In early January of this year, on a beautiful day in London our latest stabilized camera system the Stab-C COMPACT was put through its paces mounted to a Eurocopter (AStar) AS350 helicopter for its first aerial flight tests, having proven itself as a ground based unit on the Beijing Olympics.
Flights test of the new COMPACT outfitted with the Arriflex D21®, or RED ONE® have been extremely successful. The system is able to stabilize any camera, with a full range of film lenses, with zero jitter. The 80 lb COMPACT outfitted with the Arriflex D21® camera can exceed helicopter transits speeds of over 100 knots, and fully operational shooting speeds of over 90 knots.
The COMPACT and a digital film camera is the perfect combination for the most demanding digital cinematography shoots, as the COMPACT’s light weight, and the magazine-less digital camera, gives the most continuous flight/shooting time of any aerial system currently available.
The COMPACT is engineered with a fiber optic slipring in the pan axis to allow full uncompressed data streaming from the digital camera to the in-cabin RAM recorder, while not wrapping cables.
Nettmann Systems provides the only aerial mounts that can stabilize the Arriflex D21®, the Panavision Genesis®, or multiple RED ONE® cameras while giving the Director of Photography full steerability over the Pan, Tilt and Roll camera angles.