Aerial Video Takes A Leap Forward!

  • Apr 18, 2016 6:17am GMT

No one, has ever before filmed or shot video with a 5 axis gyro stabilized system in high velocity like Blue Sky has done for client Saab and their Gripen jetfighter. With the Swedish company's special GSS 520 they are taking aerial cinematography to a new dimension. The system was made in the USA by Gyro-stabilized Systems in Grass Valley.

With it’s headquarters in California USA, GSS strives to be first-to-market with the latest stabilization technologies. Their platforms are fully upgradeable when camera and sensor technologies become available in this ever changing market.

As you can see in the Blue Sky video below, shot at over 300 knots, the images are rock solid using a Red Dragon and a 30-300mm lens. No cables or wires to the system are used, everything is operated wireless. Modem to control, the GSS 520 and a HD link transmit the picture back to the cabin where it is recorded in Quicktime. Original footage is recorded in 6K on a SSD drive on the camera.

"Our philosophy is to push bounderys in everything we do, In this case we needed to do both still photography and footage at the same time to maximise outcome. One advantage with this system is that we can fly in speeds where Gripen flies more naturally," said Jonas Tillgren, Brand and marketing manager At Saab.

"It was a dream come true," added Aerial DP Peter Degerfeldt who was flying in the backseat of the Saab 105, operating the Gyro via modem. "It couldn’t have gone better, no problem what so ever at those speeds, both in panning or even looking straight down. I could zoom all the way in at 300mm, still rock solid at 300 knots; that’s pretty brutal. We tried to provoke the gyro with high speeds, banking, pulling 2.5 Gs, even during a roll it was rock steady. After two sorties with the jet, we mounted the same system on our helicopter. Within 15 minutes we were airborne again shooting the Gripen jetfighters starting, landing and orbiting the chopper."

Stunning results.

Video: Vimeo / Blue Sky / Saab.