Aerial Photography and Video Production in Dallas, TX

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Helicopter Cineflex and GSS, FAA Licensed Drone, Side Mount, Booms, Cranes / Jibs and more

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Oblique, Vertical, Construction Progression, Specialty, Drone, Heli and more

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Helicopters, Airplanes, Pilots, Mechanics, Air-to-Air and the Aviation Industry

Clients and Companies DTX Media has shot for:

Below is our DTX Media (Dallas, Texas) aerial video highlight reel from recent years. We are not pilots with cameras or drone hobbyists. We’re professional aerial photographers and videographers with an eye for film and video production. We have advanced stabilization techniques and tons of experience. DTX Media is based in Dallas, TX, but we serve all of Texas and surrounding states. This includes Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Shreveport, Louisiana, and more. We are fully legal, with Part 107 licensed and insured drone pilots and commercially licensed helicopter pilots. While we specialize in aviation aerial videography, we are also a full service video production company and can usually accommodate any needs you have on the ground.

Aerial Video in Dallas, TX

Dallas Drone Video

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Drone aerial video offers a unique perspective and affordability for film and productions. Drones can fly extremely low compared to full scale helicopters and can capture very dramatic video as a result. Our aerial video platform uses state-of-the-art stabilization gyros to give you smooth and beautiful videography. Clients can monitor the drone and see the live video feed from the ground. DTX Media uses precision machines, and we keep our aerial video drones in top condition. We have both licensed aircraft pilots and Part 107 pilots with remote pilot airman certificates for UAS.

Drone aerial video in Dallas is particularly tricky as Dallas lies in class B (Bravo) airspace, and it is illegal for anyone, even with a license, to fly there without special waivers (see laws and restrictions below). All our operations are completely legal and compliant. We’re not just pilots though, we’re drone videography experts with cinematography backgrounds! We have a variety of camera and resolution options. Our single-operator system (ideal for quick and simple jobs) is completely controlled by the pilot who uses the aircraft to pan the camera. Our higher end dual-operator systems (ideal for larger or complex jobs) use a camera which is independently controlled by a camera man. The dual-op system gives greater control, stability, and versatility to allow the crew to get more creative shots.

Helicopter Aerial Video

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Many clients are surprised to find that in many cases aerial photography in Dallas from a helicopter is often times the same price or even cheaper than from a drone. This is especially true for multiple locations or if we’re already flying (ask about a no-rush discount option). With a helicopter, we can shoot multiple locations in a couple hours while it could take a couple days with a drone. A helicopter allows us to perform smooth orbits and fly over traffic, which is prohibited with a drone, high elevations, fast speeds and tricky and prohibited airspaces. Above is a photograph of the ENG helicopter we used. For very high altitude shoots more than 4000ft above ground, we may use an airplane.

Nose Mount / GSS in Dallas

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There is no match for the Cineflex or GSS system. This 5-axis gyro-stabilized nose-mount or off-nose mount system is typically installed on a turbine helicopter creates silky smooth shots great for cinematic and long takes. The camera can be controlled from inside the helicopter including the ability to zoom in and out and focus remotely. Between flying for films, corporate jobs, and the news, our Cineflex / GSS operators combine for nearly 1000 hours of experience with.

Our custom cineflex option can accommodate an Elite (ARRI Alexa) or Ultra, which can fly a Red Dragon or Helium camera and shoot up to 8k 60p. This option is very customizable. With both systems, a director (250 lbs and under) can fly along in the front seat and call the shots, or DTX Media, given our aerial operations experience, can direct.

Our standard 1080 HD system (pictured a couple above in all white) flys out of Dallas, Texas and is built into an R-44 designed for Electronic News Gathering (ENG). Our connections and relationships make us one of the few companies who can offer video with this special Dallas-based system. You can find out all the specs for the system here.

Handheld Gyro Stabilized Aerial Video

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The “handheld” option is our most customizable option for helicopter aerial video. With new gyro technology, this side mount / side shot aerial video can many times be the most affordable option, and still look fantastic. It’s ideally for short takes less than 1 minute in length. Above you’ll see Jonny Carroll of DTX Media next to a very customized option using a RED camera on a Ronin stabilizer. No matter the camera system, we use a 3-axis gyro stabilized gimbal with full frame cameras at 4K resolution for our in-house cameras, and greater with advanced gear.

