View Full Version : Snow Dragon - Dragon's snowy flight on multi rotor

Tabb Firchau
02-13-2014, 08:45 AM
This past weekend the Freefly team took REDís new 6K Dragon camera airborne during a rare Pacific Northwest snowstorm. The goal was to continue our testing of the Dragon camera and better familiarize the team with the capabilities of the new 6K camera system. The results of the test were pretty compelling! The incredible resolution and dynamic range of the Dragon, coupled with the dynamic camera moves created by the CineStar Multi-Rotor, produced some visually stunning sequences.

We are pretty excited about the idea of cinema cameras of this quality flying on small remote helicopters. When we started this adventure of remote aerial cinematography about a decade ago, we only dreamed of systems that could create footage like this; to be able to have it in hand is a dream come true!

We have some .R3D's to share if someone can help with sharing / hosting them (afraid to kill our dropbox!)

Snow Dragon Film: 4K upload


Snow Dragon Screen grabs from the film http://on.fb.me/1iSsnch

Technical Details

Hugh Bell
Tabb Firchau
Brad Meier
Mike Hagadorn

RED Epic Dragon
Canon TS-E 24mm F/3.5L Tilt Shift Lens
Leica 50mm F/2 Summicron Lens
Leica 90mm F/2 Summicron Lens

CineStar 8
Synapse Flight Controller
MōVI MR Stabilized Camera Gimbal

SmallHD AC7 monitors
Paralinx Tomahawk

Here is an image of how we strip the dragon down to lightweight / barebones setup for aerial use. Every saved gram = more flight time!



Sulekh Suman
02-13-2014, 08:55 AM
Great stuff.

Timothy Jones
02-13-2014, 08:56 AM
Lovely ! Visual Haiku

Bob Gundu
02-13-2014, 09:02 AM
Just beautiful. Love the TS lens on aerials!

02-13-2014, 09:02 AM
Amazing as always. When is the Synapse Flight Controller coming out?

Sean Cruser
02-13-2014, 09:44 AM
excuse me gentlemen, while i mop up the drool at my desk.

Nick Gardner
02-13-2014, 09:49 AM
Lovely stuff. Love the TS.


Nick Morrison
02-13-2014, 09:56 AM
Yeah the TS on aerials is a breathtaking combo. Looks fantastic. Congrats.

02-13-2014, 09:59 AM
awesommme (:

this should work as a temporary host...

Mike McEntire
02-13-2014, 10:12 AM
Nice Tabb!

Brian Merlen
02-13-2014, 11:58 AM
really beautiful!

Tabb Firchau
02-13-2014, 12:20 PM

.R3D's if you want to take a look:

10 sec r3d file through trees - http://we.tl/hfdP6xG8TO
5 sec r3d file of CineStar - http://we.tl/ZDiCEd1Zyq

Gavin Greenwalt
02-13-2014, 04:13 PM
Now down to the important questions... where did you get that lightweight remote start/stop device and can I buy one?

Joe Minuni
02-13-2014, 05:51 PM
Awesome! It looks almost unreal, I had to pause a few times and just admire some of the frames.

Phil Aitkens
02-14-2014, 06:23 AM
Love the use of the TS. Saw your first test you did before the freeze and thought that imagery was fantastic but this just blew that one out of the water or should I say across the ice.

Jeff Kieffer
02-14-2014, 07:55 AM
Now down to the important questions... where did you get that lightweight remote start/stop device and can I buy one?


Dan Kanes
02-14-2014, 10:56 AM
Once again, beautiful beautiful artistry!

Russ Fill
02-14-2014, 10:36 PM
Nice shooting Tex!!!
Oh yea who did the music or was it just stock…???

Justin Kirchhoff
02-15-2014, 06:31 AM
The TS lens was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Will Keir
02-16-2014, 01:58 AM
Some really great shots and piloting in there. The storm made that pond very unique. Especially all the cracks. I'd love to have you work on a film.

Kirby Hamilton
02-17-2014, 06:39 AM
And we have a winner!!!! Great job.

Nikhil Kamkolkar
02-17-2014, 10:44 AM
wow! looks great! this tech is going to change things up massively. hope the FAA realizes and makes positive decisions...

Christopher Probst
02-17-2014, 02:20 PM

Ketch Rossi
02-17-2014, 06:19 PM
Nice stuff!