The Gyrocam HD is a nose-mounted, gyro-stabilized, self-contained camera system. It was designed as a ENG news camera, so it does not have 5th axis stabilization for roll. In most cases the roll (or horizon) can be corrected by the pilot. We are limited to recording in 1080 60i ONLY. Other "true production" camera systems are available through McMahon Helicopter Services with adjustable frame rates and roll-gyro stabilization.
The Tyler Middle Mount is a side-mounted camera platform that sits inside the helicopter. It can accommodate most cameras and lenses. The mount points out of the right side the aircraft and is operated by a cameraman in the door of the helicopter. The Tyler Middle Mount includes a gyro-assist system, which helps to remove some of the ordinary aircraft vibration and shake from the shots. This mount works well during smooth conditions and greatly improves the quality over handheld shooting. The middle mount is not a fully gyro-stabilized camera system (isolated from the aircraft), so it does have some limitations.
The Tyler Nose Mount is a rigid camera mount fixed to the nose of the helicopter. It can accommodate most film and video cameras. This mount is primarily used for “running” shots. In other words, shots moving towards the subject area. This mount only has tilt capability - no panning. Panning (if any) is controlled by the pilot. This mount is not gyro-stabilized. The camera operator sits in the front of the helicopter next to the pilot and operates the system using a laptop console. There is a standard definition monitor built into the console. Up to 3 passengers plus the pilot can fly in the helicopter while filming depending on the fuel and equipment load.
This setup is ideal for:
-Running Shots (towards the subject area)
-Shots looking straight down
-Fast moving shots
-Dynamic shots with banks and turns