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Airforce101
Why not make one yourself? Using the live-feed from the cam, figure out the size of a rectangle that frames (most of) the view, then make the rectangle (eg out of carbon tube) and find a way to mount it so it's always in the same position relative to the camera (using eg velcro?). I don't think you'll find something off the shelve for this, but anyway wouldn't making it yourself be more fun?
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solentlife
Hi TG ....

We've tried the frame and box ... found the limitation ... 

I'm back to the Removu while thinking up any other way we could do it.
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JettaManDan
I just use the gopro headband mount...i look in the window of my car to see if it looks like the right angle and just go for it.

this one...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R4YCKIK?psc=1&pf_rd_p=c30f0da3-d7f1-4897-927a-5978f30f7d9e&pf_rd_r=3H3Y068Z7JQNDMVT68YK&pd_rd_wg=331FN&pd_rd_i=B00R4YCKIK&pd_rd_w=JjZ5A&pd_rd_r=91f7b01f-0434-4db2-9bb3-148444c86b08&ref_=pd_luc_rh_pd_huc_vtph_03_01_t_img_lh
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JettaManDan
https://www.amazon.com/Release-Compatible-Session-Cameras-Adjustable/dp/B086T48X4Y/ref=asc_df_B086T48X4Y/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583657830722500&psc=1

or just buy the whole hat
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solentlife
I have a few hats that I have thought about fixing a mount to like the 'full hat' .. I also have the GoPro headband system .... 

None of them cure the aiming problem.

I also have a headcam that has an LED 'laser' aiming light  ... thats' great BUT when using the led spot - you have to offset it to the side its mounted .. and pitch ... to be parallel to the eyeline and NOT aim it centre on the wall / car side ... because at distance - it will then be a long way off target.
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JettaManDan
not sure how you are having so much trouble aiming...especially with a gopro and a wide angle field of view you have a good chance of catching the video. Only issue i can see is if you are not turning your head to follow the aircraft and are turning your eyes instead. It took some training on my part to really follow with my head along with my eyes.
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solentlife
The problem is having the camera actually aligned .... most baseball caps have peaks that slant down ... its difficult to gauge the compensatory angle of the camera and mount. 

As to wide angle ............ I have pet hate of Wide Angle and TBH - when I start to watch any video and see the distortion of horizon etc. - I switch off and watch something else.

The eye vs head turn is easily corrected by just remembering to turn head ... but the mount angle is not so easy.

I've been videoing my RC and various for many years and so far still haven't found the real solution, other than employing the services of a helper to separately video. I thought the Soloshot was finally the answer - but that has its own problems and in fact at times can be worse !

With regard to GoPro .... I have the Hero 4 Black and its a total PoS !! Batterys have short life ... its heavy ... even with the Removu to assist with aiming etc. - the battery so often fails during a session .... I've even tried remote power to it ... but like the Soloshot - only limited success.
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JettaManDan
solentlife wrote:
The problem is having the camera actually aligned .... most baseball caps have peaks that slant down ... its difficult to gauge the compensatory angle of the camera and mount. 

As to wide angle ............ I have pet hate of Wide Angle and TBH - when I start to watch any video and see the distortion of horizon etc. - I switch off and watch something else.

The eye vs head turn is easily corrected by just remembering to turn head ... but the mount angle is not so easy.

I've been videoing my RC and various for many years and so far still haven't found the real solution, other than employing the services of a helper to separately video. I thought the Soloshot was finally the answer - but that has its own problems and in fact at times can be worse !

With regard to GoPro .... I have the Hero 4 Black and its a total PoS !! Batterys have short life ... its heavy ... even with the Removu to assist with aiming etc. - the battery so often fails during a session .... I've even tried remote power to it ... but like the Soloshot - only limited success.


i was the 1st person to use a soloshot for R/C pretty much. My videos were used on their website for promotion so i know how well and badly they work. I hear you on the wide angle stuff. i just took my time and figured out the basic head movements i needed to train myself to use and did the best i could. a buddy is the best solution to film for you lol .
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solentlife
I have a few issues with Soloshot that they promised to look into but like everything else - they put aside and ignored.

First is Dynamic GPS positioning.

The original sales video for PRE-order showed a female athlete on sport field and she setup the SS ... during use - she MOVES the SS to a new location with camera STILL RECORDING ... with no re-calibration or break in recording.

THAT was what sold it to me ... to have dynamic GPS same as Drones such as DJI etc. where they can follow me etc. But Soloshot ? Breathe on the base unit and ZAP - its recalibrating ... it cannot move while recording in any manner whatsoever.
If my Smartphone and DJI Phantom can lock on and move about - why not Soloshot ??

Second is bad choice of battery and its built in factor.

