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Originally Posted by AzTallRider
Here is another approach: a camera equipped Hexacopter in "follow-me" mode, automatically tracking a cyclist and then a jogger. I won't be surprised if we start seeing coverage of pro races using Hexacopters.
It's a heck of a lot safer then some idiot in a car or on a motorcycle running down the riders, because he thought the shot was more important then the actual race.
For commercial use though, I see a few issues:
1) the cameras are a lot bigger and heavier, so the aircraft would need to be as well, but then they probably have a lot longer zoom range, so it may not be a big issue....
2) You need an aircraft operator and a camera operator and they both need to be remote and you need to be able to get "live" video, which needs a lot of bandwidth.
3) With heavier cameras and cameras that suck a lot of power, you need a lot of battery power and batteries add weight.