March 2016 - S-Films
longterm construction timelapse

Longterm Time Lapse for Construction

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Defining “Time-Lapse” (or timelapse) One of the services we’ve had an increasing call for is longterm timelapse for the construction industry.  And by “long term”, we mean a camera that is up for six months or more.  This presents a unique set of challenges. Timelapse Camera Placement First, the placement of the long term time lapse camera.  The best spots are usually elevated, as high as possible.  When we get the call, we look for a building overlooking the construction site.  Ideally, a camera placed inside looking out a clean window mitigates the necessity to weather proof the camera.  When we have placed indoors, we come prepared to battle glare issues off the window in front.  If we are placing on the roof, we have to weatherproof the camera. If a building is not available, we’ve had clients install a pole.  We are OSHA certified to operate moving scaffolds (lifts) and will place the camera on top of the pole.  One issue to be aware of is “sway” in any pole you set the camera…

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The FAA 333 Exemption for Drones

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Okay– I’m starting to see more and more activity for the FAA 333 Exemption and want to throw some thoughts in there– especially to help those UAV operators who might consider plopping down some fat stacks to companies offering to help them with their 333 exemption. Now I’ll preface by mentioning it’s all changing anyway. But right now, if you want to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes, you have to either have a commercial pilots license, or you have to ask the FAA to give you exemptions from those rules. To be the Pilot in Charge of a UAV, even with a FAA 333 Exemption, the PIC must have some level of pilot’s license. Some people (I know a few), have applied for and gotten the 333 exemption without having a pilot’s license. What this means, is that if they want to be legal, they must find a PIC to fly their drone for them. So let’s talk about the pilot’s license. You can get a Sports Pilot License– it requires 20 hours…

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