We have recently worked on a really exciting project that involved long term timelapse photography, drone based filming and photography and ground based filming. We used our state of the art timelapse units to record the constructions over the course of 6 months. These images allow us to make a final timelapse video of the construction in over 6K resolution. We used one of our Inspire 1 Pro drones to capture 4K aerial footage in the air. We shot a lot of scenic views and a variety of the construction taking place. We worked closely with the Health & Safety teams on site to make this happen. We also picked up shots on the ground with our Canon C300 – a firm favourite of ours. We’ll be publishing the full video soon and in the meantime you can enjoy some of the aerial shots.
We’ve owned our pair of Inspire 1 Pro’s since January and we love them. They’re quick to setup, great to fly and shoot fantastic looking footage in 4K or 1080p. They also shoot 16MP stills and take a variety of micro 4/3 lenses.
We’ve also done our first OB (Outdoor Broadcast) live from a pair of the Inspire Pro’s. Live, HD footage streamed straight from our drones to almost 150 countries where over 150,000 viewers saw more than 2 million minutes of the Circuit of Ireland rally from the air.
The Inspire Pro kit has alot of features that have impressed our team and our clients.
They can be operated by single pilot, or with a second camera operator
Extremely reliable HD downlink up to our maximum legal range
Daylight viewable monitor
4k 24p/25p/30p or Full HD 1080 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
16MP stills and hi-res panoramas
Perfectly stable footage straight from camera, guaranteed
Live HD Outdoor Broadcast with output to SDI and HDMI
2 Inspire Pro’s in our fleet which can be operated simultaneously
Larger m4/3 sensor allow a variety of professional lenses to be used.
Here are some of our favourite clips that we’ve shot with our Inspire 1 Pro’s over the past few months –
If you’re looking for some affordable, professional, 4K drone filming in Belfast or anywhere in the UK or Ireland then get in touch!
Did you know that we provide live event coverage from our fleet of drones? We recently had the amazing opportunity to cover the Circuit of Ireland Rally from the skies. Our footage went out live in HD to over 130 countries where more than 100,000 people watched over 2 million minutes of coverage. Such an honour to cover the event and many more exciting live programs in the pipeline!
We’ve had an incredibly busy summer this year with a wide variety of filming and photography projects. One of our largest projects was gathering the aerial footage for two BBC NI Series – “Riverland” and “Walk The Line”.
Riverland has now aired all 3 episodes (which were extremely enjoyable to watch) and this week saw the first episode of “Walk The Line” air.
The series follows the presenter, local celebrity Barra Best, on his journey to find out more about the old, often abandoned, railways that snake across the Northern Irish landscape. I think the standard of production on the program is extremely high, and it was a great honour to see our footage being featured in the program. My particular favourite shots from last night were the slow-mo scenes around the steam train. Stay tuned for a compilation of clips used in the two programs!
Last year we had the opportunity to work on the horror film “XMOOR”. Written and directed by upcoming filmmaker Luke Hyams, XMOOR is fresh from Film4 FrightFest where it debuted to horror fans here in Northern Ireland. After a day of filming from dusk to dawn in a secretive, but very misty, location, we waited (im)patiently for the trailer for XMOOR to be released. XMOOR was the first feature film that we shot footage for and it was a fantastic experience. The vision and passion from the team behind the film was infectious and we ended up capturing some really creepy, eery shots to compliment the dark vibe of the film.
XMOOR isn’t in cinemas yet for you to see, but while you wait for the release date you can watch the trailer below. Dark room and headphones optional…
Since June this year we’ve been flying the Movi 10/ MR gimbal under our copter while filming. We’ve mostly been carrying our in house Canon C300, but we’ve also shot with the 5D (with and without Magic Lantern) and had the pleasure of filming with a RED Dragon.
The Movi is a brushless gimbal that stabilises the camera under the copter, so that even in breezy conditions the camera (and the footage) remain stable. Not having to apply stabilisation in post production has a variety of benefits. Firstly, your editor can now take the footage straight from the card and into the editing suite without having to apply a stabilisation effect, dial in the amount of stabilisation required and wait for the lengthy process to complete before having a usable clip. Secondly, stabilisation effects crop into your footage as part of building a smooth shot and makes the footage look “soft”. With the Movi, you won’t need to crop in on the footage and so you get the full resolution from the camera everytime. Thirdly, since your team on the ground can see the footage we’re filming live as it happens, you’ll be able to tell right away whether you got the shot you need. Belt-driven gimbals are prone to bumps and and little bits of “wobble” as the copter moves in the air. If this happens during a shot that you’re filming, then you’ll have to start it again and hope there are no more gusts, and it may not even be removed in post stabilisation. With the Movi, you’ll see how smooth the shots are on screen and you’ll only have to worry on giving feedback on the framing and pace.
We can also use the Movi as a handheld rig – like a steadicam. We’ll have a showreel of shots of this type soon. We’ve got a shot sample video that we put together from some shots taken on a morning at a beautiful seaside golf course. The shots haven’t had any post-stabilisation applied, so the footage you see is the footage that came from the camera (though colour correction/ grading has been done.
A few weeks ago we travelled down to County Wicklow to undertake some aerial filming for a very exciting project that i’ve been eager to blog about, but haven’t been able to until now.
The project was to get some great shots for a Hunger Games themed ad for the new Irish National Lottery “Money Spinner” scratch card. We spent the day filming various options for many of the shots, and even a whole version of the ad that featured our custom octocopter flying in the background of each shot. Though there isn’t much aerial footage in the final cut, I think the 2 opening shots look great – and the ad is hilarious!
Well done to the team at Red Rage Films for putting it together. Feel free to check the ad out below.
Today sees the first day of the Giro D’Italia cycle race that will take place over the next three days around Northern Ireland. Yesterday we took a trip up to the North Coast to get some images of a huge pink jumper that had been laid out beside Dunluce Castle in suuport of the race. Whether you’re tuning in at home, or on the streets to see the action first hand – it’s going to be an exciting event! Good luck from the Skyline team to everyone taking part.
We shot the Giant’s Causeway last summer (see here) for a tourism project we were working on at the time. This was one of the first 90 second preview videos that I posted and we got so much good feedback that it became a regular feature. I’m doubling down on my efforts to provide Vimeo content this year, if you aren’t already following us there then click here and have a look around!