Why use RVRD:
- We are 1 of a few companies which have a “OPEN PERMIT” w/ Transport Canada meaning we govern and issue our own permits immediately after a risk assessment by our team (other companies take over 20-90 days to get permits) + we have “special operators” permits to fly at night, over 150ft, most weight “under 75lbs” and remote locations authorized.
- We have 30+ years combined film experience on high-end commercial and feature film productions.
- We design and build our UAV – Drone; not only for our productions but sell them world wide as well.
- We are one of the 1st UAV – Drone operation to be asked to join the IATSE Film Union in the world.
- We have all the equipment needed for any production (5 UAV-Drone systems, Epic “Dragon”, Preston Fiz, numerous Small HD Monitors, Paralinx Tomahawks, Stabilized Gimbals w/ Wheels, Generators, Trailer and the list goes on.
- We are partnered up with some of the best manufactures of film and electronic equipment in the world – assisting us to be on the cutting edge of technology.
- We are never satisfied and always pushing the envelope on what is possible, not only do we have the longest commerical flight times in the world but we are currently designing a Arri Alexa and 3D Epic Dragon rig which is unprecedented!
So please look around when choosing a “Low Altitude Aerial Team” and you will find we are one of, if not “the” most qualified team with the most film experience around!
Why are RVRD’s UAVs – Drones the best: Our UAV – Drones are NOT off the shelve rigs, we custom make/design our UAVs – Drone using the best/latest technology possible for the most demanding applications. Our rigs are so good we accually sell them world wide to other high-end film makers! The X8 “4 Arm” is specially designed for Ultra Heavy lifting cameras like the Epic Dragon and Phantom Miro with Cine-primes and Anamorphic lenses. Our X8’s design with over/under motor/prop configuration act a mini gyro stabilizers and having high mass/low surface area cuts through wind making it the most stable design period! The design is so good you will start to see other using it.
How large are the UAVs – Drones: The “Extended X8-E” is close to 7ft from “tip to tip”, “Compact X8-C” is 5ft, “Crash Cam X8-CC” is 3ft and “Ocean X8-O” is 1.5ft. All are collapsible designed and pack down quite small to travel anywhere in the world. Depending on the location we can fit everything needed into 1 pelican case “well the largest case Pelican makes”.
Why does RVRD have 5 UAVs – Drones: Each are custom/designed manufactured for specific filming environments. Our “Extended X8-E” is one of a kind and currently has the longest flight times of any commercial UAV-Drone in the world – the “Extended X8-E” with Flir Thermal Camera can achieve 90min of flight times! The “Compact X8-C” is our film workhorse due to its smaller size, its capable of lifting a Epic Dragon, Anamorphic Lens, Fiz, HD Downlinks without even breaking a sweat. Our “Crash Cam X8-CC” is just that, used when filming situations get a bit too hairy to risk $100,000 worth of gear. The “Ocean X8-O” is for the special occasion when you want to get shots in harsh weather – the “Ocean X8-O” is so unique it can even land and take off in water
How long can we shoot: Our UAV – Drones have the longest flight times in the world! Our batteries are in dual, quad or hexa configurations from 32,000-96,000Mah! We have enough to last all day in bursts of “10-20 minutes w/ Epic”, “20-40 minutes w/ DSLR” and 60-90min w/ Flir”… depending on configuration – our UAV – Drones have the longest flight times in the world guarantied!
Can we change camera/lenses: Yes, with minimal downtime for re-balancing and testing – usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Can we used Anamorphic Lenses and Remote Focus Units: Yes! We have a selection of recommended cine and anamorphic lenses what we have tested and use. We also have our own Preston Fiz’s for follow focus and/or iris control.
What is the downtime between battery swapping and systems checks: Less than 5 minutes and have enough batteries to last all day.
Does it have video downlink for video village: Yes, we provide wireless hand-held client/agency monitors – 6x SD “long range 2000+ft” and 2x HD “long range 2000+ft” live video feeds which can be daisy chained to as many monitors as needed.
How fast is it and can it fly in wind: Top speeds are around 30-40mph depending on conditions – all of the rigs are specify designed to handle winds in excess 10+ knots. We are the only UAV – Drone operation that will fly in rain conditions – largest issue is keeping water off the lens.
What is dual operator: Complex shots require a dedicated camera operator to control the 360-degree pan/tilt stabilization gimbal while the pilot controls the flight path. We have both custom Preston FIZ 3 and Preston Single Channel when remote focus is needed.
What is the weight of your UAV – Drones: Both the “Extended and Compact” weight 35-40lbs when fully kit’ed, Crash Cam UAV-Drone is 22-25lbs and Ocean is 7lbs. Our largest UAV – Drone is capable over 140LBS of thrust!!!
Can we shoot indoors: Yes we can shoot in any space indoors providing that there is at least 8×8 feet of clearance around the aerial rig.
Can we shoot in the rain: Yes we fly in rain/misty conditions. We also have a smaller fully waterproof GoPro version capable of landing and taking off from the water, we can even get underwater shots with this configuration.
What are the distances and heights UAV – Drones can fly at: Line of sight 300ft, data link up to 3000ft. Maximum flying height is 100-400 feet depending on location. For higher altitudes, we need to get airspace approval and the required permits.
Is the footage smooth: We design and implement the latest in gimbal stabilization technology, so it’s as smooth as it can possible be. Under certain conditions like high speed car chases, some post stabilization may be needed – our Pilot is also a Onset VFX Supervisor and will discuss with the DP; best practice to achieve the directors vision.
What is 6mile Data Link: An automated flight system that will fly the rig between selected google map waypoints.
Is it dangerous: We take every precaution so it is not dangerous – safety precaution like: GPS auto-pilot, automated return-to-home, automated failsafe landing, manual override, crew safety briefings before shooting, etc.
What if it has a prop or motor failure: Props are inspected after each flight and the UAV – Drones have redundancy, meaning if a prop/motor fails it will still fly.
How many people on the team: We have 3 members on location (pilot, camera operator and ground station assistant).
Are you insured: Yes we have our own production insurance covering all liability, property and equipment.