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The Rise of the Drones

Will drones become a part of our everyday lives? For your Monday enjoyment, here’s an online-video stream of PBS Nova’s special program, Rise of the Drones.


What did you think of the episode? Accurate? Fair? Leave a comment below!

This drone video isn’t for those afraid of heights

This video is taking dronies to new heights, quite literally.

Shot by Deyvisson Bastos at the Devil’s Needle in Brazil, this video will take you on a monstrous and dramatic journey over a 6,725 foot climb in the beautiful Serra dos Órgãos national park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Check it out!

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Inside look: how a wildlife photographer uses a drone to get stunning views of the Serengeti

A new era has arrived. It’s an era where aerial images are the norm — where the robots that fly through the sky to generate them are increasingly commonplace. It’s an era where a YouTube search for ‘drone’ generates millions of results — namely 8-minute videos of start-to-finish flights hovering over track houses.

But it’s an era inspired by visual pioneers like Will Burrard-Lucas, a UK-based wildlife photographer.

Screenshot of video by Will Burrard-Lucas

His newly released video called Serengeti is simply breathtaking, taking viewers in flight over wildebeest migrations and getting up close and personal with a hyena attacking its prey. It looks part computer-generated, part dreamland. But it’s real — and shot with a home-made drone.

They’re stunning wildlife shots, and they ‘re no longer restricted to animated scenes from The Lion King. Instead, they’re restricted to the furthest stretches of the imagination which, for Burrard-Lucas, reaches pretty far.

Burrard-Lucas is one of a new generation of “Drone Photographers.” He has built seven drones with mismatched parts to create the perfect wildlife drone. With he, he was able to gather the stunning shots generated in the above video.

“The drones I’ve been making now have different parts sort of cobbled together,” he said.

Burrard-Lucas first got into remote cameras back in 2009.

“Drones were just sort of the next logical thing,” he said. “Obviously drones have come a long way in the last year.”

Screenshot of video by Will Burrard-Lucas

A long way is no exaggeration. In just the past few days, companies have announced drones that fly with DSLR cameras right out of the box — no tinkering required. Those fall in the likes of DJI’s newly unveiled S1000, which is rumored to go for $4000.

“They’re going to get more and more reliable,” Burrard-Lucas said. “More and more people are going to use them. They already are exploding in popularity. The only way to get these shots before was to charter a helicopter.”

So just how did Burrard-Lucas capture his magnificent Serengeti-shots sans helicopter?

All it took was just one of his drones and a GoPro to record video.

“GoPros aren’t the best cameras in all conditions, but as long as you know how to use them in the right light, they produce amazing stuff,” he said.

Live video feedback allows him to see just where his copter is going.

Burrard-Lucas spent two weeks out on the Serengeti to gather the images, partially due to technology limitations with batteries (he has four batteries).

Screenshot of video by Will Burrard-Lucas
Screenshot of video by Will Burrard-Lucas

“You only have so much flight time before you have to recharge,” he said. “I could maximum do an hour at a time, and I would do flights in both the morning and the evening.”

Burrard-Lucas estimated his four-minute video was compiled from about 10 hours of footage.

Burrard-Lucas said he believes the drones are an effective way of gathering images of wildlife.

“Typically these animals aren’t used to threats from the air, so when they see this, they typically aren’t bothered by it,” he said. “Obviously they can hear it, but I’m trying to make it as quiet as possible.”

That’s in contrast to filming from the ground, which he has experience with, particularly through his other autonomous camera contraption — the BeetleCam, a ground-roving camera mount.

“With antelope, if they see something moving in the ground and aren’t sure what it is, they’ll move; they aren’t going to take any risks.”

Burrard-Lucas is already planning to return to Africa next week for more aerial filming, this time in Botswana.

As for traveling with his drones, it’s not easy.

“The case looks like it has a Bazooka in it,” he said. “It does draw a bit of attention.”

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Forget the Polar Vortex with this magnificent surfing video, shot with a drone

Oh, so it’s snowing and -20 degrees with wind chill where you live right now?

Forget you were ever cold and just imagine you’re flying above the beach in Hawaii. Thanks to Eric Sterman’s video, you are!

All the shots here were taken at the North Shore of Oahu, Pipeline. Also you should check out his Instagram, and you can contact him here if you want him to make you an awesome surf video too.

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You won’t believe the video this homemade drone captures of the Serengeti’s wildlife

When it comes to drone videos, there are a lot of good ones, and then there are some really mind-blowing, fantastically STUNNING ones.

This one, by wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, is the best ever. You just need to watch it.

Burrard-Lucas is also the mastermind behind the BeetleCam, a ground-roving robot with a DSLR mounted to the top. His gear seems to be moving up, literally, with the new drone he built, called the BeetleCopter.

Check out his website here.

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5 drone videos that will knock your stockings off with Christmas spirit

Need to get into the Christmas spirit? Trapped indoors with nothing but your laptop? Want to show off some awesome videos at your family holiday gathering? Here are 5 Christmas videos that celebrate drones. Merry Christmas!

5. The Mistletoe Drone

Drones give mistletoe a boost this year by helping them maximize their power over Union Square in San Francisco!

4. Autonomous Christmas Lab

This one isn’t solely UAVs, but robots of all kinds!

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