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Phantom and Gimbal

I haven’t had a chance to update the site recently, but I thought I would make a quick post. I recently purchased a DJI Phantom and the Zenmuse gimbal, and I have been really impressed. I have a GoPro Hero 3+ attached to the gimbal and have been getting incredible test footage. My plans are to purchase an FPV system soon so I can see what I’m shooting. As of right now, I am flying blind so to speak. I can only see this purchase leading to building a larger Hexacoptor to fly a larger camera in the future :)

Slider and Cablecam

I got a chance to take the dynamic perception slider out for a shoot about a month ago in western North Carolina. It was a little rainy but cleared up enough to shoot a sample or two. We set up a couple of shots at Wisemans View them went towards Boone for the night shots. The setup takes a little longer than I would like, but you have to hand calculate a lot of the movement. I'm still planning on setting up some shots in Seneca Rocks soon. Collin and I setting up the slider at Wisemans View.

Slider with Merlin head- Test 2 from Lee Gillenwater on Vimeo.

We also got a chance to fly the Scarlet on the Cablecam last month. Fully loaded the rig is around 30 pounds. In this setup, we have the rig flying about 200 feet reaching a speed of about 40mph.We are flying the Scarlet in a basic setup sending a wireless feed back to a small HD field monitor.

Cablecam test with Red Scarlet from Lee Gillenwater on Vimeo.

Cable Cam Prototype II

It’s been a little while since the last update, but I assure you we’ve been busy on some projects and thought I would share our most recent project. This is the second prototype of the cable cam that both Mike and I have been working on. We started working on a smaller version last October, then Mike wanted to rebuild from scratch using stronger materials and more powerful motors.

New template and driver motor:

Mike wiring the new rig for the first test shoot:
First flight:
Here's a video sample:We were flying blind and didn’t have a way to monitor framing. Well, I guess I’ll be picking up one of these in the future :)

The New Slider

I’m a little green at blog posting, but here goes! I have wanted to start an equipment blog for quite some time, and there’s no better time then the present! I have been looking to get a ‘motion controlled’ slider for a couple of years now, I finally decided to pull the trigger a couple of months ago and purchased one from dynamic perception. So far I have had a lot of success with it! It’s a little weird at first, but once you get used to the interface, it’s pretty cool. The slider is 6ft in length and uses an MX2 controller.


After a few weeks of searching, I found a remote telescope to complete the package. I have done a couple of test shot with the slider and have had good results.

I’m hoping to get a chance to take the slider with me to Falling Water and Spruce Knob soon!