The video is nice.
Low budget or not... it is a decent video with good perspective.
In the end it is plagued by bad vibrations....period
The difference between professional vs Amateur goes way beyond how much one spends on equipment.
Using equipment that is intended for a specific task generally lends to a SAFER work environment.
I have seen people get good video from all sorts of flying objects (some cannot even be classified as a heli or MR).
When one spends 10,000 + on a system they are not trying to just get better video quality as compared to the hobby heli converted for Ap......They in fact are looking for a specificly built tool that has relability, repeatablility, and mainly SAFETY
That is not to say that all 10,000 + AP machines are safer than the hobby grade heli converted for AP....The statement is just to cover what is accomplished with such an expensive piece of equipment.
Now take into account if someone is just taking a few videos or still here and there compared to the COMPANY that does it for a living....This can be seen in any industry...if you are a truck driver (as a profession for a living) you would want to have the best (usually more expensive) truck....can that same driver do his job just as good with a 30 year old used and beat up truck......perhaps YES..
Any piece of photo video equipment can and has been used to get good or perhaps even great results. Again if you are doing this for a living you know that simply having the best equipment you an afford in your arsenal helps. If you are Meeting with clients that have knowledge of photo, video and perhaps Ap equipment....It helps to have the best equipment you can have.
Taking into consideration that most of the 10,000+ Ap helis have a autopilot system installed that adds greatly to the overall price but also adds just as much if not more in reliability, repeatability and most of all SAFETY....
Now add the fact that most expensive purpose built AP helis use high grade and expensive electronics...This adds greatly to the same as mentioned above.
Now add the purpose built (expensive-relative to this discussion)camera gimbal on the purpose built (expensive) Ap machine. This adds the same above mentioned parameters as well.
Just taking the few things mentioned above and subtracting them (the autopilot, expensive electronics, and expensive camera gimbal) one can reduce the said 10,000 (expensive) AP heli down to $2000.....the same as many (but not all) hobby grade heli's converted for Ap.
10,000 expensive Ap heli
- 3,500 Autopilot (such as DJI ACEone)
- 1,500 additional cost of expensive electronics (redundant batteries, HV servos, HV ESC's, Bigger motor, etc, etc).
- 3,000 camera gimbal and stabilization
$ 2,000 final cost of everything else related to this expensive AP helicopter that was purpose built for AP.
AGAIN.....NOT ALL 10,000 systems are going to be better than the hobby grade heli converted for Ap. I have personally got great results using such a platform (hobby grade) and on the flip side I have owned and used systems that cost over 15,000 with terrible results that just became paperweights.
Being a good hobby grade heli pilot (even 3D) DOES NOT translate into a good AP pilot either. the pilot in the above mentioned video obviously has a good start for Ap. The framing of most shots was good, the movement of the heli showed interesting angles, the subjects in the video make for a video that one wants to watch (vibrations and all.
NOW, I bet if you give that same pilot a purpose built AP heli (expensive) he would get MUCH BETTER RESULTS....but again that is just my opinion and perhaps not the reality.
Either way... I would like to see more from the pilot in the video. What equipment is he using, any additional videos of photos from this rig, etc, etc ??
The intention of my post is not to take a side on this issue but perhaps to shed light on what the differences are between "MOST" purpose built (expensive) helicopters Vs. Hobby grade ones converted for Ap. I know there are MANY getting great results with the hobby grade conversions and I mean them no disrespect.
HAPPY FYING TO ALL.......
MAHALO NUI LOA,