As thousands of amateur enthusiasts will tell you, drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) are a new, exciting means of video capture. Whether it’s soaring into a beautiful sunset, zooming a hundred feet over the ocean or entering the world’s first drone video festival, more and more people are taking to the skies to capture unique and beautiful aerial video footage.
Granted, the aerial footage from Aunt Betty’s backyard BBQ is fun to look at, but what about business applications? Are there practical uses for drone video outside of entertainment? Are professional tools available to capture a secure, workable video file?
The drones are certainly sophisticated enough. In a furiously competitive market, models range in design from a single-bladed camcopter to six-bladed multicopters that can carry several pounds of cargo and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Battery life and Wi-Fi support continues to grow and improve. Likewise, the cameras are more than capable, with many high-end drones offering built-in high-definition cameras up to 4k.