The impact of aerial video can’t be denied and has become much more affordable and easier to achieve with the advent of the GoPro camera.
These tiny HD cameras can be used with a quadcopter (or drone) to produce amazing video footage. Before these nifty little chaps came along, the only way to get aerial video footage was from a helicopter. A quadcopter and GoPro is much cheaper and you can get images from much nearer the ground and closer to objects.
However I was reminded of the regulations around the use of quadcopters while on holiday in Calfornia this year, when I saw this newspaper piece.
Apart from regulations for flying drones (or UAVs) in specific areas, there are a number of limitations on use, which you must stick to.
• The maximum altitude is 400 feet (120 metres)
• The maximum distance from the operator is 500 metres
• The minimum visibility needs to be 5 km
• UAV must be flown in line of sight of the operator
• UAVs cannot be flown at night without special permission
• Permission must be obtained from the owner of the take-off point
• UAVs cannot be flown within 50 metres of structures, vehicles or people that are not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.
If you’re hiring video production company for aerial video, as they are operating for commercial gain, they have to have a permit from the CAA and be BNUCs certified. You can ask to see these accreditations.
You can achieve some amazing results with aerial video as you can see at the start of this video that we made for the Lochaber Fisheries Trust.