Aerial Photography/Videography

AirView Cinematography was founded specifically to meet the aerial photography and aerial video needs of video production houses, advertising agencies, government organizations, and in-house communications departments.  We believe that by focusing on aerial imagery, not only makes our footage stand out from the rest, but is more cost-effective in doing so.  We keep up with current aerial imaging technology and FAA regulations so you don’t have to.  Staying with current technology means that we’re always using the safest, and best image quality capturing drone that the market has to offer.

Our Aerial Workhorse:
The Inspire 2 is our aerial A-camera.  The image quality delivered from the X5S cuts seamlessly with ARRI and RED footage.  It maxes out the technical requirements of demanding DPs without needing to fly a large, expensive, and much more hazardous Octo/Hexcopter with an expensive camera on board.  The DJI X5S maxes out the perceptual experience of the viewer. That’s a tall claim, but this video helps to back that claim. We firmly believe that the Inspire 2 proves to be the best overall aerial platform for work anywhere from aerial videography, to feature film work.   The Inspire 2 has redundant navigation and power systems.  It also has obstacle avoidance.  Combined with the new camera system, it will become a very safe, and valuable aerial imaging tool.

Inspire 2 Video Formats




5.2K: 5280×2972 23.976/24/25/29.97p, up to 4.2Gbps

4K: 4096×2160, 3840×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97p, up to 2.4Gbps

4K: 4096×2160, 3840×2160 50/59.94p, up to 4.0Gbps

Apple ProRes

5.2K: 5280×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97p, 422 HQ @1.3Gbps

4K: 3840×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97p, 422 HQ @900Mbps

4K: 3840×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97p, 4444 XQ @2.0Gbps


C4K: 4096×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97/47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

4K: 3840×2160 23.976/24/25/29.97/47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

4K: 3840×1572 23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps

2.7K: 2720×1530 23.976/24/25/29.97p @80Mbps 47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

*Lower resolutions available upon request.

The DJI X7 – Why we don’t use it:  

As our ground cameras are all Super 35 sensors, we were initially very excited when the X7 was announced.  After viewing the footage from the X7 and comparing it to that from the X5S, we were not sold.  And the reason why can be found in our blog here.

Smaller, Lighter:
The Phantom series has come a long ways. Our very first consumer drone was a Phantom 2 that carried a GoPro and gimbal.  It was unreliable, and prone to errors that caused it to crash.  The newest Phantom in the series is a long, long way from it’s old predecessor. The Phantom 4 Pro v2 can shoot photos and video on par with any DSLR, we’re thrilled with its images!  It’s not always feasible to pack the larger Inspires into tight spaces, or deep into the woods.  For jobs like this, we use the DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.  The small drone has obstacle detection in 360 degrees, takes up much less space, and delivers a great image for a drone of this size.  It is ideal for aerial mapping of large areas as it is able to stay airborne for over twice the time of the Inspire, and can transmit video a longer distance.

We have a real weak spot for the Mavic series.  The first model’s camera left a lot to be desired, driving up to drop it from our lineup, but DJI’s addition of a Hasselblad branded camera to the Mavic 2 Pro shows their dedication to pushing quality into a small package.  Which is what makes us love this drone!

The 10bit 4k footage is suitable for most commercial and broadcast projects, and the 25-30 minute-per-battery flight time ensures that it can stay up in the air long enough to get all the shots.

We pride ourselves on staying on the front edge of the drone industry.  This means that we carefully sort out what is industry hype, fads, groundbreaking new tech, and what are the absolute must-haves.  We’ve been around long enough to know what clients need, versus what product manufacturers are try to sell.  This can be a tough line at times since new is always fun, but isn’t always needed.

Currently we’re researching systems that can reliably fly in inclement weather to lessen our time grounded up here in the lovely and damp Pacific Northwest.  Also on our research list is the use of parachute systems to lessen the impact in the event of an aerial equipment failure.

Ground Based Video

One of the things that separates us from our competition is that we got our video chops from being videographers before being pilots.  AirView excels at multi-camera video shoots, event documentation, promotional shorts, and short form documentaries.  Whether you need a Kickstarter video, or need a newsworthy event covered, we’re ready for it.

As a video content provider, we spend as much time with a camera on the ground as we do in the air.  With that said, we want anything we shoot to looks as good as is possible.  For that reason we shoot with the Sony FS7, FS5, A7Sii and the A6500.  By using all Sony cameras, and matched lenses we are able perfectly match our footage between all camera for a seamless look on our multi-camera shoots.


As lovers of all things photo and video, we’re mesmerized by the capabilities that 360 video bring to visual storytelling.  We’ve loved using our Ricoh Theta S for set photo documentation, as well as capturing moments that don’t fit in a square photograph, which solidified our interest in all things 360.  Our 360 capabilities are still relatively entry level and we are capable of delivering gimbal stabilized aerial 5.7k footage. For anything more extensive we refer our clients to the folks at 360 Labs.

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