Robinson R66 Video Systems:
Rugged Video offers a number of video recorders, cameras, and complete systems for use on the Robinson R66 with multiple installation options. Systems are listed below according to application, but equipment may be used for other applications.
- Aerial Patrol
- Flight Tours
- Airborne Law Enforcement
- Remote Viewing System
The Robinson R66 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 installation options for video cameras and recorders on the Robinson R66. Camera locations include:
- Rugged Video Exterior Mount – Multiple cameras may be permanently mounted outside the aircraft. Cameras offer full HD resolution and multiple lens options, making for a low cost alternative to a multi-sensor gimbal.
- Temporary Mounts – Cameras may be mounted using locking suction mounts. These types of mounts are versatile, allowing for exterior shots through the windshield.
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 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.
The Robinson R66 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 several installation options for video cameras and recorders on the Robinson R66. Camera locations include:
- Rugged Video Interior Mounts – Cameras can be attached to an adjustable mount on the dash and in the rear cabin to capture the passengers.
- Rugged Video Exterior Mount – Multiple cameras may be permanently mounted outside the aircraft. Cameras offer full HD resolution and multiple lens options.
- Temporary Mounts – Allowing for mounting of cameras to capture both interior and exterior views. These mounts require no FAA approval.
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.
Airborne Law Enforcement
The Robinson R66 Airborne Law Enforcement Video Systems are designed to capture HD and FLIR video from multi-sensor gimbals. Recorders capture video, audio, and GPS data and record direct to one or multiple USB flash drives. Systems are compatible with FLIR, L-3 Wescam, SWE Systems, CloudCap, and others.
Remote Viewing Systems
The Robinson R66 Remote Viewing System incorporates a camera and monitor for additional situation awareness for the pilot and crew.