February 28, 2012 | production | , ,

Aerial Cinematography With Model Helicopters Gets A Big Boost

Aerial Video By Philip (Frogman) Hinkle

Philip (Frogman) Hinkle, a long-standing member of the VideoUniversity Forums, has been flying remote-controlled aircraft and shooting aerial videos for a couple years. Philip says the video above led that company to hire him to film corporate training classes as well as video tours of all of their 20 locations (some including aerial video). Way to go, Philip!

This growing field has just received a boost from a new federal law. The law compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow unmanned aerial vehicles known as drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors — from selling real estate and dusting crops, to monitoring oil spills and wildlife, even shooting Hollywood films. They may look like overgrown toy airplanes and helicopters, but add a camera and a skilled operator and these aircraft can capture moving video like nothing else.

Aerial cinematographers are not the only ones to benefit from the new law. Local police and emergency services will also be permitted to send up their own drones.

For more information see this NY Times Article and NY Times Video.

These aerial vehicles don’t all cost a fortune. Here’s a Drone Quadricopter with video camera for less than $300.

Keep in mind that remote flying drones are very dangerous and can seriously hurt people and property. Know what you’re doing and do it safely. Check your insurance policy.

Keep Reading...

Parabolic Microphone

Parabolic Microphone

The parabolic microphone can collect and focus far away sounds by aiming the dish directly at the distant sound. Ideal for capturing professional audio in sporting events, wildlife video, special events, law enforcement and espionage.

Read More
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset

Google Cardboard DIY Virtual Reality Headset

Google Cardboard DIY Virtual Reality Headset can be built in an hour and may change the world.

Read More
Duplication and Transfer Business

Start Your Own Video Duplication and Transfer Business

The duplication and transfer businesses are a natural for anyone who produces videos. You probably already own most of the equipment. Why not turn it into profit? And if you don’t own the equipment, this is a low cost business to start. And you can outsource the work. Transferring photos, slides and all kinds of film to DVD, USB drives and the Cloud is a bigger business than you may realize. There’s a reason CVS, Walgreen’s and every other chain offers these services. Because there’s a lot of money in it! But you have many advantages over the corporations – you’re local; you care about you work; and you can turn it around quickly. Check out this business and see if you don’t agree that it’s a creative and profitable business you should pursue.

Read More
Ultra Zoom 150 - 600

Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens From Tamron

The new Ultra Zoom from Tamron has a focal length of 150 to 600, f5 to f6.3.

Read More

One thought on “Aerial Cinematography With Model Helicopters Gets A Big Boost

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Forbes Magazine calls VideoUniversity one of the best business-to-business sites for digital video production.
    Videography Magazine's
    "Website of the Month" Award
    PC Magazine Online "Best Desktop Video Site" Award
    CyberFilm School's "FOUR STAR" Award