Membership in the International Cinematographers Guild Means that Aerography:
We are honored to be in such prestigious company and we thank our sponsors .
Aerography provides professional quality, highly creative, totally compliant aerial cinematography crews for TV/Media/Motion Picture and more.
We are proud to be recognized for our contributions to the industry and to be a part of Local 600.
If you need a Union Aerial Cinematography Crew in the Bay Area (or Beyond!) don’t hesitate to call!
Guess this means we get to go to the cool ICG NAB Booth party but that’s another post…..
By SVG Staff
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 – 1:36 pm
For UAV pilot Matthew Lavin, improving the fan experience during a major sporting event is no easy task. As owner of the live aerial production company Aerography, Lavin knew that integrating his drone technology with sports-video broadcasting could create a fresh, exciting point of view for sports fans worldwide.
With this goal in mind, he partnered with the San Francisco Giants back in 2013 in an attempt to test out this aerial approach during a live event. However, one of the biggest challenges that he faced involved getting an uninterrupted, high-quality feed from a drone 300 feet in the air while retaining a broadcast compatible signal to weave into the A/V workflow.
“It was essential to get a long distance, latency-free HD feed with a lightweight platform like a drone. But we were kind of at a loss because the technology had to be there,” says Lavin. “At the time, I was searching for new trendsetters that were starting to bring this technology to the market or else this project wasn’t going to work out.”
The Drone Workflow
At the end of his search, Lavin decided to use Teradek’s Bolt Pro 2000 as his drone’s wireless transmitter, mostly because of the Bolt’s uncompressed, zero-delay signal with 4:2:2 color sampling. Having a range up to 2,000 feet, Bolt also includes easy color management that allows any camera color profile to be brought back to a REC 709 color space or customized to match. To meet broadcast standards, Lavin would use Bolt’s in-line standards converter to ingest up to 1080p60 via SDI and output the ideal frame rate and resolution for his feed.
“Teradek was one of the only companies that could deliver the quality that the Giants needed,” remarks Lavin. “With everything that was going on, we were still able to get the feed that we needed from the Bolt and, in turn, use their Cube to get that broadcast quality that we needed.”
By easily merging with the robust infrastructure already in place at AT&T Park, Lavin and the rest of his Aerography team could utilize the Teradek Cube encoder and decoder to distribute the SDI video signal from the Bolt receiver through IP. With IP, he could pass his signal across a variety of ports and mediums, making it extremely easy to distribute the video signal.
Since FAA regulations started to get tight around this time, Lavin realized that he needed to position the drone further away, putting him outside of the stadium’s network range. Fortunately, Aerography used Teradek Bond II for its cellular bonding, which let him send high-definition video through multiple cellular signals to ensure ample bandwidth and reliability.
From here, the video is then routed through Core, Teradek’s cloud management system. With this last piece of the puzzle, Lavin could just drag and drop the signal back to the Cube decoder so it can be mixed with the main switch.
“Being able to stream and broadcast an HD feed wirelessly from a drone with the Teradek workflow is pretty amazing,” he says. “For this market, the drone is unique. This perspective and the technology involved fascinate people and the fans love it. We get to give them this richer, more intimate experience with their team and it’s a great feeling being able to provide that.”
By the beginning of 2014, the FAA started to hit hard and enforce legitimate flight restrictions prohibiting drones, airplanes, and even helicopters from flying over any MLB, NASCAR, NFL, or college football stadium. With these new boundaries in place, Lavin’s aerial experience for the San Francisco Giants’ fans is at a stalemate, even after proving the detailed workflow.
To this day, there is no surefire way to gain permission from the FAA to provide this service for sports organizations that want it. According to Lavin, the lack of regulations and the reluctance to use new technology has crippled live aerial HD broadcast.
