So we decided to invest in an aerial video platform. And after several weeks of careful construction, it is finally up and running. We decided to go with the DJI F550. The F550 is a hexacopter (6 motors) and has a few benefits over the popular DJI Phantom, such as its ability to carry a bigger battery for longer flight times.
We currently use a GoPro Hero 3 for our aerial video work. The GoPro is a fantastic camera for this purpose, as its wide-angle lens is able to capture huge amounts of detail in a single frame. The GoPro is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal, which allows us to shoot incredibly smooth and professional aerial video.
When the camera is hundreds of feet up in the air, it's hard to frame up the shot. To assist with this, a video transmitter feeds video to a set of video goggles or an LCD monitor on the ground. This allows us to see exactly what the camera is seeing in real time.