When employed as a Drone Operator only (not with my full TV camera kit)
Add £350 to Cameraman Rates
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When DJI released the Inspire 1 it changed the rules for gaining aerial shots. It then went and changed the rules again by producing the Inspire 2 with the truly amazing X5S camera. The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K RAW in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes going beyond the 4K delivery barrier! Here’s a brief list of all the recording formats.
In a nutshell this is what it can do.
Recording Formats H.264 – MPEG4 H.265 – MPEG-H Part 2 (successor to H.264) ________________________________________________________ Apple ProRes 422 HQ – There is an extra cost of £75 per day for Apple license Apple ProRes 4444 XQ(no alpha)：– There is an extra cost of £75 per day for Apple license CinemaDNG：There is an extra cost of £150 per day for DNG license It also takes very high resolution 20.8 mp Jpeg or DNG Raw photos. See below for detailed video file information It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58mph (94kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/s for unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size. A dual battery system prolongs the flight time to a maximum of 23 minutes, while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures. Flight Autonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration. It is an amazingly cost effect way to achieve some stunning visuals which were once the domain of the helicopter and the huge costs that went with. I am CAA (Civilian Aviation Authority) Approval and have been granted ‘Permissions for aerial work’ using Drones/RPAS systems. We have full £5 million Public Liability insurance cover, and have completed the relevant CAA approved training schemes. I can supply Micro SD cards which can be transferred on site to any laptop with USB ports, or you can supply your own. We carry out a full hazard assessment of each location, as well as a job brief and Health and Safety review.
Just £350 as an add-on to my day rate!
Call me if you have any questions. All fees subject to UK VAT of 20%
As you would expect with a state of the art drone, there are numerous video codecs, frame sizes and bit rates you can choose from.
DJI require you buy a license to use some of them. (Apple/ProRes and CinemaDNG)
Generally speaking most standard TV productions will be very happy with the H.264 or H.265 Mpeg codecs, which is included in the £350 rate.
Here is a more details of the spec for each codec. I would advise you talk to your relevant Edit House before committing to Apple/ProRes and CinemaDNG formats as the file sizes are huge. Not only that transfer rates on location can run into the hours for minutes shot. So you may find we are hanging around waiting for cards to off load the data.
H.264 – MPEG4 4K DCI: 4096×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97/47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps
H.265 – MPEG-H Part 2 (successor to H.264) 4K DCI: 4096×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – There is an extra cost of £75 per day for Apple license 3840×2160 23.976*/24*/25*/29.97* fps 5280×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97 fps Apple ProRes 4444 XQ(no alpha)： 3840×2160 23.976*/24*/25*/29.97* fps
CinemaDNG：There is an extra cost of £150 per day for DNG license 3840×2160 12bit 23.976*/24*/25*/29.97*/47.952 fps 3840×2160 10bit 50/59.94 fps 4096×2160 12bit 23.976*/24*/25*/29.97*/47.952 fps 4096×2160 10bit 50/59.94 fps 5280×2972 12bit 23.976/24/25/29.97 fps
SENSE AND AVOID
Forward and downward vision systems enable the Inspire 2 to detect obstacles up to 30 meters ahead, allowing for protected flight at up to 34mph (54kph) at a controllable attitude angle of 25°.
Upward facing infrared sensors scan obstacles 16ft (5m) above, adding protection when flying in enclosed spaces.
Obstacle sensing systems are active during normal flight, RTH and all Intelligent Flight Modes.These sensors are core components of the DJI FlightAutonomy system, which brings the below intelligent features to the Inspire 2:
Spotlight Pro is a powerful tracking mode that allows even single pilots to capture complex, dramatic images. It uses advanced visual tracking algorithms to lock onto a subject during flight, regardless of the direction that the Inspire 2 flies, creating shots that would once have required a dedicated camera operator. If the gimbal comes close to reaching its rotation limits, the Inspire 2 itself will rotate in the same direction without affecting flight control or the shot being captured to free up gimbal movement.
It has two shooting modes, Quick Mode and Composition Mode. In Quick Mode, select an object to begin tracking. In Composition Mode, select the subject and the tracking position.
When the subject enters the preset tracking position, press the shortcut to begin tracking. The gimbal can be moved during shooting for composition adjustments.
Spotlight Pro is available in Intelligent Flight Modes TapFly, Waypoint, and Point of Interest.
The 2-axis onboard FPV camera separates the flight view from the main camera view, effectively giving the Inspire 2 a dedicated TapFly camera. Tap a point onscreen in the FPV view to set a flight route and the Inspire 2 will automatically fly along that route, leaving the pilot to focus on gimbal movement.
The ActiveTrack Mode allows the Inspire 2 to recognize a range of objects, from people to bikes to cars to boats. Tracking profiles that can be adjusted based on the subject being tracked means greater tracking precision.
SMART RETURN TO HOME
Forward and downward vision systems allow the Inspire 2 to create a real-time map of its flight route as it flies. If the video transmission system signal is lost and Smart Return Home is enabled, it is able to fly home along its original route, and change to a straight line when it regains a signal. As it returns, it will use the primary camera to identify obstacles as far as 200m in front, allowing it to plan a safe route home. It is also able to reconnect more quickly after losing connection.
VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
The latest update to DJI Lightbridge technology has an effective transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km)* and is capable of delivering both 1080p/720p video as well as the FPV view to pilot and camera operator. Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz** control frequencies to cut through noise for greater signal stability.
Master and Slave Controllers
A new wireless HD image transmission technology sends video information from the master controller to the slave controller and the two controllers can be up to 100m apart without loss of image quality.
Broadcasters can broadcast direct from the Inspire 2 using its dedicated 1080 50i and 720p 60 transmission signal. Aerial live-streaming direct to TV is as simple as connecting the Inspire 2 remote controller to the satellite truck.
*Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant.
**5.8GHz transmission is not available in some regions due to local regulations.
POWERFUL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
A new propulsion system optimised for power creates a new level of flight performance. The Inspire 2 flies at up to 58mph (94kph) descends at 9m/s and climbs at 6m/s. It can accelerate from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and flies at a max attitude angle of 40°. The two controller sticks are tuned for more sensitivity, making delicate manoeuvres easier.
More power also allows the Inspire 2 to fly in more extreme conditions, including over 2500-5000m above sea level (using optional dedicated propellers), and in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) using self-heating Intelligent Flight Batteries.