About FlycamUSA

about flycam usa

Mission – “To bring the viewer into the action” 

Our History
This Side Up Productions has been involved with innovative camera technologies since its inception in 1994. The company has continued to develop and perfect the ultralight aerial FlyCam following its incredible debut in February 1998 during the Papal Visit to Mexico City.

Pat Hally, the founder and president of This Side Up Productions originally worked with inventor Garrett Brown to develop the tracking camera systems used in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta (see Conceived soon after the Atlanta Games as a high-speed point-to-point flyer combining the best features of Garrett’s ground and aerial systems, FlyCam entered the television history books with that 500 foot flight over the Pope mobile and has since drawn raves for super-close, super dynamic coverage of sporting events and concerts on five continents. FlyCam has flown over ice-skating, hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis, football, Nascar, Formula I, Summer X, Winter X and five venues at the Sydney Olympics.

FlyCam is changing the way we watch sports in the 21st century and This Side Up Productions has its sights set on a variety of upcoming special events that will continue to bring the viewer into the action.

Camera Systems


The FlyCam is a closed loop, stabilized tracking camera system. The camera system is driven by a motor/pulley combination. The drive motor and video receiver RF or Fiber are mounted at one end of the run. Video is installed at this end for ease of setup and operation. At the opposite end of the run is a guiding relay pulley. The camera and its functions are powered by Lithium Ion batteries, while the motor that drives the FlyCam requires 208 Three Phase 30 Amp power.

RF – The data commands that control pan, tilt, and paint functions are sent to the camera via RF link. In this configuration, we are able to reach speeds of 100 mph and to date have reached a distance of 3827 ft.

Fiber Optic – FlyCam is also capable of transmitting via specially designed fiber optic cable. In this configuration, we are able to reach speeds of 55mph and limited to a distance of 1000 ft.

Mounting the pulley and motor/receiver can take place on pop-up towers, truss (supported via guy wires) and/or existing structures on site (eg. Catwalks, I-beams, Ski Lift Tower, Cranes, Concrete Columns).


Loading & Specifications 

  • Camera weight 38 lbs – 17.23Kg
  • Synthetic cable rope (per 1000 ft) – 14 lbs (6.35 Kg)
  • Tension of camera support cable is typically 400 lbs to 800 lbs (181.4 Kg – 362.8Kg)
  • Break strength of support cable greater than 12,000 lbs (5443.1 Kg)
  • Outer diameter of the support cables are 1/4 inch (6.35mm)
  • FlyCam yields safety ratios that typically exceeds 15:1
  • 0 – 60 mph (0 – 96.5 kh) in 6.6 seconds
Aspen, CO - January 24, 2014 - Buttermilk Mountain: Matt Walker competing in MenâÃÂÃÂs Ski SlopeStyle Elimination during X Games Aspen 2014
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

A. A straightforward and accessible venue can be rigged for FlyCam in as little as a 10 hour day. Two days is common for more complex events. Adverse terrain or conditions may require more time (ie. Unions, weather, permits).

A. Logistics, length of event, locations, as well as complexity of the shot, will have to be factored in to be able to issue you an accurate quote. Email us the particulars of your proposed shot to receive a preliminary estimate.

A. Depending on complexity and logistics, a typical FlyCam shot requires between three and five crew members per system.

A. Depending on the rigging requirements, FlyCam ships in as little as 30 cases weighing, at minimum, 1400 pounds. It can be delivered overland via a small trailer or shipped inexpensively by airfreight.

A. FlyCam only weighs 38 lbs and typically operates at tensions between 50 and 800 lbs, depending on the ‘flatness’ of the cable. This yields safety ratios that typically exceed 15:1. (For reference, previous cable-camera systems weigh over 200 lbs and deploy at tensions as high as 15,000 lbs!)

A. The FlyCam’s top speed is above 100mph in venues where the cable length provides room for acceleration and deceleration. The average indoor shot seldom exceeds 25 mph.

A. The FlyCam typically flies 300 to 750 feet. Our longest span to date is a world record 3,827 feet.

A. FlyCam frequently uses existing structures. Because the FlyCam is so small and light, the tensions placed upon buildings or other structures are considered trivial and easily comply with municipal and national codes.

A. Yes. Towers, light cranes and rigging set-ups are available to accommodate various lengths, tensions, heights, and configurations.

A. Tower or crane heights vary depending on minimum lens height, length of run, selected tension and gradient of the terrain. They typically range between 30 and 60 feet above ground.


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