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Old January 29th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Helicopter shoot with EX1

What's the best frame rate to use 1080 30p with 60 shutter or 720 60p getting ready to do a helicopter shoot in Hawaii.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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I'd do it in 1080, so in post you can edit in 720, and use steady cam software to smooth out the shots without losing resolution. I also suggest bringing a big pillow to put on your lap and rest your arms on. The shaking will be constant.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 05:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Chad for the info..
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Old January 31st, 2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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Another trick (if possible) is to partially suspend the cam with a couple of bungee cords from the interior, or doorframe.
It can make for a great shock absorber & eliminate the vibration pretty effectively.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:14 PM   #5
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If I have to go handheld in a heli, I usually bring my cinesaddle (sackobag) and rest it on one thigh.
Then I place the camera on top of it and use my leg to "pan" and hands to tilt the camera. This presumes you are sitting with your legs outside the heli.

They usually have the harness for you, but they donīt always have carabiner, slings, rope etc to secure your camera gear so itīs not a bad idea to bring some.

I usually do heli filming of skiing so Iīm always very well dressed. I presume itīs a bit hotter in Hawaii ;-), but being exposed to the wind and altitude will get you cold so bring gloves and wind proof clothes.

I also always wear goggles when Iīm hanging out side a heli as I almost ruined a shot when tears filled my eyes due to the wind. A clear glass is best to be sure you have correct exposure.

Try to fly as close as theyīll let you. Try to get cliffs or mountains, at least something that will give you perspective and the feeling of flying. Itīs hard to do over just open water if you donīt have a gyro.

Good luck, itīs fun
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:22 PM   #6
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Yeah I was going to say that one of those gyro things would help a lot. Not the kind you eat, though those are good too!
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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Iīve used something called the MiniGyro. Itīs a handheld gyro, but it works quite well. Not sure what you have to pay in rent though. I think the cost of the whole thing is around $20.000 so it shouldnīt bee too bad
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Old February 1st, 2011, 06:20 AM   #8
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Here is the best place to get/rent Gyros:
Kenyon Labs stabilizers

If you need even more info on great systems check this out:
Helicopter Mount Gyro Stabilized Video Film Camera Mount Platform Stabilized Video Film Camera Mount Gyro Stabilizer Video Film

There is a learning curve as well. A lot of times hiring someone who specializes in heli shoots is well worth the money. The pilot and shooter really need to be a team.

Helicopters are not cheap to rent, so it is a good to be guaranteed good professional footage.

Just a couple thoughts.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 02:50 PM   #9
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Itīs important to have a pilot that understands the concept of filming.
Iīve sent one home, asking the heli company for a replacement as he just didnīt get it.
BUT, donīt get too nervous from all of what we write. Get up there and enjoy it. Itīs a lot of fun too.
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