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Old June 15th, 2006, 07:16 AM   #1
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Need help getting aerial shots from copter

Anyone have any suggestions on shooting aerial shots?

I only have the 20x lens that came with the XL2. I'll be shooting from a helicopter. Any chance of me getting any steady, usable footage, or do you reccommend that I get some type of rig, or just forget it? Thanks for your help.

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Old June 15th, 2006, 08:35 AM   #2
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I shot some footage from a heli down here with the Broward County Sherrif's Ofice. The 20x does fine. the problem I had wasn't the need of a stabilizer rig, it was the size of the XL2. If it's a small medivac chopper, there's very little room to manuever with the XL2. I wished I had brought my FX1.
For part of the trip , I sat next to the pilot, and there was NO room to move the cam around. Then we grounded, and I moved to the back ,which was better.Find out what size chopper it is.
There's also an issue getting the radio audio. You need a special adaptor plug to go from the radio to your XLr on the XL2. Stuff I wished I knew BEFORE the gig.
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