A NEW ERA OF CINEMATOGRAPHY
Once requiring expensive helicopters, aerial videography is fast becoming the norm for the film and television industry — from reality television to high budget Hollywood blockbusters.
With DJI's investment in Hasselblad and recent developments in camera and sensor technologies, DJI's own camera systems are now on par with established brands such as Alexa and Red cameras — but without the inconvenience of complicated setups.
MOTION IN FILM: DJI PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
DJI Ferntech and Showtools teamed up for an interactive symposium on how DJI are changing the landscape of the film industry. At Studio 230 in Ponsonby on a Saturday afternoon, a range of experts discussed the latest possibilities in videography.
We welcomed local directors, cinematographers and camera crew from the New Zealand film industry to speak about their experiences with drones and camera systems, as well as ruminate on the future of technology in the film industry. The panel included Jae Morrison (Director and MC), Sam Peacocke (Ariel Camera), Jess Charlton and Murray Milne (Cinematographers), Pete Ritchie (Colourist), Jonathan Kubiak (DJI Ferntech), and a special guest from China, Rivers Chen (DJI Global).
The afternoon also included live demonstrations of DJI's filmmaking range and a chance to try out the products, including the DJI Inspire 2, DJI Zenmuse X7, DJI Masterwheels, DJI Force Pro, DJI Ronin 2, DJI Ronin-S and more. Watch the video below.
OUR KEY PRODUCTS FOR FILM & TELEVISION
DJI ZENMUSE X7
The Zenmuse X7 offers revolutionary features that redefine professional aerial cinematography. A Super 35mm effective sensor size for video recording can shoot 6K CinemaDNG and 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG and 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS (narrow FOV). The X7 also introduces the DL-Mount, the world's first aerial lens mount system to quickly switch among four available prime lenses (16, 24, 35, 50mm), creating a completely integrated system with professional gimbals and drones such as the Inspire 2.
DJI INSPIRE 2
Meeting the needs of professional filmmakers around the globe, the image quality, power, and intelligence of the DJI Inspire 2 surpass all its predecessors. The DJI Inspire 2 is equipped with an all-new image processing system that records up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It has a maximum speed of 94kph, and a dual battery system prolonging the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S), while self-heating technology allows it to fly in sub-zero temperatures.
The Inspire 2 FlightAutonomy has been developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Capable of multiple intelligent flight modes such as Spotlight Pro, giving even solo pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.
For the most experienced cinematographers in the film industry, control over the shot is what defines a professional. DJI Master Wheels are an advanced wheel controller that gives artists the finest accuracy and precision in every gimbal movement.
Master Wheels use ultra-high-resolution optical encoders to detect subtle movements and transmit them to a connected gimbal system. This technology allows for incredibly accurate repeatability. The wheels are made of stainless steel, and they are a perfect balance of weight and design, allowing for classic control with cutting-edge equipment. Each component of Master Wheels is precision CNC machined, providing every cinematographer with steady and accurate operation.
DJI Force Pro
On a busy shooting schedule that spans several weeks and locations, getting the right shot at the right time is invaluable. DJI Force Pro is a camera movement control system that gives camera operators incredible accuracy to get the exact shot they want.
Employing industry-leading communication technologies and control algorithms, DJI Force Pro is a camera movement control system that allows operators to control gimbals remotely with incredible accuracy. By precisely synchronising operator movement with camera movement, Force Pro allows operators to capture masterful shots more intuitively than ever.
DJI RONIN 2
Ronin 2 exists to let filmmakers capture the scene they see in their mind. Upgraded high torque motors allow it to support a wider range of cameras, resist high winds and G-forces caused when mounted to a car and keep it moving smoothly in flight. A newly designed detatchable Grip allows Ronin 2 to stand up on its own and is easily separated when the lower part of the hand grip is not needed. Ronin 2 is also highly compatible with cable cams, drones, cranes, Steadicams and more.
The simplicity of Ronin has been amplified with Ronin 2, making setup and use easier than ever. Enhanced intelligence means filmmakers can get shots with Ronin 2 that would once have needed specialist expertise or additional equipment, from total smoothness control to studio-oriented smart features. Every element of Ronin 2 has been designed to maximise reliability, from materials to the splash-proof enclosed motor design, cable management, and redundancy. All of this creates a system that shines in the most demanding of shooting environments.