Capturing AWESOME aerial video
I've had a few questions about how I get such good results with my Aerial video.  On this page I'll discuss my entire equipment setup.

UPDATE: I have retired my 100mw system and now fly the BWAV200 video system from

"Garbage In, Garbage Out"
On a few occasions I have been approached by people who say "I have the same setup as you and my video's don't look as good".  These folks have great computers, they capture the videos in the same way as me, but their video's don't look at good.  The reality is that the best camcorder in the world coupled with the best computer in the world can only produce a final video as good as the original video signal, and getting the best video signal from a wireless system is a little bit of art, science, skill, and luck.  Knowing the best light conditions to shoot video's is probably the number one consideration.  The second most important consideration, and this is the one people don't like to hear, is knowing when you've just shot a crappy video and quickly erasing it before it sees the light of day.  As you get better at number one, you will spend less time doing number two.  Lastly, every transmitter installation is different, and only experimentation will help determine the best layout for consistently clear video.  Fly it, tweak it, repeat.  Stop when the video looks good (but keep flying!)
I use a  2.4ghz 100mw Wireless Video System from, buy yours now, operators are standing by  :-)
On the ground I have the receiver powered by a 12v sealed lead-acid battery (also known as a 'gel-cell').  The composite video and audio out from the receiver are fed into a Sony TRV230 digital camcorder.
Once the video is captured to tape I download the video to my Dell Dimension 4100 computer.  The computer is running at 750mhz and has 256meg of memory.  I use the software package Ulead VideoStudio version 5.0 to capture and edit the raw video.  The hardware capture device is a 'firewire' card.  The firewire card plugs directly into the camcorder for a completely loss-less transfer (digital)
There is one thing I do to insure good screen captures.  Here you can see a shot of my desktop as I edit a section of video.  Notice the 'double-image' in the video frame.  This is due to the fact that video is made up of two interlaced frames captured 1/15 of a second apart.  In order to get a crisp still capture, we need to de-interlace this image, which essentially means that we need to line up the two frames.
Lining up the two frames is accomplished in ULead VideoStudio by a setting on the Global Commands popup.  Go to Global Commands > Preferences > Capture tab, and check the box that says 'image capture deinterlace'.  That's it!  The resulting capture is show here (I'm about to capture the plane in this shot)