The Spidercam was a revolutionary addition to sports broadcasting when introduced back in 2010. It could move across a field without any restriction or the presence of a physical camera person.
Now, sports cinematography is introducing a new technology that can wirelessly infiltrate any area – drones. Commercial or civil drones made their grand debut back in 2006 when the FAA granted the first permit. Since then, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as formally known, have produced dramatic camera angles in live music events’, weddings, real estate, agriculture, and sports.
Drones in sports!
With drones being called the “best cameraman” at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, these compact and new-generation flying machines are the future of sports filming.
The NFL was the first major sports body to acquire a permit from the FAA for flying drones back in 2015. One year later, the Dallas Cowboys became the first NFL team to utilize these during training sessions.
So, what are the advantages of drones in sports?
1. For spectators and audiences:
Snowboarding, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, horse racing, boat racing, and even Formula 1 have become more entertaining, thanks to drones delivering a third-person angle.
Making even the most lackluster sports like golf enthralling for people who love baseball are drones.
2. For coaches :
Soccer and American football have outgrown that tag of mere sports and become multi-billion dollar industries. Team managers and coaches, hence, analyze even the smallest of opportunities that can help their team win.
And for that, drones are a necessity. Teams from around the world are using this technology to define new strategies and tactics from a new perspective, previously uncharted through the sidelines.
Head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett once told the media that using drones is advantageous as these offer you the benefit of seeing all 11 players on the defense and offense from a wider, lower angle.
Usage of drone in other sports
The University of Nevada conducted a research where they found that drones can help visually-impaired athletes to run more comfortably. The study also found that runners could easily locate and follow the drone.
Drones have such a wide-scale impact in major sports that they are now being used for fishing as well. Yes, fishing is real sport and drones are helping angler’s spot targets even at farther distances.
Video showing real example of Sport event drones:
List of brand and model of the drones used in the Sport events’ application: