Videography Equipment

As a professional drone operator, I often have the opportunity to do commercial work on the behalf of different productions. With the unique set of skills that a professional drone racer can bring to the table, many doors are opened for different techniques for filming things in a unique way. That being said, there are certain limitations and payloads that these drones are able to provide, so I wanted to create a post that shows my personal arsenal, as well as the recommended cameras for each.


Cinewhoop

The Cinewhoop is probably one of the most-worked drones in my fleet. It has a small wheelbase while simultaneously having a fairly high payload for a drone of its size and safety. The ducts surrounding the props not only provide extra lift by increasing airflow over the propellors, but they also provide protection against harming persons or property when on a shoot.

The Cinewhoop is recommended for good conditions, slow flights, and technical flights within proximity to valuables or soft targets. Because of it’s small size, it’s very easy to fly it through complicated flight paths, through obstacles, and create excellent shots.

Click here to read more about the Cinewhoop

PayloadsGoPro Hero 7 Black
Insta360 OneX
Insta360 Evo
Acceptable ConditionsWinds less than 10 mph
Indoors
Outdoors
Max Speed65 kph

Here are a couple videos featuring work from the Cinewhoop: 

A showreel featuring the Cinewhoop
“Envelopment” was shot inside the City Museum of STL, and heavily features the Cinewhoop.

Ichabod

In contrast to the Cinewhoop, the Ichabod is a high-performance, high speed filmmaking machine. With a much higher top speed and thrust to weight ratio, the Ichabod is capable carrying heavier payloads in more extreme flightpaths. The Ichabod is primarily reserved for extreme sports filming, but is extremely capable for just about any kind of shoot. The angle of the filming camera is variable, so any speed of movement can be shot – from walking up to 160kph in short bursts.

PayloadsGoPro Hero 7 Black
Insta360 OneX
Insta360 Evo
Stick Mounted 360 cameras
Acceptable ConditionsEsstentially unlimited in terms of conditions
Max Speed160 kph

Here are a couple examples featuring the Ichabod


SuperG

The SuperG is a traditional FPV freestyle drone. While it offers slightly less flexibility than the Ichabod does, it’s more rigid and more durable. As a result, this thing can take a beating. 100kph crash into the ground? No problem. Gets run over by a car? It might not fly out of that, but it won’t take long to get it back into the air. 

PayloadsGoPro Hero 7 Black
Insta360 OneX
Insta360 Evo
Stick Mounted 360 cameras
Acceptable ConditionsEsstentially unlimited in terms of conditions
Max Speed160 kph

Here is an example of a flight done with the SuperG


SuperG (Plus)

The SuperG+ is a slightly larger version of the SuperG, and it has many of the same characteristics. However, this version can fly slightly longer and has a slightly higher payload. It’s capable of carrying up to two of any of the available cameras. 

Payloads(2x) GoPro Hero 7 Black
(2x) Insta360 OneX
(2x) Insta360 Evo
(1x) Stick Mounted 360 cameras
Acceptable ConditionsEsstentially unlimited in terms of conditions
Max Speed120kph

Here are some examples of videos shot with the SuperG (Plus)


DJI Inspire

Photo Provided by Lucas Carter

The DJI Inspire probably needs no introduction, but I wanted to include a note about it as a part of our arsenal. This is a stock DJI Inspire 1 v2.0, and runs the Zenmuse X3 camera. We have also outfitted the drone with custom FPV gear that allows us to fly the drone in real-time using our goggles, allowing for a higher precision flight. 

The Inspire 1 also has a dual-operator mode which allows for a higher level of dexterity with the camera. By having one pilot operate the drone from first person perspective, and the other person drive the camera, we’re able to create incredible decoupled shots.

PayloadsDJI Zenmuse X3
Acceptable ConditionsMild Rain
Indoors in Large Environments
Outdoors
Max Speed80 kph

This video contains several shots we got with our DJI Inspire 1. 


Nutmeg

Very similar to the Cinewhoop, but much much smaller. This little machine is the ultimate indoor gap-flier. Because of it’s small size, it’s extremely safe around people and can be safely maneuvered within extremely tight environments. 

Details TBA.