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Ground Coordination

20 Apr A More Beautiful Barn – Glenn











A More Beautiful Barn – Glenn was filmed in Loose Creek, MO. HDaerial, in conjunction with Matthew and Company were asked to film over a three week period three separate paintings of murals on barns throughout the US for Cargill. HDaerial employed their UAV octocopter with the MōVI M10 gyro stabilized gimbal to capture the beautiful images for A More Beautiful Barn – Glenn. The UAV / Drone carried the RED Dragon camera, capturing at 6K with various Ziess CP2 prime lens. They also were able to provide the MōVI M10 stabilized system for ground coverage. “We could change out the system from our aerial rig to a handheld rig in about forty five minutes and reverse that configuration in about one hour. This way the client had the versatility to fly aerials in the morning and use the MōVI during the day for ground shots then re-rig for aerials in the afternoon”, Richard Trub said. “Our custom built UAV octocopter / Drone had no problems with carrying the Dragon and the CP2’s what so ever, the motors never over heated and the MōVI was rock solid”. Richard said.
Cargill, Inc., is an American privately held, multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. Founded in 1865, it is now the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.

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20 Apr A More Beautiful Barn – Craig and Nancy











A More Beautiful Barn – Craig and Nancy was filmed at Shady Brook Farms, Harrisonburg, VA. by HDaerial, in conjunction with Matthew and Company were asked to create several drone video over a three week period of three separate paintings of murals on barns throughout the US for Cargill. HDaerial employed their Heavy Lift Octocopter with the MōVI M10 gyro stabilized gimbal to capture the beautiful images for A More Beautiful Barn – Craig and Nancy. The UAV carried the RED Dragon camera, capturing at 6K and with various Ziess CP2 prime lens. They also were able to provide the MōVI M10 stabilized system for ground coverage. “We could change out the system from our aerial rig to a handheld rig in about forty five minutes and reverse that configuration in about one hour. This way the client had the versatility to fly aerials in the morning, use the MōVI for ground shots during the day and re-rig for aerials in the afternoon”, Richard Trub said. “Our custom built UAV had no problems with carrying the Dragon and the CP2’s what so ever, the motors never over heated and the MōVI was rock solid”. Richard said.
Cargill, Inc., is an American privately held, multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. Founded in 1865, it is now the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.

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20 Apr A More Beautiful Barn – Mike


A More Beautiful Barn – Mike was filmed at Crawford, Texas by HDaerial, in conjunction with Matthew and Company were asked to create several drone video over a three week period of three separate paintings of murals on barns throughout the US for Cargill. HDaerial employed their Heavy Lift Octocopter with the MōVI M10 gyro stabilized gimbal to capture the beautiful images for A More Beautiful Barn – Craig and Nancy. The UAV carried the RED Dragon camera, capturing at 6K and with various Ziess CP2 prime lens. They also were able to provide the MōVI M10 stabilized system for ground coverage. “We could change out the system from our aerial rig to a handheld rig in about forty five minutes and reverse that configuration in about one hour. This way the client had the versatility to fly aerials in the morning, use the MōVI for ground shots during the day and re-rig for aerials in the afternoon”, Richard Trub said. “Our custom built UAV had no problems with carrying the Dragon and the CP2’s what so ever, the motors never over heated and the MōVI was rock solid”. Richard said.
Cargill, Inc., is an American privately held, multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. Founded in 1865, it is now the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.










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30 Apr Aerial filming of Sperm Whales in Dominica Commonwealth











There is nothing more beautiful and awe inspiring than seeing Sperm whales in their natural habitat. In the Spring of 2014, HDaerial.Com was contracted by Justin Akiyama, Producer for Chiyoda Raft Production of Tokyo, Japan to do aerial filming of Sperm Whales in Dominica Commonwealth. Chiyoda Raft Production faced the task of shooting a documentary to air on NHK Japan of these beautiful creatures interacting with humans swimming alongside them. The production team consisted of a camera crew, an underwater camera operator and our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle UAV crew. All of the aerial footage was captured from HDaerial’s UAV Heavy Lift Octocopter with a MōVI M10 gimbal. The UAV takeoffs and landings were from the deck of a sixty foot catamaran with swells between one and three feet. Over a 3 day period of time, we did approximately 30 lifts. Here is just some of the great footage we acquired with the UAV. While shooting from the deck of a boat made takeoffs and landings a little more interesting, the location allowed us to capture some really spectacular moments of the whales leisurely swimming with their human counterpart. The UAV allowed us capture aerials of this event in a way that a large manned helicopter would not have allowed. A manned helicopter operation would not have allowed the flexibility to wait and find the whales as they surfaced for air. Coordinating with our swimmer and the whales would have also added another element of difficulty. HDaerial’s UAV Heavy Lift Octocopter with a MōVI M10 gimbal was able to provide the necessary flexibility and ease of timing to capture precious moments of beautiful Sperm whales swimming with humans. For more information regarding our UAV call 800 897 7637.

