Cineflex Elite 5-Axis Gyro-Stabilized Camera System - HDaerial
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WTHR TV Air To Air

Cineflex Elite

HDaerial provides the Cineflex Elite with the ARRI ALEXA camera. Now aerial videography, feature film quality is now affordable for any production anywhere in the world. The lightweight Cineflex Elite with the ALEXA camera provides a lower cost of operation than any other aerial gyro-stabilized system. The Odfjell and WTHR Air to Air projects were shot with the Cineflex and are great examples of the beautiful aerial images captured by this gyro-stabilized system.


The Cineflex Elite houses the ALEXA Super 35 camera and Canon 4k Digital Cinema Zoom lenses into the 5 axis gyro-stabilized Cineflex for an extremely stable aerial images in most weather conditions. Action scenes can now be filmed with high speed rates up to 120 frames per second. Lens choices include 14.5-60mm and 30-300mm zooms.


With onboard recording inside the helicopter and instant playback, maximum flight times can be achieved without the need to land the helicopter to reload film magazines or digital media. The  ALEXA camera extends the value of aerial videography by simultaneously recording ARRIRAW 2880 x 1620 files to a Gemini 444 and Apple ProRes 1080p to SxS media. Recording options include SxS 64Gb Pro Media, Gemini 444 ARRIRAW digital recorder, Sony HDCAM SR, AJA KiPro, and the NanoFlash. Other record decks available upon request.


The Cineflex Elite is an efficient choice for lowering aerial filming expenses. The lightweight Cineflex Elite system is less expensive to ship, than other gyro stabilized systems.


The Cineflex Elite can be mounted on most aircraft including the Astar AS350 and Twinstar AS355, Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Bell 206L Long Ranger, Bell 407, and the Robinson R44. The Cineflex Elite can be rigged in one third the time it takes to rig Super 35 format digital camera systems.


Camera: ARRI ALEXA-M Super 35 format film-style digital camera


Sensor: Type 35 format ALEV III CMOS

Aerial Videography

WTHR Air to Air

Corporate Aerial Filming

When the phone rings and people want to talk to us about using the Cineflex Elite to capture those really dynamic aerial images for their project, we never know exactly what will be coming next.  Aerial videography always draws the really creative producers who think outside the box.


This time it was EMC TV who called us.  We would be capturing dynamic aerial filming of skydivers as they jump from an airplane in Central Texas.  You may think, “Okay, what’s so hard about that?” but there’s more.  We needed to capture footage of them free falling into and out of an aerial formation.  The next step was the opening of the new 50 foot Dell Technologies logo banner that was to land precisely in the designated open field among the Dell Round Rock, TX campus buildings.  Then there were the skydivers in winged suits that were going to just skim over the top of the Dell Technologies banner as it is floating down.


There is always much more to aerial videography than meets the eye.  A tremendous amount of aerial coordination between the pilot of the airplane and the helicopter had to take place to make sure the timing was perfect but to also make sure the skydivers were always safe.  We used the Cineflex Elite with the Alexa Camera mounted to the nose of the helicopter.  Once again, our experienced aerial camera operator and film pilot were able to capture spectacular aerial images while our companion company, Matthew and Company was on the ground capturing spectacular images of this aerial acrobat show from the ground.


It was a great honor to have been invited to play a part in the introduction of this new alignment between Dell and EMC.  Dell’s merger with EMC to complete the Dell Technologies consortium may be one of the biggest steps toward advancing the use of technology in our daily lives.  The spectacular opening production for the introduction of Dell Technologies will give you a  great idea as to the significance of this new merger. It will also show you the dynamic aerial cinematography the professionals at  HDaerial can deliver.

Air to Air Aerial Videography

HDaerial was responsible for the air to air aerial filming, co-ordination and safety. We used the Cineflex Elite / Alexa camera to capture aerial images for WTHR’s TV News promotional bumper. There’s nothing like one Bell 407 helicopter chasing another Bell 407 in the sky’s over Indianapolis.

Corporate Aerial Filming for Odfjell

Aerial images were shot for Odfjell using the Cineflex Elite platform and Alexa camera. Much of the aerial videography 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 these corporate aerial images were 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 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 aerial cinematography 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.

System Features

Proven Performance in Television and Cinema
6K, 4K, Super 35 and Hi-Definition (HD) Video Formats
5-Axis Gimbal Assembly for Unmatched Stability
Light weight gyro-stabilized system
Very low shipping cost and logistics
No ITAR export restrictions
Field-Interchangeable Lens Options
Interchangeable Camera Options
Auxiliary Power Distribution System to Support Monitors and Recorders

Compact Size and Weight Globally Exportable-Non ITAR

Easily Integrated Onto a Wide Variety of Platforms
Nadir look-down capability available
Fiber-optic video data transferCompatible with all existing helicopter mounts
Award-winning ARRI ALEXA-XTM camera integration
Fast interchangeable lens options
Built-in windowless operation to eliminate reflections
Water-resistant rugged housing
Tested for -30 °C extreme cold operations
Interchangeable ND filters


System and Stabilization

System Type; 5-axis gyro-stabilized
Azimuth Coverage; 360° Continuous
Elevation Coverage; +30° to -195°
Roll Coverage; +/- 45°
Slew Rate; >55°/sec*
Max Slew Acceleration; 100° / sec2



Turret; 85 lbs.
Auxiliary Control Unit; 27 lbs.
Laptop Control Unit; 5 lbs.
Cable Set; 9 lbs.


Control Interfaces

Fiber optic


Turret: 19.8″ x 14.95″
Auxiliary Control Unit: 6.5″ x 14″ x 20″
Laptop Control Unit: 17″ x 8.75″ x 1.8″
Cables: 20’length



Input Voltage: 28VDC +/- 10%
Continuous: 215W
Maximum: 615W



Continuous; 215 Watts
Maximum; 615 Watts


Accessory Items

Wireless control with ethernet and fiber optic hard-wire options
Operator-friendly DATA+ overlay with lens and gimbal data
100′ extension cables
Clear filter lens protection