Xfold Drones for Aerial Cinematography at NAB 2015

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Ziv Marom of ZM Interactive and FlyingPOV, which manufacturers the Xfold series of multirotor drone aircraft for aerial cinematography. The aircraft are available in four sizes: the “Spy” is configured to carry GoPro Hero (or similar-sized camera), the “Travel” carries a DSLR, the “Cinema” carries a Red Epic and the “Dragon” carries an Arri Alexa. Built around a folding X8 configuration, additional limbs can quickly be installed, transforming it into a heavy lift multirotor with as many as 12 motors.

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera for Drones at NAB 2015

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew hears from Tina Eckman of Blackmagic Design about the company’s new Micro Cinema Camera, specifically developed for aerial video using multirotor drone aircraft. It includes an expansion port capable of taking input from PWM and Futaba S.Bus receivers in order to control camera functions. The same port also provides NTSC and PAL composite video out for analog First-Person View (FPV) systems, as well as HDMI for high-definition video using a system such as the DJI Lightbridge. The camera incorporates a Super 16 HD sensor, a global shutter and 13 stops of dynamic range. It includes a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount for interchangeable lenses.

Yuneec Tornado H920 Drone with 18x Optical Zoom at NAB 2015

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew visits the Yuneec International booth to speak with Mark Padilla, the company’s sales engineering manager about its new Tornado H920 hexacopter. According to Padilla, the H920 will be available in two variations. The first is intended for industrial and security applications and features the V18 gimbal-mounted camera with an 18x optical zoom and auto focus capability. The second, which will be available in late May 2015, mounts a three-axis gimbal designed to carry the Panasonic GH4 for aerial cinematography. Both systems utilize Yuneec’s 24-channel radio-control transmitter with a built in screen for FPV and telemetry displays.

3DR Reveals Solo Aerial Video Quadcopter at NAB 2015

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew visits the 3D Robotics booth at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, to take a look at the new Solo quadcopter, specifically designed for aerial video. The Solo mounts a GoPro Hero video camera on an optional three-axis gimbal and provides a video feed via the pilot’s Android or iOS device. It also features two special flight modes – orbit and cable cam – that use autonomous control to deliver smooth, repeatable aerial camera moves. It utilizes the new Pixhawk2 flight control system, as well as a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 computer processor to manage its autonomous maneuvers.