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20 Aug Corporate Aerial Filming for Odfjell

Corporate Aerial Filming for Odfjell

, Aerial Cinematographer, with HDaerial Inc. was excited to be a part of the corporate aerial filming for the Odfjell production. Aerial footage was shot in December of 2013, using the new Cineflex Elite platform and Alexa camera. Thanks to aerial film pilot Bob Spradlin, much of the aerial footage was captured 60 miles offshore from the Port of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing is more dramatic than a beautiful freighter at work in the middle of the ocean. The Cineflex Elite flawlessly captured men at work on the decks, a beautiful sunset with level horizon, aerials of the Port of Houston and downtown Houston. All of this corporate aerial footage was captured in one day. To accomplish this, aerial coordination with the ship’s crew, the ground crew, the client and the FAA were critical.

HDaerial excels at aerial coordination. Solid aerial coordination will make the difference between a really successful aerial project and a mediocre aerial project. HDaerial has identified qualified aerial film pilots and helicopters that can handle the proper gyro stabilized camera system for the job at hand regardless of where in the world the aerial job takes place. We coordinate with the production team all ground crews to be featured in the shot and those that are not such as refueling crews and staging crews. HDaerial also makes sure all permits and certificates of insurance are properly in place before take off.

The corporate aerial filming for Odfjell is a great example of how powerful and important aerial images can be to your corporate message. It takes team work to capture those aerial images. HDaerial brings a strong team to the table when hired to shoot aerial cinematography for your corporate video. HDaerial is a team you can count on to deliver the images you need to communicate your message.










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04 Aug Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine


When you think of Rolls Royce, you typically think of a really nice car. Well, this job took us out to Tucson, AZ and it wasn’t a car we were shooting. We were hired by Rolls Royce to film the new Trent 1000 engine going through some of its testing paces. This engine is now considered the most reliable engine on the new 787 airplanes.

This was a 4 camera video shoot; 2 cameras on the ground covering take-offs and landings, 1 camera in a fixed wing jet flying along the side of the Trent 1000 engine and 1 camera mounted in a Cineflex V-14 on the nose of a Eurocopter AStar 350 B2. We were there for 3 days capturing all the footage we could of this incredible new engine technology.

This one took some coordination so we took Matt as Director of all Photography and aerial cinematograper, Richard Trub as Camera Operator on camera 1, we hired Holly Romero, a local Camera Operator to run ground camera 2, Mark McKenna as Camera Operator 3 in the Citation Jet, Steven Meckler as Still Photograper and Kay Trub as Producer on the project.

We have many years experience with aerial photography and aerial cinematography and use the best gyro-stabilized solutions for aerial filming. Contact us today toll free at 1-800-897-7637 for a free consult on your next project.










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29 Oct Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race

Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race

HDaerial filmed aerial footage of Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race. Tens of thousands of cyclists from nearly every corner of the world tout Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race as simply the best bike ride on the continent with 128 miles of potential routes over ten distinct course options. Dozens of media outlets agree, from Outside to Bicycling to Road Bike Action and beyond agree with this assessment.

The aerial footage of Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race was captured with the Cineflex V14 mounted on a Bell 407 helicopter capturing the grace and beauty of this course. Several riders were featured in a documentary aired on a UK television station. Since these riders were from the UK, they were followed through the selection process, the training process and then the actual race. The Cineflex V14 was selected to shoot this race because of its rock solid 5 axis gyro-stabilized camera system. The Cineflex V14 allowed us to quickly maneuver over the course to capture the efforts of each cyclist.

Capturing these images also took some air to ground coordination. To follow the 3 cyclists from the UK, communications were set up between the ground production crew and our aerial production team. Being positioned to catch aerial images of each of the UK cyclist was critical. HDaerial excels at aerial coordination. Solid aerial coordination will make the difference between a really successful aerial project and a mediocre aerial project.

Aerial footage of the Levi’s GandFondo Bike Race is a great example of how powerful and important aerial images can be to your documentary. It takes team work to capture those aerial images. HDaerial brings a strong team to the table when hired to shoot aerial cinematography for your documentary. HDaerial is a team you can count on to deliver the images you need to communicate your message.










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