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  1. Well, if you have the dual top plate from cookie the most refined solution is to buy the flatlock (https://www.flycookie.com/shop/accessories/flatlock/). As husslr187 said it has a thin rubber layer to stop is twisting. As far a cages go, I've never jumped my Sony A6300 camera in a cage. Just be mindful when you wear the helmet inside the plane.
  2. Your Cookie top plate is designed to go with the Flatlock from Cookie. I'm currently jumping a Fuel with a Top plate with Flatlock. This gives me opties for mounting camera's. At the moment I mostly jump with 2 GoPro's. 1 for video and 1 for photo. I also have the option to fit my Sony A6300 if I want. I use a 15 mm lens for that camera and a blow switch. I have tried the bite and tongue switch and found that the blow switch is easier in use. As for camera settings, do a search on this forum. Much has already been written about it. Also, check out Youtube for setting up your GoPro. You could search for cinematic GoPro. Try out settings on non commercial skydives, see what works best for you and what produces good footage.
  3. As far as I know, the navigator and PD Student are the same canopy. Only difference is that you can get the navigator in custom colors and the pd student comes in a standard color pattern.
  4. Hey guys, I'm looking for info on the sony a6300. Are any of you using this camera for video? And if so, what are your thought on the a6300? Thanks
  5. I'm sorry but this just isn't true. If you're on a proper big way there isn't going to be a dedicated swoop lane and not everybody is doing it! A crossbraced canopy just isn't the right tool to bring to big way's.
  6. I decided not to wait for the option cookie had brewing last year, but instead asked somebody to help my out by building a custom mount as a platform for the camera's. I can now mount both my camera's side by side for photo/video jumps. If need be I can remove them and mount a GoPro in a rollermount for AFF-jumps. I think it turned out great!
  7. I'm not sure if this is the case. I think a lot of what you said here is perception and assumption. What we see a lot of is that when people think something will cause a specific outcome, people tend to only see that outcome. For instance when a we see a student as being disruptive, we only see the disruptive side of his behavior because we focus on it. Our opinions are colored by our own beliefs. I don't think there has ever been a fair and good comparison between pro-packing vs. phyco packing. I'm not aware of research into packing and the resulting opening characteristics. To claim either one is better then the other is a matter of opinion and not fact. Also to claim one causes better on-heading is, in my opinion, not fair. I would hypothesize that on-heading openings are more a characteristic of the canopies design and body position on opening then that it has to do with pro or phyco-pack. Having said that, if people prefer phyco-pack over pro-pack they should use that method. I for one prefer pro-pack and have always had good result.
  8. I just pull right out of the door, within a second. I've done so with my Velocity and continue to do so now that I have a Leia. No problems so far.
  9. I recently bought a Cookie Fuel helmet and am considering turning it into my main camera helmet. I'm looking into options for topmounting cameras. I would like to topmount my cameras on the helmet. I'm well aware of the new flatlock adaptor that Cookie has brought out for the Fuel, but I don't think that is give me enough space to mount my cameras. I would like to topmount either a GoPro and a CX or a GoPro and a Sony NEX camera. I've seen the topmount plate for the G2/G3 (https://www.chutingstar.com/skydive/g2-g3-dual-camera-mounting-platform) and am wondering if that would fit on top of the Fuel. Anybody know? Any other advise is welcome.
  10. I've got a Tonfly 3x camera helmet. I'm using a RCB-LAB Zkulls Overkill bracket to mount the camera's to the helmet. I'm topmounting a Sony CX camera. I've mounted a GoPro on the front of the bracket. The helmet is equipped with a ringsight. I've tried to eliminate snags as best I could, but there are some points on the helmet where things can snag.
  11. Alright guys and girls I need some input. I recently obtained a Vector 3 equipped with a skyhook. I've been jumping camera for a couple of years now, and on a previous rigs never jumped with a RSL (these were not skyhook equipped rigs, and the rigs didn't have an RSL to begin with). A few years ago the general thought was to not jump with a RSL for fear of an entanglement. Has this changed over the last couple of years after the skyhook came onto the market? And if so, how and why has this changed, what is behind the change in thought. Would you recommend leaving the RSL shackle attached while jumping camera's on a skyhook equipped rig? I thought I read somewhere that canopy choice also played a part in whether to leave the RSL shackle attached on a skyhook rig.
  12. By the time you get it there'll be a new version available! That may be, but I think this canopy is worth the wait.
  13. I got quoted 50 weeks. I will indeed be a nice present about a year from now
  14. Didn't UPT release a bulletin saying you could also close the rig the way it is shown in the photo?
  15. I sure hope you learned this the other way around. Work to get out of the twist first and then deal with end-cell closure.
  16. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2624812#2624812 A previous thread about the Radical.
  17. Great suit, great build quality. Good customer service. I've bought my suit about 5 years ago and it's still looking great.
  18. Saskia, I know who you're talking about. Where do you think she got the idea from ;-). Here are some AFF jumps with the belly mount. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRtk_dRhGxM How does she mount the gopro for belly flying? I saw gopro makes a chest mount, but it looks like their's would just video the earth for belly flying. Well, it's not really a belly mount. I use the chest mount, but it almost sits on my belly. I think she uses the same system as I do. The chest mount comes with an adjustable mount so you can point the camera to the student.
  19. Saskia, I know who you're talking about. Where do you think she got the idea from ;-). Here are some AFF jumps with the belly mount. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRtk_dRhGxM
  20. I use a GoPro for AFF. Level 1 - 3 I use the GoPro with the chest mount. Really good images of the student. Level 4 and up, I just put it on my helmet. It does stick out more than a Contour, but I like the GoPro better. I can also just use the AV out to debrief the student. The Contour requires a computer to view the recorded images. The GoPro also has a wider angle, thus you get more on video. At least it did when I bought my GoPro, not sure how things are now with the newer models of the Contour.
  21. Hey Kars, I'm an AFF-instructor at the dropzone you're currently training at. I'm there every weekend. Next time you come to jump, we'll have a talk. Grtz. Arjen
  22. I've got a RSK1 with an Optimum 126 and a velo 90. The velo packs tight. I wouldn't want to pack a velo 111 in it. Don't think it is going to fit. Also, have a look at the sunpath website. They state that up to a 96 square feet crossbraced 21 cell canopy fits in the RSK1.
  23. Have you tried the reset button?
  24. I figured as much. My video's are low on FX. I switch to shooting SD.
  25. Recently I switched camera's and am now jumping a Sony CX105. I bought Sony Vegas Studio Platinum 9.0 for editing video's. I'm not used to using software to edit tandemvideo's, so I spend some time trying to figure how Vegas works. I haven't even scratched the surface I think, there are a lot of options in Vegas. My question is about the render time in Vegas. I'm importing AVCHD file from the CX105, and the video's are about 10 minutes long. The render time alone is about 15 minutes each time. Am I doing something wrong? I was hoping for quicker render times. I'm using a MacBook Pro (2.53 GHz.) with 4 GB RAM. Any tips or insights are appreciated.