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AZ ChopperCam

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Location: Mesa, AZ, United States
Registered: 8 Aug 2007
Rotator for helicopter panoramas
Posted: 5 Mar 2014 at 20:52 GMT
Received quite a bit of email from others wondering how I shoot aerial panoramas from helicopter like this one:

www.photoshipone.com/html5-panos/SkyHarbor/

We've made a few rotators that attach to a telescoping pole but have ended up at this current design. It automatically triggers the camera every 60 degrees as it rotates to capture the panorama. I simply press a button on the wireless remote and wait about 7-10 seconds while the unit completes 2 revolutions.

The unit shown here:

vimeo.com/88286946
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AZ ChopperCam

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Location: Mesa, AZ, United States
Registered: 8 Aug 2007
Re: Rotator for helicopter panoramas
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 at 1:16 GMT
Here's one we shot over Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD) this afternoon using our rotator.

www.photoshipone.com/html5-panos/KCHD/
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AZ ChopperCam

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Location: Mesa, AZ, United States
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Re: Rotator for helicopter panoramas
Posted: 20 Mar 2014 at 6:04 GMT
shot a new one today over Williams Gateway airport

www.photoshipone.com/html5-panos/KIWA/
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mediavets

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Location: Isleham, Cambs., United Kingdom
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Re: Rotator for helicopter panoramas
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 at 1:07 GMT

AZ ChopperCam said:

Received quite a bit of email from others wondering how I shoot aerial panoramas from helicopter like this one:

www.photoshipone.com/html5-panos/SkyHarbor/

We've made a few rotators that attach to a telescoping pole but have ended up at this current design. It automatically triggers the camera every 60 degrees as it rotates to capture the panorama. I simply press a button on the wireless remote and wait about 7-10 seconds while the unit completes 2 revolutions.

The unit shown here:

vimeo.com/88286946


Do you offer these things for sale?

Andrew
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AZ ChopperCam

Posts: 53
Location: Mesa, AZ, United States
Registered: 8 Aug 2007
Re: Rotator for helicopter panoramas
Posted: 4 Apr 2014 at 4:56 GMT
updated: 4 Apr 2014 at 4:57 GMT
The unit we have shown is a prototype. We are working to make the system a bit smaller and to use a Nodal Ninja R10 lens mount. I expect we will have a commercial version ready by this summer.

We've fit the Nodal Ninja R10 as shown here. Next are some other improvements.

vimeo.com/90551574
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