Sports

Capture the action from a new perspective

Aerial filming with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones as they are most often known, is the future of aerial sports photography.

With many of the sporting events at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics being filmed by UAVs, their widespread adoption in the sporting world is just around the corner.

Why not make your sporting event stand out from the competition with aerial footage that will amaze your audience?

Since 2007, Drone Air have acquired the knowledge and expertise to achieve this, filming for the likes of the BBC & Sky to execute aerial sports filming to the highest standard, using either a UAV camera drone or helicopter.

Each platform has its own advantages and limitations but with both at our disposal, we are able to capture any sporting event at stunning high quality with maximum coverage.

Most sports benefit from aerial videography as it provides a unique perspective from which to observe the action, but some of the more common requests we receive centre around the following sports:

  • Cycling and mountain biking
  • Extreme sports such as skiing and snowboarding
  • Equine sports such as horse riding and horse racing
  • Golf and golf course surveying
  • Motor sports such as Formula 1 motor racing and motor cycling
  • Water sports such as sailing, yachting, boat racing, and surfing

Active Sussex required aerial images and photography of a beach event.

Filming sports events with a UAV camera drone

Drones offer a highly versatile way to film sporting events. Traditional filming using stationary equipment lacks the fluidity and flexibility to truly capture the fast-paced nature of most sports, and moving over rough terrain can often be an insurmountable issue.

At Drone Air, we are experts at acquiring the most dynamic footage at a competitive price, that isn’t constrained by traditional limitations.

We can provide live sports broadcasting, recorded video footage at 4K resolution, and high definition still images (included free of charge as part of our service). Should you so require, you can even direct the drone filming from the ground yourself whilst observing the aerial view via the viewing screen.

Our hexacopter drone is a DJI S900 with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K resolution camera, producing incredible footage and images with an unbelievable amount of clarity and detail.

Helicopter aerial filming and photography

While UAVs are an excellent choice for filming most sports events, there are occasions when helicopter aerial filming is the more suitable and cost-effective option.

If your sporting event is conducted over a long time or distance, you need to cover many locations quickly, or the sporting event is in controlled airspace, we would recommend the use of a helicopter.

Unlike other aerial filming companies we have both methods at our disposal and use a Eurocopter twin engine AS355 with Cineflex HD camera system and a Sony HDC-F950 camera with a 42x Fujinon zoom lens, which achieves amazing results.

If you are undecided as to which platform may be the most appropriate for your project, please visit our Our Aircraft page which details the benefits and limitations of each option.

Editing and post-production

If you would also like your aerial footage or images to be edited and post-produced, we offer a broadcast quality service and have produced work for the BBC, ITV, Sky, CBS and Discovery Channel.

If you want to learn more about our Sports aerial filming and aerial photography services, please email us, visit our FAQ page, or call us on 01273 921991. We are based in Lewes, East Sussex in the UK, but will travel anywhere in the world to help you capture the action.

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