Volkswagen – commercial

For Volkswagen we went on a road trip with the first Stop on Malta.

Malta is one of the Spots in Europe you could even shot a commercial in the wintertime with a lot of sun and comfortable temperatures.
With different cars in different countries all over Europe we have to create severals high-resolution pictures and short clips which can be used for social media advertisement. The goal of the clips is to be just in one camera move from pretty low heights to pretty high heights or opposite direction. For that special requirements you need a well trained team and a drone system that it was well adjusted.

Especially in conditions on a coastline with higher wind speeds and several obstructed flight paths, the pilot and the drone-systems have to be top notch and very responsive.

Nicola Code – feature film

For the Chinese Feature Film production `Nicola Code` we had been able to deliver high end footage within high end locations, like the. Potsdamer Platz by night, the Siegessäule/Straße des 17. Juni and the Teufelsberg. Due to our great network we had been able to provide the production with the full service of getting the permissions to fly in this special areas in the shortest time possible.

The stunning content, shot on Arri Alex Mini, will be shown all across China in 2018.
With the high end, long range 1080p latency free video transmission we could serve the video village with a stable transmission even in long range flights as well as whilst flying in obstructed areas.
The whole setup delivered a rock solid performance prepared even for the cold weather conditions of late November.

Sense8 – tv series (Netflix)

Very special development and consulting for the Netflix Series Sense 8 with Lana Wachowski as Director and John Toll as DOP.
The clients request was to find a solution for flying a drone in a Setup that allows also two helicopters being involved and flying between the drone and the POI/Set. To fulfill all security requirements on international standards, we had to go on a specified security distance towards those helicopter but still have to be pretty close in the framing of the actors and the whole action sequence.

We developed on our CDS Drones – stabilizing systems as well as on our video transmission and came up with a rocksolid solution of flying a RED 8K camera with a 120mm lens incl. full FIZ control and a 1080p zero delay, video transmitting long-range solution which was tested on the ground with a range of 3km (unobstructed) and also worked fine in a range of around 600m through trees and and other obstructions. Even with the 120mm lens we had been able to deliver a fully stabilized picture.

GiG – commercial (VR/360°)

With our special CDS VR/360°- Drone Systems we had been responsible for the new VR/360° Flight over Malta commercial for GiG (Gaming Innovation Group). Due to our reliable Systems, the precise flight plannings and the accurate risk management planning, we had even been able to fly in sensitive areas with permission by the Maltese aerial authorities.
We had been able to cover the Maltese harbour, as well as Valetta City with it`s fortifications, Manoel Island and St. Julians bay area alongside with the inner countryside in the beautiful city of Msida.
Even in the high wind speed situations on the coastline with wind gusts over 60km/h we had been able to deliver rocksolid footage and fulfill the requirements of our client.
Due to the long range, latency free video transmission we had been able to perform long range flights on the coastline whilst having a full overview about the covered scenarios.

Sky – commercial

The newest Sky Commercial for the upcoming soccer season features one of the famous football stadiums in Berlin. We had been responsible to deliver high-end 8K content to Sky for the opening sequence of their newest TVC. Besides that we delivered some key shots with our handheld system. Due to the quick release system we use, we had been able to avoid long setup changes and just grab the setup we used in the drone to use it handheld immidiatly. Time was very important in this case due to the fact that all pictures should have been shot while the match was going on in the magic hour of the late afternoon.

Due to the planned digital add ons in the post production it was very important that the content was very smooth and stable. We had been able to match these requirements with our precisely balanced and finetuned stabilizing system.

Siemens – commercial (VR/360°)

For this special Siemens 360° corporate-commercial, produced by Embassy of Dreams, we had again been able to proof the efficiency of our high performance drones with the fully stabilized 360°-System attached. With the CDS Drones 360°-Drone-System we are able to create a fully 360° field of view which offers the ability to the post production to get rid of the drone in the video content and to create a whole new immersive viewing experience to the viewer. With the newest Claas-Tractor on the market, equipped with high end Siemens-technology plowing a field super precisely we had the chance to collect some stunning 360° content whilst orbiting and chasing the tractor in action.

More infos and the final clips on the Siemens-website: Future Makers

100. Jahre UFA – documentary

For the documentary 100. Jahre UFA, produced by SWR we had been able to produce the important aerials at Studio Babelsberg where the well know production company UFA has its roots.

The Director Dr. Sigrid Faltin used the drone as a multifunctional tool to create long tracking shots which start at low heights which usually had been shot with a steady cam over mid-heights and camera movements a crane would usually had been used for up to 100m aerials.

With this flexibel CDS Drones – Setup we had been able to fulfill all production requirements and beyond.



