DediCam footage - A unique perspective

Jul 27, 2010 at 13:05
Jul 27, 2010
by Jordan Holmes  
 
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World Cup photographer Fraser Britton recently uploaded an image that got me thinking. It was of a helicopter holding a camera that was able to adjust to any angle giving you an infinitely adjustable tripod! After doing some looking around and research here is some information on the company called DediCam!

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It is an eight motor powered helicopter that is capable of being ran for 15 minutes on a battery charge. What makes this setup better than your RC helicopter or plane? A couple things. Not only is it capable of holding a camera, but there is actually an operator that goes along with this to control the camera!

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By the looks of things it consists of two people, a pilot and a controller. The pilot directs the helicopter in the direction it's supposed to go while the controller controls the camera to get the shot. Pretty neat sounding, but the next thing is what makes this setup even cooler. The controller puts on a pair of goggles that show you exactly what is being seen on the screen of the camera, in order to make video and photo shooting easier on the controller.




What a sick setup! I'm hoping to see more of the DediCam footage in the future because it is sick!

What are your thoughts on this setup? Comment below!
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 THATS SO SIIIIICCCCCCKKKKKK. Filming looks so good
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 soooo sick, mucho $$$
  • + 23
 i had a huge smile during that entire video. bad ass!
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 sickkkkkkkkk
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 WOW!!!!!!! THAT IS SICK!!!
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 Are you Fa Showzie?! that thing sick!!!!!
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 For sure the future in action sport filming!
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 just don't fly into that thing while you are in the air...lol
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 haha check out g.i.joe in the last pic
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 Inspiring! I wanna have a go sooo bad !
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 no shit, that is probably hands down the coolest home built thing ive ever seen! just think of all the epic shots u could get with that thing! just dont crash it :/
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 Yeah, GIJoe's thinking "I could build one of those for 1.2 mil. Yeah, we could use that."
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 mount a gun on it yo! haha jk
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 incredible...... there is no other word for it
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 theres gonna be an explosion of DIY DediCam films online im sure. this could revolutionise DH WC coverage and potentially get it broardcast on mainstreem TV...? nevermind the potential for football (soccer) coverage! this is awesome! no doubt the next 'colective' film will use this technology.
  • + 1
 and all i can think about is poking that guy in his side (the blindfolded controller)
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  • + 6
 That is sicker than a case of herpes
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 Looking at the first photo im like *ok small heli with a tiny helmet cam* then i watch the video and the quality is amazing. Im blown away, then I fanally see the big picture, and that aint no toy.
Sick work guys! Truly amazed by your creation.
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 Yeah, you can actually see in one of the photos the camera that they use is an SLR. Probably a 7d or similar so the quality can be as good as those cameras or similar can be. The HD footage from the 7D is used in films, so you could use this in a bike film.
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 There's other companies that make a way nicer version of this that only requires 1 operator. It's upwards of 20 grand though. Has an autonomous flight control system so it can hover and land by itself and easily be flown by a single operator while they control the camera.
www.draganfly.com/uav-helicopter/draganflyer-x6
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 That Dragonfly is crazy-cool. It seems to me though that it must be incredibly difficult to operate both the heli and the camera simultaneously.
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 You can get a headset that displays live video from the heli and is gyro activated so when you move your head the camera moves. So you basically fly the heli from the point of view of the heli and then move your head around to keep what you're shooting in frame. I've seen this done with regular rc heli's and planes but the sensors and control board on the draganfly make it easy enough to fly that anyone can do it.
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 For those interested, the "octo"copter used by these guys looks to be made by German company MikroKopter and comes as a kit. It costs ~$2000 US. That's without the camera gear of course...

