Aerial Video and Timelapse Production of Royal Navy Refuelling Platform in Plymouth

In this case study, we explore a project undertaken to provide aerial video and timelapse footage of the new Royal Navy refuelling platform located in Plymouth, United Kingdom. The project required adherence to strict regulations due to the platform’s proximity to restricted airspace, necessitating the acquisition of UAS permissions from Devonport. 

Project Overview: The task was to capture high-quality aerial video footage of the new Royal Navy refuelling platform using various equipment, including the Canon 5D MK4 camera with a 24-70 2.8 L lens, as well as the Mavic 3 Drone and X4 Afidus ATL-200S cameras. 

UAV Permission Acquisition: Given the platform’s location next to restricted airspace, it was crucial to secure proper permissions for the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). To achieve this, the project team followed Devonport’s established processes for obtaining UAV permissions. This involved navigating through regulatory requirements and ensuring compliance with safety and airspace regulations. 

Initial Aerial Video Capture: Once the necessary permissions were granted, the team executed the aerial video capture of the new Royal Navy refuelling platform. The footage showcased the platform from various angles, highlighting its features and significance. The resulting aerial video was met with approval from the client, who was impressed by the team’s work. 

Extension: Timelapse Creation: Following the success of the initial aerial video, the project scope expanded to include the creation of a timelapse documenting the deconstruction of the old platform. This presented a new set of challenges and opportunities. To achieve this, collaboration with a local media company was established, pooling resources and expertise. 

Timelapse Camera Installation: In order to capture the process of the old platform’s deconstruction, the project team strategically installed four timelapse cameras on different parts of a barge overlooking the old platform. This multi-camera approach ensured comprehensive coverage of the deconstruction process. 

Ongoing Monitoring and Maintenance: Over the course of a month, the team periodically revisited the timelapse cameras to monitor progress and perform necessary maintenance tasks, such as changing batteries and memory cards. This meticulous attention to detail was crucial in ensuring the uninterrupted capture of the deconstruction process. 

Timelapse Editing and Outcome: Upon completing the timelapse capture phase, the team embarked on the editing process. The culmination of their efforts resulted in a captivating timelapse video showcasing the gradual deconstruction of the old platform. This video not only highlighted the complexity of the process but also served as a valuable tool for the client to showcase their expertise to prospective clients. 

Conclusion: This case study illustrates the successful execution of a project involving the production of aerial video footage and a timelapse documenting the deconstruction of a Royal Navy refuelling platform in Plymouth. By navigating the intricacies of UAS permissions, collaborating with local media partners, and employing advanced equipment, the project team created compelling visual content that met and exceeded client expectations. The resulting videos serve as informative and engaging tools for the client’s future endeavours.