We operate the only purpose-built HD aerial filming helicopters in the UK. Our 2 R44 ENG machines are factory-built with their 21st century camera systems.
We also use a Twin Squirrel AS355 on occasions.
We own 3 gyrostab camera systems. Each is a Cineflex Ikegami 5-axis stabilised system featuring the astounding Ikegami F30 3CCD sensor and Canon 44X lenses. The F30 is the most sensitive camera in its class - true low-light capability.
These systems record normally to our P2HD field recorders as AVC Intra 100 files in a .mxf wrapper. We download the data at base, retaining a back-up, and send you a loaner hard drive with your files for direct ingest.
We've been using this acquisition method for 3 years without faults or losses.
We can offer other gyrostab camera systems such as RED and Arri - but these large mounts can only fly on the AS355 because of ground clearance.
Other record media is available.
Monitoring, 2-way UHF radio, live COFDM tx,. Our helicopters can work live to any UK broadcaster or OB.
Weather & Light
Other than weather, light is the most critical thing in aerial filming. Please confirm your task early and consult us for light & weather advice. We are as flexible as possible and commonly postpone tasks until the weather is right.
Because we do so much aerial filming, we know answers to questions like "What time of day does Big Ben look at its best?"