This frame is based on the existing Glide design and is intended to make primarily cinematic style flying easier and more manageable with no props in view of the GoPro/HD camera. The GoPro/HD camera mount is lowered onto the main deck and with a build height of 20mm, the GoPro/HD camera in line with the battery. This tidy vertical weight distribution along with the wide stance drastically improves roll performance. Pitch performance is somewhat sacrificed as a result of the dead cat layout but when flying cinematically we’re generally not doing flips. Nearly all aspects of the frame are easily accessible and repairable without significant disassembly and the GoPro/HD camera mount platform is interchangeable between the Fouride and CineSplore.
Most similarly designed setups with a lowered GoPro/HD camera place the FPV camera on top of the GoPro/HD camera however this usually requires large, heavy and expensive 3D prints and are less than ideal for judging altitude when flying low. With the camera under the GoPro/HD camera, there’s nearly no chance of flying low enough to scrape your props and low altitude control is more straightforward and manageable. The carbon plates holding the camera also provide nice camera protection albeit the best protection is not hitting anything and the low camera position helps make that easier to judge.
This frame fits a full size DJI air unit however we strongly recommend using the Vista instead as it’s just a better fit overall and simplifies everything. You’ll want to use the long camera wire...we’ve got custom longer cables on the way so you can put the Vista in the back.
The CineGlide is designed to be a workhorse with conveniences such as easily accessible camera mounting platforms, improved performance where it counts, durability and quick repairability if needed. It’s intended to help make you look like a ‘professional’ on a job site instead of fiddling with your gear.
We STRONGLY recommend using quality hex drivers such as MIP drivers to assemble this and every frame. The fit of the screws through the 2mm plates are snug to assure a proper fit over the life of the frame.
GoPro mounts: https://www.brain3d.co/search?q=cineglide
- TPU Printed GoPro mount NOT included in this kit
- Fits 5.1” props with a GoPro up front, larger props if narrower camera
- 16x16 and 19x19 motor mount pattern with ample motor bumper protection
- 2mm body plates, 5mm arms, 1.5mm top plate, 1.5mm camera plates
- Frame weight including hardware: 120g
- Dead Cat layout with no props in view
- 243mm diagonal size, 206mm width, 144mm length (motor center to motor center)
- One central 30x30/20x20 mounting platform with a secondary 20x20 platform in the rear
- None of the stack screws touch any arm parts. No arm/stack integration.
- Two screws per arm with bracing against each other. Easy swaps and secure fit.
- 20mm build height/standoffs, 25mm camera height (micro and nano sized cameras)
- GoPro mount platform interchangeable with Fouride and CineSplore
- 12.9 hardness steel gold screws and steel press-nuts (screws will be black in the future)
Please thread your central stack screws before assembling the arm and lower plate complex. Also, carbon compresses over time. The arm/lower plate complex is very tight the first time you put the frame together. each successive time it will not be that tight.
- Gemfan 51433 is our preferred prop for freestyle/cinematic
- Anything around ~2306.5 ~1800-1900kv with 6S and 4S for extra fine control
- DJI/Caddx Vista
I'll start with the obvious stuff. This frame is durable, high quality, and nicely finished. It required no tuning on the latest Betaflight firmware defaults. There's tons space and the frame is easily serviced.
I started with a Glide Lite frame and migrated my gear over to the CineGlide. The only adjustment needed was to extend the rear motor wires a bit, as I had cut mine exactly to length for the Glide Lite frame. This frame does have some offers that you don't get on the Glide. The top plate offers more room for high capacity batteries. The bottom plate mounted camera helps you get even closer to the ground for those great cinematic shots as well as opens up a lot of space between the top and bottom plate. The CineGlide has improved on the camera mount and protection. The TPU camera mounts on the Glide seemed to always move up/down on the standoffs and I never felt like I could get the camera screws tight enough for my liking.
The frame is more challenging to build than the Glide, but not difficult. You just need to use proper technique when installing the lock nuts. The extra long Vista antenna is perfect for getting the signal to the goggles without being blocked by the GoPro. My only minor gripe is that the frame doesn't sit on the ground very well. The bottom mount camera causes the frame to sit at an angle. But I'm willing to make that compromise to get my camera lower. More advantages that way.
Love this frame and love the feel of the quad, except the camera frame is in a bad spot as it is and the 1 crash and the carbon is toast. The whole point of the frame centers on that cage, however, so it’s a necessary evil. Be careful flying this, especially low. But that’s a small, singular, complaint, I’ll replace as many pieces as possible to keep this frame going. Love this, great job!
I haven't flown it yet, just finished putting the frame together and I'm very impressed. The frame is super stiff from the front tray all the way through. Included in the hardware is an m2 stack screw set, and that's a detail I appreciate. I can't wait to get it in the air, but I'm putting this one together slow, and as clean as possible. On a side note, I got that Brain 3D GoPro mount too, and it's a top quality print. Two thumbs up for them as well.
I have not tried using this frame because I don’t know if special parts are going to be released later for this frame.
I've been beta testing this frame for a while now and I'm super excited that it is now public. This is a very niche frame; you're not getting this to do acro (it CAN, but not very well). This is the ULTIMATE frame for chase footage. The low camera placement allows unparalleled ability to fly low, even at great speed. The noise profile in blackbox is tremendous and allows very easy tuning. This frame actually makes you WANT to lower your camera angle; this is by far the most enjoyable frame to fly at low camera angles.