Fox Sports to use UAVs to cover US Open11th June 2015     By: Panasonic Media

Golf fans will get extraordinary views when Fox Sports deploys several UAVs (or drones) to cover the U.S. Open Golf Championship next week. It takes place at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington from 15 -21 June.

This is the first time Fox Sports is deploying drones to cover a live sporting event. Fox hired Helivideo Productions, a Texas-based provider of FAA-approved cinematography for TV and film to operate the drones. They will provide HD aerial views of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes during the four-day tournament. 

One drone will use a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 camera and footage will be transmitted via microLite transmitters, which provide professional-grade MPEG-4 COFDM HD wireless transmission links providing HD video at distances over one mile. 

Expect some interesting footage to be captured due to unique weather characteristics of Puget Sound, and the natural and man-made terrain golf course characteristics means that the drones need to fly at a variety of different altitudes.

Drones can be noisy; however this won't be an issue at an event where silence is golden. Most of the shots will be from 500-1,500 feet away and the drone noise is very low from that distance.

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