Joined: 10 Jul 2008 Posts: 95 Location: Town Creek, Alabama
RC Helicopters for aerial video?
I've seen a lot of youtube videos of people using radio control helicopters (multicopters, octicopters, etc.) for aerial video work - using everything from GoPro to Canon 5D/7D and larger. Anyone have experience with this? How easy are these multicopters to operate safely (for the camera), and how expensicve are they? Seems like the perfect solution for the Rebel Filmmaker needing cheap aerial shots. I might not trust my 5D on one, but I'd send up a GoPro in a heatbeat.
_________________ Matt Crunk
Fiveacre Films Inc.
Film and HD Video Production & Post Services
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:05 pm
Joined: 01 Nov 2008 Posts: 174
I have a blade quad copter. Its too small to carry even a gopro but people have put key chain cameras on it.
How hard is it to fly? I'm having a hard time getting it to hover on the spot as you have to anticipate the amount of lift you dial in. It doesn't have an "auto hover" mode, so it tends to get into oscillating up and down movements, followed by me panicking and letting it do a controlled crash. I've only flown it 3 times though so I expect I could get the hang of it. Its cheap enough you could get one just to play with.
With a go pro you could very easily hang it from a kite.
That would probably be cheaper and easier but of course you would be limited where and how you can shoot, but then a small quadcopter is going to have issues with stability in turbulence outdoors anyway.
Anyway, Brian and his team are very good at what they do, and they have a lot of experience doing it. Their setup costs in the $30k range, and they can fly pretty much anything from DSLRs to the Red Epic.
Anyway, check out their website for their demo reel and to get an idea of what's possible.
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