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Two Alternatives To Drones For Aerial Shots

The improvement of technology over the years has brought about new, innovative and easier ways to do things. In the past, aerial shots were a laborious and expensive task. The introduction of drones into the market has changed how they’re executed dramatically. They can be done at a high, medium or low height, creating high-end video shots. At times, however, there may be policies or conditions preventing us from using drones for filming.

high aerial shot done with a drone - mine in South Africa medium height aerial shot done with drone low aerial shot done at a mine

Fortunately, we have two alternatives for achieving birds-eye view or aerial shots. A gimbal and pole is the first alternative. This is a pole with a length of up to 5 to 6 metres, which is about two and a half storeys. It results in a steady, aerial shot similar to what would be taken with a drone.

gimbal and pole image for aerial shot

The second alternative is a gimbal and cable. This entails connecting a 100m cable from one side to another and attaching the camera to create gliding, low-level shots. It’s ideal for shoots where it’s dangerous to use a drone, for example, a factory with dangerous machinery.

cable camera

Aerial shots add value to videos dramatically and the best part is: there is more than one way to pull them off!

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