www.mikrokopter.de
www.mikrokopter.us/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=69
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 This could well be the next generation of filming & making awesome pictures
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 this could be the end of heli shots, as this probably costs the same as a few hours of heli time, then it's already paid for. I'm betting we'll see a lot of this in upcoming bike films. I know surf movies have been starting to use remote helicopters:

blog.vincentlaforet.com/2009/02/12/first-look-jamie-obrien

although this dedicam looks much more stable.
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 Waiting to see future pro bike movies with the help of this setup. Check out this amazing short film made with a Trikopter following DH riders down the trails of Hafjell, Norway
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 Sorry... Here's the link: www.vimeo.com/13718165
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  • + 4
 Good luck seeing a DIY you-tube video for this thing.
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  • + 3
 Several guys have been using RC heli's for years now to film some pretty cool stuff.
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 The swiss movie VAST owned this capture technologie... same start up, but with this engine www.dedicam.tv/images/stories/food/dedicopter02_big.jpg
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 That was way to sick. Like jaw dropping sick. All the possibilities for filming and photography are out the door now.
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  • + 1
 check out the RC heli action in this. its soon to be another redbull action sports classic
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zs-Ge_cmI4&feature=fvw
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 hustyyy, coool siiiickk meeegaaa Big Grin i saw this with simple camera on youtube few months back, but i don't mention that this shots may be so quality and sick flowy Smile
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 i feel like were gonna see this a lot in bike movies. gives you angles you cant get without a heli but im gonna guess its a little bit more affordable
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 imagine the possibilities that thing could open for shooting locations that can't facilitate a zip line, and better overall coverage for all sorts of events!
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 This has me stoked beyond all recognition. Ride movies are going to be absolutely amazing once these things get in the hands of the right people.
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 Now anyone who has a lot of money, and no knowledge of video producing can make an awesome video. But in the right hands it's gonna be... wooow Smile
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 Wait till the anthill guys learn how to operate one of these things, if they're not already.
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 i'd be interested in how the the controller is getting the video from the camera? I think that would be useful for stills as well.
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 SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK Incredible ! I want one ! Thats bigger than i tough
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 This thing would be soooo sick at the Red Bull Rampage this year!
  • + 1
 oh yes but we still need someone who invites us
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 If the guys at Red Bull see any of this footage they will be begging you guys to come!Big Grin
Keep the videos coming coz they are fantastic!
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 I can't even believe how amazing that is there are no boundaries to what can be filmed!
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 OK yeah that was pretty sweet. I want more riding footage.
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 will soon come that's been a test, and unfortunately we had no more time for the final filming.
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 Un...f...ing...believable! That's a great product, you guys have it made. Congrats!
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 ssssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk
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 Im really at a loss for words ...........how sick is that, seriously.
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 wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow revolutionary
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 That's effing awesome. its like CG...but real
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 astonishing! This is the future of catching action sports footage!
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 Hah i think they use this or summat similar in Ghost Recon:Advanced Warfighter! Really cool and nice steady shots. Kudos.
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 that thing will make some good mtb movies for us to watch in the future! Big Grin
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 I love this technology. It creates some of the most amazing continuous shots.
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 Probably the coolest thing... ever. Its like cablecam/boom/dolly all in one, and butter smooth!
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  • + 1
 That thing is incredible! It's amazing how steady it can fly. The possibilities are endless!
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 Awesome, now no set up of cable cameras, and all you have to do is fly this contraption. Way more efficient filming.
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 looks like a less expenive way than the paul b backyard video
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 Bring those to the NW Cups!
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 That thing would be insane @ Skibowl!!!
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 it makes THE SICKEST SHOTS!!!
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 That is completely awesome!
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 Too bad Lifecycles didn't have access to this.....or did they?
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  • + 1
 thaTS awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! needs a better name tho...
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 Amazing! Don't even want to know how much it costs xD
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  • + 1
 One word to describe this... Sickkk!
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 thats rad to the power of sick !
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 Saw that photo when it was originally posted, thanks for clearing up my confusion. And great, another cool toy I have to lust after...
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  • + 1
 that would be wicked expensive
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 This thing is crazy!
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  • + 0
 Sounds pretty awesome! I'm gonna take a serious look at this thing...
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  • + 1
 very cool device!
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  • + 1
 very very sick!!
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 That shit is pretty rad.
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 Any idea on the cost?
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