What is SmackTalk RC?

SmackTalk RC is a series of videos put together by Bert Kammerer and Bobby Watts. The videos are released approximately once a month.

What are these videos about?

Everything about remote control helicopters. Every episode focuses on a different topic, everything you can think of will be discussed; nitro engines, blades,  helicopter events, training, competitions, interviews and more!

Why are the videos not free?

This is quite simple, every RC helicopter site on the Internet, including all the well known forums derive their income and cover their expenses by charging advertising fees to display banners on their sites. Podcasters make their money by charging “sponsors” and including their products in their podcasts. We have a completely different approach, instead of being forced to include content from advertisers to support our site, we have decided to charge a very small fee per each video download. This fee basically covers our expenses for server hosting, web design/maintenance and bandwidth. By taking this approach, we are free to express our honest opinion about products and we have complete control over the content we provide.

What about copyright?

All our videos are copyright protected. We hope that you do not post these videos online or distribute them in any way shape or form. The reproduction, duplication, distribution (including by way of electronic means), publication, modification, copying or transmission of material from our site is strictly prohibited without the expressed consent of SmackTalkRC.com. Breach of these terms may violate copyright, trademark and other laws and is punishable by law.

How to I purchase a video? Do I need to subscribe? 

Quite simple, you do not need to subscribe to anything, you simply pay for each video you download. The prices per video start at $0.99 and go up depending on run-time as well as content, most 45 minute long videos are $2.99. You can view the videos as many times as you wish. Simply add the videos you want to the cart, then proceed to check-out. We use PayPal and accept PayPal payments as well as major credit cards through the PayPal interface. Once your purchase is complete, you will be redirected to a page with download links so you can download the video right-away. You will also receive two email messages; one message from PayPal, which will include a payment receipt and another one from “SmackTalk RC Mailer <noreply@www2.smacktalkrc.com>”, which will include your download URLs. Please make sure you add our email address “noreply@www2.smacktalkrc.com” to your whitelist on your spam filter (if you have one).

 

THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO EPISODES MADE BETWEEN 2010 and 2016

 

What are the video formats?

Videos are encoded to the H.264 format (MP4). The quality of this format vs. file size is better than most other formats. There are many ways to play MP4 video, Windows Media Player as well as Apple Quicktime are excellent players for this particular format. Different software and hardware combinations can make a huge difference on playback quality and performance issues (dropped frames).

When you buy a video, you’ll be provided a link to a download page, you will then have the opportunity to download the videos in three formats; HD (High Definition) format (.mp4 file explained above), SD (Standard Definition, also .mp4 file) and M4V (Portable) format (.m4v file) playable with iTunes and fully compatible with your iPhone or iPod. If your computer has difficulties playing the mp4 file, try playing the m4v file.

Warning: DO NOT USE A DOWNLOAD MANAGER WHEN ATTEMPTING TO DOWNLOAD!  This will use multiple attempts to download a single file, resulting in a failed download.  Simply “Right Click”, hit “Save As” and save your file to your PC.

How to I purchase a video? Do I need to subscribe?

Quite simple, you do not need to subscribe to anything, you simply pay for each video you download. The prices per video start at $0.99 and go up depending on run-time as well as content, most 45 minute long videos are $2.99. You can view the videos as many times as you wish. Simply add the videos you want to the cart, then proceed to check-out. We use PayPal and accept PayPal payments as well as major credit cards through the PayPal interface. Once your purchase is complete, you will be redirected to a page with download links so you can download the video right-away. You will also receive two email messages; one message from PayPal, which will include a payment receipt and another one from “SmackTalk RC Mailer <noreply@www2.smacktalkrc.com>”, which will include your download URLs. Please make sure you add our email address “noreply@www2.smacktalkrc.com” to your whitelist on your spam filter (if you have one).

How do I view the video on my iPhone/iPod/iPad?

This is easy! Download the portable file (it has an m4v extension). Once the file is in your computer, open iTunes, click on “File” and “Add to Library”, then go to your iPhone/iPod/iPad preferences and select the “Movies” tab. Once there, make sure the video is selected and click “Sync”. This will send the video to your phone.

