DJI INSPIRE 2
The Inspire 2 improves every aspect of the iconic Inspire 1. This is our all-rounder. It’s well-suited to most shoots, and can be operated by a single crew, or dual crew for more advanced shots or challenging environments.
With multiple flight modes, the aircraft can both move faster, and more slowly and steady, than other aircraft in its class.
A dual battery system provides both safety redundancy and extends flight times to over 20 minutes. Batteries have self-heating capability, enabling operation in colder temperatures than other drones couldn’t handle.
There are two camera options:
a) The X7 camera can shoot video at 6K in 12-bit Raw, and 5.2K in 10-bit Prores HQ. Still images are at 24MP.
Its Super 35mm sensor aligns with the standards of the movie industry, and its 14 stops of dynamic range and low-light capability surpass any other aerial camera of its size.
Its native carbon fibre lenses provide focal lengths of 24mm, 38mm, 56mm and 85mm.
b) The X5S camera has a micro four-thirds sensor, providing 5.2K in Raw or Prores HQ output, and still images of 21MP.
Olympus lenses of 24, 30, 50 and 90mm cover all the framing options.
Some jobs require slow, steady movement through the air. This is surprisingly difficult, as their small mass gives them lots of acceleration.
The Inspire 2 has a Velocity Clamp feature to ‘turn down’ its responsiveness, enabling smooth tracking movement at walking pace.
It also has a high-speed mode, making it one of the fastest drones available with a top speed of 58 mph.
AERIAL 360 / VR
We have been working with time lapse and 360º specialist Steve Flanagan, to develop a high-quality drone VR and 360º solution.
Combining the smooth flight characteristics of the ALTA 6 aircraft with the cutting-edge Kandao Obsidian R camera, we’re able to produce a variety of outputs up to 8K resolution, 3D stereoscopic 360º content.
With our expertise of the latest optical flow stitching software, the removal of the drone provides a user-controlled spherical 360º environment for commercial, technical or educational purposes.
Please see our example video from the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands. If you have a Cardboard or other phone-based VR headset, it’s best viewed in that!
The ALTA 6 is a refined cinematography rig designed to carry Freefly’s range of MoVI gimbals. It’s party trick is the ability to carry the smaller M5 or larger M15 gimbal either underneath, or above the aircraft on its top mount – this opens up a whole range of creative possibilities and in turn makes the ALTA pretty unique in the world of professional UAV’s. The Freefly ALTA unpacks and unfolds, ready to shoot, in under five minutes.
We most often use the Sony A7Sii or A7Rii cameras with this rig, but it can also carry other DSLRs such as the Canon 5D range, and PL mount cine prime lenses are also an option.
In terms of specialist setups, we’ve used the A7Sii with tilt-shift lenses in addition to removing the gimbal to attach 360º camera rigs, and we can also fit powerful lamps for dramatic lighting effects.
We have access to an ALTA 8 octocopter, Freefly’s biggest drone with capability to lift the heaviest cinema payloads such as Arri Alexa Mini, RED Epic and Canon C500, with large lenses and remote focus and iris control.
With the capability to mount the MoVI M15 or MoVI Pro gimbals on both bottom and top mounts, this is a setup for high-end commercials, dramas and feature films where there must be no compromise on quality.
DJI INSPIRE 1 PRO
With 16 MP images and 4K video, the Inspire 1 provides high quality imaging and a portable, integrated system at an accessible budget.
Batteries give 10-12 minutes of flight, enabling all-day flying with multiple batteries in the kit.
The camera allows settings to be changed remotely, and changeable lenses provide multiple imaging options and safe flight in the most challenging environments.
This aircraft has served us well across the UK and globally – from the snowy wastes of Lapland, to mountainous North Wales and the jungles of Panama.
Fantastic eye for the perfect aerial shot, very professional, and easy to work with. Initially commissioned to create content for a Welsh Water online promo, Skyhook’s footage was subsequently used on BBC News (broadcast and online), which was testament to their good work.
Chris and the team at Skyhook are second to none within the aerial filming industry. They take safety and the strict regulations seriously while at the same time capturing stunning images. Use these guys, they’re good.
Skyhook proved to be a great asset on this programme. They were ready to go and in position when required. A lot of their material made it into the final edit which we already had a number of cameras covering, so this is a testament to their work. Very easy to work with and with a number of drones to choose from.
Skyhook really impress with impeccable safety and professionalism. The versatility that they can offer with this unique way of shooting is freeing and inspiring. Not only do they offer a brilliant service but the way in which they do so is why we would use Skyhook again and again. They are incredibly easy to get on with and combined with a creative flair which will allow you to get the most out of this state of the art technology.
Working with Skyhook was great. They are friendly, efficient and very professional. The preparation and permit application went smoothly. The shoot day went like clockwork and we got all the shots we needed – and more. The footage looks great. Highly recommended!
Great results and an absolute joy to work with – highly recommended
Chris & his team were very professional & hard-working, providing us with excellent footage and generally being a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with them again in the future.
Hugely helpful and accommodating in our request to film a drone shoot in the centre of London. From the start they realistically set our expectations as to what was possible, but also worked really hard to make the shoot happen in difficult circumstances. The whole Skyhook team were great and we were really pleased with the results – dynamic and unique footage for the documentary.
Skyhook were great to use on our recent promotional film for Southern Water. Some stories can only be told from the air, and the footage shot for this really brought a huge sense of scale and impressiveness to the final film. Skyhook were receptive to my needs, efficient and a valuable asset to any production.
It was great working with the Skyhook team. They were very informative about the procedures of drone filming, and accommodating while we organised locations and dates. They took direction very well and were a genuine pleasure to work with. We managed to film some dynamic beautiful footage which added an incredible perspective to the video.