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Video Cameras on Helicopter Tours

Dallas
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Video Cameras on Helicopter Tours

Do any of the helicopter tour companies disallow you to take video cameras on board so as to push the sale of thir own videos?

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1. Re: Video Cameras on Helicopter Tours

no...bring it...it just wont be as good as their video

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Agree with HD and besides why would you want to look out at the beautiful scenery from a little lens. You are paying big bucks for this tour. Leave the video camera at the resort and buy the one the company sells. A few stills is different. Just MO.

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You know how it is when you try to video your kid's Little League game...you miss most of the plays! Same with a helicopter tour. These guys know what they are doing...trust them.

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Have a little bit of experience with professional camara men filming for TV, news, or video productions, as well as stills for magazines, newspapers, etc.

Not a good plan.....even the most experienced pros will get sick....90% of them...from looking through that small view finder, using professional cameras.

Some helo companies will film your flight and put it on a DVD, for an added cost. Go for it !

The above info is from flying the media, and cameramen over a 17 year period as an instructor pilot with air combat usa.

We had B-Roll, as well as 3e fixed cameras in the aircraft, gun camera, cross cockpit cam ( hero ) cam on the guest pilot, and the over the sholder cam...partly over the left shoulder, as well as outside the left side.

After fliming, Very seldom did they feel well after the flight..to put it mildly.

Of course it is your personal decision, just some FYI.

Denny

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Meant to make the point, that the fixed cams in the aircraft,and the B-roll that we already had made at a previous time worked super.

The cameraman trying to film on their own, generally did not work out so well.

Suggest you let helo company take care of it, and just purchase their dvd.

Denny

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Good comments... thanks for the feedback.

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My son and his friend took one of those helicopter tours where there are no doors. He got great video but the only thing you can hear the entire time is the rotar. They didn't get sick but then they are pilots.

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Frankly, if you are paying all that money to take a helicopter tour, I would just enjoy the view rather than trying to viedo tape it through that little viewfinder. You will be missing much.

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Observations on videoing from helicopters:

not all companies "jink" to give good shots of the same features from both sides.

doors on - usually a lot of glare/reflection from canopy - affects quality of shots. Wear dark clothes to improve the shots.

doors off - no problems with reflection but difficult to hold a steady shot with lots of buffeting from rotor wash - always have the camera on a strap.

Agree with general sentiments re quality of own vs professional video but there is an added buzz to knowing you got some good shots yourself

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We went last week on a helicopter ride on the Big Island over the volcano. We had planned to purchase the DVD afterward ($25), so my husband didn't take much video. Well it turned out that the helicopter video wasn't working properly and we didn't get any video/narration of our trip. They did give us one of their DVDs that they have for sale in the gift shop for free. Now we wish he had taken at least some of it. Especially since we have a small screen to view what we're filming and don't need to look through a small hole.

Last year friends of ours went on a helicopter ride over Kauai and purchased a DVD of their trip. There was a spider walking all around the lense (pretty annoying). They got to purchase the DVD for 50% off the normal price.