Drone Videos are Helping Entrepreneurs to make Money
Present technology has Progressed to a point that small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS), essentially hobby sized remote controlled airplanes and helicopters, are more accessible today than ever before, both in terms of their relatively lower rates and ease of flight control for new RC pilots. Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom series seem almost ubiquitous today — they’re everywhere. Cameras, also, have come across way; they are smaller, lighter, shoot in higher resolutions and have improved lenses. It was only a matter of time before both could be paired with relatively sophisticated, but also cheap, digital image stabilization gimbals making video and photographic aerial vision easy, affordable and fun!
It was Probably also evident to those paying attention that these camera outfitted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), most often referred to as “drones”, would also fundamentally alter a number of industries and be the foundation for what’s being called “the upcoming great land rush in technology.”
“This Market’s going to be huge,” explained Ken Loo, a Sunnyvale mechanical engineer who used a 3-D printer to create his own UAV and hopes to one day become a drone consultant. “The possibilities are endless.”
Not one to miss a Simple cliché, I’d say that when it comes to the commercial use of UAV video, “The sky’s the limit!”
Long the domain name of commercially piloted Helicopters and airplanes, aerial surveysare employed in cartography, topography, feature Recognition, archaeology and GIS software providing information on Terrestrial sites which are frequently difficult, or even impossible, to see or measure from the ground. Electronic photogrammetric mapping and ortho photography solutions because of the Enormous cost savings accomplished using little unmanned systems capable of transporting A variety of visual imagery payloads that could go slower and lower than much Larger traditional aircraft.
2-BUILDING AND MONETIZING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Drone video is popular right now Among UAV fans and several YouTubers, like Team BlackSheep, are gaining a enormous amount of subscribers by simply submitting daredevil videos captured by their remote controlled aircraft from interesting and unique places around the globe.
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Aerial photo reconnaissance has been used to gather information on competitions. Information about the size And capacity of producing facilities, numbers of employees, business Expansion and the development of onsite infrastructure, in addition to many other Pieces of practical intelligence, are now derived using small and very low Cost UAVs as compared to the otherwise enormous expense of using piloted Industrial aircraft like helicopters and planes.
4-CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE
In June, the Wildlife Conservation Society began training operators In the Belize Fisheries Department to use 2 drones to help track illegal Fishing activities. The drones went into use just at the start of lobster season. And it’s just 1 example of the growing use of drones in The areas of conservation and tracking down poachers.
Additional Examples of drones used in the field include biologists and researchers Using UAV airborne and video imagery to rely everything from birds into polar Bears while those in charge of enforcing environmental laws are searching for hard to detect activities like illegal logging and the dumping of harmful substances.
Amazon Made popular (and sensational) that the notion of commercial product delivery via Unmanned aerial vehicles but their thought never took flight and Lakemaid Beer drone delivery services to ice fishermen in Wisconsin and Minnesota were Grounded by the FAA in the United States. Drone delivery services nonetheless are taking flight in different corners of the planet where flight is faster, safer and cheaper than shipping via overland routes. Drones are delivering Emergency medication, small (but critical) mechanical components and time sensitive Files among other things.
Drones can provide public Safety officials actual time video footage in regions hard hit by natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes that often make huge Populated areas nearly impossible and too dangerous to travel by land. Lately, in the wake of many quite powerful earthquakes, disaster management UAV pilots to supply video services in support of the relief and fix efforts. Drones are currently used in Fukushima, Japan where Daiichi Nuclear energy plant melted down more than 3 years ago but radiation stays a serious health hazard to people and scientists analyzing the area. As mentioned previously, bigger unmanned aerial systems can also be employed by NGOs and humanitarian Solutions to securely deliver medicine, water and food to otherwise unreachable Victims.
Filmmakers are finding that a well-operated Multirotor aircraft capable of taking cinema quality video cameras may be a less expensive and more versatile option than jibs, cranes, dollies and cameras Mounted on helicopters so as to get the ideal camera movement or tracking shot. Hollywood is champing at the bit to get in on aerial cinematography with drones and the U.S. Government is currently considering a request from movie and TV producers to let them [legally] use unmanned aircraft to shoot aerial video (though we all Know that drones have already been used in U.S. movie production).
8-LOW ALTITUDE BANNER ADVERTISING
OK, not just a Video-based commercial opportunity, while I was writing an earlier article for Vtrep.com on a beach in Cancun, I’d see a hexacopter flying down the beach at water’s edge toting a banner advertising a local nightclub and had to chuckle. (The pilot was flying FPV (first person view) using a GoPro videocamera mounted beneath the aircraft and sending the video feed into a monitor attached to his controller.)
9-MICROJOB VIDEO SITES
Many entrepreneurial filmmakers are offering drone video-related services and performances on “micro task” sites like the freelance video marketplace VideoToOrder.com. They run the gamut of offering personalized and creative videos which are used by consumers to send particular messages to relatives, friends and clients to marketing and promotion. I believe I have seen it all being supplied: sexy, quirky, scary, professional, in all manners of dress and places together with two exceptions: videos created submerged and, astonishingly, videos using or featuring a drone to catch the footage. With just a little imagination you could offer your distinctive UAV freelance video production business to communicate all sorts of greetings and messages -anniversaries, get well wishes, congratulations, URL promotion, brand building, etc..
