I started PAP, BAP and KAP with the idea of controlling every shot composition using a remote controller and a video link.
I built 3 very complex rigs using carbon with different sorts of receivers and video emitters.
The overall conclusion is that a remote control + video link system brings more problems than solutions :
- On the rig side power needs are very different for the receiver, the servos and the video emitter. Most of the tiome a tension converter or different batteries are needed and this decreases the autonomy and increases weight)
- On remote controller you need a battery for the remote, a bettery for the screen an possibly another one for the video receiver that may work on 12v
- on the ground you can't control the camera and control the kite at the same time. It can be a problem if you need to take the kite back very fast because of a major wind drop (happens sometimes especially around the mediteranean area)
So I gave a try to AUTOKAP using an Aurico chip and a floform 16 becotized + a Ricoh GRDII during my vacations. The result was over all my expectations : it's a more reliable, more simple and lighter solution for almost every need.
Even if i can't control the shots the aurico takes so much different pictures that ai always get what i need (even if i sometime need to assemble a few shots). I even can make splendid panoramas :Click on the picture to see it in HD (be carefull it's 60Megapixels)
As a final word I suggest to everyone who wants a complete control on his rig to try autokap.
Sometimes the more simple is the better.