Live stream drone services
Professional drone shots for television or online broadcasting
With our live stream drone services, we offer professional HD aerial shots live on your Television channel or online platform. We can set this up as part of a bigger livestream production or for small corporate events that demand livestream footage. We have been working for the biggest broadcasting companies in Europe so let us know if you want to know more about our live-stream drone services.
Live stream with drones
WORKFLOW | ESTABLISHING SHOTS| FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Setting up a live stream service with drones requires just another way of working compared to a regular live stream video production. This has to do with the type of airspace we have to work in but also the fact we are dependent of the battery life of our drones. For example, when we stream video images from our new Inspire 3 drone, we have a maximum flight time of around 25 minutes. This means we have to switch the camera to another drone to reload the battery of the other drone. When there is no need for dynamic drone flights we can work with a so-called cable drone that is powered from the ground and therefore can stay up in the air for hours. The disadvantage is that we are limited in our flight paths. Therefore we always recommend working with multiple drones or a regular camera team to switch to. If needed we can take care of all of these things.
DJI Inspire 3
EXTENDED BATTERY TIME | MULTIPLE LENSES
The drone we usually use for high-end aerial live-stream services is the DJI Inspire 3. We have multiple of these drones and can therefore arrange multiple aerial camera angles or make sure there is always a drone camera up and running for the stream. The Inspire 3 has a battery time of around 20 to 25 minutes so once in a while we need to land to change this. Another reason for using multiple livestream drone teams is for filming with different lenses at the same time. When filming for the NOS broadcasting the European para Championships we used some longer lens drones for getting close on the bicicle action while having lots of trees in the foreground. This gave a massive sense of speed to the viewers!
FPV DRONE LIVESTREAM
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION USING A FPV DRONE
Next to the DJI Inspire 3, we can also work with small FPV drones for professional livestreams. These drones carry a DJI 03 Air unit camera which gives great HD signal. The big advantage of the FPV drones is that they can really join the action, flying through athletes compared to the bigger Inspire 3 which needs to keep more distance. Using FPV drones for live streams really became popular after the NOS used them for a Cyclist match in the Netherlands. We also used the FPV drone teams for live broadcasting when filming for the European para Championships in Rotterdam.
EQUIPMENT & SAFETY
The livestream footage our Dutch drone teams can send through us is passed by HDMI or SDI connection. These images are HD 1080p and besides that the signal comes from a drone there is nothing different than the signal coming from a regular camera. We us the BlackMagic micro converter (3g/ 12g) to convert the HDMI signal to SDI. of course our drone teams need to be in direct contact with the director to know when the drone camera is live but also to communicate when a drone battery needs to be replaced and the drone itself needs to land and is back up in the air. Working with drones in your live stream also means the audio and noise of the drone need to be taken into account. The drone team also needs a safe landing position where bystanders can not get + an emergency landing location when the main location is blocked for whatever reason.
In general, the live-stream production needs to take into account that a drone is not allowed to fly above any audience or above buildings that are not part of the live-stream production. This is for safety but also privacy reasons. Let us know if you have any questions about your live stream production and are thinking about the use of drones. We are happy to tell you everything about the possibilities and drone regulations.
Let us know if you have any questions about setting up a professional live stream with drones in the Netherlands. We love to hear your ideas and wishes and from there we can tell you about the possible live stream services we can supply with our drones. More info about our certification, professional pilots and related drone services you can find on our Drone service page or otherwise just contact us to our contact page.