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Introducing Heliscan

Specialist Wire Rigs Ltd is pleased to announce a new affiliation with HeliScan UK, a leading UK based provider of Aerial Cinematography flying camera platforms for use in Movie, Advertising, Music Videos and most other applications needing aerial video or stills imaging.

HeliScan UK use state of the art flying platforms, such as the Cinestar 8 heavy lift Octocopter and the DJI S800 Hexacopter that both have 3 axis, gyro stabilised camera gimbals that will take camera's such as Red, Blackmagic, Canon C500, Canon 5D and smaller HD camera such as Sony NEX5R and Lumix GH3. We shoot as standard with wide angle lenses, but can fly telephoto if required.

The machines are operated by a 2 man crew, a Pilot and a Camera Operator. The craft are equipped with GPS positioning, height and attitude hold, all in-flight data and a live preview video stream is fed back to the Camera Operator via a 5.8 GHz downlink to a ground station with twin monitors, for easy shot composition. Flying time varies with load, weather and temperature, but typically with the heavier cameras a 10 minute flight time is achievable, with the DSLR around 15 minutes, and the lighter Sony/Lumix around 20 minutes. All HD footage is recorded in camera and can be retrieved at the end of each flight. We can provide auxiliary composite video preview feeds to other monitors on set.

HeliScan UK is run by Nigel Nixon and Roger Warman, both full size pilots, and lifetime radio control fixed wing and helicopter pilots. They both recently qualified for the BNUC-S (the CAA approved Small Unmanned Aircraft licence) have a CAA Permit for Aerial Work with full insurance cover.


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