July 5, 2015
Avidrone Aerospace Inc. was used to provide aerial coverage of the annual Queens Plate horse race, held at Woodbine Racetrack just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Avidrone integrated special production 4K camera and prime lens along with live HD broadcast quality video link systems to Avidrone's EX180 airframe. Avidrone chose to integrate all the systems into their single rotor heavy payload capable drone, with the total weight of the camera equipment exceeding 25lbs and total drone flying weight of 50lbs.
Smoothness, "organic" feel and look of the footage was required by the client at all times, all the while a constant state of readiness of the drone system to film the live to air races. The EX180 platform can be ready to fly a mission in less than 2 minutes, with flight times of 15-30 minutes while carrying high quality film equipment.
The most difficult shot of the day was the beginning of the big race. Long periods of stable hover with transition into high speed flight, the drone was flown following the horses that were galloping at about 70km/h, into a 35km/h head wind, while the camera lens was facing into the lower afternoon sunlight. The Avidrone EX180 single rotor system is capable of high forward speeds which enabled this type of action shot to be obtained in the heavy wind, and heavy payload conditions while providing unprecedented, smooth and stable footage.
This project was completed in partnership with AerialCineMedia.