Its an R44, Im assuming the door will be off - you probably wont be able to use a shoulder type set up. Few reasons. R44 isnt big enough to allow you to do that and have the camera secure. The camera must be strapped to something.
Its a compromise. If you dont have a Gyro, position yourself comfortably so you arent getting any leg shake and hold the camera down on it. Gaff something to your leg to help keep it flat and even - a small cine saddle or the like. In a R44 with no gyro and doing it the way I prescribed - expect mixed results. But I havent come across a better way to do it in such a small unit. Gyro is your best bet if you can get your hands on one.
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05-08-2012 11:32 AM
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I agree with the aforementioned post. I recently did my first two heli shoots a couple of months back, on an aircraft similar to the one you will be using. Unfortunately in my case, the aerials were added last minute, so I didnt have time or budget left to rent a rig, so I had to shoot with my 7D, T2i, and a few GoPro's mounted to the exterior of the chopper. I opted to shoot for what I needed my end product to be (1080p/24).
I used a small weighted DSLR shoulder rig on my 7D for all of my B-Roll and principal footage. I initially brought the T2i to use for stills, but ended up throwing it on a monopod to play around with, and ended up with some great footage.
I agree, definitely shoot wide. My only regret was using a CMOS camera, but was able to clean up the rolling shutter in post. I also agree that without the use of a gyro, you're more than likely going to have to stabilize in post. Have you ever used the Merecalli ProDAD plugins before? I cleaned up all of my aerials in Premiere with ProDAD and was more than satisfied with the results. It stabilized my footage incredibly well, and it also has a rolling shutter fix (which you wont need to worry about). The only advice I can give is figure out the best way to keep your arms and your shots as steady as possible, and the wider you can shoot, the better.
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