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Zeiss is to supply aerial specialist Heliguy with cinemizer OLED head-mounted displays for their professional aerial photography platform, Ikarus. 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 cinemizer OLED acts as a remote viewfinder, using a wireless video link from the octocopter. 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, Zeiss says.
Zeiss Press Release
ZEISS cinemizer OLED provides a birds-eye view for filmmakers and photographers
The ZEISS cinemizer OLED provides a high-quality remote viewfinder for the Ikarus aerial filming platform
Oberkochen, 7th, November 2013: 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.
Joel Ross, Managing Director of Heliguy said “When filming with the best cameras in the world, it’s essential to use the best head-mounted displays available. The cinemizer offers a high-quality OLED display in a compact and lightweight design, and comes with additional features like the eyeshield and the headtracker option. So it’s perfect for movie making”.
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.
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