FILMING OPTIONS

The latest addition to the ACS Aerial Unit’s inventory of advanced stabilised mounts, the Shotover F1 provides production teams with significant flexibility of camera and lens type with over 120 combinations currently available.

Whether you wish to shoot HD, 4K live or with large lens sensor formats, the ACS Shotover F1 can be configured to the requirements of your shoot. In addition to aerial filming work, the Shotover F1 can be inverted for use on tracking vehicles, boats and cranes. A telemetry control system is also in development to facilitate remote operation, ideal for rail or wire system applications.

The Shotover F1 is supplied with an ACS heli kit (includes monitors, power distribution etc.) and AS350/355 AFSP1 helicopter nose mount bracket as standard. The mount is ITAR free so there are no international restrictions on where the system can be used.

Features include:
  • Over 120 camera & lens combinations including 6K, 4K, Super 35 and Hi-Definition video formats 6K
  • 6-axis gyro stabilised with look down capability
  • Compact carbon fibre construction allowing shipping via excess baggage
  • Auto or steerable horizon with the most advanced steering capabilities on the market
  • Customisable graphics overlay for real time operator feedback
  • Fibre optic video data transfer for clean 3GHz imagery

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The Cineflex Pro is a latest generation advanced stabilised gimbal designed for use with 'brick style' UHD broadcast cameras and ENG 2/3" lens type payloads. Fitted with the new Sony HDC P50 camera and Canon CJ45 lens as standard, it offers a range of format options including UHD, HDR and HD simultaneous live and HFR SSM outputs.

The system is ideal to use on lightweight wire systems such as the Colibri from CAMCAT due to its small size and weight. In addition, it can be rigged to a range of helicopters, the ACS EyeFlyer, tracking vehicles and our extensive inventory of railcam systems.

The Cineflex Pro has a swappable lens payload to enable the use of a wide angle lens (Canon CJ12) and further options include the GSS Internal Navigation System (INS) which can provide live GPS/ Positional Data for VR/AR applications, wireless data control and a custom Quad 4G SMPTE based fibre transmission system for fully cabled applications e.g. railcam or hoist use.

The system has no ITAR or EAR export restrictions and is future proofed with full upgrade capability as gimbal, camera and lens technologies evolve.

The Cineflex Pro+ is an advanced stabilised gimbal designed for use with 'brick style' broadcast cameras and ENG 2/3" lens type payloads. Fitted with the Grass Valley LDX-C86N compact camera and Canon CJ45 lens (the first of its kind in Europe) as standard, it offers a range of format options including UHD, HDR and HD simultaneous live and HFR SSM outputs.

The system is highly versatile and can be rigged to a range of helicopters, the ACS EyeFlyer as well as CAMCAT wire systems, tracking vehicles and our extensive inventory of railcam systems.

The Cineflex Pro+ has a swappable lens payload to enable the use of a wide angle lens (Canon CJ12) and further options include the wireless data control and a custom Quad 4G SMPTE based fibre transmission system for fully cabled applications e.g. railcam or hoist use.

The Cineflex Pro+ has no ITAR or EAR export restrictions and is future proofed with full upgrade capability as gimbal, camera and lens technologies evolve.

The new Cineflex Ultra is one of the new additions to the ACS Aerial Unit, offering the option of up to 6K aerial filming.

The Cineflex Ultra system combines proven stability with best-in-industry professional broadcast and digital cinematography lenses to provide exceptional range performance and unmatched clarity in the Cineflex Ultra.

Fitted with the Red Dragon, the Ultra is light and compact, making it ideal for aerial filming.

Features include:
  • 6K, 4K, Super 35 and Hi-Definition video formats
  • 5-axis gimbal assembly for unmatched stability
  • Reliable operation in the harshest of environments
  • On-screen display of lens information
  • Field-interchangeable lens options
  • Auxiliary power distribution system to support monitors and recorders
  • Compact size and weight

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The HD Cineflex V14 is an ultra flexible, lightweight, high performance gyro-stabilised camera system. The system comes fitted with a Sony High Definition camera (HDC-2500) with various lens options available.

The system can be used as a helicopter camera mount, or rigged to airships, the ACS EyeFlyer as well as CAMCAT and our extensive inventory of Railcam systems.

Various recorder formats are available with the Cineflex mount along with HD video links and SMPTE/Triax cable CCU options for live outside broadcast applications.

