Back in Feb. you said this would be available soon. Why the delays?
Yep, Dan Wolfe, the top Gyron guy, has the only electronically stabilized aerial Epic system I know of, mountable to both heli and fixed wing aircraft, currently attached to a highly modified Cessna 337, and an A-Star turbine helicopter. His unit is very high tech, he has some genius engineers in his employ working to make it ever better. The rig provides mil-spec stabilization, be prepared to pay accordingly. Latest gig, as far as I know, was on an Alaska production with John Cusack, release date this fall I think.Gyron also has an Epic compatible gymbal.
KHHR, Los Angeles Hawthorne airport, is where he has his hangar. Give him a call, super nice guy, very approachable person, and very professional.
Pictorvision's Eclipse, which won an academy award this year for technical achievement, could also be considered "electronic", by using fiber or laser gyros instead of the mass-spinning gyros that the SpaceCam or Wescam uses, but it can use every type of cameras like the SpaceCam and Wescam. Cineflex uses only Sony cameras, Shotover is supposed to be able to all cameras but I believe has front glass, which causes reflections and other problems on the image. As does the new upgraded Cineflex from General Dynamics that is supposed to house an Alexa-M.
What I last heard about the Shotover, it still had the glass in it. Same creator as the Cineflex.
I'm not sure why it would be built with the glass, as it makes a lot of shots unusable.
I spent a good part of march and April hanging out of a helicopter with our Epic. After much debate we had to drop any gyro as it would be too expensive for this production, due to the fact that we would have wait on the whether a lot.
I mostly shot 5K with a shutter of 1/500 and 50 or 75 fps as we knew we would need to do a lot of stabilization I'm post
I hung the camera from the roof of the helicopter with 2 thick rubber cords to help with steading the shots.
Pit worked surprisingly well. In the end I guess I had 30 hours hanging out the Heli door over those 2 months. I shot skiing and snowboarding, wingsuit base jumping, kiting and of course a lot of nature shots.
If you are shooting people, it's essential to have good communication. Walki talkies with earpiec is a lifesaver.
Its also very important to have a pilot that understands filming as often you will have to direct the pilot to get the shots you want while you are shooting your shot.
And it seems that people always get stressed during Heli shots, producers stress about the time being spent and you stress about getting th shot right, and if there are talent involved everyone getters stressed with the sound of the Heli and the fact that communication gets more difficult. So plan everything as well as you can before take off.
Under some circumstances this is illegal.I hung the camera from the roof of the helicopter with 2 thick rubber cords to help with steading the shots.
A helicopter crashed in Idaho in 2010 with the preliminary report pointing to a clip board hitting the tail rotor, open doors are to be avoided.
Outside of war zones, filming from an open door of a helicopter or fixed wing claims more lives than any other filming activity.
Search "aerials" on reduser for other threads with saftey and shooting tips.
Remind the pilot that you can shoot at higher frame rates so he has the choice to fly the shot at a higher airspeed.
Remember that many helicopters cant hover when loaded, they need forward airspeed to maintain height. The lower you fly the less chance there is of recovering if contol is lost.
Your piot may have a wholly differnet view of risk taking than you, during the shoot you may be ignorant that you are but a strong wind gust away from being killed.
In my experience, one man band pilot-owners, without a senior pilot overseeing operations, are at higher risk of failing to manage the saftey of a shoot.
Yes and no. The FAA mandates any modifications to a manufacturer-certified airframe affecting the aerodynamic characteristics of said aircraft must be pre-approved by an FAA DER (Designated Engineering Representative), who will then liase with the local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office) to issue the necessary field approvals. A long and expensive process. A bungee rig attached to the roof of the cockpit, for a camera that remains inside of the cockpit, does not warrant DER approval.
That having been said, things that fly out of open doors and entangle tail rotors, especially over populated areas, at altitudes outside the proscribed FAR's (Federal Aviation Regulations), will most certainly generate a 'Careless and Reckless' violation from the FAA, entailing very substantial fines, possible jail time (depending), and certain revocation of the pilot-in-question's FAA certificates.
Not a place you'd want to go. Unless you are scoring that one single multi-million dollar shot, and can retire happily after that.
There are more 'efficient' alternatives with experimentally certified aircraft. My advice though, for what it's worth, the aerial thing is best left to the professionals, who scratch a living by accurately gaging the proximity and solidity of planet Earth, in relation to the flying machine's ever-changing angular velocities, on a daily basis, so as not to separate body and soul, once and for all.
Like the Gryon the Cineron X is also a electronically stabilized aerial system designed specifically for the Epic/Scarlet and small enough to go on a RC helicopter as well as a crane, jib, cablecam, car mount and even hand held. The stabilization it is cable of is incredible, you can shoot a normal 24fps with 48th shutter and it's perfect. The Cineron X will be at a camera stabilization show in Vegas next week in the Cobham booth and the Cineron guys are taking orders now.
The Gryon is simply amazing, we have worked with Dan's team and his Epic Gyron up in Alaska on the "Frozen Ground" shoot and the "End of Watch" shoot in LA and it is hands down the best aerial footage we've ever seen. We've shot hundreds of hours on the Cineflex and it's great but the Gryon and the Cineron with their Epics is a better cinematic experience.
As far as glass in front on your gimbal you want that, for a bunch of reasons, yes in the old days some people used some crap glass, but the newer Cineflex V14 and Dan's Gryon have excellent glass that when clean does not cause problems. Dan does allow the glass to come out on his Gyron and it does have the side benefit of keeping the camera even cooler but it's usually not a good idea if it's on a helicopter.
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