One of my key goals behind these blog posts that I push out alongside our videos is to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the videos, to inform you about what decisions we made, and why, when we were putting them together. However, I'm normally so harried by the time that I actually get the video finished that I just ramble on for a couple of paragraphs about whatever fleeting thoughts happen to be passing through my mind at that particular instant and call it good.
This time, I'm going to try to do both, because there are a couple of noteworthy things you should know about this video:
- We paid full freight for this GoPro – it wasn't given to us by a sponsor or anything. We went down and purchased it at the local Best Buy and got the three-year extended warranty with it, figuring that it's a virtual certainty that we'll find a way to destroy it in the next three years. At which point, Best Buy will happily give us a GoPro Hero5 or Hero6 or whatever we're up to at that point.
- If pairing the Hero4 with your smart phone takes a little longer than it did for us in the video, that's because of the magic of editing, not because there is something wrong with your camera. Establishing those Wi-Fi connections and connecting to the camera within the app can be a rather lengthy and tedious process. I took the liberty of trimming those wait times down to something I didn't think would put all of you to sleep (or send you looking for a more entertaining video elsewhere).
- The FPV image in the flight testing portion of the video is simulated. Stupid me: I forgot to bring our little DVR with a built-in 5.8 GHz receiver with us out to the field, so we couldn't record the live video stream coming down from the aircraft – but I still wanted to show you the GoPro's new On-Screen Display. So, a little more hocus-pocus magic focus in the editing bay and, voila!, real(ish) FPV footage.
Okay, now for my requisite rambling. As we currently reckon it, this is our 100th episode of the Roswell Flight Test Crew, which is pretty cool, I guess. Being focused as it is on a major piece of consumer electronics, with appeal that goes well beyond the FPV/multirotor community, I hope that it will do well.
Anyway, it's interesting to look back at how far we've come over the past 100 episodes. Here are a few landmarks, by way of reference:
- 3 years, 3 months ago: Our very first episode, flying at the Tigard Festival of Balloons.
- 2 years, 8 months ago: The first episode where you hear us speak, giving a technical report about RQCX-3 “Raven.”
- 2 years, 4 months ago: The first episode recorded while we're giving a public presentation.
- 2 years, 2 months ago: Our first episode featuring a FLIR thermal imaging camera.
- 1 year, 8 months ago: Our episode opposing Oregon Senate Bill 71.
- 11 months ago: Our first episode made in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
- 9 months ago: Our first quick-turn, on-location video (at AMA Expo 2014).
- 6 months ago: Our first video made in partnership with FlySafe.
- 2 months ago: Our first video made in partnership with RotorDrone magazine.
Over that time, we've accumulated more than 1 million views on YouTube and more than 8,500 subscribers. If it turns out that we're capable of sustaining, or even expanding upon, this pace of operations, it will be interesting to see where we are three years from now. In the meantime, thanks for watching – and fly safe!