The Phantom Flex 4K Was Just Flown on a Drone for the First Time Ever
What do you get when you cross one of the world's most advanced high-speed, high resolution cinema cameras with a custom-built drone? Only the coolest aerial footage ever.
The folks at Brain Farm have been pioneering action sports cinematography for years. Their work on epic films like That's It That's All and The Art of Flight has quite literally redefined the entire field and set the bar for quality cinematography higher than most of us can imagine. They were also amongst the first to take advantage of the Phantom Flex 4K and its mind-boggling 1000fps 4K output. However, there was one thing that even Brain Farm had yet to do: launch the Phantom Flex 4K into the sky.
This absurdly awesome video shows us how the Brain Farm team managed to make this amazing technological feat -- one previously previously thought impossible due to the weight limitations of most drones -- come to life.
Here is a brief snippet from the BTS post on Brain Farm's site (which has some absolutely incredible photos of the whole operation):
"Brain Farm unveils the latest weapon in their already impressive arsenal of cinematic technology. Capable of shooting at 1000 frames per second at a resolution of 4K, The Phantom Flex4K is one of the worlds most dynamic slow motion cameras. Until now the images captured by the Phantom Flex 4K have been limited by the camera’s weight. Simply put: It’s too heavy for most drones to carry. For 5 years, Brain Farm’s CEO, Curt Morgan, dreamt of ways he could capture the same super slow motion images from the sky. The solution came when Brain Farm and Swedish drone manufacturers Intuitive Aerial joined forces to create the first UAV capable of carrying the heavy weight of the PhantomFlex4k."
Honestly, this is a jaw-dropping advancement in what we can do and where we can go with these larger high-speed cameras, and it's an incredible technological achievement, even by Brain Farm's ridiculously high standards. Granted, this rig would likely cost upwards of a quarter of a million dollars, so it's probably not going to find much use outside of specialty cinematography companies like Brain Farm for some time to come. Still, technology is progressing faster than most of us could ever imagine. Who knows, in five years time, perhaps all of us will be capturing high resolution, high-speed footage from the sky. In the meantime, however, we'll just have to watch as Brain Farm explores this new frontier.