The full-scale helicopter allows us to work in restricted areas and cover large areas, such as spans of highway, while still capturing beautifully smooth video. We can accommodate a passenger / client / director with their own monitor or just fly ourselves and save you costs.

*Prices vary depending on needs. Mostly: location of departure, camera platform needed, passenger or not. Ask for a custom quote. Most Dallas locations can be shot in the 1 hour minimum! Additional prices apply for specific cameras, insurance and ground time.

Dallas Aerial Photography

Oblique

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Obliques are any photos photographed at an angle. They are best for portfolio or real-estate type work. We fly on sunny days at the best time of day for the location. Serving all of Texas.

Vertical

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Straight down photos. Similar to satellite imagery. On small locations in Texas, we can shoot these ourselves.  For very large areas within Dallas and some other metro areas, we can pull from the most recent satellite imagery.

Progression

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Monthly photos of construction taking place in Dallas, Texas. Huge discounts over custom aerial photography, but also not quite the same quality. These are for documentation purposes. They are not always taken on sunny days. We typically fly around the 1st and the 15th of the month.

Specialty

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We offer specialty aerial photography. This could be for live events on specific dates, some of which require coordination and special clearance with the FAA. It also can include night and twilight aerial photography. Night aerial photography can be very tricky but also very pretty.

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Aerial photography and video is commonly used for events. Especially outdoor events. See our Dallas corporate event photography and video portfolio

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DTX Media can take large group portraits with a drone or any other kind of aerial lift. Perfect for parties, family reunions, corporate events and companies

FAA Drone Compliance and Restrictions in Dallas / Fort Worth

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DTX Media is completely compliant with all laws! The map above shows restricted airspaces. With full-scale helicopters, we can get clearance into any of the restricted DFW airspaces with a 36-hour notice (with a couple exceptions such as the Fort Worth Air Force base and a 1-mile radius from George Bush’s house). Drones, however, cannot operate in red square areas without special waivers and exemptions. DTX Media is one of the few companies in Dallas / Fort Worth with drone pilots who can legally fly in these areas! Any person or company flying a drone that cannot show a wavier to operate within these areas is likely breaking federal law and is a criminal with potential penalty of imprisonment (i.e. Not someone you want to do business with). Additionally, any person who hires an unlicensed pilot, or a pilot without clearance into restricted airspace for commercial photography or video could be liable for a fine of $11,000. If you’re unsure if your location lies inside restricted airspace, you can view this detailed and interactive map from the FAA, or simply ask us. Anything within a red or green block is drone restricted and requires a special waiver. The numbers inside the block (100, 400, etc.) is the drone altitude limit we can go with the special waiver. Under special circumstances we can sometimes even get into the 0 grid areas.

Aerial Photography and Video Production in Dallas, TX

Aviation Photography Portfolio

DTX Media is a photography firm and video production company in Dallas / Fort Worth specializing in aviation photography. See our entire photography portfolio.

Additional Photography and Video Services

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DTX Media offers editorial photography and video in addition to our aerial and aviation media services.

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EMS, Emergency Medical Services, ER, hospitals, surgeries, rehab, dental and more at our healthcare photography and video portfolio.

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From construction to manufacturing, DTX Media frequently shoots commercial and industrial photography with aerials.

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Aerial photography in Dallas is often used to shoot properties for architecture portfolios and / or commercial real-estate.

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In addition to Dallas aerial video and photography, DTX Media shoots portraits, like the one of the  helicopter pilot above.

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DTX Media shoots headshots like the image above. This headshots is of an aviation professional in front of an airplane.

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Dallas Aerial Photography and Video Rates

Helicopter Aerial Photography and Video
$700 – Half Day Crew Reservation (less than 4 hours)
$1200 – Full Day Crew Reservation (4 to 8 hours)

Equipment Options
Included – In House Photography and Video Equipment
$300 – Side Mount Video System (3 Axis GPS Gryo stabilized gimbal)
$8000 – GSS (8K60p RED or ARRI) and helicopter mount

Helicopter Hourly Rates
$600/h – No Passenger Helicopter or Airplane (pilot and cam op only)
$850 – $1000/h – Piston Passenger Helicopter (Director under 225lbs can fly along)
$1900 – $2200/h – Turbine Helicopter (such as Bell 206 or A-star)
$2200/h – Helicopter w/ built in 1080p Cineflex gimbal (1 hour min)

