Professional aerial filming and photography
At Skyvr we like to keep things simple. We deliver the best aerial filming & aerial photography services around using professional drones. With over 25 years of flying & photography experience, we know how to get the results that you need. Professional & creative with a relentless focus on quality.
Drones are able to deliver a breathtaking aerial view at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter. We also offer ground based filming using handheld stabilized platforms for tracking & the best DSLR technology available for stills photography.
What We Do
Our drones can deliver the aerial view you need from the ground up to 400ft and 500 metres either side of the pilot. We operate a two-man crew in the majority of cases; a pilot flying the drone and a professional aerial camera operator controlling the gimbal with a live video downlink to our ground monitors. All our pilots have undergone BNUC-S training and hold a Permit to Fly issued by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). Skyvr is also fully insured with £5m of Public Liability Insurance. Setup takes approximately 15 minutes and our 4×4’s ensure that we can film and operate almost anywhere to deliver the aerial pictures you need.
We can provide aerial photographs or ground based professional photography (up to 16 megapixel from the air and 22 megapixels on the ground) or using our remote controlled tracking camera platforms. Our photographers have more than 40 years experience between them and are experts in blending photography with aerial video to deliver stunning results.
Tracking is filmed using our handheld stabilized camera platforms. These can be operated as a one or two-man operation, and as with the drones, our camera operator can control the gimbal remotely. These platforms are cost effective and can be configured extremely quickly. They are also free from the limitations of traditional methods of tracking and we can shoot from virtually anything – boats, vehicles, etc.
FAQ’S & PRICING
How much does it cost?
It’s hard to give a general cost as each requirement can vary considerably and we price each job on an individual basis. Factors including the location, risk, amount of pre-shoot work required (such as site visits or obtaining special flying permissions, if required) will play a part. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Are you licensed and qualified to operate commercially?
Yes. Skyvr has “permissions for aerial work” granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Skyvr pilots have the BNUC-S Qualification for flying unmanned aerial vehicles.
Is Skyvr fully insured?
Yes. As long as we adhere to operating guidelines and rules laid out by the CAA, the company is fully insured and we also have £5 million public liability cover.
How many people are required to operate your equipment?
Our aircraft requires two operators, a qualified UAV pilot to fly the aircraft and a secondary camera operator who frames the shots. For certain specific photographic work, it may be possible to operate without a dedicated camera operator.
Does your aircraft fly in rain?
No, as our aircraft is powered by batteries.
Can you fly in strong winds?
Winds over 15mph make it difficult to create smooth and steady shots.
How fast can your aircraft fly and film?
About 25/30 mph.
How long do the batteries last?
We fly with a series of batteries on board and depending on the payload (camera weight) and the weather we get between 6 and 10 minutes per set of batteries. We carry multiple sets with us and can recharge on site from our vehicle or our generator.
How many aircraft do you have?
We currently have 2 aircraft. Both are capable of flying by GPS or by Manual control. One carries a Go Pro 3 on a stabilized gimbal and the other carries a Panasonic GH-4 4K camera. We can provide heavy lift aircraft for cameras such as Red Epic on request.
Is it safe to fly over actors/crowds?
Safety is our main priority and we NEVER fly over an audience or crowd who are not in our control and who are not briefed on the emergency procedures. Most of the time however we are able to fly next to actors/ audiences with a clear flight line and make it look like we are over them.
Can you fly indoors?
Yes, providing the area inside is big enough.
Is aerial filming safe?
Yes. We have very strict safety measures in place and every aircraft is flight tested by an inspector before it commences operation. We also have onboard safety measures and, at the flick of a switch, the aircraft will come “home” and land by itself. The same procedure is in place should the batteries run low or we loose communication with the craft.
What is the maximum operating distance for your aircraft?
By law we have to be able to see the aircraft, so there has to be an uninterrupted line of sight between pilot and craft. The maximum radius we can fly away from us is 500m (although we can use a vehicle to fly from to extend the range). We are also limited to 400ft in height; however it is sometimes possible to get permission to fly higher.
How do you know the shot is right?
We have a live stream down to a monitor, which enables you to ensure framing is correct.
What is the largest camera that you can fly with?
We use the Panasonic Lumix GH-4 4K camera for most of our work, but can carry a range of cameras up to 3.2kg when required.
Can you control the camera from the ground?
Yes, we can remote control pan 360 and tilt. We have our own experienced camera operators, but are happy to work with your crew should you wish to manage the camera control. We will provide basic training on the camera control system before flights begin, if needed.