As a rule we all whack in as wide a lens as possible to keep perceived movement to a minimum but I was keen to know how the Picloc TRv3 stabilised camera mount could handle a zoom. The eventual aim is to have a reliable 'reverse zoom' capability with this Copterworks AF25B.
I also want to know exactly how much the original image deteriorates when FCP SmoothCam is applied.
So, this video shows a zoom with the helicopter hovering at around thirty meters in auto mode and being kept in one place by CARVEC GPS and Altitude Position Hold. The camera is a Panasonic HPX171 and the mount stabilisation is Picloc TRv3's on Tilt and Roll. Only two axes of the camera mount are 'stabilised' (if it can be called that), Pan axis stabilisation is deactivated.
The left half of the screen shows the raw video from the camera and the right side has modest SmoothCam applied and then around 27% sharpening applied to counter the image deterioration caused by the SmoothCam plugin.