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Old 05-04-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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May 3, 2010: Helicam

Say I've got a little shindig going on in the backyard.
And say I've got an expensive new DSLR, to capture those Kodak moments.
Now say I want to get a high angle cleavage shot, but I'm afraid of ladders and the roof.
What to do... what to do?

I know. I'll tie my expensive new DSLR to a Radio Controlled helicopter.
What could go wrong?



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In a quest to get the perfect shot, Eric Austin, a Texas-based videographer, found a neat way to fuse a remote controlled helicopter and a Canon DSLR camera so he could shoot aerial videos easily and get the kind of footage that would otherwise be difficult to pull off.
I took a hobbyshop helicopter and modified it to hold a camera, so I can get low altitude, close and tight aerial shots, Austin told Wired.com.
You can buy an RC helicopter for about $400 and attach any old camera, but this dude has $15,000 tied up in this rig.

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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He can make a fortune renting it out to low budget indy and porn films for aerial shots.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:55 AM   #3
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That's a good find Bruce. That would be great to have when I go on vacation next week.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:40 AM   #4
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That's really cool. I think it would be more interesting if he had a live video feed coming down from the camera to a monitor and he flew the thing by watching the monitor so he could be certain of the framing of the shot. He needs to just "wing it" the way it's currently set up.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:07 AM   #5
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Going to Hel in a Cam Basket.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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Props to him for ingenuity. However, I shutter to think what will happen when the paparazzi starts using this tech.

Or, what will happen to my neighbors when I start using it.

On behalf of helicopters everywhere, I'd like to thank HungLikeJesus for the Jesus Nut contribution to helicopter design.

Now I finally understand this "christ gave his body..." business.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:33 AM   #7
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I bet if you used glatt's PlantCam, you could go back in time.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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For just 4.5 million dollars more you can have this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-1_Predator
and use it to threaten your daughters' potential suitors.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #9
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Jesus nut? I think Wolf has mentioned him.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:47 PM   #10
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That's a good find Bruce. That would be great to have when I go on vacation next week.
Planning to go for some high angle cleavage shots, are you?
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:00 PM   #11
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Yes - we're leaving for Kauai tomorrow night.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:07 PM   #12
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We'll settle for low angle cameltoes.
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