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A Drone Goes Extreme

by Richard Cochrane on July 08, 2014

Extreme sports is a growing area of interest and has an enormous following around the globe. From the different "X Games" events to the many YouTube videos displaying feats of "parkour" it is clear that a lot of people want to see or film extreme sports. This is a primary reason that filmmakers and athletes have been investing in helicam gear. The use of drone technology and aerial filming equipment is a "given" where extreme sports are concerned simply because they can catch all of the best angles. But up until now, it has required several people to put even a simple film together.

The Latest Innovations

Imagine using a remote control drone or helicam to film or photograph yourself doing almost any sort of extreme sport. This would be the world's wildest "selfie", and it could show off some sick skills on a skateboard, surf, or even the face of a cliff. The ability to capture extreme sports at unusual and flattering angles could also create some pretty substantial commercial and artistic opportunities, too.

Amazingly enough, the technology has just been developed, and an Israeli firm has partnered with an American manufacturer to put together a wild piece of aerial filming technology. Using a remote control device that operates like a "leash" between the athlete and the drone or helicam, the "system works automatically, using sophisticated algorithms to take video from the best angles," (Shamah, 2014).

In other words, you clip a device to yourself, set out to do the wildest feats of athleticism, and the helicam follows you and records it all from the best positions.

Flying Camera In the Works

Of course, like most developing technologies, this one is not yet optimized. It has a maximum flight time of 20 minutes, can move up to 40 mph, and must remain within one thousand feet of its subject. Still, this makes it an ideal flying camera resource for the biker, skier, surfer, or just about any other individual extreme sports enthusiast.

Naturally, this won't be the only flying camera of its kind, but it is among the first with such unique tech on board. The use of a drone or helicam to capture beautiful and awe inspiring shots of extreme activities is something that is going to continue to increase over time, and any opportunities for self-made films or photos are likely to be widely accepted.

Aerial Filming for Now

However, right now there are alternatives to selfies with such tech. For example, anyone who has the skills to perform daring feats of extreme athleticism should work with helicam experts or aerial filming professionals to document some of their activities. They can even access firms offering up the use of quadcopter devices such as this latest bit of tech. This would ensure that some remarkable shots were possible, and the kind that only flying camera experts can record.

Remember that this new remote control camera boasts the "algorithms" that ensure the imagery is captured at the best angles. When you work with flying camera experts, they will already know how to grab those angles with the helicam or drone array. Heli Video Pros, as an example, is a firm long dedicated to the use of flying camera gear to make high quality productions. Their expertise partnered up with the use of helicam equipment is what makes them ideal for documenting extreme sports - or supplying you with the gear needed. They make drone and helicam equipment for sale at their site ( or can do the filming for you.

Until the tech needed to document extreme sports has been perfected, go with the flying camera experts to capture every move.

Works Cited

Shamah, David. Israeli 3D Tech Behind the Worlds' First Drone for Extreme Sports Photography. NoCamels. 2014.



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