HOW TO CAPTURE AERIAL VIDEO WITHOUT A DRONE - USING OUR CAMERA MAST AND A DJI OSMO PLUS July 27 2017

Want to overcome CAA drone imaging restrictions and still safely capture amazing aerial video? Read on....

Many customer's who've contacted us have shown interest in using an imaging drone to capture aerial video of properties, people and places - most importantly getting paid for doing so (a.k.a commercial operations)

Easy right?...... Not so easy it seems.

They quickly found out that current UK legislation, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) safety regulations and no-fly zones prevent them from flying within:

  • 50 metres (150ft) of people and properties,
  • or within 150 metres (500ft) of crowds and built up areas

image of drone code

To try and overcome these distances, certain drone companies have provided cameras capable of optical (and less desirable digital) zoom capabilities, but these have been limited in range and are expensive to buy.

Yes, it is possible to fly within the normal CAA limits if you have received further special training and certification from the CAA; but now a growing number of drone manufacturers (DJI included) are literally grounding (via controller software) drones based on GPS co-ordinates and proximity to no-fly zones (see article on here on trusty dpreview.com)

The result? Reportedly, on occasions it has become near impossible to get as close to an area you, or your customers, wish to image or video - even if you are qualified to do so.

How do you overcome these issues? Vantage Point Products has an answer!

Watch our video below to see how by using one of our elevated 18ft, 30ft or 40ft carbon fibre photography and video mast systems.

But before you watch, please ask yourself these questions:

  • If we didn't tell you that we used a mast to capture these images, would you have simply assumed we used a drone?
  • If so, then could your customers really tell the difference?
  • If not, would you consider adding our products to your tool kit for capturing safe, stunning aerial images when and where you and your paying customers wish?

Our three models of strong rigid carbon fibre mast are capable of safely elevating up to 2kg payload - that is more than enough for a DSLR and lens, let alone a DJI Osmo, Osmo Plus, or Osmo X5 Pro. 

The advantages of the DJI Osmo range is it's ability to be remotely controlled with a fairly responsive live view (via app) and its own steady pan and tilt gimbal, capturing 4K video if needed.

"Is 30ft or 40ft high enough?" some customers ask. The answer:

  • Drone flights at 100-400ft have their place - but are you trying to video or photograph a huge tract of land, or simply one single property with attached grounds? 
  • In aerial imaging, whether capturing stills or video, it is more often a case of trying not to capture certain undesirable objects or areas (even people) in the shot rather than trying to capture everything (e.g dirty moss covered roofs, building sites, nearby busy roads....or worse).

You'd be surprised what a difference a vantage point between 18ft, 30ft and 40ft can capture, as you can see below:

If its capturing stills you're after, then our masts can take you places a drone never could legally - see below:

crowd images captured on carbon fibre aerial imaging mast - vantage point products

image from carbon fibre photography aerial imaging mast - without a drone, by vantage point products

 

Should you wish to go higher than our tallest DSLR strength mast (40ft), we have a retail range that can carry a GoPro or ultra light compact camera (under 200 grams) to 50ft, 63ft, or even 74ft max (with care).

We can even build custom strength masts for you to elevate heavier cameras to a specific height. 

Vantage Point Products specialise in all things related to safe, effective professional aerial photography and video by mast - we treat each customer's project as our own, and always put safety before sales! 

Our products and our level of customer support is valued accordingly - as is the quality of work our customers produce using their skills and our mast systems.

Why not work with us? We'd love to support you, so please call or email to discuss your project.

Let us know at least the following so we can help you succeed:

  • the height (in metres / feet) you wish to reach for the desired vantage point
  • the imaging hardware you wish to use (make and exact model of camera/s and lens/es, so we can calculate the total weight, safe elevation and handling)
  • how you plan to remotely control the camera (we can help if you need us to)
  • your deadline for the shoot (although last minute shoots are not ideal for either party, if all items needed are in stock, we can offer next working day delivery via UPS without charge, or you can collect from us, as long as payment is made before 12.00 mid day on the day of dispatch / collection)

What are you waiting for? Let's talk!