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Explore the Dolomites from an Eagle’s Point of View in 360° [VIDEO]

Explore the Dolomites from an Eagle’s Point of View in 360° [VIDEO]
Source: Youtube/PeterClausenFilm&TV

A camera placed on the back of a specially trained eagle delivers breathtaking views from the King of the Sky’s perspective.

Watch as we coast over rough mountainsides and dive playfully through narrow gorges

The Eagle Cam – developed by Peter Clausen Film & TV in collaboration with Red Bull Media House and falconer Paul Klima – makes us forget that humans are not born for flying. Placed on the back of a specially trained eagle the camera delivers a 360° panoramic view from the King of the Sky’s perspective. Watch as we coast over rough mountainsides. Dive playfully through narrow gorges. Reach the most secluded places seemingly without any effort. Next to the fascinating view, the eagle’s elegant and effective flight aesthetic amazes. We glide effortlessly over pastures and forests until a new destination catches our attention. Two powerful wing beats and a smooth change of direction get us to catch the next up-draught, dangerously close to a steep slope, up into stunning heights.

Eagle Cam Dolomiti 16:9 Despite its small size, the EagleCam generates aerial shots in cinema quality. Many scenes of the movie “Brothers of the Wind” were produced using this special camera. Source: Youtube/PeterClausenFilm&TV

The small “backpack rigs” can be adjusted individually to fit every eagle

In months of meticulous fiddling work, Peter Clausen Film & TV developed and tailored a 4K camera and rigging system for falconer Paul Klima’s stone eagles Bruno and Fritzi. They considered the eagles’ anatomy, head position and radius of wing movements to find the ideal position for the camera on the back. Additionally, the small "backpack rigs" can also be adjusted individually to every eagle so the bird won’t be disturbed in its movements.

The cameras were adjusted accordingly and underwent a radical diet. The weight should be as low as possible, that’s why they removed everything unnecessary. After several tests with the professionally trained Bruno and Fritzi, they have now built an Eagle Cam system in two versions, 16:9 and 360°.

Source: PeterClausen.de

Exploring the Dolomites from an Eagle’s Point of View in 360° (4K) This eagle will take you to new heights. Join in the flight over the Dolomites in Italy in this new 360° video (not all browsers support 360° panoramic viewing). Source: Youtube/RedBull

For a short while you have a real feeling of being weightless

The first production included documenting some gorgeous mountain formations in the dolomites. For this, a three-person crew, the two eagles and an experienced mountain guide got dropped off via helicopter at several mountain summits from where the eagles should start their flights.

They track the eagles’ flight movements so they can always see where the eagles are heading and at which height. After flying and landing successfully, depending on the outcome of the camera material the eagles get rewarded, prepared for another flight or they can relax.

Flying over the impressive dolomites on the back of an eagle is a truly elevating feeling and particularly in 360° mode simply fascinating – for a short while you have a real feeling of being weightless.

Source: PeterClausen.de

Thanks to the entire gear weighing only 70 grams, Bruno is not limited in flying and realistic flight recordings – including hunting scenes – become possible.
During his flights Bruno carries the camera on his back, by using a special lightweight frame Thanks to the entire gear weighing only 70 grams, Bruno is not limited in flying and realistic flight recordings – including hunting scenes – become possible. Source: PeterClausen.de
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