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  1. cphelan

    Lumix GX8 Bite Switch Issue

    Having troubles getting a bite switch to work with the Lumix GX8. It acts like a microphone when plugged in. Any suggestions?
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    Camcorder Vs Action Cam

    Good read. Thanks for the article!
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    Camcorder Vs Action Cam

    Im sure this has been discussed but i cant find any current info through search or digging back a bit. Ive been out of the field for awhile (2011) and was jumping a CX-100. Seems things have changed a lot since then. What are the opinions these days for a camcorder vs Action cam. Im specifically looking at the CX-675 VS the Sony FDR3000. I know this questions varies alot on what type of flying you will be doing. Starting back out most of my jumps will be small belly formations (2 way/4 way type stuff), the occasional attempt at Free Flying work, but the ultimate goal is filming tandems again. Lastly, thoughts on lenses for either. It looks like the action cameras dont need anything and the CX-675 maybe? I had a .3x on my CX100 and would should stills at 14-16mm and this seemed to pair up decent.
  4. I heard good things from my latest update.
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    video on tandems

    Not sure if i skimmed over it but the topic of currency hasnt come up at all. Someone with 200 jumps in one year is gonna be alot more qualified than someone that has 500 jumps spread out in a period of say 3 or 5 years.
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    New container for first rig

    Get used and have them buy you a new one later down the road when you have some experience with all types of gear, know what canopy your gonna be flying, and dont take as many crash landings
  7. I think this is a great idea! If you have the opportunity to go to the DZ and observe what goes on then thats the best route! Maybe pop in and just observe for an hour or two before talking to anyone to see whats going on.
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    The ultimate setting

    All depends on your camera but I have a Rebel XS and 500 shutter speed and ISO between 200-400 is my most used setting. Get a notebook and log your different setting on each jump and what the lighting conditions were then compare them to your photos. Worked pretty good for me.
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    New to me - Flat Top Pro

    This is a good method but I mounted a laser pointer that lines up with my camera. During the cooling process i would periodical check to make sure the dot and the ring sight matched up. What i like about the laser pointer method is that you can check your alignment anytime you want.
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    New to me - Flat Top Pro

    Remember that the flat top pro is for Professional Camera work so you want that helmet to be super tight for multiple reasons. Slogo pretty much hit the nail on the head with the expanding at altitude and what not. I keep my helmet unfastened untill jump run and then i click down the fastener. Its tight as hell but its supposed to be. If its uncomfortable you can undo the fastner under canopy. I have a cx-100 mounted on my with just a cookie screw and a connector strap from hobby lobby. Cost me less than 10$ to make the mount. I have my cannon mounted with a gold member. This setup works perfect for and was relatively cheap. Remember the simpler the better and I think the safer! I never take off the cx-100 because the way i have it setup all the wires and battery recharge can be accessed without taking it off. If you doing tandem camera this can save you some time during the edit process. I only ever take of the canon camera to change or charge the battery. If you want to spend some extra cash, cookie has a pretty cool protective box for the cx-100. DONT jump into mounting things. Plan it all out and mark everything precisely. Also think about your bite switch and hype eye placement. Think about your ringsite placement. Thinking about accessing everything outside and inside of the helment. Check snag points. If your smart about it it most likely will turn out right. Good luck and post a pic of the completed setup.
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    Did I make the right decision not to cut away?

    Your on the ground not broken and alive! I say you you made the right decision!
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    Cx-100 and Hypeye (Mic Issue)

    Thanks I completely forgot about that. I just figured it was a camera setting issue. I havent tried it out yet but it makes sense for sure. Appreciate the help and ill let you know if it works or not.
  13. I would try and contact someone currently at the course. Most people that took the course over a year or plus more are probably gonna have good things to say because the course was great then. The past year they went through a pretty rocky stage and unfortunately I was on one of the courses during this time period. Howevor, I have talked to a few friends that are still jumping at the DZ and see the course every weekend and they say its starting to turn around with the new instructors and direction there taking. Every business has a rocky stage at some point, especially when there trying to get larger. I think most of the criticism about the school has just derived from the past year or so and I strongly believe its because the school is trying to grow larger as it becomes more popular. I think every business is gonna go through this at some point or another, howevor, I do hear that they are starting to pull through. Contact me through PM and I will see if there are some people that are currently involved that can give you the low down on whats CURRENTLY going on.
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    Cx-100 and Hypeye (Mic Issue)

    Cant seem to find this under the 1 million threads about the cx-100 but has anyone had any problems with recording sound when you have the hypeye plugged in? Not sure if there a setting in the camera or what the deal is but whenever i have the hypeye plugged in there is no sound recorded. Any thoughts or ideas?
  15. Dont really care about the political aspect of whats going on over in NZ but I think this is a major score for NZ school. Congrats!!!