BlackMagic Hexa

By painfpv on May 22, 2018

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The purpose of this frame is to allow us to fly a cinema oriented camera in more of an FPV manner (close proximity, dives, high speed ...).

Everything is custom built: frame, crash cage, silicon mesh. The design was done by Octavia Richea.

Flight time is 6-7 minutes at normal pace and will go down to just a couple of minutes if pushed. The PDB cannot sustain the 6 motors being pushed to max for too long which is why we exercise caution when flying it in order not to fry the PDB. These motors can easily go to 45-50A in full throttle, we've tested them on the bench.

It has a video switcher which allows the pilot to see what any of the two cameras sees. The latency of the blackmagic composite video output is minimal which makes it flyable in FPV mode.

We have a second receiver onboard to allow the camera operator to adjust all camera settings while flying.

If you are interested in such project and wish to colaborate in any way please contact me on facebook:

Here you can see the type of projects we are involved with:


Part List

Flight Controller



6 x Betaflight 32Bit 35A 2-6S BLHeli_32 ESC Dshot1200 (9 builds)


6 x ZMX FinX40 CL07-1.5K "HMS Minotaur" (4 builds)


6 x HQ Long Range 7x3.5x3 V1S PC Prop (18 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Eagle 2 Pro (12 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (SMA) (148 builds)


TBS Triumph 5.8GHz RHCP FPV Antenna Set (SMA) (535 builds)


TBS Crossfire Micro Receiver V2 (271 builds)


Turnigy Graphene 1500mAh 6S 65C Lipo Pack w/ XT60U (2 builds)

Power Distribution


HD Camera

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

HD Camera

GoPro HERO6 Black (9 builds)

Misc Parts

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT
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Dan412   Jun 03, 2018  

Nice build. What UART on your F7 board did you wire the Crossfile receiver to? I can't get any response from mine, connected to UART 2.

Edit: I figured it out.... had TX/RX swapped. :)

Nolanfeatherstun   May 27, 2018  

You know you are doing something right if you are concerned youll over amp a kamakazi matril insanity pdb...

painfpv   May 23, 2018  

and here is a 422 prores sample from the same flight test. keep in mind that this was with stock PIDs under very windy conditions. also note that although the lens is a 7.5mm the crop factor on the bm cameras is ~2.88 which makes it a ~22mm lens which is not very wide.

painfpv   May 23, 2018  

untill I can process some of the footage, if you are curios to see how live telemetry looks like on this setup here's a quick video from the very first flight with it:

skjb93   May 22, 2018  

Hey Paul,
In the description you mention you have a video switcher so you can switch between the BlackMagic and the RunCam.
I recently bought a BMPCC and was thinking about getting it on a large fpv drone too, what hardware are you using to switch video?

painfpv   May 23, 2018 

I bought it 4-5 years ago :) and can't find the exact product anymore but it is very similar to the one I've linked below, might be exactly this one without the nice paper wrapping:

skjb93   May 23, 2018 

Thanks. That product seems pretty straight forward, how did you get the BMMCC connected to it though?

painfpv   May 23, 2018 

I've powered it from a 12V regulator, connected it via SBUS to my second receiver and connected the video composite to the video switcher. here is a pinout but you also have the pinout on the box it comes with.

thumbtwiddler   May 22, 2018  

johnnyfpv aint got shit on this

delta_fpv   May 23, 2018 

thought this might have been johnnys at first

thumbtwiddler   May 23, 2018 

wouldnt be suprised

CaptainFalcon   May 23, 2018  

I'll jump on this bandwagon.... WE NEED VIDEO!!!

painfpv   May 23, 2018  

I've posted updates regarding this setup, including some video results, on this facebook group:

I will also upload the results on youtube or vimeo and link them here when I have a bit of spare time.

kwong   May 22, 2018  

I suppose you're required to include flight footage from the BM camera when you post awesome builds like this.😆

delta_fpv   May 23, 2018 

id say he is indeed

QuadConnect   May 22, 2018  


painfpv   May 22, 2018  

I will add footage in the description and let you know here. :)

TeamWolfFPV   May 22, 2018  

Whoa! This is the first copter I've seen using Blackmagic's Micro Cinema! Kudos... I'd love to see a video of this guy in action.

Whiffles   May 22, 2018  

I'd love to see some footage from this. Anything published?

volitant   May 22, 2018  


sp00f FPV   May 22, 2018  

Lets see some video!

QuadX   May 22, 2018  

got to see some footage from this thing!

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