Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:51 AM
Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:57 PM
Something like this is generally fine as a stabilizer:
Edited by Christopher Santucci, 02 May 2010 - 12:59 PM.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:45 PM
The trip was a "spur of the moment" thing to do based on the glorious weather with zero planning and research. One thing I learned is that if you want to be able to shoot through windows wear 100% black clothing. I've got way too much footage shot through the front window with me in my red shirt and tan shorts reflected in the glass. I'd have done better wearing black sweats, shoes, and socks.
I reviewed the footage on my 58" Samsung Plasma and I'm pretty happy with most of it. I'm putting off editing until Avid Media Composer 5 is out, it's going to handle 7D files natively. I'm eligible for a free upgrade so on June 12th I'll be downloading it.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:31 PM
Either way, definitely have them remove a door on the aircraft and use a harness for yourself and safety tie the camera to the aircraft.
Just make sure you have a quick release knot or you may end up like Neal Fredericks at the bottom of the sea still tied in. It's very dangerous to completely lock yourself down. That's why seat belts have buckles. This is where a good grip comes in handy.
Camera stabilizers are expensive but work great. They really make a difference when you go in tight. Stay wide if you are hand held. Maybe overcrank a little. Weather and sun position are a big factor. Bad weather makes it all but impossible. Unless you want that look.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 02:38 PM
Hello Guys, is it ok to shoot from a chopper only with a steadicam or stabilizing head is needed badly??
Depends on what your actually trying to photograph and what it's for..I.E..feature..TV...documentary? If it's just aerial beauty shots then you might get away with a Steadicam (you'll want to use wider lens and overcrank a touch as the pilot will have to "crab" the helicopter which brings in more wind) or some of the formats that have already been mentioned. If it's anything that you feel a longer lens is necessary then you'll most definitely want a stabilizing head. If it's a car commercial then sometimes a good old fashioned Tyler Mount (cheaper than Steadicam) can be better...more energy. As far as a stabilizing head, I've recently been using Pictorvision's new "Eclipse" and it's about as good as it gets. What also needs to be mentioned and is equally as important...who's the pilot. The pilot is 50% of good aerial cinematography. There are loads of pilots all over the world that call themselves "movie pilots" but I can assure you there are only a handful that truly are. True film pilots tend to suggest things or play "top this"..they're there to help you get the best shot. If you go up with a pilot and he says "where do you want me?"...your with the wrong guy.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:45 PM
A proper safety harness has a quick release.
A "proper" safety harness does. Don't assume everyone in this business does things properly.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:50 AM
I shot a short couple years ago, had some shot from a heli.
Used EX-1, with very simple fig-rig (multi-million budget short, you see ) with three of us holding it, so vibrations from tired hands kind of eliminated each other.
Worked ok-ish (wouldn't suggest for long lenses) can see some shots here, at the beginning of the clip: http://edgarmedia.co.uk/index/555.html
Edited by Edgar Dubrovskiy, 08 May 2010 - 10:53 AM.