“As broadcasters, we’re trying to bring this immersive experience into the home and it has the potential of being even better than seeing it live,” says Lavin. “Unfortunately, you get a lot of pushback when you’re trying to innovate and you’re going to have to swim upstream for a while. The hurdles right now are bureaucratic, but once that gets cleared away people will really start to see what this technology can bring to the table.”
We had a great day shooting a commercial with House of 8 Media and Jeff Clark from Videobot. Andres Amador Arts created a stunning landscape piece for the commercial. We would like to thank the Federal Aviation Administration and Monterey County Film Commission for giving us permission to fly the first UAVs commercially at Carmel Beach CA under our 333 exemption.
Our KX8 heavy lift drone caught amazing beautiful images of Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel while hovering during our live shoot in St. Barths with Hamish Hamilton of Dunn & Dusted. See our HD live capture system from Teradek at work onset for Victoria’s Secret Swim Special 2016 in St. Barths collaborating with Firefly Media Group. These bathing beauties are spectacular from every perspective just like the locations in St. Barths but that’s another post…
We had an extraordinary day shooting for Chevrolet with an amazing crew from The Sweet Shop. We were first up with a beautiful sunrise in Bodega Bay, CA. The Pursuit Vehicle and Russian Arm was right at home next to our UAV.
We are proud to announce our FAA 333 Exemption for Motion Picture, Television and Commercial production. In addition, we are approved for a very broad base Data collection. Our custom built rotorcraft was given special permission to fly within closed set motion pictures.
The collaboration between PermaGrin Films and Rind-Raja Picture Company is pushing the limits of creative story telling. AeroGraphy UAVs is proud to provide the aerial perspective.
As children, we viewed the world through the lenses of our imaginations. The carpet became lava, the shadows formed monsters, the family minivan was a spaceship. But the older we got, the more reality set in, and soon we forgot the magic our minds could create. We invite you to step back into your childhood and take a look through the lens once again. PermaGrin Films presents “Imagination”
Thousands of hours were put in to completing this project. Watch the Behind The Scenes to see all the artists at work.
We are proud to be apart of this Innovative tech forward community. Our strategic partnerships with local businesses and education initiatives with the UC system is providing a stepping stone for future growth in the UAV industry.
On a recent pre-visualization project with SF based 3D modeling Company, ZUM 3D, and production power house, Rind-Raja Picture Co., Aerography tested our newly designed dust free drone landing pad and multi stage UAV. The landing pad has been designed and manufactured to quickly and simply solve the problem of ‘Brownout’ when landing drones in sandy, dusty and austere environments. The unique ability of the drone to hover above, take off from, and land on unprepared areas – deserts, rocky fields, mountain tops – makes it vulnerable to ‘Brownout’ the phenomenon of dust and foreign object debris (FOD) thrown up by the rotor downwash. A ‘Brownout’ can occur whether landing, taking off, or hovering. It can blind operators, sandblast and erode rotor blades, and force sand into sensitive engine parts, filters and can effect the drones sensitive camera equipment. The Aerography Tactical Drone Pad prevents ‘Brownout’ with multi-layering of polyethylene mesh with a unique open-weave design. It inhibits the sand and dust underneath from coming back up – even when pounded by the most powerful rotor down wash. The Drone Pad is easy to deploy, being lightweight and easily transportable. It is also tough and durable. The fabric will not tear or fray because of its ‘Rip Stop’ weave technology and it is impervious to petrochemicals.
AeroGraphy UAVs is so excited to be a part of this groundbreaking project for Final Fantasy VII The Series. Combining Aerial Cinematography via drone, and brilliant Adobe Aftereffects, Rind-Raja Picture Company has taken the lead in how to combine the two for a mesmerizing effect. The remarkable stability of the aerial platform meant that footage captured could be fed directly into the VFX pipeline.We spent two days capturing these background plates with our Heavy Lift Hexacopter shooting on the GH4, C4K, 24hz, 24p. We can’t wait for the final release! #FinalFantasyVII,#RothRind,#drone,#C4K