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Yesterday was the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park where Celtic played Inverness Caledonian Thistle to win 3-1. During the live broadcast we had live inserts from the Freely Alta X drone which was 0.322km from Hampden Park.

The drone in question was a Freefly Alta X with a GH5s mounted on a 5 axis Freefly Movi Carbon gimbal with a Fuji 20-120 T3.5 lens.

The drone itself was a beast mind you with a GH5s and a 20-120 PL mount lens with all the zoom/focus facilities it’s not surprising. Remembering the micro 4/3 sensor gives a 2x crop factor gives you a 40-240 which is perfect for long distance filming.

Todays pilots were were Kenneth Sands and Will Coldwell working for BatCam and BBC Scotland.

Kenneth Sands in charge of the GH5s
Will Coldwell todays pilot in charge of the Freefly Alta X

The Freely Alta X with 2 batteries weighs a whopping 19.5kgs, my DJI mini 3 Pro weighs just 249 grams.

The batteries for this monster were massive compared to my DJI mini 3 Pro batteries.

So how do they get their feed over to the OB truck. The drone has a transmitter on board and sends the pictures directly to the truck at Hampden.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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