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Aerial Drone Cinematography

The automotive industry loves to use aerial drone production. Our aerial cinematographer has produced stunning aerial images for Land Rover, Mercedes, Cadillac, Jaguar, Toyota, and Porsche. Everyone wants to see how the cars will perform and what better way to see them than from the air with drone aerial cinematography. Our drones will move low and fast along with the cars. Our drone pilot is experienced and is FAA licensed. Every flight is planned and cleared through proper procedures ensuring each flight is safe and successful.

Live Events Captured With Drone Production

Drone aerial cinematography can also be used to capture live events like a competition and fund raiser for our armed forces and law enforcement. We filmed aerials of people learning security driving and fire arms techniques.  Our aerial footage was handed to an editor to create short videos of the activities to show on large screens all throughout the day.  Once everyone had learned the security driving techniques and had a chance to do some practice runs, the real competition began. The team with the fastest score on the track won. This was another opportunity for our drone production team to fly fast and low to capture the car action on the race track and firing range.

Aerial Filming


Matt Trub, 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.

Drone Aerial Cinematography


One of the best ways to see these magnificent wind turbines up close and personal is with drone filming.  Wind Turbines are quickly becoming the new landscape feature as you travel across our Country.  These images were shot at 2k and offer a bird’s eye view of this new technology. First of all the extremely stable aerial done platform provides beautiful aerial images for promotional videos. Finally, this drone aerial video also allows a close look at the turbines for inspection purposes.  Our drone pilot and drone camera operator are experienced professionals ready to help you with your next drone aerial cinematography project.


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Aerial Cinematography


Aerial Cinematography has taken on a new meaning with the introduction of drone filming. At one time, only large budgets could entertain the idea of incorporating aerial images into their projects.  As a result, aerial video was the exception not the norm.  However, with all of the advances made in the last few years with drone technology, aerial cinematography is now more affordable and accessible to most video production projects.


There are several things to consider when you are looking for the right aerial production team. The first step is to check out samples of their work. Go to their website. See if they have experience capturing the type of aerial images you need for your project. Second, make sure their pilot is properly licensed and certified by the FAA. If they are, this will assure a secure and safe aerial production environment. Third, make sure they are insured. Capturing drone aerials is relatively safe but in the event of an accident you want to make sure that everyone is adequately covered.


Drone Filming


Capturing beautiful aerial images has become more cost efficient and less intrusive. We service the entire continental United States.  The beautiful aerial cinematography of the Marriot Ranch Bed and Breakfast located in Hume, VA were captured using the Inspire 2 and the Zenmuse X5S camera at 4k. The expert piloting and camera work along with the Inspire 2 allowed us to highlight the beauty of the majestic Blue Ridge and show the relaxed atmosphere of the facility. We also have the Inspire 2 with the X7S available for anyone interested in capturing aerial images at 6K or still images at 24 MP.


Our offices are located in Richmond, Virginia and Austin, Texas.  Our pilot is FAA certified and our drones are fully insured. Contact us for a cost estimate for your next aerial project.

Dynamic Dell Aerial Videography


When the phone rings and people want to talk to us about using aerial videography to capture those really dynamic aerial viewpoints 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.  This time we would be capturing dynamic aerial videography 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 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 a Bell Jet Ranger.  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 videography the professionals at  HDaerial can deliver.

Aerial Filming of the Cadillac V Series Performance Lab at COTA in Austin, TX

Late in November of 2015, The Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, TX became the focus of our attention with over twenty of the new Cadillac V series cars on the track to show the world what they could do. Untitled Inc brought Scott Zacaroli on as Director and Matt Trub of HDaerial as Aerial Director of Photography to capture some of those spectacular moments of the Cadillac V Series Aerials COTA Austin TX. We used the Cineflex Ultra with the RED Epic Carbon Fiber Dragon camera and the Canon 4K Digital Zoom 30mm – 300mm lens. With the V series cars moving at speeds of up to 150 mph, the Cineflex Ultra was able to provide smooth and rock solid aerial footage at 4K of these cars moving around the track. The Cineflex ULTRA is lighter and more compact than competing systems, making it the superior choice for aircraft especially in fast moving circumstances like the Cadillac V Series Performance Labs at The Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX.

This project was ultimately edited down into a two and a half minute video promoting the Cadillac V series and The Drive of your Life. Clearly, Cadillac is introducing new technology that will change the way consumers will look at Cadillac when considering their next car purchase. What better way to show case this new automobile technology than with the latest and greatest gyron stabilization technology ….the Cineflex Ultra and the RED Epic Carbon Fiber Dragon with Matt Trub, Aerial Director of Photography behind the controls.

Cadillac V Series Aerials COTA Austin TX

Circuit of The Americas is more than a race track – it is the only purpose-built facility in the United States designed to host premier motorsports championships in the world, including Formula One, MotoGP, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. HDaerial Inc. provides aerial services at Circuit of the Americas. Whether you need helicopters, Cineflex camera systems (2k-6k), RF Downlinks for broadcast, aerial camera operators, technicians and ground crew, HDaerial can provide many of the services locally, saving you time and money. HDaerial is the one call for all of your aerial production needs.

Production Company: Untitled Inc
Director: Scott Zarcaroli
Aerial Director of Photography: Matt Trub, HDaerial Inc
Helicopter: STS Helicopter, Matt St. Louis
Helicopter Pilot: Matt Romanych


UAV Aerial Photography for Real Estate Homes can give real estate companies an added edge to help impress potential buyers and increase sales.  Real estate is a wonderful investment and what better way to take a look at your future investment than from an aerial viewpoint. Our UAV drone carries the Canon 5D Mark III to capture these breath taking aerial images.   Aerial images allow potential buyers to see the whole property at different angles by just looking at pictures.


Aerial Footage New York

Aerial Cinematography can capture dynamic angles of construction sites, scenes for feature films, television shows and commercials or beautiful panoramic views of your city.  The Aerial Footage New York was shot with a Cineflex Elite. Matt Trub was the aerial camera operator on this job.


The gyro-stablilized Cineflex Elite with the ARRI ALEXA camera makes brings affordable feature film quality to any production anywhere in the world. The new lightweight Cineflex Elite and ARRI ALEXA camera provides a lower cost of operation than any other aerial gyro-stabilized system.  The Cineflex Elite houses the ARRI ALEXA Super 35 camera and Canon 4k Digital Cinema Zoom lenses. This camera/lens combo along with the 5 axis gyro-stabilized Cineflex delivers an extremely stable image in most weather conditions. Onboard recording is available to SxS Pro Media cards, and 3G single or dual link for ARRIRAW capture. 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 ARRI ALEXA extends the value of aerial filming production 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.


New York has never looked better from the air.  The Cineflex Elite will deliver the dramatic or breathtaking aerial images your project or film needs. Our aerial cinematographer, Matt Trub, is a very experienced aerial camera operator. He has an eye for just the right shot. Aerial Footage New York will give you an idea how powerful dynamic aerial images can be for your project or film.



Levi’s GranFondo Bike Race

HDaerialfilmed 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.