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A gyro-stabilised gimbal gives the best all round performance for aerial filming. ICM offers the Flir Ultramedia HD for both SD & HD shoots. The UMHD with 84X lens can be supplied on either helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft for "go-anywhere" filming. We think our choice of aircraft, technical specifications, experience, knowledge & pricing can't be beaten.

When considering a contractor for your camera job, ask questions about their equipment, how long have they operated this equipment do they have similar shots like the ones you are seeking which they can show you? Understanding the capabilities of the camera system and the operating cameraman will help you choose the best person for the job. Our pictures are professionally color-balanced and there's none of the wobble or vague control associated with some lesser systems.

Our experience exceeds most of our competitors. The director of photography at ICM has 20 years experience and thousands of hours in the air operating the Flir UMHD camera system in the highest quality production environments . Choose ICM and leave the details to us.

One thought to bear in mind regarding camera placement on the airframe. Cameras mounted on the very tip of the nose struggle to film objects on the left or right as you fly past them (as the skids hang in shot). A side-mount, or nose based side-mount allows the aircraft to approach, track past & orbit objects providing a dynamic & flexible result. We offer mounting hardware for many different situations let us help you make the best choice for your production

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We utilize AS350, MD500, and Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopters, all are well proven turbine engine aircraft and the AS355 twin turbine engine helicopter for highly demanding projects that can work lower and much further into remote areas than a single engine aircraft.

Our proven "in house" single engine STOL aircraft ideal as an economical cameraship. All of the aircraft can carry the Flir Ultramedia HD, and offer excellent performance and duration.

The heart of the Flir Ultramedia HD is a Sony HDC-F950 Cinealta 2/3" FIT 3-CCD camera with full bandwidth 4:4:4 digital RGB processing at a native resolution of 1920x1080. The HDC-F950 meets the recommendations of major top end cinematographers where optimum picture quality and colorimetry are critical. Paired with an HDCAM SR deck, data is recorded at a staggering 880Mb/s - about 9 times better than formats like P2-HD. Features include multi-matrix operation, adaptive highlight control, knee saturation, selectable gamma with initial gain adjustment, variable black gamma range and level dependent detail.

The Flir Ultramedia HD uses a Fujinon HA42x9.7 BERD HD lens. This gives 9.7mm at the wide end and 407mm fully zoomed in. This increases to 19.4mm to 815mm with the selectable x2 extender. In traditional 35mm photographic terms, that's a range of 36mm to 3,000mm. Shots are rock-ready due to the Flir Ultramedia HD excellent stabilisation performance.

9.7mm (fully wide) equates to a 52.7 degrees (H) x 31.1 degrees (V) angle of view. 815mm (fully zoomed) equates to 0.7 degrees (H) x 0.4 degrees (V). That's effectively over four times more detail than say a standard ENG lens, like a 21x 7.8mm using a x2 extender. (42x 9.7 x2= 815mm= 0.8 degree diagonal; versus 21x 7.8 x2= 336mm= 1.9 degree diagonal).

The HDC-950 captures in the following formats. 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30P, 1080/25P, 1080/24P, 540/60P.

Video can be recorded on HD-Cam or HD-Cam SR in 4:4:4 at 880 Mb/s. Also Flash XDR 4:2:2 (up to 220 Mb/s creating .mov files). We can also easily provide P2 & XDCAM-EX(35-100 Mb/s) recorders when these formats are required.

ICM has been operating in the aerial filming market for over 20 years and regularly provides aerial camera support for major TV networks and independent producers. We employ staff pilots, camera operators and broadcast engineers. At ICM we believe we have the most extensive range of expertise available anywhere in the industry.

We have always offered clear and easy to understand pricing. There are no hidden extras. Flying is expensive, we want you to come back in the future and recommend us to others, so we make every airborne minute count. Our powerful cameras and skilled crew allow us to get the shots you want quickly and without any drama.

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