Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

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Zed1K
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Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby Zed1K » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:31 pm

Watched Walton on tv yesterday. Today NJ SX.
I prefer MX but in SX the cameras can cover and better cover the full track.
Easier for casual viewers to follow SX with the overhead views and follow the riders compared to MX where they are forced to constantly switch cameras and angles. As a racer I can follow the action but we need to attract more to the sport than ex-racer hard core fans.

The GoPro is a great innovation for moto coverage.

It's time for tv coverage of MX from aerial drones.

How far away are we?
I think Canadian moto is small enough and has enough central control (love it or hate it) that we can be first.

Stally. Step up and push the bar further. Beat the U.S. and Euros to the next step in coverage.

Any insiders hear the idea of drones be tossed around ?
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby traileater » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:33 pm

Im pretty sure there is too much liability with flying those around crowds. Electronics can fail and can fly the aircraft out of control. You dont want one of those blades touching you, let alone 4. The aerials you see in SX are from carmeras on a cable, in which I think they worked really well.
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby dewrag » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:06 pm

I remember hearing mumblings about someone trying this at one of the earlier Canadian rounds... Got shut down due to liability if I remember right.

I agree would be cool as fuck to follow a battle around the track. Baja dessert race style, just on a budget!
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby woodzi » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:16 am

To use a drone commercially, you need a special flight operations certificate (SFOC). To get a SFOC, you need to apply to Transport Canada and explain what you are doing and how you are going to ensure you don't hurt anyone while doing it, as well as proving that you have appropriate training and insurance. You would need to do this for each event until such time as Transport deems that you can be issued a new SFOC that would cover all of the events.

So, it can be done, but it would take some work for someone to get all the necessary approvals.
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby Modedude » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:09 am

How did you watch Walton?
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby as82 » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:53 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5waHK ... e=youtu.be

AND THAT....is why we don't have drones at the race track.
You'd have to have a big zoom lens to make it safe....and while keeping a safe distance there isn't much a drone can do that a cable cam can't.
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Re: Drones for MX tv broadcast ?

Postby Zed1K » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:04 pm

Modedude wrote:How did you watch Walton?

It was on Foxsport1. I'm in Saskatchewan with Access cable.
Same channel as SPEED was.

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