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Vince Hawtree31/12/2007 15:30:00
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I download the FlyOneCam2 driver from their WEB site.    My virus scanner detected WIN32:ADWARE-GEN when opening STK02NK.exe so I stopped the installation.     Has anyone else had problems when installing the driver?     Anyone tried the external power and remote control? I couldn't get it work.      Otherwise camera working as expected.

Alan B31/12/2007 16:42:00
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Hi Vince

I have a bit of an issue with that ref the external power. My FlyOneCam2 was returned to Robot Birds as it was'nt working. I added a power supply but that did'nt fire it up either. Granted Robot Birds returned the unit 2 weeks later and it works fine.   Im not sure if it has been repaired or a replacement unit. There was no explanation of what was wrong.

However before I returned the unit - the conversation I had with the company that I had'nt blown it up or connected incorrectly   - they commented that if you do not get the polarity right that you will Knacker it! However the guy went on to comment  that there is a special lead for the external power supply but the hav'nt got them in yet.

On looking on their website - the manufacturers website'nt looked since - reading the instructions (with a magnifying Glass!) I can see no mention of this special lead for the external supply. That was 3 weeks ago and I hav'nt looked since.

Can anybody else throw any light on this subject? or am I missing something?

Al

nasa_steve31/12/2007 18:11:00
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i cannot get my flycamone v2  to work as a webcam even with the driver installed so i have'nt bothered i have a webcam anyway so its not a major problem. but on the other hand it should work if the feature is on the cam.

i saw the mention of an external pwr lead but don't really need that feature so if one comes up in the future i might consider it. i took it that you needed to wire one yourself.

nasa

Chris Hornby31/12/2007 19:01:00
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Dave, another way is to choose video effects and then "Mirror vertical".

<idiot mode>I decided to fly mine on my new "Chinook". It got carried away on the wind into a housing estate and try as I might couldnt retrieve it. So somewhere on Portland there is a brand new chinook with flycam2. Reward for its retrieval </idiot>

Chris Hornby31/12/2007 19:10:00
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Here is the pinout of the accessory connector:

http://www.flycamone.com/uploads/RTEmagicC_base.gif.gif

 Pity it is not wired in the standard servo config, but you should be able to make up a connector to take power from a spare channel on your RX (providing you are running on around 4.8 volts)

Vince Hawtree03/01/2008 12:44:00
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Hi All,

Thanks for your replys, but I now have a more serious problem.

Warning!  Do not put an A-DATA 2GB SD card into your FlyOneCam2. The Camera will destroy the card.    

The good news… My Jessops 256MB SD card works in the FlyOneCam2.

Regards Vince.

Vince Hawtree03/01/2008 13:49:00
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Fortunately the shop agreed to exchange the A-DATA card for a second time.  

I will do a swap. Someone somewhere will be very pleased to exchange an old 1GB SD for a new A-DATA 2GB SD.

Regards Vince.
John Wheater04/01/2008 18:33:00
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That is a cracking video. I have been using a Multipod for over a year and was a bit worried about the quality of the FlyCam 2 in case I had to replace the Multipod which is no longer available. You've proved the quality is A1. Thanks. If I can figure out how to submit videos I may just do that thing!
Michael Lank04/01/2008 19:20:00
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I have a flycamone2, and I have had some problems with it.  Generally I find the quality disappointing; my videos are not the same quality as Chris'.

The other problem that I have had (which is very common if you look at the flycamone forum http://www.flycamone2.com/index.php?id=8&L=3) is that the video switches itself off in the middle of recording.  Temperature seems to be a factor in this; the video switches off more quickly when cold.

The camera is also fussy about which SD cards it will work with - the first one I tried was fine with video, but not with creating jpegs, which were unreadable by any software.

I have also been unable to install the driver and firmware updates from the manufacturer's website.

The concept of the camera is great; lightweight, movable lens, choice of still and video, but in practice it does not deliver and until the problems with it are fixed I would not recommend it.

