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Prusa MK3 – Pi Zero W (NOT)

With my Prusa MK3 up and running I was ready to install the Pi-Zero W I had prepared. I didn’t want the Zero installed until I was sure the printer was working and it was nice to just follow their instructions, which are great, step-by-step. Warning Will Robertson… I should have stopped when the image […]

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3D Printing – Different Materials

I started 3D printing with PETG rather than PLA because I looked at the specifications and liked PETG.  Researching materials I got interested in TPU and PolyCarbonites as well. PETG Printing with PETG is a little trickier than PLA.   I’ve had prints that warped in PETG so I tend to run the bed fairly hot, […]

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Drone Usage Grouping – Current and Potential Markets

Today I was thinking about where the drone industry is based on my experience.  To start I separated the different categories. Usage Groupings Commercial – Enterprise operation requiring specific knowledge of an industries needs.  This is not a ‘service industry’ yet.  That is to say I believe uses will be identified internally within various enterprises […]

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3D Printing – Drones and More…

For Christmas this year I bought myself a 3D printer.  Learning how to design my own parts has taken a lot of effort so I’ve been so busy I haven’t written anything in a while. Simply Amazing I’ve been printing pretty much every day and with the challenge of learning a new software to go […]

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Davinci Resolve 14 – Doing a Voice Over – How To

With Resolve you can now do Voice Overs in Fairlight.  Setup is required. Add an audio track for the Voice Over.  From the menu select  ‘Fairlight -> Patch Input/Output’. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUVHBdcQRmk[/embedyt] Make sure the settings for the microphone recording is set at 16bit, 48000 Hz if the audio isn’t appearing after recording.  Apparently this is […]

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DJI Mavic Car Charger – Not on a Prius

My experiences with the DJI Mavic car charger has not been good. Is 12V enough? After three outings where my attempts to charge a battery have failed I decided to do a little research.  First, it appears the DJI Mavic car charger doesn’t work unless the vehicle is running. The issue is simple, 12V is […]

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Ron’s Kenai

I have spent well over 100 hours on the Kenai River fishing in Ron’s boat.  I like using video and photography to capture people doing what they enjoy most and the idea of capturing action scenes and following moving objects with my drone has captivated me.  I was already making plans when my wife told […]

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Self Study – Part 107

Obtaining your Part 107 is a matter of taking and passing a test at an FAA approved facility.  To prepare you for the test the FAA has provided  a study guide and 40 test questions. Jonathan Rupprecht offers a Free Part 107 Test Study Guide and  useful guide that covers the 40 questions in detail and […]

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AutoPilot – Drone Panoramics Stitching

In AutoPilot there is Pano mode.  In this mode the drone takes multiple pictures.  There are stitching programs online but most are expensive. Here is one for Windows I’ve used and would recommend. ICE Image Composite Editor This is currently a free offering by Microsoft Research that is a good step in reviewing Stitching software […]

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Auto-Brightness – Turn it off before flying!

If you are flying a Mavic, or any UAS that uses a cell phone or table, find the setting that turns off Auto-Brightness, and crank up the brightness. In my first test flight I discovered the need for a good sun shield.  I invested in a good sun shield and that helped, but I have been […]

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