First Magpie Video for 2013

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.

Maggy Attack!

Maggy Attack!

Watch the video here.

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Posted by Tim - September 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

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Camtasia eats my work – again

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!

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Posted by Tim - February 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

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Maggie Strike!

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.

R.I.P. StaggerWing

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!

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Posted by Tim - September 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

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