Use HandlePod to Shoot Hands-Free Video of Your Quadcopter Flight

A previous blog detailed accessories and modification to the Syma X5C Quadcopter. This installment describes a simple method to video your quadcopter flight from the ground using a camera phone and a Handlepod. Flying takes two hands. How can you shoot video and fly at the same time?

Attach HandlePod to Your Body and Film Hands Free

HandlePod straps to chest

HandlePod straps to your chest using the elastic cord. The camera is far enough away from you body so you cans see the monitor.

Simply strap the HandlePod to your chest using the elastic cord. Attach the camera phone using a cell phone tripod adapter and start the video.

Move your body to keep the quadcopter in the frame as you fly. Using HandlePod has the advantage of letting you see what you’re shooting by glancing down. The camera phone is visible at all times.

Use HandlePod to Video Your Drone Flight Without Special Equipment

Controller and quadcopter in flight

With HandlePod and camera phone mounted on your body you can video the flight while both hands use the controller.

Quadcopter flight instruction is done the same way by mounting a camera like GoPro on a chest strap or head mount to film the drone in flight. These mounts are comfortable and make sense for instructors who spend hours shooting their flying quadcopters.

But if you just want to shoot a few minutes of your drone circling a field, HandlePod does the job without any special equipment. It frees your hands to work the controls while your body follows the drone in flight. And you can see what you’re shooting as you fly.

This is one more possible use for the versatile HandlePod. It’s not something you would do every day. But when you need to free both hands and still want to shoot video with a camera that follows your movement, HandlePod is the answer. And you don’t need to buy extra gear.

 

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