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.