How Quadcopters Can Help with Coverage of Formula One Events

Posted on February 5, 2016 in Blog

How Quadcopters Can Help with Coverage of Sporting Events

With how far high definition TV technology has come in just the last 10 years, and how seriously television directors take their responsibility in showing the games that they cover with as much cinematography is possible, purchasing a ticket and actually attending the game has gone from one of the most reliable ways to experience your favorite sports teams to a once in a while of event where you understand the visuals on your TV screen will ALWAYS be better than your visuals in person.

Talk about a major transformation in the way that we enjoy our favorite sporting events that’s come about in only just the last 10 or 15 years.

However, the inclusion of quadcopters (also referred to as drones) in the coverage of our favorite sports teams has opened up a whole new world of potential that TV directors can tap into – changing the landscape of the way these games are televised completely once again.

Far more than just a novelty act, quadcopters have the potential to revolutionize the way that we experience sporting events – and it’s only going to get better from here!

“Follow Me” quad copters will change the way F1 events are televised forever

The Formula 1 races are perfectly suited to the big breakthroughs that quadcopters are going to bring to the world of sporting events coverage, and it’s easy to see why.

Though the television coverage has gotten a lot better for Formula 1 events, quadcopters give directors of the television feed the opportunity to program drones to follow specific drivers across the track – never cutting away, never relying on stationary cameras that might miss important angles or moments, and providing viewers with an almost visceral experience that’s as close to being right there beside the driver.

And that’s just one sport!

With GPS technology, drones can be programmed to hover just behind or just in front of athletes without ever getting in the way, capturing video footage that simply wouldn’t have been possible with any other approach.

“Spider Cam” is the first step towards full on drone coverage

Originally pioneered in the United States to cover American Football, “Spider Cam” technology – a complex system of high tension wires that run all over a stadium upon which cameras are mounted to zoom in on the action without ever interfering with athletes – has become incredibly popular in the United Kingdom and throughout the rest of the world for a variety of different reasons.

For starters, it gives a unique look at the action on the field or on the pitch that simply wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. The cables allow these cameras to be maneuvered into position just behind, just in front of couple or just on the side of these world-class athletes as they compete against one another without ever getting in their way.

On top of that, drones have opened up a lot of cinematography that television sporting event directors can take advantage of, injecting games with more emotion than would have been possible using traditional stationary cameras.

But with quadcopters, there will be no need for a complex system of high tension wires upon which these cameras are connected. The quadcopters themselves can perform the same kind of work, all without any wires in the way. It’ll provide a better and more consistent product without any potential interference from the camera setup.

Also read: Physical Demands Of Formula 1 Driving

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