The battery is a LiPo ..... this means bad storage  / life because most people want the system to be available for any use ... not storage charge then wait half a day to recharge to full.
The TAG is only charged from base unit - I suggested to Soloshot to give us a remote charge possibility for the TAG ... 
Both base and TAG batterys are built in and cannot be accessed by user ... the stated 2A charge rate needed is actually false unless you have good batterys. Once they start to age - you need at least 2.5A to get base to recognise charger ... otherwise it just shows a red led and then nothing.
I have tried hanging a Mobile Power Bank ... a BEC with external LiPo ... they work but basically do not power the system - they just feed the knackered battery and soon discharged ... 

Pricing of SS3.

I paid a heavily discounted Pre-order price incl shipping of about $650 for my SS3. I waited nearly 3 years for it to arrive. Soloshot said they would reward us with a free gift as thank you for our patience. I rec'd nothing extra at all. In fact I paid about $50 for the tripod - which I found out others received free !! 
Shortly after SS3 was shipped to people - I noted they were selling off SS3 Optic 25 systems for near HALF the price I paid ... when I asked Soloshot about this ... they replied that they saw nothing wrong in this. I reminded them that without people like myself who pre-paid - they would not have completed manufacture / development and that to then sell to others at near half the price I paid is nothing short of insulting.

Last but not least ... tracking is abysmal.

Long chats with Soloshot about the algorithms used with GPS and need to tighten them up ... that DJI and others have tight tracking that makes Soloshot look positively amateur.


Buy Soloshot ?? Not again thank you. A bunch of Charlatans ..... 
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JettaManDan
solentlife wrote:
I have a few issues with Soloshot that they promised to look into but like everything else - they put aside and ignored.

First is Dynamic GPS positioning.

The original sales video for PRE-order showed a female athlete on sport field and she setup the SS ... during use - she MOVES the SS to a new location with camera STILL RECORDING ... with no re-calibration or break in recording.

THAT was what sold it to me ... to have dynamic GPS same as Drones such as DJI etc. where they can follow me etc. But Soloshot ? Breathe on the base unit and ZAP - its recalibrating ... it cannot move while recording in any manner whatsoever.
If my Smartphone and DJI Phantom can lock on and move about - why not Soloshot ??

Second is bad choice of battery and its built in factor.

The battery is a LiPo ..... this means bad storage  / life because most people want the system to be available for any use ... not storage charge then wait half a day to recharge to full.
The TAG is only charged from base unit - I suggested to Soloshot to give us a remote charge possibility for the TAG ... 
Both base and TAG batterys are built in and cannot be accessed by user ... the stated 2A charge rate needed is actually false unless you have good batterys. Once they start to age - you need at least 2.5A to get base to recognise charger ... otherwise it just shows a red led and then nothing.
I have tried hanging a Mobile Power Bank ... a BEC with external LiPo ... they work but basically do not power the system - they just feed the knackered battery and soon discharged ... 

Pricing of SS3.

I paid a heavily discounted Pre-order price incl shipping of about $650 for my SS3. I waited nearly 3 years for it to arrive. Soloshot said they would reward us with a free gift as thank you for our patience. I rec'd nothing extra at all. In fact I paid about $50 for the tripod - which I found out others received free !! 
Shortly after SS3 was shipped to people - I noted they were selling off SS3 Optic 25 systems for near HALF the price I paid ... when I asked Soloshot about this ... they replied that they saw nothing wrong in this. I reminded them that without people like myself who pre-paid - they would not have completed manufacture / development and that to then sell to others at near half the price I paid is nothing short of insulting.

Last but not least ... tracking is abysmal.

Long chats with Soloshot about the algorithms used with GPS and need to tighten them up ... that DJI and others have tight tracking that makes Soloshot look positively amateur.


Buy Soloshot ?? Not again thank you. A bunch of Charlatans ..... 


yeah they jerked me around a bunch too.....here was my only decent video with it from 6 years ago....lol


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solentlife
Noted its the SS2 ...... honest - the SS3 would have lost more than half that video with out of frame ... over-run when model turns ... never get the loop ... 

I have two SS3's and they are both crap .... but if the subject is relatively slow ... no hard turns ... does not alter height much ... such as horse riding ... surfing .... etc. - its usually fine. But any subject that explores the 3 axis - it loses it unless slow.
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JettaManDan
solentlife wrote:
Noted its the SS2 ...... honest - the SS3 would have lost more than half that video with out of frame ... over-run when model turns ... never get the loop ... 

I have two SS3's and they are both crap .... but if the subject is relatively slow ... no hard turns ... does not alter height much ... such as horse riding ... surfing .... etc. - its usually fine. But any subject that explores the 3 axis - it loses it unless slow.


they were never intended for really fast moving stuff...the original designer used it for far away surfing videos lol i had mine.used it a few times...then sold it without a 2nd thought.
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