Aerial video and aerial photography by drone, or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), or SUA (Small Unmanned Aircraft), puts the camera at a view point often unreachable by any other means, and certainly at a fraction of the cost of using full size aircraft even it were possible to use one.
The drone can be flown up to 400 feet above ground level and has the option of allowing a second operator to take control of the camera position for exact framing while the pilot positions the aircraft. GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites are used to maintain the aircraft’s position and affect safety systems in the event of loss of signal, where by the aircraft will automatically return to the take-off point and land.
The platform operated by Graymatter Media is in the 7kg and under category which allows for less restricted operation compared to larger aircraft, whilst still allowing individual flight times of up to 18 minutes.
The camera can record video at 4k at 24/25 fps (frames per second), and 1080p HD at 24-60 fps. While the three-axis gimbal isolates the camera from the drone’s movements to provide smooth, vibration-free, footage.