DRONES AND MORE By: Irwin Thevarajah

Communications Technology - includes video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive media. Source: Course Outline

Drones are devices that hover in the air and capture amazing videos from different perspectives that may or may not be able to be viewed by us. During the past five or so years, drones have become a major break through in communications technology. Almost in any production in film or any news report, there is at least one shot that had been taken through a drone.

Just recently, I had come across a whole television series that utilizes drones to get the content they need in creative ways. This is a solid example of how drones are used in communication technology in our own city, Toronto. Sadly, I was not able to find the same trailer that was aired on CTV. However, this alternate trailer includes many shots that are obviously taken by the use of drones.

While researching, I came across this short video created by CNN...

"Jib" - One of the speakers in this video mentioned that they were going for a "jib shot". Back in the day, when drones did not exist, getting shots that are now referred to as "drone shots" would cost fortunes to achieve. The only way to achieve this drone shot is to take the shot while the cinematographer is in a helicopter. However, this means that the shots would be shaky and costs of renting a helicopter would be very, very costly. On the other hand, you could use a jib. A jib is like a tripod that can move to get high perspective shots. However jibs could range in costs and the height is limited. For example, one of the jibs that are popular in the cinema industry cost well over $20 000. Where now the same shot could be achieved for around $2 000. Wow!

This small little camera can record 4k internally, which is a higher resolution that which most people's screens are capable of displaying.

A octocopter, is a form of a drone, where most drones have 4 wings/propellers, this one has 8. This drone is capable of carrying a 3-axis gimbal that controls the camera's movement in the x, y, and z axis and reduces any camera shake or adds camera movement. More importantly, this drone could carry a cinema camera such as the red camera shown in this picture. The Red Epic is a industry standard camera along with other cameras such as the ARRI Alexa which cost well over tens of thousands of dollars. They also weigh alot. However, this drone can carry all that weight. The frame is made of carbon fiber and so it is extremely durable and you could see that this drone is heavily powered with those two huge batteries on top.

This Drone costs significantly lower than those jibs and helicopter. And the best of all, a drone is the product of the benefits of filming from a helicopter and using a jib.

Therefore, it is evident that by this short page that drones have truly changed the way that communications technology had been looked at. When cameras came out, having a camera was considered to be cool. Now everyone has it and it has become a part of our lives as it is embedded in our phones. Now drones are becoming revolutionary, and those who have it are considered to be so cool, at least according to me. I predict that soon enough that everyone will have a drone and that we all will share our moments in a different perspective in the same way we share our pictures.

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