Canon 7D Remote Controlled Helicopter Rig.

April 27th, 2010

Eric Austin over at Helivideo.com has combined his passion for remote controlled helicopters and motion pictures. By attaching a Canon 7D to a RC helicopter, he can get amazing shots like no other system. Beware these rigs are very dangerous and should only be attempted by a trained pro. He is planning on beefing up his RC copter to accept larger cameras like the RED One.

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Haseeb Islam.
Haseeb Islam.
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August 28th, 2014

How Are You All ?
Sir Where 4rm I Get Canon Rc Helicopter Please Tell Me.

Nelson
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November 15th, 2011

can someone tell me where can I get a helicopter like that??

Zero
Zero
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January 5th, 2011

I`m very interested in aerial shots. Who knows which heli`s to buy for 7D, and which model uses Eric from Heli Video Production

Drew
Drew
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May 7th, 2010

Cool idea, but unsteady shots. I’d want to see the extra weight capacity going not for a RED, but for a 7D on a gyro rig. That will be an neat tool!

Dave Tally
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March 9th, 2011
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Check it out and take a look at our new rig 3 axis synronized gyro
http://vimeo.com/20833782

tyguyy
tyguyy
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May 3rd, 2010

Did they use this for 60 Minutes last night? Did anyone see that segment? It was titled the “All American Canal”, there is a sick shot that at first glance appears to be a moving job, but then you can tell it has to be some sort of Helicopter. It starts very low, then sky rockets over 200 feet up.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6453537n&tag=contentMain;contentAux

jared
jared
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May 4th, 2010
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Looks like a Jib arm to me. I’m going out tomorrow to play with a remote heli rig and a 7D. We are going to mount a 70-200 and see how well the IS hold up. Thanks,
Jared

JJW
JJW
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April 29th, 2010

Super cool and SUPER DANGEROUS!!!!! This can kill a someone! Beware….

skizip
skizip
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April 28th, 2010

I’ve used similar rigs including one from a professional heli outfit w/ a 5D2 and a 7D. Not as stable as one would hope.

pfolger
pfolger
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April 28th, 2010

The other thing you should know about RC Heli’s is that they are a money pit! Even a 300 class. If you’re serious, buy the cheap version of the RealFlight simulator, it will give you an idea of just how hard it really is to fly RC heli’s. Serious RC Heli photography usually involves two people, a heli pilot, and someone “flying” the camera mount which has it’s own radio system. It’s a great hobby, but has a steep learning curve (build, balance, batteries, and flying), and you do need a fair amount of tools (small ones!). Last thought. Small heli’s are harder to fly than larger one’s. If you KNOW that this is something you want to try look at a Blade 400.

anton1
anton1
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April 28th, 2010

or just use a kite (yes there has to be wind ;). a lot less hard :)

3rdeyepro
3rdeyepro
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April 28th, 2010

Will be sending my 550D up on my Oktokopter as soon as I finish building it!!

Dan Kanes
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April 27th, 2010

All fun and games until somebody puts an eye out!

you could seriously injure yourself or someone else if you don’t know what you are doing with something like this. Damn, I must be getting old saying stuff like that.

skanter
skanter
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April 27th, 2010

I would cover the camera and lens with some type of rubber protective shield before sending it up on one of these babies. And, use a T2i instead of a 5D2!

jnizer
jnizer
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April 27th, 2010

those shot’s are great! i bet TMZ already made him an offer for a unit!

richardc182
richardc182
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April 27th, 2010

I’m always fascinated by the possibilities with a heli-7d. No doubt those are great shots.

The downside is the lack of monitoring options. I’m afraid I wouldn’t risk the possibility of losing the camera unless I could at least monitor the video and relay direction to the operator.

But it seems the technology is on the right track.

larswik
larswik
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April 27th, 2010

I have electric heli’s and if you are thinking of getting one for this purpose get a small 300 size first learn with. the 300 sizes are cheaper to repair as you learn because you WILL crash it. Also I would buy a kit and build it your self and not get an RTF (Ready To Fly). If you build it you will know how to fix it, balance it.

They are hard to fly right. When the Heli is pointed at you the controls are backwards!

-Lars

jeffscholl
jeffscholl
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April 27th, 2010

If your serious on attempting this I’d recommend a flight simulator like Real Flight and find someone local (R/C Club) with experience that can help you. And another plug on safety!

James Leaburn
James Leaburn
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April 27th, 2010

Super cool! I want one but I don’t want to smash up my camera. I’ve been toying with this idea but have been telling myself no because I know I’d crash my camera. Even if I found someone that knew what they were doing I’d still hate someone else crashing my camera even more. So I guess I’ll have to crash my own camera. What a choice.

frisby
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April 27th, 2010

He would probably make more money pumping out heli-units rather than advertising for hire. I’d order one today.

If he did…. all you would ever see from me for the next few months would be shots of horrified cats running in terror. I kid… (pets his cat nala)… I kid…..

renan jensen
renan jensen
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July 13th, 2011
Reply to  frisby

were did you buy Briesby?

renan jensen
renan jensen
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July 13th, 2011
Reply to  frisby

where did you order Frisby?

Nelson
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November 15th, 2011
Reply to  frisby

Hi Frisby,

Where can I get a Heli, I have a Canon 60D and would like to get my hands on that rig..

Thanks

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