BBC touts benefits of its new hexacopter drone

Image from the BBC of their hexacopter drone.

Image from the BBC of their hexacopter drone.

Writing about his experience as the first journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation to operate a small unmanned aircraft system, transportation reporter Richard Wescott said the technology will "transform television and online news."

This machine is unique in being able to go close to something then soar into the air in one smooth movement. It can creep along the ground, shimmy a fence, crawl through a tree then climb to 400ft (120m) for a spectacular panorama.
— Richard Wescott, BBC

One of the greatest features of the technology is the ability to create shots that even expensive equipment like jibs, booms, and dolleys can't re-create, Wescott noted. He also wrote that while the hexacopter could do all these things, and even stabilize shots in harsh winds with help of a camera gimbal, it had a steep learning curve that made it difficult for a beginner to pick up.

Tom Hannen, the Senior Innovation Producer for the BBC Global Video Unit, has been working on the hexacopter for a while now.

Hannen also posted some video today of another instance of BBC deploying small helicopters, more commonly called drones, to get interior shots of the New Broadcasting House: