Merden videographer uses ‘drone’ to help clients

It flies up to 400 feet, takes photos and videos and looks like something out of a science fiction movie. It’s a multi-rotor aircraft for aerial filming and city resident and business owner Clem Kasinskas owns one.

The four-propeller remote controlled helicopter made by DJI, is rigged up to a small camera and runs by battery. Using the remote control, Kasinskas moves the helicopter where he wants it to go and can see photos or videos being shot on the screen located on the remote. Kasinskas who works for the city and school system, has used the device to create a video of the Maloney High School renovation project.

“It’s a cheaper solution for my clients,” Kasinskas said Monday at the Hub site. “You don’t have to rent a helicopter.”

Kasinskas, has owned and operated On Site Video, a videography and photography company, for 20 years. He does weddings and events, shoots footage for real estate agents and property owners. Some of the shoots require aerial shots and his clients have rented helicopters, which can cost $1,500 an hour.

“It’s just another tool,” he said.

Earlier this month, he used the device to shoot the construction behind the Gravel Street high school. Foundations and dirt mounds were captured in the one-minute video.

“It’s exciting,” said School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni. “It’s capturing major developments throughout different stages and phases.”

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