Just wanted to file a quick field report from a three-day aerial shoot I just did in Denver. We
were shooting with a Cineflex (Sony f-950) and recording on an HDW-s280 HDCam field
deck, with the Ki Pro also fed HD-SDI, running as a back-up. (Since it was my first time using it in the air !)
I also fed the Ki Pro rec-run timecode from the HD deck and armed the Ki Pro for tc-record. This
worked flawlessly... very quick response.
I was concerned about using hard drives in a helicopter, but thought we'd try it just to see the results.
I placed the Ki Pro on a 1/2 inch thick square of foam rubber on the helicopter floor just in front of me.
That way I could still see the front panel and confirm that I was indeed recording. This also worked
flawlessly. In fact I shot about six hours total over three days and never dropped a frame. (422HQ @ 23.98Psf - no audio )
After the shoot, I just off-loaded all of the footage onto a big firewire drive, and then backed that up
to another firewire drive, which gave me three copies for the drive back home to Michigan.
All in all, I'm very happy. The Ki Pro has operated exactly as advertised and I really like how responsive
it is. There is no delay when you issue it commands, which really comes in handy as you quickly preview your shot files. It's fast.
I can't wait to see what the next upgrade brings. Hopefully, the ability to record metadata (like a GPS
sentence) is somewhere in the future.
It is nice isn't it? The more I use it the cooler it gets. If you don't need free run tc, the Ki can run itself once it's setup. Love it. Glad to know it did well in a choppa. There's SSD hard drives too in case it gets dicey.