Freefly ALTA 8 + Movi PRO

With the summer months quickly approaching, we wanted to highlight some of the latest additions to our drone rental packages. To start things off, we wish to introduce the Freefly ALTA 8 drone for rent.

Freefly ALTA 8

Freefly ALTA 8 drone rental
Freefly ALTA 8 with bottom mounted gimbal.

The Freefly ALTA 8 expands the capabilities of the ALTA line of multi-rotors for our most demanding customers who want to carry the largest cinema payloads on the market. This includes solutions such as RED WEAPON, ARRI Mini, Blackmagic URSA Mini, Canon C300, and Sony A7Rii cameras.

Designed to work in conjunction with the Freefly MōVI PRO gimbal, the ALTA 8 will support payloads up to 20 pounds (including gimbal), making it ideal for today’s lightweight cinema cameras. The ALTA 8 allows the gimbal to be mounted above, as well as below the aircraft, enabling “SkyView” shots.

Freefly ALTA 8 in SkyView
Freefly ALTA 8 in ‘SkyView’ mode.

Imagine shots soaring up the side of a tall building, or working its way through the treetops. With the added ability to mount gimbals to either the top or bottom of the system, we can reliably execute shots that others can only dream of.


The All-New MōVI PRO

Movi Pro with landing gear
Movi PRO configured for aerial applications with landing gear.

Included with our Freefly ALTA 8 drone rental package, is the all-new Freefly MōVI PRO. MōVI PRO is the most advanced light-weight camera movement system found in the Freefly MōVI product line. It offers industry leading performance, flexibility, and ease of use. With over twice as much torque as previous MōVI models, this MōVI PRO allows for higher speed shots and longer lenses.

The MōVI Pro stabilizing cameras weighing up to 15 pounds, rendering it compatible with mirrorless cameras all the way up to compact cinema cameras. With the included batteries, the camera and essential accessories can be powered without adding any bulk to the MōVI Pro.

Although we primarily focus on drone rental packages for our clients, we are not limited to only aerial video applications. When really close work is needed, or when working in very small spaces, SkyMotion Video can quickly switch the Freefly MōVI PRO camera gimbal over to ‘hand-held’ mode, allowing for smooth Steadicam-like shots.

Movi PRO Handheld
Movi PRO configured for hand-held use.

But it doesn’t stop there. We’ve mounted this to cars, jibs, stage coaches, and yes, even a camel. We invite our clients to let their imaginations go wild and envision intricate hand-off shots in order to construct scenes like never before. Because of the small size of the MōVI system, the camera can easily be passed through windows, brought up ladders, lowered by ropes, and much more – all while delivering smooth stable footage. The hand-held, and mountable MōVI kit is available for rent separately on projects which do not require drone aerial cinematography.


Improved Communication

We’ve made some changes behind the scenes too. With the addition of the latest model of Clear-Com’s HME DX100 communications system, we’ve shaved off time spent setting up communication links so that we can focus more on what’s important; the shots and the stories being told.

Clear-Com HME DX100
Clear-Com HME DX100

The improved system allows even more streamlined communication between the DOP, the director, and our crew for making flight adjustments on the fly to meet your goals. This system is included with all drone rentals, but may also be rented by productions requiring an elegant communications system for their projects.


Other Drone Rental Solutions

While the Freefly ALTA 8 drone system will surely excite the majority of our clients, we do still offer drone rental solutions for other application where the ALTA may be too large. For when a smaller aircraft is needed in tighter spaces or for indoor work, the DJI Inspire is a great ‘no-nonsense’ tool for getting the job done.

Inspire 1 PRO
Inspire 1 PRO with the 4K RAW X5R camera.

Equipped with the Zenmuse X5R camera, clients still benefit from RAW CinemaDNG footage and stills with up to 12.8 stops of dynamic range – offering complete flexibility for colour correction and manipulation in post-production. Flight times are approximately 18 minutes.


With these updates and more to come, we look forward to serving our clients with fresh new tools this 2017 season. For rental inquiries, please visit our Contact Us page.

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