David Ashby - RCME05/01/2008 08:18:00
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Michael and everyone - I've just added FlyCamOne V2 as a product in the review/product section so feel free to leave your own reviews there.                                                                     
nasa_steve06/01/2008 16:53:00
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i've had the same problems it seems that the flycamone does not like cold weather as once mine has been out of the car for a while it only records in slow motion for some wierd reason. to be honest i think it really still needs some work before its a viable user friendly unit at the moment it looks a bit expesnive and lacking in features that should be there but don't work shame and a waste of £40 in my eyes.

nasa

Chris Hornby06/01/2008 17:29:00
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I am beginning to think that the quality might be variable as I have suffered few of the above faults. I have had the camera stop recording during a flight but that was because the battery went low voltage. I agree that there should be a battery state warning on the camera, also some sort of indication that it is actually charging correctly.

I have had the slow motion syndrome once, but it didnt happen again. I thought it was because it was a huge file (I left the device on for several flights) but maybe, you are right, it might have something to do with temperature.

I have found the video quality to be good, but the still images to be poor in low light.

Maybe temperature is a factor, I havnt really tested it in cold conditions I prefer to stay indoors. My lighthouse video, although recorded in December, was a very warm day.

I am taking the camera to South Africa in Feb so I will see how it performs in the warmth and light!

Overall I am very pleased, maybe mine was not made on a Friday!

Chris

Alan B06/01/2008 17:33:00
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I tried my flycamone2 for the first time today on my T Rex 450. when I went to stop the recording by pressing the stop button - it would'nt stop. It was quite chilly on the old hands today so I was'nt hanging about.  So I switched it off by the main switch.  Result - no recording - it just erased it on the memory card! DOHHH! I was looking forward to seeing the results - so I wont do that again!
John Wheater06/01/2008 17:42:00
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I keep getting e-mail alerts that there are new posts here but when I log on there are none. What gives?

Michael Lank06/01/2008 17:51:00
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I managed to get two successful 'shoots' with the camera today, one video (17 min 40s) and one using the 1 photo every 4 seconds function (12 mins). The first time I have had two sessions without the camera stopping halfway through one of them.

I kept the unit very warm by putting it into my shirt pocket next to a hand warmer (lighter fuel powered and gets hot!) until just before use.

Chris Hornby06/01/2008 17:53:00
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its looking more and more like it is a camera for the summer then!
Kevin06/01/2008 18:32:00
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     I got the Flycamone 2 for Christmas, and went for a fly just outside my house. I was very pleased with the video. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bJUrGULYxYg 

     Since then i have tried two more times up our local club, without success. The camera turned off in flight after about 30 seconds, I've had very slow video play with normal sound. It has been very cold , so maybe that could be the problem.

                                                                                              Kevvy.

Michael Lank06/01/2008 18:39:00
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ACME have just posted a link to a video on their forum, at the end of the video there is a caption 'Use the FCO2 only for short video recordings while temperature is very low.  Internal battery might be damaged due to low temperature!'

Shame there is no such warning on the packaging or in the manual.

David Ashby - RCME06/01/2008 18:52:00
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My new FCO v2 switched off in flight today after 2-minutes. I guess the windchill may have helped. I took it home to try indoors and it carried on until I stopped it.  I guess I'll have to see how it does when it gets warmer. ?
Chris Hornby06/01/2008 19:10:00
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 Acme say the folowing on their site, so maybe it is a good idea to check the SD card:

a slow card can have different effects:
- recording stops after some seconds/minutes
- recording si not fluid
- Audio and Video not  synchronious
- stop recording is not possible

Also they released a firmware patch, dunno if it fixes anything but should allow you to switch the cam on and off in flight:

Driver installation FCO2 firmware update 1.1 - 2007/12/17

External start and stop using contacts 1&3 of the base plate.

1. Install file STKO2N 2.O

2. Connect the FCO2 in "WC-Mode" with the included USB-Cable to your Computer.  

3. Download program will be open, you can use to download the FCO2 files.
   Close this window!

4. Start the program STK02NU.
   Select:
   DRAM: 0X35
   DRAM SIZE: 8M

5. After approx. 90 secs program gives feed back! Update sucessful

6. A short contact of connectors 1 and 3 will start or stop the recording - or release one picture.


Remove the file due to "installing" the program again.

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