An extremely flexible system, it can be inverted instantly and the lens changed in less than 30 minutes. Remote control is provided over fixed cabling, fibre and radio modems. Nose mount bracket options are available for AS350/AS355, 412/212 and Jet/Long Ranger helicopters.

HZC UG 444 customisable user gamma

Features include:
  • Sony HDC-2500 Camera
  • Fujinon HA 42x9.7, Fujinon HA 22x7.8 Fujinon HA 13x 4.5 Lenses
  • Signal Format options; 1080 4:4:4 60i, 50i, 30PsF, 25PsF, 24PsF 1080 60P, 50P, 50i, 60i, 30PsF, 25PsF, 24PsF 720 60P, 50P

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Inspire 2

Our latest addition to the ACS in-house aerial unit, the Inspire 2 drone is a critical aerial tool for filmmakers and has the capacity to fly longer and at higher speeds than other UAVs.

The Inspire 2 has been fitted with a Zenmuse X5S camera, capable of shooting 1080i, 4K UHD and up to 5.2K in Cinema DNG RAW Apple ProRes. Lightweight and easily transportable, it can travel from 0 to 50mph in just 5 seconds, has a maximum flight speed of 58mph (94kph), can fly up to 120m in height and comfortably operate up to a maximum 500m distance from the pilot. A dual battery system means flight times are prolonged to 27 minutes which is considerably higher than other drones on the market.

Production Packages:
  • Standard: DJI Inspire 2 UAV with X5S camera system. Supplied with licence free UAV control & video monitoring system including Operator's & Producer's monitors. 10x batteries and charging system and spares kit.
  • Raw: DJI Inspire 2 UAV with X5S camera system. Supplied with Apple ProRes license key, licence free UAV control & video monitoring system including Operators & Producer's monitors. 10x batteries and charging system and spares kit. Also supplied with 2x 240GB SSD cards for RAW recording, SSD card reader and laptop transfer workstation.

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The Cinema Pro is an extremely rugged solution for filming in the harshest of environments. The system has a proven operation on a variety of mounts and is ideal to switch between ground and helicopter in the field.

The mount is offered with the option of RED DSM2 cameras, specifically the Helium 8K S35 and swappable Canon CN20x50 , Canon CN7x17 and Canon CN14.5-60 lens payloads (camera and lens options can be supplied by client).

The Cinema Pro has no ITAR or EAR export restrictions and is future proofed with full upgrade capability as gimbal, camera and lens technologies evolve.

Features include:
  • Forced air back covers for operation in high temperature environments
  • Windowless operation package
  • Fool control and Terra Deck Camera controller capable
  • Captive hardware on front and back covers
  • Tilt lock access from side panel

ACS’ longstanding history within the aerial filming world continues to grow and our dedicated in-house aerial unit co-ordinates and films aerial projects world-wide. The unit now offers the option of shooting up to 8K using our Shotover F1 and were the first operators to take delivery of the latest Cineflex Pro+.

ACS’ roots in aerial filming are founded in excellence thanks to ACS founder, Peter Allwork’s Oscar winning cinematography for the multi-award winning Out of Africa. 40 years on, capability and capacity have increased to position ACS as worldwide leaders with the ability to manage large and small scale events with dedication, skill and a vast amount of knowledge. Our extensive experience includes projects of all shapes and sizes, from a two hour shoot over London to the co-ordination of over 300 hours flying time in six helicopters in two countries for Euro 2012 and all aerial coverage for the London, Sochi and Rio Olympics, as well as the FIFA World Cups in Brazil and in Russia. Whether filming live UHD coverage of sports events or filming with Disney in the Masai Mara, we're specialists in the field.

In addition to helicopter aerial work the Unit now offer the option of UAV filming with the Inspire 2 fitted with a Zenmuse X5S camera. Our team hold a PfCO (Permit for Commerical Operations) from the Civil Aviation Authority, this enables them to react quickly and fly at short notice for any shoot day or night, requiring no flying permissions in most areas.

Having conducted shoots in over 70 countries, our highly skilled operational team are acknowledged experts in their profession and our camera crew critically acclaimed, winning over 13 Primetime EMMYs and a BAFTA Craft award between them

Aerial work includes:

  • FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019
  • FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018
  • Rio Olympics 2016
  • Tour of Dubai
  • London Olympics 2012
  • Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race
  • Giro D’Italia, Israel 2018
  • UEFA Euros 2016
  • Africa - BBC
  • Red Bull X Fighters, Sydney Harbour
  • Nature’s Great Events - BBC
  • Disney’s ‘African Cats’
  • Top Gear - BBC