It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman… No, actually, it’s a Drone camera! They may not be here to save us from all that’s evil in the world, but they can sure help a lot with video production. And it’s absolutely fine if you have no clue what I’m talking about.
If you want the technical, “wikipedian“ definition, ‘an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), colloquially known as a camera drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board’. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. There are a wide variety of UAV shapes, sizes, configurations and characteristics. To us, they are more of a really cool real-life flying video game”. Imagine a small, sometimes even toy -sized helicopter with a built in camera (aka RC Helicopter camera) that can even be controlled wirelessly with an iPhone or iPad. How cool is that? In case you are not convinced, here is the proof:
Drone cameras have existed for almost 100 years, but it is only recently that people started using them with artistic intentions. In the beginning, their use was strictly for military operations. Their applications have now extended to civil activities such as fire fighting, surveillance and any mission deemed too difficult for manned aircraft.
In the last year, I have seen a number of new drone cameras being used to capture video or photos. The Real Estate industry loves these bad boys because they can take killer shots of buildings and properties. Hollywood is also keen to use drone cameras; filmmakers are increasingly turning to them to film aerial shots. Why? Well aerial film-making via helicopters is expensive (tens of thousands of dollars), whereas aerial film-making via drone comes in at a fraction of the price, and you are not restricted to open spaces or bound by strict flight regulations. You can take impressive footage from inside a building or fly it below controlled airspace.
These helicopter cameras have a wide range of use. There are amateur ones that are great for fun such as creating family movies, and professional ones with full camera control that usually need two operators -one that controls the flying, the other one managing the camera.
Many companies are now hard at work developing customized tools to shoot high- resolution video, and capture what would have been otherwise, impossible images. Check out, for example this pretty awesome video below:
So, if you ever need impressive aerial footage of your building and its surroundings; a town or city; or if you even wish to fly inside your premises – then think drone. It doesn’t get much better than that.