Stampede, a New York-based distributor of presentation equipment, has announced the market introduction of xFold, a multi-rotor drone platform developed for aerial work in film and television production.
‘The xFold line of multi-rotor [small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs)] offers professionals involved in top-level aerial work with a complete range of options across a broad price range,’ says Kevin Kelly, president and chief operating officer of Stampede. “The xFold platform has been proven to be extremely reliable and effective in major motion pictures, television shows and commercials, and now they are available to customers all across the country through our dealer network.”
The xFold Mapper is designed for surveying, inspection and mapping applications. The xFold Cinema, which features 3D scanners, is designed for high-end feature film and television production. The xFold Dragon is for heavy lifting and features dual RED Epic cameras for 3D, a fully rigged ARRI ALEXA camera, heavy scanners (LiDAR), and several sensor options. Each frame can be configured as quadcopter, hexacopter, x8 octocopter or x12.
The core rig of the xFold line was designed by company co-founder Ziv Marom, a sUAV pilot and cinematographer with years of experience in aerial video and cinematography for feature films.
According to Kelly, Stampede will be offering training programs in conjunction with both xFold and its strategic partner, Unmanned Vehicle University.