Freefly’s New Alta Drone Lets Cinematographers Mount Their Cameras On Prime
Freefly is greatest recognized for its MoVI digital camera stabilizers, however the firm began out with aerial cinematograhy, and whereas it hasn’t targeted on all of it that a lot recently, it’s lengthy provided knowledgeable drone, too. At this yr’s NAB present, Freefly is returning to the drone market with the Freefly Alta, a prepared-to-fly, multi-rotor platform for aerial cinematographers.
The Alta is unabashedly a device for execs, however the firm additionally needed it to be straightforward to make use of. It shouldn’t take greater than 5 minutes to get the Alta out of its customized (and included) Pelican case and up within the air.
Clearly, there are many prepared-to-fly drones available on the market, however what’s in all probability the Alta’s standout function is that not solely are you able to mount the digital camera beneath the drone but in addition on prime. This can permit cinematographers to get photographs that weren’t beforehand potential and so far as I’m conscious, that is the primary drone to function this functionality.
The Alta can carry a payload of as much as 15 kilos, sufficient to hold a RED Epic or the upcoming ARRI Alexa Mini and gimbal. With the gimbal and digital camera hooked up, the drone ought to have the ability to keep aloft for as much as fifteen minutes.
Freefly additionally tells me that the corporate developed its personal flight controller for the Alta that mixes “years of wonderful-tuning” and expertise with the third-social gathering controllers that have been wanted to energy the corporate’s older drones.
In addition to the Alta, Freefly can also be launching a few new merchandise round its MoVI line. These embrace a brand new MoVI stabilizer for giant cameras — the aptly named MoVI XL. However Freefly’s most fascinating new device for cinematographers might be the MIMIC.
Utilizing the MIMIC, a digital camera man can comply with an actor whereas the director can maintain the MIMIC controller and tilt, pan and roll the digital camera. That sounds a bit summary, however this video exhibits why that’s truly fairly cool in apply.