A Parrot drone hovers over the parking lot.

CES: Did Parrot Invent an iPhone controlled hovercam?!

3D Televisions? Pffft. Tablet Computers? Whatever. eReaders? So 2009.

This year, the hottest item on the show floor was a toy. A kick ass, iPhone controlled, flying quadrocopter! This is the Parrot AR Drone, and it is awesome. But what does it offer the HHH filmmaker? How about two on-board cameras for starters. They haven’t released any availability or pricing info yet.

Check out the video for details about those 2 cameras!


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Man presenting on stage with a microphone and a projection screen in the background, focusing on Mobile Filmmaking.

Video: The HHH Mobile Filmmaking presentation at LACPUG

Just in case you missed my Mobile Filmmaking presentation at the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group back in July, here’s a (low angle) video of the whole enchilada! It’s PACKED with apps and accessories you need to know! Check it out! And as always, if you dig it, share it!

Smartphone mounted on a tripod using a New GLIF clamp holder for stability.

The New GLIF tripod mount looks awesome!

UPDATE – MAY 30, 2017: Having successfully wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign, the GLIF is now available for purchase directly from the Studio Neat website! The GLIF will run you $28, while the full set with hand grip and wrist strap will set you back $55. The GLIF, one of the first iPhone camera accessories is still one of the best. And it’s about to get even better! Just in case you’ve been avoiding every article ever written about mobile filmmaking, the GLIF is a pocket-sized tripod mount for your iPhone.


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3 Responses

  1. Thanks!

    I’ll say this… if Parrot doesn’t let you record the video stream, I’m guessing some hacker will release an app for jailbroken phones to do just that. The only down side is the stream is currently a low-ish frame rate. Maybe 15fps? maybe slower. Couldn’t tell.


  2. Neat toy!! The first question that I thought of was stability. Assuming this would be a great way to cheaply get a "fly by" type of shot I think that would definitely be an issue to tackle. The quadricopter looked quite wobbly at least at this stage of the game.