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In collaboration with HeliVideo Productions, FOX Sports has tested out unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for capturing footage of a sports event.

HeliVideo, which has a Section 333 Exemption for closed-set filming and recently worked with CNN, teamed up with FOX Sports and Feld Motor Sports to get aerial shots of an indoor Monster Energy AMA Supercross race on March 13, according to a report from FOX Sports. 

At Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, HeliVideo flew three UAVs at once to film several racing motorcycles for around an hour. This footage was then used the next day during a broadcast for the event.

Brad Cheney, director of technical operations for FOX Sports, says the company has a “quest to place drones into all [its] producers’ hands,” according to the report. He says UAVs are “going to be an enhancement in [its] production toolkit” and “are poised and ready to move into the spotlight of total event production.”

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