Aerial Filming
The aerial filming section of this website contains news, guidance and contact details for Aerial Filming companies. With the recent advent of UAV and drone filming things are changing all the time and it is vital to keep up to date with breaking news. The capabilities offered by the new aircraft are truly a game changer in terms of the shots achievable and flexibility for aerial camera work. Like any new industry regulation and safety is important particularly in the use of UAVs and Drones for filming we are glad that ARPAS and SUAS are contributing to the site giving their excellent professional guidance.
As well as all the excitement about the new aircraft in the sector, helicopter cameramen and helicopter filming are still and always will be a major part of the film and broadcast industry our news will reflect this as will the companies we profile, we also aim to cover the less traditional methods of aerial filming such as Balloon based filming and static crane based shooting. We hope you enjoy this page and it becomes an aerial filming guide for broadcast professionals.
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Drones And Licensing...
These days with so many drones about, the novelty amongst people is starting to fall by the wayside. People can go down to a hobby shop or online to buy a drone. In the box with the drone normally comes a leaflet stating the basics of drone law. Most people drag the machine out of the box, ignoring the leaflets and instructions, and go fly it... often crashing at the first go.
Introducing The Revolutionary Mini Eclipse
The long awaited and eagerly anticipated arrival of the new, state-of-the-art, mini Eclipse has finally happened. Wholly owned by Marzano Films and based in the UK at the Cinemoves Europe facility – Pinewood Studios, the system has already been busy.
Staying On The Right Side Of Drone Laws
Carys Kaiser is a drone operator who has been in the TV industry for 12 years, and is a shooting PD and camera operator.
Live Video Streaming From Drones
Drones provide a mechanism for streaming compelling video that other methods cannot compete with, either from an infrastructure or cost prospective.
360 Design Announce Flying EYE
360 Designs has announced the launch of Flying EYE, a groundbreaking, 6K, broadcast quality, live streaming VR drone. According to the company the announcement follows "a year of secret development" and represents the first broadcast quality live streaming 360 platform in the world. The company said: "For live VR / 360 video, resolution is particularly important.
Festival Recognition For Shetland My Land, My Home
Article contributed by Thomas Haywood, from Thomas Haywood Aerial Photography. Recently, I entered Shetland My Land, My Home into several film festivals and have been getting some kudos for it too. The film came about because I am a member and volunteer leader for Outdoorlads (www.outdoorlads.com) and they were doing an event up in Shetland.
Drone Use In Construction Industry - Part 2
In the second of a two-part report into drones and construction Jim Meehan, aerial imaging specialist at SkyHeld Cameras, rounds up the reasons that drone technology has not been widely adopted in construction.
Drone Use In Construction Industry - Part 1
In the first of a two-part report into drones and construction, Jim Meehan, an aerial imaging specialist at SkyHeld Cameras, asks if data quality or safety issues are hampering the adoption of drone technology. Construction projects depend on timely, accurate information and BIM facilitates fast information exchange between partners, aiding workflow and reducing delays and errors.
GoPro Karma Now Available In The UK 

GoPro have announced that it's complete Karma system is now available at selected online and high street retailers. Karma features a compact design and includes an image-stabilisation grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more, making it easy for anyone to capture smooth, stabilised video during almost any activity.
Hovercam Goes On The Hunt For Sharks
Hovercam's Benet Allen went shark-baiting with the team from ITV's Fishing Impossible... They told us it was going to be straightforward, if a bit smelly. Two helicopters, and a 'Bambi bucket' full of what was described either as 'fish soup' or 'chum' – pour A into B, fly it out to the boys on the boat, and drop it in the water behind them. To attract sharks, of course.
Producing Live UHD/4K Aerial Footage On Budget
Just a few years ago, the only option of producing professional, dynamic live aerial footage was renting a turbine driven helicopter equipped with a heavy and expensive gimbal system. Then small drones started gaining a small segment for specific aerial filming scenarios, but are limited in flight-time, range, weather conditions and camera/lens options.
BFV's Big Interview: BeyondHD
With 20 years specialising in aerial and vehicle-based stabilised remote head filming equipment and crew hire – from manned aerial filming and class leading commercial drones to high speed camera tracking vehicles and electric Quad all-terrain vehicles – BeyondHD know the market inside out. CEO Keith Harding answers our questions in this month's Big Interview...
Having A Whale Of A Time
I was in my office one day and the phone rang; it was my colleague Matt. Could I go and film some basking sharks off a smallish boat off the Isles of Mull & Coll with my drones? Oh, and by the way, it's for the BBC leaving Oban in 48 hours. No pressure there, then! My mind was whirring! Certainly a different job; my mind turned to the risk assessment with several things to consider.
Where Can You Fly UAVs?
Flying drones – or more correctly known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) – are very quickly becoming the must-have new bit of kit for photographers and film makers. However, there are quite a few rules, principally from the CAA, that must be adhered to in order to stay legal. The lists below are intended to give you an idea, and are in no way exhaustive.