Drones are being used by journalists and citizens alike to report the news. There have been several high profile cases in which small unmanned aerial systems are used to document and supply video footage from regions of conflict, war, civil upheaval, accidents and tragedy. UAVs provide journalists a safe working distance from otherwise dangerous conditions and may frequently be carried to the scene of a report and deployed by a camera operator far more quickly and at less expense than a commercially piloted new helicopter.
11-PIPELINE AND ELECTRICAL LINE INSPECTION
Like airplanes and helicopters, to inspect hundreds of miles of electrical lines, towers and remote substations in addition to oil and gas pipelines and pumping stations. Small unmanned systems equipped with cameras and video transmitters are currently replacing a lot of the routine inspection that was very expensive and frequently dangerous to the pilots and inspectors.
Using drones in precision Agriculture and crop surveillance can drastically reduce the time required walking the fields and higher cost of using commercially piloted aircraft. Armed with specialized cameras that are capable of capturing specific wavelengths of infrared video, small unmanned aerial system operators are able to see contrasting colors that indicate the general health of crops in the field. Areas of concern can be inspected much closer using the identical UAV for verification, problem diagnosis and even delivering localized spot therapy. Farmers using unmanned aerial vehicles to surveil crops are reporting higher yield, reduced plant damage and lower costs, which is great for everybody.
This is Realtors are extremely quickly realizing that very low altitude aerial video footage captured by drones sell large pieces of property and homes with unique features more quickly. Additionally, agents who hire UAV video companies report they’re attracting more listings as well.
13-RESORT AND HOTEL ADVERTISING
Similar to real estate videos above, what better way to show off a spectacular hotel situated on the ideal piece of property than to present potential visitors the kind of video footage and aerial imagery only a little drone can offer?
Resorts are fighting tooth and nail for advertising impressions and to stick out from the crowd on hotel booking applications and a glut of travel websites marketing agencies understand that unique video perspectives offer an edge in an otherwise tired advertising mix.
I have been paid for providing UAV video footage as well as having been given free lodging at luxury resorts in Cozumel and Cancun Mexico in trade for something I REALLY like to do anyway: Fly my drone!
14-SEARCH AND RESCUE
When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went Missing not long ago, police and searchers were dispatched to obtain the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing loss.
Concerned for his safety as the search dragged on, Fitchburg police issued a news alert to all residents to be on the watch for the missing man. It Took David Lesh about 20 minutes to locate DeVenecia with his drone.
Video from unmanned aerial systems is being used to secure sensitive locations and areas from unwanted trespassers to detecting and documenting theft. A pal of mine was hired by a large aquaculture (captive business fishery) that covers some 150 acres to fly his thermal imaging camera equipped quadcopter over the grounds at night after several break-ins caused both the theft of fish but also the contamination of a grow out pond that caused much larger economic losses. The business came to the obvious conclusion that, in their specific situation, it was more cost effective to employ one security officer with an unmanned aerial surveillance system which could quickly cover a large area of difficult terrain than it is to hire five or six security officers that would be required to man posts properly distributed throughout the property. He thinks he has the best job on the planet.
16-SPORTS AND EVENTS VIDEOGRAPHY
This is an exciting application of drones being used to capture sporting events from the air. I’ve seen UAVs being used to capture a Variety of events, from ESPN’s X Games, the Olympics, the Boston Marathon and even the Tour de France. There is no lack of local, regional and world events that couldn’t be showcased from the air!
17-STRUCTURAL INSPECTION AND CONSTRUCTION SITE DATA
Not long ago my hometown was absolutely devastated by flooding of historical levels. Several UAV operators were credited for their service to public safety by volunteering their drones’ first person visual (FPV) systems (transmitting a live video feed back to a receiver) to allow law enforcement officials and structural engineers to survey roads and bridges they couldn’t otherwise quickly and easily reach to assess damage. Consequently, at least one of these pilots now regularly sells video footage to the local news outlet and contracts with a utilities company.
Construction companies and Architects handling large building projects are deploying drone operators to capture video in a way which allows them to measure and report progress. Insurance companies are employing drones to inspect and quantify things like hail damage claims to roofs as opposed to put adjustors at risk of falling as well.
18-SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVATE INVESTIGATION
Very recently I read an article online in which various private Investigators around New York in the United States were claiming to use drones to attain surveillance footage of cheating spouses and claimants faking injuries to bilk insurance companies. While I think it’s exceedingly unlikely that PIs are in fact using drones in this manner (due to the loud rotor noise and the focal limitations of the cameras that fit on the hobby-sized aircraft), it’s possible and there certainly are practical applications for using UAVs in private investigation.
Capturing unique aerial video Footage from vantage points that only small unmanned aerial systems can provide To augment traditional wedding video is becoming a popular request by brides-to-be. And why not? Outdoor wedding venues are often chosen for their spectacular location and gorgeous scenery; drones can capture more of what makes the celebration’s backdrop special than ever before.