The Drones are among us! In reality & fiction film!
Have you ever thought that your camera can fly? That with a remote controller you can direct your camera and take video footage from the sky?
For many years film-makers have tried to achieve the effect of shooting from an actual helicopter without using one, and most of the time this resulted in broken cameras or at least lens. Not everyone has the budget to include a giant crane or a flying machine as a technical part of his production. Nowadays there is a solution, for all this crazy attempts to be achieved natural flying movement of the camera. A German company has developed a device called the “Omcopter”.
Basically it is a small helicopter in which you can put a video camera( Currently working only with RED EPIC) and with a remote control you can choose the directions and the height. The Omcopter can reach the height of 150 meters, which can cover very wide area of effect, especially if you are looking for fancy wide shot from above the action. In the official sites where the device is mentioned, legends like Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson and James Cameron have ordered dozens of those for their future productions. The Omcopter is a remarkable innovation because of the capability and options of different shots that it can provide you with. However, it is not for sale yet. You can obtain in only by a special order. One of the requirements for sure is to have a RED EPIC camera.
Technical Characteristics :
Only camera suitable-RED Epic (14 Megapixel Mysterium-X Sensor, 5K resolution, 120fps)
Speed: Up to 60kmph/37.5mph
300m/985ft distance between Pilot and OMCOPTER (range can be extended by moving the Pilot and Operator e.g. by car or by boat)
Camera head: Pan, roll and tilt stabilized, 180° tilt, 80° roll and unlimited pan, Remote trigger, Remote focus (for Cine lenses)
weight incl. RED EPIC-X, lenses and batteries: 11-13kg
launch plane: 3m x 3m
weather: Up to 6 Beaufort (45kmph/28mph)
Most suitable lenses to be used with the camera :
ZEISS Compact Primes T2.1 (21mm | 28mm | 35mm | 50mm)
Canon photo lenses: 24mm, 16-35mm, 24-105mm (usable up to 60mm)
Zeiss T2.1 PL Mount lenses (lighter than 800g)
In the links below, you can see some examples of footage taken by the Omcopter
Hristiyan Stratev – Mediazone Tv & Avid Lab – Lab Assistant