* Helicopter based out of Dallas, but can fly out of other metros.
* Helicopter fees includes aircraft rental, pilot, fuel, etc.
* May be fees for specific times, dates, events, clearances etc
* Helicopter prices also apply for airplanes

Drone Operations
$700 – Half Day Crew Member (less than 4 hours)
$1200 – Full Day Crew Member (4 to 8 hours)
$250 – Additional Hours on site
$100 – Waiver for Restricted Airspace (each location)
$200 – Night Waiver – *Requires a Visual Observer

Equipment
Included – Single Op Drone (mavic pro, phantom, etc)
$500 – Dual Op Drone (Inspire 2 w/ x4s camera)
$400 – Advanced Camera (x5s camera, 24mm)
$100 – Specific Lens (9mm, 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm)
$1500 – Premium Drone Kit (Inspire 2 w/ x7, ProRes, Raw DNG and lens options)
$500 – FLIR image sensor on Mavic 2

* Drones are limited to ~400ft elevation, 20-minute flights, weather conditions, and air-spaces
* Might be additional fees to close roads, permits and other custom requests.
* Dual op systems require two crew members, a pilot and camera op

DTX Media’s Ground (Aviation) Video and Photography Rates

General Photography

Lead Photographer:
$600 – Half Day Photographer (up to 4 hours on site including set-up)
$1000 – Full Day Photographer (up to 8 hours on site including set-up)
$200 – Additional Photographer hours (after day rate of 8 hours)

Photo Assistant:
$300 – Half Day Assistant (up to 4 hours on site including set-up)
$500 – Full Day Assistant (up to 8 hours on site including set-up)

Crew – Videographers

Videographer:
$700 – Half Day Videographer (up to 4 hours on site including set-up)
$1200 – Full Day Videographer (up to 8 hours on site including set-up)
$250 – Additional Videographer hours (after day rate of 8 hours)

*Our videographers can function as one or more of the following:
Director, DP, Gaffer, Cam Op and Audio Tech

Production Assistant:
$300 – Half Day Assistant (up to 4 hours on site including set-up)
$500 – Full Day Assistant (up to 8 hours on site including set-up)

** Crew rates are applicable to nearly all DTX Media services including events, interviews, training videos and more.
** See what equipment prices below

Video Equipment

Basic Video Equipment:
Included – Basic Professional Cameras (Sony a7III or comparable)
Included – Basic Professional Lenses (G / GM, L Series & Primes)
Included – Tripods with professional fluid video heads.
$200 – Basic Professional Audio (Wireless lav mic and or boom)
$200 – Basic Professional Light Kit (x5 300-900 LED panels + soft boxes)
$200 – Basic Cinematic Motion Tools (SLR sized Gimbal or Slider)
$200 – Teleprompter (requires an operator, can be client or interviewee)

Advanced Video Equipment:
$500 – Advanced Audio (mixer, multiple mics, and amplification)
$800 – Advanced Light Kit (Kino Flo or equivalent, flags, diffusion, etc)
$800 – Advanced Camera (4k 10-bit 4:2:2 | FS7, C300 mkII or similar)
$1200 – Cine Camera (RED or ARRI complete kits)
$500 – Cine Lens (Cine lenses or Cinema lenses)
*Advanced Audio, Light Kit and Cine Camera require dedicated crew.

Video Editing:
$100 – Basic Video Editing Hourly Rate (ie: sync, cut, color)
$150 – Advanced Video Editing Hourly Rate (ie: animation)

Add-Ons:
$200 – Each licensed music track
$500 – Up to 3 minutes of voiceover
$100 – Additional voice over minute
$200 – Stock Video Clips (each)

** Typically 1 day of shooting requires 2 days of editing.
** Multiple deliverables typically require more time in post.
** Additional fees for needs such as voiceovers, music licensing, etc.

Video Editing:
$100 – Basic Video Editing Hourly Rate (ie: sync, cut, color)
$150 – Advanced Video Editing Hourly Rate (ie: animation)

Add-Ons:
$200 – Each licensed music track
$500 – Up to 3 minutes of voiceover
$100 – Additional voice over minute
$200 – Stock Video Clips (each)

** Typically 1 day of shooting requires 2 days of editing.
** Multiple deliverables typically require more time in post.
** Additional fees for needs such as voiceovers, music licensing, etc.