FPV for Photography
On higher-end aerial productions, a
dedicated camera person controls
the camera gimbal while watching the
screen. In most cases, I find that I am
both the cameraman and pilot. This
is why I started using the AiRScouter
by Brother USA ( brother-usa.com).
The AiRScouter is a head display; it’s
like wearing glasses because it hangs
out in front of one of your eyes. The
display is attached to a headband that
secures the unit around your head, and
it’s easy to adjust the location of the
eyepiece display so that it lines up in
front of your eye.
A key advantage of using this is
that it allows me to see the screen
(camera view) but still have both eyes
on the drone when I need to position
it in the right location. This also allows
for better depth perception, which is
very much needed when flying. There
is never a need for me to take my
eyes off of the drone at any time while
flying. In addition, I wear glasses but
find it easy to see the screen even
in bright daylight, which can be a
problem with some flat transmitter
Setup is just a matter of plugging
in the HDMI cable to the HDMI outlet
on the transmitter or video receiver
of your drone. This will relay the
camera signal to the headset. The
unit’s onboard battery lasts about
four hours, which I found to be more
than enough time for all of my flights.
It has become second nature for
me to look at the drone while flying
and getting it into position, then to
shift my eye to focus on the eyepiece
when composing the shot and while
Before the AiRScouter, I found
myself concentrating on the camera
feed and fighting glare from the
screen while trying to capture
the shot. This would also take my
attention away from flying the drone.
This is a great accessory to have, and I
recommend it to any pilot.
Shooting straight down on
action scenes requires good
flying skills and good timing.
;e AiRScouter allows the pilot to watch the
drone while at the same time see what the
camera is focused on.