Berlin Station – tv series (US)

The second season of the US tv series Berlin Station produced by Paramount PicturesStudio Babelsberg and Michael Scheel took advantage of the versatilely of CDS Drones and its operators. For very special roof top chasing scenes filmed on Arri Mini, we had to fly in courtyards and street canyons besides crossing different roof height and stories of the bulding the chases took place on.
Despite having wind gusts up to 62kph on and over the roof tops we had been able to deliver steady pictures anyway.
Thanks to our quick releases, foldable systems and our easy to transport systems we had been able to cover all different locations in a very short time and give the production more time they could use for other shots they could do additionally to the planned ones.
Thanks to the wonderful team of Berlin Station which helped carrying things around and taking care of our stuff we also had a great experience concerning the understanding of necessary safety rules especially in these harsh weather conditions and special spots we had to start, land and fly through in the inner city of Berlin.

Edeka – commercial

For this very special Production with Parasol Island and Jung von Matt for Edeka, CDS Drones had to start and land on a small fisher boat in very windy conditions besides changing wave heights.
The production shot on Arri Mini and the RED Weapon W 8K Helium, for the drone, requires very precise flight maneuvers for moving pictures of the moving boat and the fisherman working on it whilst having flybys with keeping the fisherman in the focus.
With every flight the boat was moving forward besides moving in the waves and wind and we had to appraise the movements, wind, waves and the crossings of the moving boat and the flying drone to get the pictures needed and beyond.
Starting and landing was like having a ball dancing on hose water.
Very challenging and fun too with a satisfied client and a great team experience.


DroneShuttle – tech development

Matthias Pieper with CDS Drones came up with the idea to create a multifunctional production vehicle which is capable to fulfill all the professional film-production requirements and beyond besides setting a new reference in functionality and quality.
Moritz Baumann with Audi City Berlin realized the new opportunities of this car and the advantages for the productions straight away and committed himself to this project directly. This happened in December 2016.

Matthias Pieper with CDS Drones developed multiple special features for this car within just one month based on his 12year on set experiences and 22years in technical development. In the meanwhile the Audi Headquarters in Ingolstadt had been briefed about the DroneShuttle project and decided to launch the DroneShuttle on the Berlinale as an official Audi Project supported by the german Audi marketing team.

With only one month left until the Berlinale started at the 09th of February 2017 Matthias and his Engineers build and tested Matthias ideas incl. applying for international patents for their developments.
In the meanwhile the Audi engineers and designers also realized some ideas Matthias came up with and added some special features to the already fully equipped Audi Q7 e-tron.

Just in time the car was ready for the public and had successfully been launched on the red carpet on the opening night of the Berlinale 2017.

Since than the car had been to several workshops, presentations and was already successfully used on set.

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Special Features & Technical details

• independent in traveling and on set (no extra logistics needed)
• live-monitoring incl. recording on board (atomos inferno) and in camera
• LTE-Hotspot for live online-streaming, internet and data upload to production server
• remote camera stabilization system for car to car shots (front, back and roof mounting positions)
• 17kw on board battery – charging for drone, equipment, live-Monitoring, etc.
• 50km silent drive – fully electric for dialog scenes, etc.
• new tracking shot options – from dialog tracking shot into aerial shot (patent pending)
• Droneport (starting/landing on the car) and adaptable cameramounts (patent pending)
• live – latency free – wireless 1080p video feed
• main drone, gimbal, cameras, monitoring and video feeds on board
• Audi Q7 e-Tron
• power 370hp (hybrid)
• vMax up to 240 kph
• 0-100kph ~ 6.0 Sec.
• 17kWh on board battery
• 12V/48V/230V on board plugs
• LTE hotspot on board
• air condition and pre-heating
• 50km fully electric silent drive
• air suspension with six drive modes / heights (all terrain)
• quattro / all wheel drive
• glass-sunroof – free field of view for drone flights
• fully stabilized remote head camera mounts around the car
• fully stabilized drone port (take off and landing on the car)
• fully remote control for drone and cameras from car
• full HD (1080p) latency free (< 10mS) wireless video link
• optional satellite uplink

• CDS Hexa- / Octo-Copter
• power 4KW (electric)
• vMax up to 110 kph (depending on payload)
• 30 Telemetry channels
• up to 75 redundant radio control frequencies
• >5km range • redundant battery system
• 14 redundant remote functions
• ready for takeoff in < 5 minutes
• multiple GPS positioning
• GPS fail safe / coming home + flight recorder
• operating temperaturs -10°C to +40°C
• flight time up to 30min (depending on payload)
• battery quick change (60 Sec.)
• gimbal & Payload quick change (60 Sec.)
• highly transportable (foldable for airplane transport)
• full HD (1080p) latency free (< 10mS) wireless video link