And here come the multicopters...

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Mark M
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First really nicely made film I've seen using a RC flying machine.

I don't know anything about the film-maker, and despite the fact that it's gone pretty viral they're not doing anything to court publicity or capitalise on it. Google for them and you come up with... nothing.

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What does the law say about all this? I was under the impression you couldn't fly one of these with a camera for money unless you had a CAA licence, as it comes under the category of surveillance work.

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Re: And here come the multicopters...
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Commercial operation of an RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) of ANY size in UK airspace requires registration with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). At present there are two qualifications accepted by the CAA as proof of pilot competence; the BNUC-s and the RPQ-s.

You can't fly anything commercially (camera or not) without a license.

Its a pretty so so film really, i don't much like the edit and i find anything shot on 5d distractingly full of image faults.  

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Re: And here come the multicopters...

Their use is becoming ubiquitous: I know people using them with GoPros for indoor event filming, and I see people using them in the park. I watched some kids in the local BMX/skatepark filming themselves with a quadcopter. I asked them about it, and it was $300 from the states, with a built-in camera. So it's not legal.  The chance of enforcement? Nil.

And I really liked that film. Knowing Hackney very well, I thought they did a great job of capturing scene and place. Watching on YouTube I'm really not going to spot any deficiences in the 5D, if indeed that's what they used. Each to their own.

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I'm pretty amazed if you couldn't see the moire pattern errors, there are some rolling shutter bits too but they are a bit harder to spot.  But it was mainly the editing i didn't like, the cuts were too fast and the shots too short. There was a total lack of narrative and only a very loose theme. 

Kids filming themselves with a toy helicopter is legal as they are not a commercial user. But soon one of these things will decapitate someone and we'll then see a crackdown on their use.  Commercial grade Octocoptors are safer than quads as they can suffer engine failure and still fly, but it concerning that there are lots of people out there using these things with zero understanding of the legalities and dangers.

 

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