Robinson R44 Video System

Robinson R44

Robinson R44 Video Systems:

Rugged Video offers a number of video recorders, cameras, and complete systems for use on the Robinson R44 with several FAA approved mounting options.  Systems are listed below according to application, but equipment may be used for other applications.

  • Flight Tours
  • Aerial Patrol

Flight Tours

The Robinson R44 Flight Tour Video system is designed to create a professionally edited video while in flight.  The system typically incorporates one or two cameras capturing the passengers and one or two cameras capturing the scenery.  The multi-camera system can switch between cameras while in flight or capture all cameras in a single picture-in-picture recording.

Video Mounting Locations

Rugged Video offers STC and alternative installation options for video cameras and recorders on the Robinson R44.  Camera locations include:

  • Rugged Video Horizontal Stabilizer Mount – An FAA approved option, HD cameras may be permanently mounted on the horizontal stabilizer of the R44.  Cameras offer full HD resolution and multiple lens options.
  • Rugged Video Interior Mounts – Multiple locations for permanent FAA approved mounting of cameras in the cockpit.  Cameras can capture both interior or exterior views.

Flight Tour Video Process

Onboard Video equipment is designed to simply and efficiently create a professionally edited video while in flight.  As soon as the skids hit the ground, operators have a well produced flight tour video ready for sale to the customer.

Video Capturing:  Multiple HD cameras can be seamlessly switched while in flight or recorded as a single picture-in-picture video.  Videos feature titles and credits, pre-roll intro clips, and logo overlay on the video.  Videos are recorded in 1080p HD to one or multiple USB flash drives.

Advanced Audio:  Systems are embedded with advanced audio mixing and MP3 technology that can play soundtracks or narrations and output narrations through passenger headsets.  Also included is multiple language support for foreign language passengers.  Audio mixing allows passenger communications to be recorded along with the soundtracks or narrations.

Pilot Control or GPS Automation:  Recording, Camera Switching, Soundtracks & Narrations, and Overlays are controlled by the pilot and/or automatically using GPS automation.  This allows the pilot to focus on giving the best possible tour while the system creates a consistently great video for passengers.

Distribution: Once on the ground, Rugged Video systems have three methods of effectively distributing video to passengers:  Direct Sale, USB Copy, or Digital Delivery

  • Direct Sale – Operators have up to four USB copies to sell directly to customer when the skids hit the ground.  This makes for a quick and easy sale requiring little infrastructure.
  • USB Copy – Operators can choose to create USB copies for customers with our Ultra-Fast Replicator software.  This reduces the cost of the USB sold to customers and allows for more customization and branding on USB’s.
  • Digital Delivery – Rugged Video software allows operators to delivery videos to customers digitally.  In just a few clicks, operators can sell a four digit access code to customers that they can use to access their videos through a custom webpage made specifically for that tour.   Since videos are online, marketing potential from sharing and online views doubles the revenue potential of adding video to your operation.

Horizontal Stabilizer Mount (FAA Approved)

Suction Mount (Portable Electronic Device)

 

 

Suction Mount
(Portable Electronic Device)

 

 

Suction Mount
(Portable Electronic Device)

 

Permanent FAA approved interior mounting options are available but not currently shown.


Aerial Patrol

The R44 Aerial Patrol system is designed to capture geotagged video from multiple cameras for Pipe and Power Line inspection, Corridor Mapping,  Wildlife Counts, or Aerial Survey.  Video can be captured from fixed 1080p60 HD cameras or a pre-existing gimbal.

Video Mounting Locations

Rugged Video offers FAA approved and alternative installation options for video cameras and recorders on the Robinson R44.  Camera locations include:

  • Rugged Video Horizontal Stabilizer Mount – An FAA approved option, HD cameras may be permanently mounted on the horizontal stabilizer of the R44.  Cameras offer full HD resolution and multiple lens options.
  • Rugged Video Interior Mounts – Multiple locations for permanent FAA approved mounting of cameras in the cockpit.  Cameras can be arranged to capture pipe or power line video.

Geotagged Video

Video can be geotagged directly on the video or with KML and GPX companion files.  This leads to three common methods of using the information.

Data on Video:  While in flight, a pilot or spotter record live video and trigger snapshots via the CoPilot control unit or a handheld switch.   Captured snapshots are tagged with coordinates, heading, and altitude information and can be sent via email or added to work orders.  Geotagged video is available for reference with each frame tagged with GPS data.

Data & Video Viewing:  Videos are recorded with GPX and KML companion files.  These files can be opened in Google earth to see a 3D flight path.  The path can be tagged with waypoints in real time by the pilot or spotter using the CoPilot control unit or a hand held switch.  Video can be opened and viewed separately, with or without data overlay, and reviewed with standard media players.

Synchronous Data & Video Viewing:  Recorded videos and GPX/KML companion files can be used with most 3rd party software tools.  These tools allow for synchronous playback of the video along with the fight path.  Synchronized timelines allow users to navigate a point on the path by using the video time line.  Additional data can be added, such as: notes, images, and map information which can be saved as a project to be viewed by the utility.  Software is available direct from Rugged Video.

Horizontal Stabilizer Mount (FAA Approved)

Suction Mount (Portable Electronic Device)

 

 

Suction Mount
(Portable Electronic Device)

 

 

Suction Mount
(Portable Electronic Device)

 

Permanent FAA approved interior mounting options are available but not currently shown.