DRONES ARE TRANSFORMING TV FILMING

The UK, America, Canada and many others are passing legislative laws to use the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), popularly known as THE DRONE.

The conception of drones’ technology can be dated back to the 1900s when a similar technology may have been used in wars.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot and is operated using a remote-control device. It sends signals to the drone or UAV for instructions on movements. These drones are attached with a camera to get panoramic views of the landscape from a height.

Drones are especially popular for fantastic aerial shots in photography. More companies are realising the potential that drones carry and how convenient the technology can be for their specific uses. The most recent phenomenon is how drones are being used to transform the television experience for audiences.

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BBC recently aired TV Series Planet Earth 2 which is a remake of the original series that aired almost 10 years ago. The 2016 series used aerial shots of different natural scenes. Using drones added a new dimension to the whole series and television viewing on a whole new level.

The camera generally used is UHD (4K) which means that the views will be spectacular and precise to the dot in terms of resolution. The TV series aired with episodes such as islands, mountains and jungles. Focusing the rich habitat existing in these divergent terrains.

Drones have multiple benefits for filming. It is lightweight, easy to control and reduces immensely the costing required to hire a helicopter or a stationary crane. Drones have also been used in film shootings such as Lucky Man.

Production houses are using drones to produce 360-degree views and to shoot action scenes as well. Drones do not create a large shadow or any sounds and disruptions due to its wing, unlike its mammoth counterparts (such as helicopters).

Drones are a safer navigation tool to fly in the aerospace and get close shots where a helicopter couldn’t have possibly reached. This advancement in movie making surely helps the audience viewing it, giving them a whole new perspective and dimension to the whole scene.

Many TV News Channels are putting their money on drones to get aerial views of places where an incident may have occurred. This reduces the cost to hire pilots and helicopters and risk involved. CBS News (for example) put their best quadcopter to use whilst capturing the live footage of a man hunt for two prisoners. The duo escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

Drones can also be used to update people on traffic situations in different parts of the city.

According to most news channel specialists, drones are the new future of reporting. Many have already put in their requests to get a license from their respective governments to use this wonderful technology. It is a game changer. Fox News used drone footage to showcase the impact of flood damage caused by Hurricane Hermine in Homosassa, Florida.

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Drones are a brilliant option to take shots of calamities and witness the devastation that may have occurred. The best part is that it can be viewed through a television without the need of large spending by TV Channels.

Broadcasters are hiring specialists to control these drones and get a unique edge. The Sinclair Broadcast Group has already launched drone teams into 6 cities and owns up to 80 drones with specialists hired to control them.

Drones are the impetus into a new generation of filming and TV viewing. Demand has been on the rise ever since people realised how beneficial and useful they can be to us. Especially in the case of entertainment and real-time viewing, since AR and VR are here to stay.

Emily Johnson

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