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Power SDI to HDMI Converter with MoVI Pro

So when flying a camera on your heavy lifter drone, the camera is going to have one of two video outputs. Either HDMI or SDI.  Now you need to make sure that your HD downlink system is compatible with the output of your camera. We have been very happy …

Variable ND Filter for Aerials

When shooting aerial cinematography, controlling the amount of light that enters your lens can be accomplished simply with a ND (neutral density) filter or a variable ND. Those of you who don’t know, a ND filter goes in front of your lens via a matte box or depending on …

Connex Antenna Upgrade – FB Live

During this Facebook Live session we discussed Connex antenna upgrades to improve the overall range of the Connex system. I wanted to mention that we have tested both Teradek and Paralinx HD downlink systems, and for the range, the Connex system is the way to go for aerial …

MoVI Controller Setup

Most aerial companies that I have found always mount the MoVI controller to either a tripod or a camera cart. A lot of times when we’re flying our drones, we need to remain mobile. It seems that half of our aerial shoots entail hiking down some mountain ravine …

Maximize Full Range with MoVI Controller

Some users have complained that once they get their drone airborne, they only get around 500-600 ft of range before the MoVI Controller loses connection. From our extensive testing, folks should be getting between 1000-1200 ft, LOS (line of sight). There are two main factors you need to …

Use a Jetpack with Red Weapon On MoVI

There are a lot of reasons why you need to use a Jetpack module with a Red Weapon camera on a MoVI gimbal. Here are three of the more important reasons. Snagging Cables. When using the I/O module, all of the cables plug straight in horizontally. This takes …

Red Weapon Start/Stop with Freefly MōVI Controller

Now Freefly offers some great start and stop cables for most of your cameras including Canon C series, Black Magic Cinema, Panasonic GH4 and several more that works directly with their MōVI Controller. Now Freefly also offers a special cable for trigging Red Epic or Dragon. Now since …

Drone Tools when “Out in the field”

As you probably know by now, flying and maintaining heavy lifter drones out in the field can be a complex and sophisticated job which does require many “drone tools.” Over the years as pro aerial cinematographers, we have accumulated many drone tools and spare parts that helps provide …

What Does a 2nd AC Do?

When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them I’m usually working as a Multirotor Safety Officer or a 2nd AC. As you can guess, that typically doesn’t help them much. What in the world is a 2nd AC? What Does 2nd AC Mean? For …

The Multi Rotor Safety Officer – Pt 4 (Batteries & PR)

What is a multi rotor Safety Officer? What do they do? These are the questions I’m answering in my series “The Multi Rotor Safety Officer.” You can read part 1, 2, or 3 if you need to catch up, but otherwise let’s finish up. Charging Batteries Batteries are …