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Aerial Video

Elevate your next video production with aerial media. We provide all types of productions with 4k - 5.2k quality aerial video by drone or helicopter. With over a decade of flying experience we can supply creative and engaging aerial video for all types of video productions.
 
Aerial Video can be used for all sorts of production such as: Feature Films, Television Shows, Live Television, Commercials, Marketing / Advertising, Film Scouting, Beauty Shots, Construction Progress, Property Developers, Real Estate, Marketing, Live Sports, Insurance Damage Assessment, Aerial Inspection, Golf Courses, Personal Property Documentation, Estate Photography, Flight Training, Other Live Events, YouTube Live Broadcasting, Drone Inspection, Legal / Forensic Data Collection, Weddings Proposals, Aerial Data Collection and more.

Large Commercial Productions such as Film, TV and Commercial clients want to know... What kind of cameras can we fly?

For a non-integrated camera drone we can fly any camera under 12 lbs including the RED Epic, Red Scarlet, Red Dragon, Alexa Mini, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony FS100, Sony FS700, Black Magic 4k, Canon 1D, Nikon D4 and many more... We can film aerials for features in quality from 4k - 5.2k and even 6k video using our "SkyJib X8" drone.

For the more time efficient production we offer an integrated camera drone option utilizing the latest Hollywood grade drone camera at 5.2k quality using the "Inspire 2" drone. Please read on to get more info on our available cameras and drones.


Smaller Productions, such as Real Estate, Inspection & Other Aerial Video Projects

For smaller aerial media projects with lower budgets or in tight spaces we offer smaller lower cost drone options such as the "Inspire 1" drone or the "Mavic" drone. If you're not sure what drone and camera system you want to use for your video production we can help you choose one. Please contact us and we will be glad to help you choose the drone that's right for you.


 

Drones Available To Rent With Camera, Pilot & Insurance
(Listed from large To small)

SkyJib Titanium X8

-Footprint class Very Large - 3 foot diameter / weight 20-30lbs / Flown typically outdoors
-This is a large heavy drone and should be flown in an open area or on a secure movie set.
-Supports ANY CAMERA and ANY LENS below 12 lbs. Red Epic, Red Scarlet, Alexa Mini...
-Recording Formats: Based on camera but typically 1080p, 4k, 5k, 6k resolutions
-Typically flown for feature films and high end productions
-Client supplies camera for this drone only, a test is recommended before the shoot.
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD video downlink
-Single operator controls. Pilot controls the aircraft and the camera or..
-Possible dual operator controls. With separate controls set up for camera operator.
-Flight time approx 5-8 min per battery. Many batteries available. Recharging as needed.
-Consider the DJI Inspire 2 Drone below as a integrated system and a more efficient work flow

 


DJI Inspire 2 Apple ProRes Cine DNG - Click image for more photos

Inspire 2 with 4k X5s Camera with Optional Apple ProRes / Cine DNG

-HOLLYWOOD GRADE VIDEO
makes this drone the best quality for high end productions.
-Integrated Camera system saves prep time and give you more airtime than our "SkyJib"
-Footprint size Small - Approx 1.6 foot diameter / weight approx 8.5 lbs / Indoors or outdoors
-This is a medium large sized drone and can be operated indoors or outdoors
-Up to 5.2k Video 30 fps with Focus Control
-Takes 20.8 megapixel still photos.
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Featuring the 4k DJI X5s camera with Pro Res CINE DNG

Equipped with an uprated Micro 4/3 sensor, the Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops with a much improved signal to noise ratio and color sensitivity than the X5R. It supports up to eight standard M4/3 lenses (including zoom lenses) with focal lengths ranging from 9mm-45mm (equivalent to 18mm-90mm on a 35mm camera), allowing more creative flexibility. The new CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2 makes the Zenmuse X5S capable of capturing 5.2K 30fps CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video as well as 4K 60fps using H.264 and 4K 30fps using H.265 (both at 100Mbps). Continuous DNG burst shooting at 20fps with 20.8MP images is also supported. The Zenmuse X5S was designed to keep pace with the rigors of high-end professional aerial imaging.

