Our Videocopters are either a octocopter * with eight motors or a hexacopter with six engines. Depending on the operational purpose (camera load) we are currently able to fly up to 17 minutes nonstop. The videocopter is being controlled by a pilot always maintaining visual contact. The distance between the pilot on the ground and the aerial vehicle can be up to 400 meters (1200 feet). The camera is being controlled by our camera operator independently from the copter itself, while it's signal is being transmitted live to the remote controlles of the operator and the pilot. The three axis gyro stabilised camera brushless technology balances all copter moves to perform a steady shot even in rough and gusty weather conditions.

Camera technology

Most drone cameras do not provide zoom capability - we do ! Inflight zooming not only gives the opportunity to emphasise objects on the ground by zooming in, it also gives different looks by using different focal lenth in comparison to the well known wide angle look of drone footage.
The camera picture can be checked by the pilot on his monitor as well, but it does not provide a basis for flying the aircraft, in fact it does improve the coordination between the pilot and the camera operator. A third monitor may be provided for our customers for directing and having the feedback they need. A well rehearsed team of pilot and camera operator guarantees not only a speedy process, but also a safe flight procedure.

Low and close or even pretty high:

As the multicopter technology can be flown by our experienced pilot accurately up to ten centimetres to obstacles, the videocopter is an intersection of a camera crane and a "real" helicopter. By following certain safety rules we can approach individuals up to one meter of distance. Tracking shots may start or end from or to a still, like a camera crane, but without the limit of the cranes liberty of action. The camera can levitate much higher and discover new tracks for each shot. Flight shots between obstacles give a completely new point of view. That would not be possible with conventional equipment like a crane, spider cam or helicopter.
When shooting mere aerial footage the videocopter proves it's economical and ecological strength. As the copter takes of where the job is, there is no forward and backward runs to the scene, which usually makes helicopter operation the most expensive part. The closer to the scene we can take off, the shorter the flight time is. So the average flight time per location is approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The noise emission in flight operation thereby is comparable to an electric lawn mower and the power consumption is around the same like a small hair dryer (1000 Watts), while it does not cause any exhaust emissions.
For take off and landing we need a  straight surface of about two to two meters, which practically let's the machine take off everywhere. As we posses a permanent permission for take off in Nordrhein Westfalia, Rheinland Pfalz, Niedersachsen, Bayern, Schleswig Holstein, Hessen, Baden Württemberg, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Mecklenburg Vorpommern we usually do not need any preparation time within these parts of Germany. Other federal states are available any time, it just might take a few days to get official permission. If you have any questions or ideas about practicability, do not hesitate to contact us.