Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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AIR NEWS REPORTING 24 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2017 Drones also make it easier to take more complex, moving camera shots, Waite said. So instead of the static news video audiences are used to seeing, that video can now have a more cinematic quality. The SBG stations use the DJI Inspire 1 and the DJI Inspire 2, Rose said. The Inspire 2 fea- tures a detachable camera lens, giving them the ability to attach a zoom lens to capture what he describes as more natural newsgath- ering shots, such as a wide shot of a scene. "We're increasingly finding uses we didn't anticipate," said Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online at Poynter Institute. "A lot Photos courtesy of BBC, Ed Middleton, csc, CNN and Waterman Broadcasting. TELLING THE STORY The news organizations Inside Unmanned Systems recently spoke with are covering a variety of stories via UAS. These are just a few examples: ONE OF THE BBC'S FIRST DRONE ASSIGNMENTS (pictured above), and one of the most impactful, told the story of the migrant crisis on a Greek island, said Morwen Williams, head of Newsgathering Operations. The drone flew along the shoreline where the migrants were arriving in boats, capturing their abandoned lifejackets. This helped authorities realize the extent of the crisis and even changed the direction of the story. The BBC recently took video from inside the burnt out shell of a stately home in England, Williams said. The drone flew through the front door and rose inside the house, where it took in an overall view that showed the scale of the damage. A BBC drone captured video in the tunnel being built in central London, showing the extent of the work being done. A drone also took harrowing shots of concentration camps on the anniversary of the events that took place there. MOST OF THE WORK ED MIDDLETON csc, DOES AT CBC is for current affairs pieces, he said, so he can plan shots ahead of time and get any necessary permissions to fly. For one of those stories, he flew a drone to recreate the path a murderer took the night he killed three women. Middleton, pictured above with his first Pro Inspire 1 drone, received permission to fly a drone at Parliament Hill in Ottawa to obtain footage for the network's Canada 150 programing, he said. The flights, which were done as part of the coverage of the country's 150th anniversary, took about six weeks to coordinate. CBC will be able to use the video as stock footage for years to come. He also covered the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, flying the drone at about a dozen of the outdoor events and conducting about 200 safe flights. As part of the anniversary celebration CBC did a live broadcast as tall ships arrived at the harbor in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. They were able to send the live feed back to the newsroom headquarters in Toronto, where it was then broadcast live on air. Though they haven't used it yet, the team would eventually like to use Facebook Live as well. Matthew Waite, professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Drone Journalism Lab THERE STILL NEEDS TO BE A STORY. THERE STILL NEEDS TO BE HUMANITY. YOU CAN'T JUST BUST OUT A DRONE AND GET THREE MINUTES OF AERIAL VIDEO, STICK IT ON AIR AND CALL IT A DAY. IT REQUIRES A LOT MORE FORETHOUGHT THAN CHUCKING IT IN A BAG AND HEADING OUT TO THE STORY." "

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