Using CineCore 2.0, the Zenmuse X5S records video at a maximum resolution of 5.2K/30fps in CinemaDNG 12bit1, 5.2K 30fps Apple ProRes 422 HQ and 4K 30fps Apple ProRes 4444 XQ (no alpha)2. Additional recording options include video in 4K/60fps using H.264 or oversampling video in 4K/30fps using H.264/H.265, both with a bitrate of 100Mbps.

-LIVE HD Video streaming. Support for live television, live news or YouTube
-Video downlink with HDMI out to run to your monitor
-Typically flown for features films or television commercials.
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD video downlink or live HD downlink
-Single operator controls. Pilot controls the aircraft and the camera or..
-Possible dual operator controls. With separate controls set up for camera operator
-Flight time approx 20 min per battery. Many batteries available. Recharging as needed
-X5s Camera Specs
-Inspire 2 Drone Specs

-Supported Lenses:

  • DJI MFT 15mm/1.7 ASPH
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm/2.0
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm/1.8
  • Panasonic Lumix 15mm/1.7
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm/1.8
  • Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 HD
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm/4.0-5.6

 

 

DJI Inpsire 1 with X3 camera

-Mid Range quality - footprint size Mid - Approx 1.6 foot diameter / 6.5 lbs
-This is a small sized drone and can be operated indoors or virtually anywhere
-Same camera as the DJI Phantom 3 on a more advanced copter
-LIVE HD Video streaming. Support for live television, live news or YouTube
-This drone is flown exclusively with the Inspire 1 camera and lens made by Sony

1/2.3 sensor, Record at 4096 2160 (25fps) or 1920 1080 (60fps)
12MP photographs, 9 element rectilinear wide angle lens, 3 axis gimbal
-Typically flown for LIVE TV, LIVE Sports, real estate, independent films, medium projects
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD video downlink or live HD downlink
-Video downlink with HDMI out to run to your monitor
-Single operator controls. Pilot controls the aircraft and the camera or..
-Possible dual operator controls. With separate controls set up for camera operator
-Flight time approx 15 min per battery. Many batteries available. Recharging as needed
-Camera and Drone Specs

 



The Mavic

-Budget sized Footprint size Small - Approx 1. foot diameter / 2 lbs / Indoors or outdoors
-This is a small sized drone and can be operated indoors or virtually anywhere
-Integrated camera films at 4k with 20 MegaPixel Photos
-Typically flown for indoors, tight places.
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD video downlink
-Single operator controls. Drone Pilot controls the aircraft and the camera
-Flight time approx 15 min per battery. Many batteries available. Recharging as needed
-Camera and Drone Specs



Hand Held 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Camera Mount
 
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Can be used in hand for ground based shots that are fully stabilized on 3 axis.
-Can also be mounted on a vehicle or boat. Can be used to shoot from helicopter or airplane.
-Supports ANY CAMERA and ANY LENS below 12 lbs. Red Epic, Red Scarlet, Alexa Mini...
-Recording Formats: Based on camera but typically 1080p, 4k, 5k, 6k resolutions
-Typically used for feature films and high end productions
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD or HD video downlink
-Single operator controls. Camera man controls the camera tilt, roll, ect. or..
-Possible dual operators. With separate controls set up for a remote camera operator

 

R44 Robinson Helicopter

-Footprint class Extra Large - 38 foot rotor diameter / weight approx 1450 lbs / outdoor only
-For higher altitude aerial video or stills. Also achieve faster speeds vs. using a drone
-Side shooting format via manned helicopter or airplane.
-Supports ANY CAMERA and ANY LENS below 12 lbs. Red Epic, Red Scarlet, Alexa Mini...
-Recording Formats: Based on camera but typically 1080p, 4k, 5k, 6k resolutions
-Typically used for feature films and high end productions
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD or HD video downlink (on board only)
-Single operator controls. Camera man controls the camera tilt, roll, ect. or..
-Possible dual operators. With separate controls set up for a remote camera operator
-Flight time approx 2 hours before land to refuel
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


Complete Drone Team Available For Your Production

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We are insured up to 2 million and can have your company listed as additional insured.
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Based on your needs you can have a 1 - 3 man team available for your production.
-Options below.