 

THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO EPISODES MADE AFTER 2016

How to I purchase a video? Do I need to subscribe? (For Videos Created Post 2017)

For our new videos, we are using Vimeo’s Video on Demand service to take care of the purchasing and hosting of our new episodes. To purchase an episode, simply head to Vimeo.com and search for SmackTalk RC. Be sure to click the “Videos on Demand Tab”. Once you see the episode you desire, you can purchase the episode through Vimeo’s service. The episode can either be rented for 24 hours or purchased which gives you an unlimited viewing time. There is no subscription necessary, simply purchase the episode(s) you desire…

What are the video formats?

Using Vimeo’s Video on Demand format, we are able to deliver content at an impressive 4K resolution. If you do not have a 4K monitor or have limited bandwidth, you can simply click on a lower resolution version within the video player.

How can I watch an episode?

Once you have purchased an episode, it will appear in your Vimeo account. Once it is in your Vimeo account, you can view it on a tablet, mobile device, computer, laptop, or even a Smart TV using the Vimeo App.

How do I watch an episode offline?

Once you have purchased an episode and it is in your Vimeo account, simply click on “Purchases” within the Vimeo App, then click “Make Available Offline”. The episode will then download to your device allowing offline viewing.

Who are these guys?

Bert Kammerer and Bobby Watts are seasoned RC helicopter pilots. They have years of experience in the industry and have been instructing for years.  Here are some short bios:

BK-150x200 Bert Kammerer
Bert Kammerer has been involved in RC for over 33 years, helicopters specifically since 2004. He has worked in design, research and development for many industry leaders, such as Align, Miniature Aircraft, Horizon Hobby, Outrage, SAB Heli Division and Byron Fuels to name a few. Bert has also been involved in competition. He competed at the XFC (Extreme Flight Championships) where he finished in the top 7 during 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He also competed at the “World Micro Heli Cup” in Chicago finishing 4th and in the “2008 Align Cup and Competition” where he finished 2nd. He has also taken 1st place for two consecutive at the XFC team competition and also 1st place in the Synchro Competition at “3D Masters” 2011 in the Netherlands.

Bert formed BK Designs LLC in 2013 with his wife Suzi, and is the manufacturer of BK Servos & Switch Rotor Blades. In 2017, BK Designs became the official distributor of SAB helicopters in the USA. He is part of the board of directors of “TORCHS” (The Orlando Remote Control Helicopter Society) and the founder and main organizer of the “Orlando Helicopter Blowout”, the 2nd largest RC helicopter event in the United States.Bert travels all over the world performing demos and representing SAB Heli Division as well as his own brands.


BW-150x200Bobby Watts

Bobby has been involved with RC helicopters since late 2003 and absolutely loves the hobby. He is currently sponsored by Scorpion Power Systems, Pulse Batteries, and works closely with BK Designs. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bobby has formed various companies over the years, combining his passions for RC modeling, designing, and engineering. He is also a FAA 107 licensed drone pilot and operates large camera drones on major motion pictures, TV shows, and commercials.

 

When not involved in work or helicopters, he is a huge fan of guitar and music, and enjoys spending his spare time outdoors with his girlfriend Carly and their dog, Milo. While representing various companies as a sponsored/competition pilot he has attended many events in the US and has been to various countries from New Zealand to Honduras as well as many others in between. Some notable achievements include: 1st Place- XFC 2008/2009 / 2010 Team with Bert Kammerer,  “The One” 2010 ,  2nd place- XFC 2007/2008/2010, 3rd Place– XFC 2009/3D Masters 2007.


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Kyle Stacy

Kyle has been in the hobby for practically his entire life. He has been going to the field with his father since the age of two and flying since the age of five. He currently flies for BK Servo, Mikado Vbar, Scorpion Motors, HobbyWing ESCs, Pulse Batteries, RC Pro Plus connectors and Ninja Wraps. Kyle has worked closely helping with design and R&D with many big companies such as SAB Heli Division, BK Servo, HobbyWing ESCs and more. When Kyle is not flying he enjoys playing guitar and hanging with friends. Kyle has competed all over the world and has won multiple events such as the “ONE” Competition (2014, 2015), 3D World Cup France (2015), Battle Of The Brands (2016) and placed top 3 at the XFC a few years in a row.

 

 


Can I submit a comment or suggestion for new shows?

Absolutely! You will find a listing of our shows at our home page, if you click on “more..” by each video blog, you will be taken to a page where you can post your comments and suggestions.

What if I can’t find an answer to my question?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.