out there experiencing all of these Camtasia issues – if you could see the web traffic I am getting for these Camtasia stories – WOW!
Had a tremendous day out flying today at my club’s flying field. It’s that time of year when magpie’s chase our aircraft and attack them. So I put the camera on my little red plane to see what a Maggie looks like in flight.
These stills are individual frames from the footage and there are a lot of them here – but you really should step through them – there are a couple that are absolutely stunning – real wow material.
Old men: (Special instructions for the aged members of the Eagle Scale Aircraft Group) These photos will step through on their own every 7 seconds, or you can put your mouse on the photos and click through them.
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Filmed with my junk airframe a Flyzone Beech Staggerwing that has had the power plant updated.
Yesterday (Sunday a week after I took the shots) I returned to the field and set up the little red stagger wing for a anther filming session. On take off she didn’t seem to want to climb and after about 50% of a circuit she went into the ground right wing tip and nose. The tail didn’t hit the ground. I have just completed the removal of the radio and motor etc. When I got to the servo tray (which was very brittle) – the elevator servo was basically smashed out but the rudder one wasn’t. This fits what happened when I was flying, we didn’t seem to want to go up much. Perhaps the magpie won the battle after all!