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Old August 17th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #1
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Gimbal for a thousand balloons

We are going to use thousands of dove balloons to fly a Gopro into the sky about 300 meters, pull it back down, and do it for a second take.

We need a gimbal that will stabilize, and allow remote control up / down movement such as is possible on the H2-3D.

Any suggestions? We can make / use any kind of rigging to which we can attach a thousand balloons :)

It's a fun kind of dilemma to have, isn't it?


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Old August 18th, 2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Re: Gimbal for a thousand balloons

I've been using the DYS 3-axis GoPro gimbal recently and am very happy with it. You can attach a simple 4-channel receiver to it in order to control pan, tilt and roll. It's about $200 or so and doesn't require additional hardware like the Zenmuse to operate. It's a standalone unit that runs off a 3s 11.1v battery.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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Re: Gimbal for a thousand balloons

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I've been using the DYS 3-axis GoPro gimbal recently and am very happy with it. You can attach a simple 4-channel receiver to it in order to control pan, tilt and roll. It's about $200 or so and doesn't require additional hardware like the Zenmuse to operate. It's a standalone unit that runs off a 3s 11.1v battery.
Did need much tuning as I was thinking of adding one of these to my Phantom 1?

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Old August 18th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #4
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Re: Gimbal for a thousand balloons

It was actually pretty darn good right out of the box. I did the 6-axis calibration and changed the settings to some recommended values I found on a 10-minute youtube video. Works great on my F450 even with a heavy blur-fix filter. Also quite convenient you can tune it with a mac computer and not just windows.

I recently traveled to Puerto Rico with it and there were consistent 25mph winds on the coast. The footage really turned out great. Much better experience than my 2-axis Tarrot. Can't beat it for the price. I did add some new Tarot brand damper balls but otherwise it's ready to go.
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Old August 29th, 2014, 02:09 PM   #5
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Re: Gimbal for a thousand balloons

Thanks for the info Nate.
Over here in the UK where prices are always higher than the States I have seen the DYS 3 axis for about 199, but noticed it had dropped to 179 on Monday. But today with a one day sale it is 134 so well worth buying- and have!
Is the blur-fix filter you mention an ND filter?

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Old August 30th, 2014, 12:16 AM   #6
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Good deal. Yes, I was talking about a small nd filter.
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