A Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) flying like a bird or a plane or a helicopter, Perspective Aerials has a new GPS enabled 4-rotor drone service for you – a Canon EOS 5D Mark II flying stabilized and in perfect GPS position. We recently had another post about sending your camera aloft and it featured another Perspective Aerials video as well.
“5D Mark II Compact Aerial Platform demonstrates Dynamic HD setup: With this 2-man setup, one operator pilots the craft while the other remotely control the 3-axis stabilized camera gimbal by using a 2nd controller and viewing â€œthrough the lensâ€ via a real-time video downlink. This setup produces more dynamic shots compared to the usual static fixed camera shots where the camera doesnâ€™t pan or tilt but stays in a fixed position. The 2-man operation is the ideal setup for professional movie productionsâ€¦ Youâ€™re able to pull camera crane, dolly and jib type shots all with one tool.”
Here we demonstrate the DSLR aerial platform's GPS position hold capability. If you can imagine the ability to fly a professional DSLR camera over a natural disaster site, switch on GPS position hold which forces the aerial camera platform to hold its exact position in the sky allowing a journalist to snap photos at a safe distance out of harms way.
With the use of an 8″ LCD and wireless video feed you have the ability to remotely “see through the lens” in real-time to compose shots as well as remotely control shutter release function.
A must have tool for any news photo agency!
This platform is an invaluable tool simply because youâ€™re able to capture footage that cannot be done by any other means. The compact size and flexibility makes it extremely versatileâ€¦boom shots can be captured indoors without the use of big heavy cumbersome equipment. Move the craft outdoors and youâ€™re able to capture helicopter shoots, low altitude panning fly-bys and extremely low, very smooth dolly type shots.
Here's their promo for the 2 man crew:
This setup is a 2-person operation where one operator pilots the craft and the other remotely controls the pan & tilt functions of the 3-axis gyro stabilized camera gimbal using a 2nd controller and viewing “through the lens” via a real-time wireless video downlink and 8″ LCD.
This solution is ideal for film & television productions because it produces more dynamic “tracking” shots compared to the usual static fixed camera clips where the aerial camera is stationary forward looking and does not pan or tilt.
With a 2-person setup you're able to pull dynamic camera crane, dolly, jib as well as stunning helicopter aerial shots with one tool.
More from Anthony Jacobs on their service:
The rig is not for sale but I do offer rentals and aerial services. Folks can email media@perspectiveAerials.com for more details. I have not updated my site as of yet so Iâ€™ve laid our rental rates below:
All rental fees are in U.S. Dollars – Travel expenses are not included.
1) Compact Canon 5D Mark II Aerial Video Platform Rental Fee – includes required aerial platform operator/technician and *camera operator (2-person operation) $2,300 per day
2) Operator/technician and *camera operator's day is a maximum of 11 hours with a 45 min lunch break. ($75.00 per hour beyond 11 hours)
3) Operator/technician and *camera operator's day starts and stops at shop or hotel.
4) For safety reasons we only operate during daylight hours (up till dusk)
5) We do not operate over open waters.
6) We can safely operate indoors through doorway openings of at least 5-feet.
* In most cases a designated camera operator is required for more dynamic shots such as remote operation of camera gimbal pan and tilt functions for tracking shots. Alternatively, you may assign your own DP to control gimbal pan/tilt functions at a $500 per day reduction.
Wow, doesn't that look like a fun job to have?
(Photo credit: snap from the video)