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Old Jul 20, 2014, 08:00 PM
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Phantom spotted at a rodeo

First time I see one in action. What are your thoughts on aerial filming at sporting events?
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 08:00 PM
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It was probably flying back to China for a firmware update.
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 08:03 PM
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First time I see one in action. What are your thoughts on aerial filming at sporting events?
great!!! completely new perspective and participants/spectators love it!
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 08:09 PM
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great!!! completely new perspective and participants/spectators love it!
Yea the spectators enjoyed it but they kept calling it a drone haha
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 09:45 PM
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They're definitely popping up a lot at sporting events now...

The US Polo Association had some big match on NBC a few weeks ago (pre-recorded) that used footage from a Phantom-mounted GoPro. It was actually some really cool footage, the operator did a good job. Had some great crowd and parade shots, but better yet were the 3rd person views of horses driving (or whatever the proper polo term is) towards the goal and scoring.

As long as people can operate in a safe and responsible manner and avoid any serious accidents, I can't see how it'll do anything but good for the hobby. But as soon as one "flies away" and hits a bystander the townspeople will be flocking with pitchforks and torches...
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 09:48 PM
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Dumb!!! Hope that guy has insurance for when he scares the live stock and they hurt someone or worse. If the Rodeo gave him permission then they a just a dumb!
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 10:25 PM
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Dumb!!! Hope that guy has insurance for when he scares the live stock and they hurt someone or worse. If the Rodeo gave him permission then they a just a dumb!
The Phantom looks to be high enough not to spook the livestock. Even then- lots of things can spook livestock- a person with a camera can spook an animal. As long as the pilot understands and respects how animals behave, then there shouldn't be any issues.
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 10:36 PM
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Dumb!!! Hope that guy has insurance for when he scares the live stock and they hurt someone or worse. If the Rodeo gave him permission then they a just a dumb!
Oh yes this is so dangerous. Everything gets scarred and dies automatically when a drone flies by.
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 10:46 PM
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Oh yes this is so dangerous. Everything gets scarred and dies automatically when a drone flies by.
Yeah!!! They cause cancer and famine too!!!
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 11:48 PM
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They're definitely popping up a lot at sporting events now...

The US Polo Association had some big match on NBC a few weeks ago (pre-recorded) that used footage from a Phantom-mounted GoPro. It was actually some really cool footage, the operator did a good job. Had some great crowd and parade shots, but better yet were the 3rd person views of horses driving (or whatever the proper polo term is) towards the goal and scoring.

As long as people can operate in a safe and responsible manner and avoid any serious accidents, I can't see how it'll do anything but good for the hobby. But as soon as one "flies away" and hits a bystander the townspeople will be flocking with pitchforks and torches...
Overall it definitely might improve the viewers experience but should be interesting to see what's next for the the hobby
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 11:50 PM
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Dumb!!! Hope that guy has insurance for when he scares the live stock and they hurt someone or worse. If the Rodeo gave him permission then they a just a dumb!
Yea it looked like he was hired to film the event
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Wrong camera for the distance.
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Old Jul 21, 2014, 12:13 AM
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I did a shoot on a small farm last year and even at 50' the horse I was shooting went from being totally calm to running around and jumping. The noise clearly affected the horse. I hope the pilot was not flying directly over the people.
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Old Jul 21, 2014, 12:21 AM
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I did a shoot on a small farm last year and even at 50' the horse I was shooting went from being totally calm to running around and jumping. The noise clearly affected the horse. I hope the pilot was not flying directly over the people.
The surroundings (music, announcers, etc) were loud so you couldn't hear it but he never flew over the stands
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Places like that, if managed properly, have very good crowd control (You do NOT want random people getting mixed with bulls in case one of them gets spooked), so you have people concentrated in some areas and deserted in others. There're plenty of places to get a good vantage without getting on top of people or anything dangerous.
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