1. Professional Licensed Part 107 Drone Pilot. Single pilot operations ok based on client needs. The pilot can control the cameras basic movements and fly the drone.

2. Professional Camera Operator.  For more complex camera moves a camera operator is used to control camera tilt, roll and pan movements independent from pilot. This is needed for complex movements and action shots.

3. Safety Spotter. An experienced safety spotter is used to ensure the safety of the flight.

 

 


See that old helicopter and the SONY EX1 mounted?
Yea we been doing this long before the recent drone craze. Over a decade ago long before drones existed we invented a way to produce aerial media. Experience matters.



Professional Drone Aerial Cinematography

Are you  a Director or Producer working on a Feature Film, Television Series, Documentary, Music Video, Commercial or other type of Video Production? If so then you already know the benefits of an aerial perspective for your production. Simply put we can fly where no one else can... and when no one else can... for example we can take off on five minutes notice if needed. Our specially designed remote drone camera system can also fly through narrow areas such as city streets or natural obstructions at low or high altitudes. We can operate in places where a full sized helicopter cannot access safely. SkyCamUsa can also fly closer to subjects and perform shots too dangerous for a full size aircraft. Please see our FAQ page for more details.

Cost Effectiveness
A full size helicopter can cost many thousands of dollars. For some productions aerial photos and video may not be a consideration due to budget limitations. SkyCamUsa  opens whole new world to productions that other wise would not be able to have aerial clips in their production. We are based out of New York and we travel the USA and internationally as well.

Live Televised Broadcast HD
We have the ability to broadcast live from our flying drone to television any live event in full HD as well as online to YouTube, television, news, sports, concerts and more.

Partial Client List / Production Companies / Studios / TV Shows / Feature Films

- Unacknowledged - 2017 - IMDb
- Days and Nights - 2013 - IMDb
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Decoding Deepak - 2012  IMDb
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ABC - "The Zero Hour" Brooklyn NY
- Sony Pictures "My Life As An Experiment" (Pilot)
- National Geographic Channel "The Incredible Dr. Pol"
- TruTV "Storage Hunters"
- NBC "Chuck"
- Halo Awards - Nickelodeon
- Travel Channel - "Insane Coaster Wars"
- Storage Wars  A&E
- Wayfinder Films - Long Island, New York
- The Discovery Science Channel - Sharp Entertainment - TV Punkin Chunkin 2009 & 2010
- TNT Network / Earth Angel Productions - Los Angles, California
- JV Productions NYC - TV Show "Selling New York" on HGTV
- Steve Procko Productions - Ft Lauderdale, Florida
- Nantucket Films - Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Hindsight Media -Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Ocean Creative Productions / Staples Solar Array MD - Rhode Island
- DIY Network
- Many many more... .too many to list going back over a decade.

Television Commercials

- Smuggler - New York City - Johnny Walker Commercial
- Bank Of America Commercial
- Volkswagen Car Commercial
- Las Vegas Bureau Of Tourism TV Commercial
- Lego Superman - Man Of Steel 2013
- Goldman Sachs - Brooklyn Navy Yard
- Zoo York Takes Yankee Stadium
- Optimum Online
- New York Lottery Pac Man
- Many many more...too many to list going back over a decade.

Universities

- Princeton University - New Jersey
- Fordham University
- New York Merchant Marine Academy
- Baylor University, Texas
- Indiana State University
- Penn State University
- Gordon University - Boston Massachusetts
- Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
- Binghamton University, New York
- University of Michigan
- Morgan University Baltimore Maryland
- Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Canada
- Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Canada

International Organizations
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The United Nations - New York, New York

Our Local Drone Services Available To:
New York State, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia & Florida.

We are available to travel to all other locations in North America.

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