Wedding Cinematography, aerial frames from drones!
In recent years, more and more couples choose to include in their wedding video aerial frames that have been shot from an electric remotely piloted helicopter (drone).
To this direction, of course, contributed the increasing technological evolution, since something like that during the past years would be unthinkable, given its elusive cost, and therefore inaccessible. The result indeed vindicates their choice. Aerial shooting is an impressive way of “coverage” for wedding cinematography, since enriches the content with frames that could not have been captured in terrestrial means, offering a different and more cinematic sensation at the wedding video and adding more value to the final result.
Then, a question is being raised: “What kind of drone should I choose. Would that be an octocopter or maybe a smaller one?” The dilemma is purely based on economic criteria, since the smallest is cheaper. If we also consider that the smaller offers, theoretically, the same result, then the choice seems to be unidirectional. Is it so, though, or maybe a closer look at the subject overturns this impression and leads us to different point of view of it?
An octocopter, relatively to a smaller one, can fly in bigger precision, for; the extra propellers enable it to lift more payloads, transfusing more stability and less pressure to the motors.
It is able to lift cameras DSLR, while for its function are required two operators: one for the flight and one for the camera operation. The benefits of this combination are multiple: on one hand the quality level of the wedding video recorded is higher (HD 1080 and 4K), due to the better camera used. On the other hand it provides safer flight, since one operator focuses to it checking many parameters in the same time: height, speed, wind, natural obstacles etc., and better shooting, since the other one focuses to the theme and the best possible record of it.
It’s worth referring that in case of a breakdown it has the capability to continue flying, even with two motors out of order, and to land in safety to the ground. Furthermore it can fly higher reaching bigger safety level, without this affecting the frames’ stability (it’s able to fly even in wind speed up to 6 in the Beaufort scale), without thus being perceivable and annoying to people because of its sound.
The octocopter can shot frames under adverse circumstances combining in the same time flight safety and high definition of image and wedding video.