Shooting with Movi out of Helicopter

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  1. Andrew Hewson

    Andrew Hewson Member

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    Hey all :)

    Has one used a movi for shooting out of a helicopter?
    Just wondering what is the best way to do this and if anyone has any pointers? Did you just shoot straight out of the helicopter or did you use a rig of some kind.

    Suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Shaun Gish

    Shaun Gish New Member

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    I've done it several times. The basic setup we used was to rig the unit slightly inside the cockpit to a couple of bungees so that the operator didn't have to take the entire weight. We also cranked the smoothing way up to compensate for a lot of the wind gusts/course corrections. Footage looked great.

    I know that the aerial footage in Vincent Laforet's original Movi demo video was shot out of a heli... not sure what their setup was like though.
     
  3. Gary Haynes

    Gary Haynes Administrator
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    Do a search on the forum Andrew. There have been a couple of threads on shooting from a heli.
     
  4. Jason Hawkes

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    Hi Shaun,

    Im an aerial stills photographer based in the UK, and am really interested in testing the Movi rig. Have you used other rigs before in a helicopter swell, I wondered how they compare, and do you have a link to the footage you shot online anywhere?

    Thanks

    Jason
     
  5. Be conscience of prop wash and sudden shifts in direction the Heli may make. The sudden changes in direction will increase g-force suddenly, which in turn, may cause the gimbal to go of horizon temporarily. Obviously your experience may differ because of speed, position in the Heli, etc..
     
  6. Sean Harris

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    Just air-to-air shot out of a Bell 407. Doors were removed. I sat in floor with feet on skids, Movi bungeed and safety wired to the passenger handle above the door (300# rated I was told...Movi rig 12# just a little overkill). Slip stream was not an issue...except for my legs on skids. At 70 Knots, better have your shoes double knotted.
     
  7. Daniel Holmes

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    what do you mean when you say bungeed?
     
  8. Sean Harris

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    Just plain ole bungee cord. I did fasten the bungee cord to locking carabiners .
     
  9. Even Sigstad

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    Done it a few times with good results. Removed the side door and half of the seats. Sitting inside the heli with the Movi on a Easyrig. Then leaning out as much as needed. As Chris said, when going really fast and turning the heli the horizon will go of, but it recovers pretty fast. Operator sitting in the front seat.
     
  10. Christer Dahl

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    Even, your rig has gps assist, right? How fast does it recover after a spinout?
     
  11. Tip Weiss

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    Can the movi be switched on or initialized while in motion/flying? I tried another BG and I had to initialize it in the ground before takeoff.
     
  12. Brett Harrison

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    Yes, Freefly added a 'motion booting' feature very early on. There's also a set-down feature that might be useful in close quarters.
     

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