In this post we will explore some of the benefits of drone videography over helicopter videography. The use of drones in videography is becoming increasingly common, particularly when it comes to capturing special events and property, in all its glory. For years businesses and property owners have used helicopters to take their photos; police helicopters catch the bad guys; search and rescue copters are able to locate people who are missing off-shore or lost in the forests; and much more.
But today, drones are actually proving to be much more beneficial for all of the above. Here are some reasons why drones are better than helicopters:
While it’s not exactly cheap to hire a drone company (after all, you DO want to make sure you have someone who knows what they’re doing); if you’ve done your research you’ll know it’s a LOT more expensive to hire a helicopter! The average price you will probably find for a helicopter is around $1500 an hour, which includes insurance and the cost of running the craft. It doesn’t include getting the video professionally edited, or the added cost of camera rentals and camera crews if you have a big production – so you’re looking at even more cost for that. Drone videography can cost as little as a few hundred dollars.
2. Tight spaces.
The best part about drones is that they can get into all the little nooks and crannies helicopters can’t. Need a photo of the little garden shed at the back of the property you’re trying to sell? Send a helicopter in and you risk losing the entire house! Send a drone in and you get close up, quality photos of the garden shed at all angles! Drones can get closer to trees, mountains, cliffs – and the best part is they don’t put anyone’s life at risk doing so!
3. Making videos is easier.
With a helicopter, the videographer is generally in the copter, behind the lens, getting as much imagery as possible. So if you miss an important shot, or spot, depending on what you’re filming; it’s too bad (or you have to pay for another copter to go up again). On the other hand, drones have the videographer following from the ground to ensure everything is captured. If they miss a particular feature of the video – all they have to do is take off again and get the missing imagery. If you’re using drones, you can also use more than one in a small space – so you can capture different angles of the same event or scene (if you’re shooting a movie or TV show).
There’s no doubt drones are changing the face of videography, so if you want to get on board, give us a call to find out how we can help you.