Jamie here ... Hope that you had some success in figuring it out. It's been about 14+ since I did this but remember it like yesterday. It was done with a pulley system that I attached to the A lines after deployment. I tried sewing a spy camera into the bottom skin like someone did on the link in this thread and got similar results. I put stills up there, 16mm movie and video. Too much detail to go into for a post, but the trick is to get the camera as stable as possible. I had a lot of ideas for this, including the pond swoop (which I didnt perform so well and lost a camera on that one ;) ). Lots of trial and error. I had pictorial in Parachutist years ago doing all sorts of stuff. Not sure if this helps, wish you luck. If you have a question let me know and i'll try to help.
Jan 28, 2012, 8:48 PM
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Re: [Zymurdoo] Good Stuff - Canopy Camera
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yeah he hooked it up pretty quick. he's been talking about trying it again with a hd gopro and spending a little more time on the design. he also packed the camera in the canopy, he's jumping a comp velo 79. fucking kritter.
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Jan 28, 2012, 11:09 PM
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Re: [dqpacker] Good Stuff - Canopy Camera
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I did this years ago with a bullet cam hooked up to a recording deck in a fanny pack. If you want to do it that way I found it got better results if you can secure it to the line instead of having it hag off the line. In the bullet cam I was able to attach it at 3 spots and put it at the backside of the line and the video only had minor shake to it.
Jan 29, 2012, 9:19 AM
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I always thought the best idea was to have the camera packed with the canopy so that you wouldn't waste valuable time after deployment like you would with a pulley system. I would eat up 3K feet getting everything stowed. I would agree that the lines are the most stable and the smaller the canopy the more tension the lines would have and thus more stability for bracing for the camera. I used a 107 Stiletto. I was only using one of the cascades as a stabilizing point for the pulley system, this gave it some rigidity. Although if I were to snap a turn the camera would go a bit crazy until it caught up with the canopy. Thanks to editing you don't see that part ;). My next design would have been to use the two inner A lines for stability trapping the pulley system in both cascades, then I believe the camera would be much more stable. Trial and error cost a lot of jumps on this project. I sometimes had four lines running up the cameras depending on what format I was using. There were always two pulley lines. 16mm movie film required power plus on/off wire. All the extra lines were threaded through spectra so as to appear to be a suspension line, and had to be taunt for the illusion. Now that video technology has caught up I can imagine using those two inner most cascades and midway down on them use spectra to make a trapese for the camera to suspend from. Pack the camera with the canopy and go.