Optical and opto-electronic specialist Zeiss is to supply aerial specialist Heliguy with cinemizer OLED head-mounted displays for their professional aerial photography platform, Ikarus. The cinemizer OLED acts as a remote viewfinder, using a wireless video-link from the octocopter. This live first-person-view means the camera operator can be sure they are getting the best shot, and they won’t lose track of the action.
The Ikarus Heavy Lift octocopter system is flown by a pilot and camera operator. The eyeshield means that external distractions, and light can be kept out of the viewfinder, so that the operator can concentrate on capturing the scene.
Franz Troppenhagen, cinemizer Product Manager commented, “The cinemizer is already being used as a remote viewfinder where movie cameras are in hard to reach positions. But it’s great to see Heliguy’s Ikarus system taking this idea into the air. I look forward to seeing footage shot with this system in movie theatres very soon.”
The Ikarus Heavy Lift octocopter system was designed to carry the weight of professional movie cameras for over 15 minutes. Lighter payloads, such as stills cameras can remain airborne for as long as 30 minutes. The camera gimbal can be remotely operated either by remote controls, or optionally by using the Zeiss headtracker attachment. The optional headtracker allows the operator hands-free three-axis control of where the camera points, simply by turning or tilting their head.
Using remote controlled aerial platforms like Ikarus is far cheaper, and quieter than using helicopters to get aerial shots. So the system is ideal for wildlife photography, sport or movie making. The Ikarus Heavy Lift system is custom built, with prices starting at £9,000 not including the camera.
For more information on the cinemizer, take a look at the Zeiss website