November 22nd, 2013
Watching this video a few times made me realize what a huge part of advertizing video the UAV has already become and will rapidly become in the future. This video, except for a few seconds is totally UAV footage and for the most part could not be created any other way. The shots are compelling! The compelling aspect of many of these shots is that the subject is viewed up close from various changing angles while the camera is over the water! Much like a bird carrying a video camera would create.
Surely Hollywood camera guys have ways of getting similar shots but they would spend thousands of dollars in a film studio get the shot. The time is quickly coming when real estate property videos will need this kind of UAV shots just to compete.
These shots are are captured with a relatively small investment in equipment and can be done anywhere. The investment in training, certification and licensing will probably become a much bigger investment than equipment.
I’ve had several discussions with readers about posting and commenting on real estate videos shot by UAVs and whether or not I should comment on them. Is the FAA reading this? I’ve decided to not refrain from commenting on anything I find posted publicly. My assumption is that none of the shots posted publicly have been done for hire, and if the owner of the video has any concerns, they would not be posted on the net.