When movies are filmed, the director of photography will use a certain level of depth of field to help composite their image depending on the “look” they want. Typically shallow depth of field is used on longer lenses. This allows for the background and foreground elements to be blurry and out of focus, and allows […]

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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 with the Connex systems, however this downlink […]

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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 your lens, you can screw the ND […]

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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 where we need to keep hauling gear […]

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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 be aware of to maximize your distance. […]

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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 up more rear space and limits you […]

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  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 Red has released their Weapon Fleet […]

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It’s been a long journey, however after almost 5 months, we finally finished our Drone Tutorial Series for Filmmakers v2.0! As many of you know, we’ve been in the film industry for over 15 years, and once heavy lifters became a reality to fly heavy cinematic cameras for features, our cinematic abilities have become unlimited! […]

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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 most people, deconstructing the term “2nd AC” […]

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We’re constantly learning new and innovative ways to optimize our aerial cinematography gear. Just wanted to share a few tips and tricks with you all. Remote Triggering Red Camera First tip, is Red Start/Stop cable for remote recording for the Red Dragon/Epic/Scarlet cameras. Now why is remote start/stop so important in the aerial world? When […]

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