April 4, 2013

The Most Amazing & Beautiful Aerial 4K RED EPIC Footage You've Ever Seen?

Seriously. It's not often I'm brought to near-tears by any kind of aerial footage, 4K RED EPIC-shot or not (featuring striking landscapes of the San Francisco Bay area, or otherwise). I'm sure the swelling musical score didn't help. We've featured a number of visually stimulating aerial footage videos before, some of urban areas fitfully asleep, others less ominous and more serene, and some for free from Neumann Films. Heck, one such clip followed battling ninjas. Each and every one is memorable in its own right. But thanks to Teton Gravity Research's use of the GSS C520 5-axis gyroscopic stabilization system, Vimeo Staff pics is now featuring possibly the smoothest, most amazingly stable aerial footage you've ever seen -- and perhaps even the most beautiful, too. Watch below.

From the video's description on Vimeo:

From the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz to the Bay Lights at night, see the Bay Area's most iconic locations like you've never seen them before. Shot in 4K/"Ultra-HD," Teton Gravity Research presents the first footage from their new RED Epic-equipped gyrostabilized camera platform: The GSS C520. The GSS C520 is a portable 5-axis system that houses a range of leading digital cinema cameras, like the Epic and Sony F55, while also capable of integrating future advancements in camera technology.

Directed by: Todd Jones
Aerial DP: Carston Bell
First AC: Brian Wulf
Editor: Blake Campbell
Produced by: Teton Gravity Research
Music: "Nero" by Two Steps From Hell

If those shots of Alcatraz wouldn't elicit a knowing, single tear in salute from Michael Bay (see: The Rock), I honestly don't know what would or could. Except maybe the night stuff, of which I actually wish there was even more here. Here's more on the GSS C520, from Teton's blog post on the matter (the C520's spec sheet PDF is available here):

Award-winning action sports production company and lifestyle brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has become the first to acquire the new Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) C520 system, the most advanced five-axis gyro-stabilized camera platform in the world. The GSS C520 is the first fully upgradable and interchangeable portable gyro-stabilized system, able to accommodate a range of existing cameras like the RED Epic and Sony F55 that shoot at 4K resolution, as well as future advancements in camera technology. The portable platform allows TGR to capture stunning, Ultra HD cinema, about four times the resolution of regular 1080p HD. 

Michael Bay references aside (though you know what, maybe not), this type of system has great implications for the future of any aerial 4K cinematography, be it for extreme sports, cinema, or otherwise. I think we can expect great things from GSS, because from the looks of things -- and the proof seems to be in what pudding we already have before us here -- their expertise in stabilization will produce some startlingly grandiose and beautiful results.

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Now that is spectacular!

April 4, 2013

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Damo

Definitely a beatiful and emotional piece thanks to the music

April 4, 2013

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Darren

Ummm, actually mostly because of the music......Very, "Look at us"

April 5, 2013

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DMW

I agree about the beauty of Alcatraz. Alcatraz doesn't even look that good in real life. Neither does San Francisco, or the Golden Gate Bridge. I've lived in the SF Bay Area for 20 years and see these places all the time. 4k brings out such beautiful detail and color. This video is beautiful! Thanks for posting it!

April 4, 2013

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Gene

I can do it better with my DIY crane jib and my Cannon HD!

lol just trollin, love it. :)

April 4, 2013

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Just throw the jib in a plane and you're all good ;)

April 4, 2013

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Tyler

Amazing! Beautiful! Terrifying! It is nerve-wracking to see an expensive camera being flown over water. Do these things ever crash? What's the range of the RC transmitter and receiver?

April 4, 2013

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Jim

You do know this thing hangs from a helicopter right? It's not a little RC multicopter.

April 4, 2013

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Jake

LOL

April 5, 2013

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cry... did you really cry?

April 4, 2013

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daniel

Talking about gyro stabilisation, there's a new affordable gyro stabiliser coming up soon: https://www.gyroscope.com/d.asp?product=GYROSTABILIZER

April 4, 2013

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Hmm, wonder if the night footage was shot from the same helicopter I saw from my downtown SF office window no more then a month ago. I thought it was weird that kept doing repeats of the same flight paths and flying so low. I Tried getting a closer look with a 300mm lens (not so easy to follow BTW, especially at night) it definitely appeared to have some kinda greyish looking "pod" hanging off the nose of the helicopter.

April 4, 2013

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Dan

Well they did shoot this recently since those lights just went up on the Bay Bridge.

April 5, 2013

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Julian

I bet Jimmy Jannard loves it when people do stuff like this.

April 4, 2013

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Jared

Jimmy loves seeing you cry over the inferior gear.

April 5, 2013

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Natt

Sue he will if you say anything bad. Just kidding ;)

April 5, 2013

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yin

A lot of it looks like standard opening shots or filler shots from US feature films.

April 5, 2013

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Only one or two shots looked nice to me, the rest was just as you said...been seen a thousand times...nothing to cry...

April 5, 2013

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Mariano

About?

April 11, 2013

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Jules

Was that a Ketch Rossi joint?

April 5, 2013

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Beezly

Awesome! Thanks for the share!

April 5, 2013

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Roy

Very nice for sure but the best Red aerial footage I've seen is the title sequence to Prometheus :)

April 5, 2013

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Lance Bachelder

April 5, 2013

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Gene

No... that's the title at the end of the flying sequence.

April 5, 2013

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Lance Bachelder

Going to have to rent it now to see that footage.

April 6, 2013

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Gene

So true.

April 9, 2013

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Beebeedeedop

Sure not the best. They look very flat in the "day" part and moves are not so well coreographed. This never mean they are bad...
I prefer the intro in Shining! :-)

April 5, 2013

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Fra

"Sure I've heard of Soltzenitzen. Didn't he play hockey for the f**kin' Redwings?"

April 5, 2013

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Neill

Have to agree with the others that without the music it just looks like standard professionally-shot aerial footage.

April 5, 2013

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Shenan

Loved that last shot of the mountain.

April 5, 2013

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Drew

This footage is really amazing!

April 5, 2013

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I just Fell in love with my city again.Bay area in the most amazing footage ever.

April 5, 2013

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Near tears? Please...

April 8, 2013

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Brian

I want to experience that...

April 9, 2013

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Henry de leon

Of course all my aerials are way better than anyone has ever done ever.Guys,at least someone is out there giving it a go.Good on them I say.I must say though that a lot of the footage coming out of the new cameras looks a bit flat,lacking oomph.But that's just me.

April 9, 2013

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Geoff Longford

Respect Sir!

May 2, 2013

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Felt like I was watching it through the window of a plane. Got a bit of vertigo too!

June 2, 2013

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breathtaking...and I cannot agree more that everything is changing in our favor regarding great cameras, great stabilizers, gimbals, etc etc... awesome things to come for the indie community...

do you share or sell some or part of these amazing footage for indie projects? that would be amazing...truly breathtaking

Alain Maiki

August 28, 2013

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Alain Maiki

Very nice Imagefilm. Well done!

April 18, 2014

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