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When it comes to Aerial Cinematography or Aerial Photography, stability is key. That is where camera gimbal technology comes in to play. In 2013 Freefly, a company that makes aerial photography platforms for the aerial photography industry, released the Movi, a camera gimbal inspired by radio control aerial photography camera gimbal stabilization. The idea was to take a the camera gimbal off of the drone or flight platform and put it on the ground in the hands of film makers. It is has been debated by many people that the technology used in the Movi was inspired by the technology invented by aerial equipment manufacturer DJI. Just a year later and just before NAB Show, DJI releases the DJI Ronin (Video of Ronin Here). FLYSAFE radio control aerial photography training recently made a post from the floor of NAB showing off the Ronin. The Ronin is a 3 axis camera stabilization system that electronically uses brushless stepper motors and a highly advanced processor to keep a decent size camera suspended. This technology has not been tested on any drone or aerial flight platforms but could prove to be a great tool in aerial cinematography and aerial photography for years to come.
Information for H. F. No. 1620 2013 – 2014 Regular Session
Short Description: Law enforcement agency prohibited from using drones to gather evidence or other information, drone use by persons prohibited, and federal agency drone use within the boundaries of Minnesota prohibited.
Charles Eide is pictured below giving testimony in opposition to the proposed bill that would make taking any photos using unmanned aerial vehicles without written consent from all parties a felony. Several public testimonies were heard along with input from most of the committee members who mainly had questions about the complexity of the issue. FLYSAFE’s official stance on the issue revolves around protecting the commercial application of UAV (Drone) technology in the marketplace while maintaining personal privacy. This evolving technology has a wide array of benefits to offer along with a sizable economic impact for positive local job growth. The hearing for this bill ended with the Chairman and Committee deciding to “lay over” the bill, meaning it is being delayed for further discussion and needs clarification. This is a good step and small victory for FLYSAFE as it continues to protect and guide the defining legal and commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, drones and every other term given to this technology. Stay tuned for more information as this continues to develop.