Aerial filming specialists Helicopter Filming Services (HFS) has unveiled its Typhon2 six-camera array which incorporates six RED Helium cameras mounted in a Shotover K1 6-Axis stabilised system gimbal.

This new array is designed to shoot plates that can then be stitched together in post production to create visually spectacular scenes. The Typhon2 enables both aerial and ground-based filming of sequences where a particularly wide field of view is required – a fully useable 165 Degrees.

Aerial DoP, Jeremy Braben’s team of engineers at HFS has collaborated with Brownian Motion (based at Pinewood Studios) to design the Typhon2 as an alternative to HFS’s original Typhon array (launched in 2017) which combined six ALEXA Mini cameras as a toe-out array. This new Typhon2 has a toe-in configuration for reduced parallax. It also uses the RED DSMC2 Helium 8K sensor. Each of its six cameras is fitted with the new ZEISS CP3 21mm Prime lenses with eXtended Data and Shading mapping although alternative lenses can be used.

Jeff Brown, CEO at Brownian Motion, said, “Unlike the other older aerial array systems which use the RED Epic Dragon sensors and stills camera lenses, HFS’ new Typhon2 system that we have co-developed with HFS, employs the very latest sensor technology from RED with increased 8K resolution, plus, the latest Lens optical and Metadata technology from Zeiss recorded direct to the Raw camera files. This eXtended metadata offers a faster, easier workflow for post production teams, so they can stitch and deliver by negating the need for lens grid calibration.”

Staff Reporter

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